Kala U-Bass, Fretted - Exotic Mahogany

Short-scale Acoustic-electric Bass Travel Guitar with Exotic Mahogany Top, Back, Sides, and Neck; Rosewood Fingerboard; Active EQ; Built-in Tuner; and Custom Padded Gig Bag - Natural
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Kala U-Bass, Fretted - Exotic Mahogany
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Extremely Portable Acoustic-electric Bass!

This gorgeous Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass gives you full-sized bass tone your can comfortably travel with. In fact, the U-Bass is small enough to fit into the overhead compartment of an airplane, yet's it's packed with thick, rich acoustic bass tone that's bolstered by an exotic mahogany body. Forget about its actual size - the U-Bass's tone comes startlingly close to that of traditional double bass (something that anyone used to lugging around an upright will love). And since this little uke-style instrument uses traditional bass tuning, there's virtually no learning curve if you're used to a standard bass guitar. From session work to all-night gigs, you'll be glad you picked up this Exotic Mahogany U-Bass from Kala.

Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass Acoustic-electric Travel-sized Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Special U-Bass Strings provide deep, expressive, and rich acoustic bass tone
  • The right tonewoods bring out this U-Bass's warm and woody sound
  • Custom Kala electronics with active EQ make this U-Bass a real live performer
Special U-Bass Strings provide deep, expressive, and rich acoustic bass tone

The secret behind the big sound of the Kala U-Bass is almost as cool as its small, ultra-portable format. It comes from the combination of the right tonewoods and Kala's unique polyurethane strings. These lightweight, large-diameter strings provide plenty of low frequency oomph, which resonates with a deep, rich, and wooden quality that's both reminiscent of the coveted upright sound and colored with a uniquely musical U-Bass quality all of its own.

The right tonewoods bring out this U-Bass's warm and woody sound

As an acoustic instrument, another major factor in the Exotic Mahogany U-Bass's tone is the selection of tonewoods Kala chose. This U-Bass gives you the characteristically full-bodied sound of mahogany construction. Plus, it looks simply amazing! Add to that a rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge, and you get a kind of dark warmth that blossoms with every note.

Custom Kala electronics with active EQ make this U-Bass a real live performer

Introduced on the 2013 edition of the U-Bass, Kala's custom electronics give this U-Bass a vibrant and realistic sound when you play plugged in. An active equalizer lets you tweak your tone, effortlessly meeting the needs of even the most demanding venues. What's more, Kala even equipped this U-Bass with an onboard tuner - an essential part of any musician's live kit.

Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass Acoustic-electric Travel-sized Bass Guitar Features:
  • A fun, beautiful, and massive-sounding acoustic-electric bass guitar you can take anywhere
  • Compact 21"-scale, 16-fret fingerboard provides plenty of room to play
  • Fat, proprietary polymer strings deliver deep bass resonance
  • Exotic mahogany construction provides full-bodied warmth with an incredibly deep fundamental
  • Separate compensated saddles for each string and die-cast tuners keep your tuning and intonation solid
  • Onboard piezo pickup with active equalizer provides exceptional sound in any live environment
  • Extremely portable (meets most carry-on standards)
  • Deluxe custom U-Bass embroidered logo gig bag included
Get upright bass sound without the bulk with a Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass!

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Tech Specs

String Type Proprietary polyurethane
Number of Strings 4
Body Shape U-Bass
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polyurethane
Top Wood Exotic Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Exotic mahogany
Body Bracing U-Bass
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Binding Black
Neck Shape U-Bass
Number of Frets 16
Scale Length 20.375"
Tuning Machines Die-cast
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 14"
Body Width 10.25" lower bout, 7.75" upper bout
Body Depth 3.25"
Overall Length 29.25"
Electronics Piezo pickup with active EQ and tuner
Strings Road Toad Strings, RT-BASS4
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number UBASS-EM-FSwBAG

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Kala U-Bass

I'd heard one of these played in a crowd at a local festival, and had to add one to my menagerie. It's beautiful, extremely well engineered, and overall an XLNT modern instrument. The day after I received it, I played it in a gig (amplified) with a jazz band. The guys and gal loved its sound. I've been using it, both amped and unplugged for recording projects, and haven't touched either of my Fender basses since! Its sound is about midway between my Mariachi "Guitarron" and my big, upright "doghouse" bass. Run through my inexpensive bass effects/mixer box and into my little GK bass amp, it's as mean and lean as my Fender JB and much easier on the fingers!
Music background: I've played every day for 50 years.
5/5

The Kala U-Bass is King!

This bass kicks some serious %$#@. I play upright bass in a folk/bluegrass band and I brought this thing to a gig a few weeks ago. My band mates couldn't believe their ears! I ran it through my Ampeg Porta-Flex 500 rig with an HE210 cabinet and if you didn't know any better, you would have thought it was the doghouse!. Kala quality is top notch. I love this thing so much that I just ordered a Kala Concert Uke. Sweetwater customer service is the best in the business. I ordered my U-bass on a Monday morning, and it was at my door step Tuesday afternoon! To top it off, I even received a phone call from a Sweetwater sales professional thanking me personally for my order. How often does that happen these days? Thanks Sweetwater - you guys Rock!
Music background: Weekend warrior. Upright bass, electric bass, accordian. Acoustic folk, bluegrass, Americana.
5/5

The ONLY Truly Portable Bass to Buy

Each type of Kala bass is different, but they all sound fantastic through a good bass amp, and the playability is unmatched. You do have to fret more precisely on fretted models to get pure tones, due to the shorter scale, but once you are used to it, the sound is deep and resonant. I could not ask for more in an electric bass, and I have owned Fender PBs, Gibsons and other great basses. Get one and really enjoy carrying and playing it at every opportunity. Thanks, Sweetwater, for excellent service!
5/5

my new Kala U Bass

It is predictable and amazing the response to this instrument. You take it out to get ready to play and see a sea of odd faces.."what the heck is that?". The you start playing and you watch the jaws drop! No one can believe the amazing sound that comes out of this little guy! I've been playing bass for fifty one years. I own more basses than I could ever use. This was the happiest purchase I've ever made. I've only had it a short time...about a half dozen gigs so I have no idea how it will hold up or what can go wrong with it. All I can say is I'm VERY HAPPY with it!
Music background: giging musician, session player
5/5

They laughed when I picked up my Ubass...

Then their mouths dropped open! I bought my Kala Exotic Mahogany Ubass a couple of weeks ago after eyeing the cute little basses for some time, reading reviews, and watching video clips. I had tried an earlier edition at a local music store but was less than impressed due to dicey intonation and a lack of onboard pre-amp. The one I bought was on a one week long sale and was too pretty to leave alone. My wife, who occasionally suggests that I might own enough basses and guitars, was taken in by the figured wood and the cuteness factor. She left the room and I plugged it into a bass amp and she asked, "is that your new toy? How does it sound like that?" The sound is nothing short of remarkable. I've played it with my jazz quintet at an outdoor gig, with a classic country band in a fairly huge dance hall along side pedal steel, keyboards, electric guitar, fiddle, and drums, and after the initial laughter everyone in both bands told me how great it sounds. The fiddler, who used to play with Bluegrass legend Don Reno, literally cracked up when he saw what I was playing. It is a little instrument with a huge bass sound. It is, indeed, very close to an upright or an early Pbass with old strings ala James Jamerson. Even at dance hall volume I experienced no feed back issues. Since I already own both 4 and 5 string fretless bass guitars, and a 4 string upright, and a 6-string EUB (maybe my wife has a point?), I don't mind the frets on this bass. Also, the feel of the strings, they are not slick, would make intonation micro-corrections a challenge. Keep in mind, I have not played a fretless Ubass, your results may differ. Would I buy this bass again? In a heart beat. Any down sides? The gig bag is just that. The zippers are OK, but not totally smooth. I'll probably get a hard shell case. If you are interested at all in expanding your bass pallette, buy one of these cute little basses. Then let them laugh until you plug it in!
Music background: Semi pro player with 40+ years experience in jazz, classic country, rock, Bluegrass, and Old Timey.

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