Kala U-Bass SUB - Skyline Red

4-string Electric Bass with Poplar Body, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Shadow Pickup System - Skyline Red
Kala U-Bass SUB - Skyline Red image 1
Kala U-Bass SUB - Skyline Red image 1
$449.00
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Small Size, Huge Tone, and Impressive Playability

Small in size but big on tone, the Kala U-Bass SUB brings you a unique bass-playing experience. Plug into your favorite bass amp with the U-Bass SUB's Shadow pickup system, and you've got the full-size tone of a traditional solidbody bass guitar. Kala's proprietary polyurethane strings have a rubbery yet expressive feel that many Sweetwater bassists find very fun to play. Its small size makes it easy to transport, and the two-band EQ lets you shape your tone for a wide variety of styles. Basically, the Kala U-Bass SUB is an impressive alternative to a traditional bass guitar.

Kala U-Bass SUB 4-string Solidbody Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Reliable long-term performance thanks to preset intonation
  • Warm, mellow tone from polyurethane strings
  • Plug-in with great tone from the Shadow pickup system and EQ
Reliable long-term performance thanks to preset intonation

Your Kala U-Bass SUB is ready to play in tune all the way up and down the neck, right from the start. Kala uses a compensated saddle assembly that means you'll never need to fine-tune the bridge saddles for intonation.

Warm, mellow tone from polyurethane strings

Bass players at Sweetwater know many bassists prefer the sound of older strings that have been played enough to lose their initial brightness. The cool thing about the polyurethane strings on the U-Bass SUB is that they already sound like a well-worn set of strings with a warm, mellow tone. These strings will last for years, but their tone will stay the same from day one.

Plug-in with great tone from the Shadow pickup system and EQ

Expect great plugged-in tone from your U-Bass SUB, whether it's for an impromptu jam session or a live gig on stage. The built-in Shadow pickup system gives you bass and treble EQ controls to help you shape your tone for any situation, making the U-Bass SUB a versatile instrument for stage and studio.

Kala U-Bass SUB 4-string Solidbody Bass Guitar Features:
  • Compact and easy-to-play bass guitar with 21" scale neck
  • Reliably warm and mellow tone from proprietary polyurethane strings
  • Precise intonation never requires adjustment thanks to compensated saddle assembly
  • Rich, flexible plugged-in tone from Shadow pickup system with 2-band EQ
  • Gig bag included
The Kala U-Bass SUB packs big tone in a compact instrument!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape U-Bass Solidbody
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Skyline Red
Body Material Poplar
Body Finish Satin
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 21"
Nut Width 1.75"
Bridge/Tailpiece Rosewood
Tuners Hipshot Tuners
Number of Pickups 1
Bridge Pickup Shadow Piezo
Controls ! x Volume, 1 x Bass, 1 x Treble
Strings Proprietary polyurethane strings
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number UBASS-SUB4FS-SRDwBAG

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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4.5/5

Unique fun instrument

Unique fun instrument Plusses: Deep low bass; way more than I expected. Produces far lower tones than my normal bass guitar (with any strings I have tried). Case included Forums indicate that the Proprietary polyurethane strings last a very long time. No finger abrasion from the strings (non-wire) Small fit and form for travel and easy playing positions – standing, and siting in chairs that normally do not accommodate 30 inch scale bass necks. I can sit in a recliner chair and have adequate elbow room to play the U-BASS. 21 inch scale neck that plays like a 30-34 inch; frets are just slightly closer. Great for small hands or young hands. Works with RockSmith. Proprietary polyurethane strings are easy to fret and slide; no finger fatigue. Very happy with factory intonation and string action height. Good shipping packaging. Great follow-up from Sweetwater staff post-sale to confirm customer satisfaction. Unlike other stores who you never hear from after the sale. Minuses: The standard polyurethane strings do stretch and you will retune as the instruments strings get broken in. Expect some periodic retuning; especially in the beginning. The Proprietary polyurethane strings do not pronounce bends (as wire strings would). For the price - overall good build quality.
4/5

Great product, great service

I ordered the Kala U-bass for my 8 year old son. Whenever we sat down to play, he would grab a full size bass and lay it flat on his lap and try to play. This is perfect for him to learn the proper way to hold his bass and to train the muscle memory in his hands for when he is able to span a full size bass. It's also a heck of a lot of fun for me to record with as well. Great tones and easy to fret.
Music background: Guitar,Bass,Banjo
See also: Kala, Kala 4-string Bass Guitars