Here is a brief but detailed timeline of the U•Bass.
Kala owner Mike Upton meets U•Bass architect Owen Holt at a luthiers convention.
Mike and Owen develop and finalize the definitive design of the original U•Bass.
The fretted Solid Mahogany U•Bass debuts at Summer NAMM. The fretless Solid Mahogany U•Bass follows soon after, debuting at Bass Player LIVE!
Fretted and fretless Solid Spruce Top Mahogany U•Basses and the fretted Solid Acacia U•Bass are introduced at Winter NAMM. The first left-handed U•Basses hit the market.
At Winter NAMM, the Hutch Hutchinson Signature U•Bass joined the lineup. In the spring, the first U.S.-made U•Basses, the California Series, are launched featuring fretted and fretless 4-and 5-string Solid Body U•Basses. The 4-string SUB Solid Body U•Bass followed at Summer NAMM.
Fretted Exotic Wood U•Basses, including Exotic Mahogany and Spalted Maple models, are presented at Winter NAMM. The U•Bass is celebrated at U•Bass Day at the Musicians Institute featuring Abraham Laboriel Sr., Bakithi Kumalo, and Stuart Hamm, and again at a workshop at Berklee College with Hutch Hutchinson joining Abraham and Bakithi.
The fretted Rumbler Mahogany U•Bass at Winter is released NAMM along with Aquila® Silver Rumbler strings. Exotic Top 4- and 5-string Solid Body U•Basses join the California Series at Summer NAMM, featuring tops of Koa, Maple, and Walnut. A custom-designed Shadow® Electronics pickup system with EQ and built-in tuner becomes standard on all import U•Basses.
On the 5th Anniversary of the debut of the original U•Bass, the Bakithi Kumalo Signature U•Bass is announced at Winter NAMM. Solid Koa and Maple Acoustic/Electric U•Basses are added to the California Series, equipped with an exclusively designed LR Baggs® pickup and preamp system. The LR Baggs system also becomes standard for all California Series Solid Body U•Basses. Bass Player LIVE! hosts a U•Bass clinic featuring Abraham, Bakithi, and Hutch.
The 5-string SUB Solid Body U•Bass along with the fretless Rumbler Mahogany U•Bass are introduced at Winter NAMM. The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA features a U•Bass in their exhibit “LOW: The Power & Beauty of Bass.”
At Winter NAMM, the Bubinga U•Bass and the fretted Exotic Mahogany U•Bass with Round Wound strings are released.
The redesigned California Series U•Basses with updated neck, body, and string alignment are shown at Winter NAMM. The 4-string Nik West Signature U•Bass debuts in August and is followed by the 5-string model at Bass Player LIVE! The Musical Instrument Museum in Arizona displays a 2012 Solid Spruce Top Mahogany U•Bass.
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