What is a U•Bass? [The Original Ukulele Bass Instrument Explained!]

What is a U•Bass? [The Original Ukulele Bass Instrument Explained!]

The U•BASS® came thumping and flying onto the scene in 2009, taking the bass world for a spin.

Musicians of all kinds began taking to the instrument, and some of the most acclaimed names in bass started incorporating it into their rigs and their live sets.

So what makes this instrument so special? Why have we at Kala dedicated so much attention, time, and love into the design of this innovative product?

Well, read on to find out!

What Makes the U•BASS® special?

What’s the most important feature of any instrument? Its sound, of course!

Great sounding and feeling low end is the number one thing bass players are looking for in any instrument they play.

Great tone isn’t the only thing that makes this instrument special: it’s the type of tone, the style, the way it sounds.

The U•Bass has a very unique tone all its own but with a little tweaking many players find it very similar to an upright bass.

This is significant because a variety of genres and styles available to non-upright bass players open up when the U•Bass is deployed!

Jazz, folk, and pop players love the U•Bass for its deep, clear, upright tone and funk, hip hop, and soul players love it for its huge, clean, low end!


What is a U•BASS? 

The U•Bass has the scale length of a standard baritone ukulele and, needless to say, it’s much shorter than the typical electric bass guitar.

This leads to ultra fast access up and down the fretboard that would be more difficult to achieve on a standard-size bass, let alone an upright.

The Pahoehoe polyurethane strings that come standard on most U•Basses have a bouncy rubbery feel that adds to the unique tone and experience.

If traditional strings are more your style, Kala offers a Round Wound string set that will give you that familiar traditional electric bass string feel.


Is The U•BASS® Portable? 

Whether you’re jamming on an Acoustic-Electric U•Bass or a California Solid Body U•Bass, there’s no denying the convenience of the size of this instrument.

You can take it as a carry-on at the airport when you travel and its lightweight body makes it perfect for grab-and-go practice sessions and impromptu jams.

The U•Bass is designed to fit right into your rig so when you get to that song that sounds just right on the Kala U•Bass, swapping out your instruments is as easy as picking it up, plugging it in, and performing to your soon-to-be amazed fans.


What are some things you'd like to learn about the U•Bass? For those who own the U•Bass, what do you like about it most? Have a great day everyone and happy playing!

October 20, 2020 by Nicholas Cafiero
Older Post Back to: U•Bass News