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Bakithi Kumalo Signature California U•BASS®



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The Bakithi Kumalo Signature California U•BASS® was born from a collaboration with our friend, music legend, and Paul Simon bassist, Bakithi Kumalo. Paul Simon and Bakithi Kumalo formed a relationship over 30 years ago when Bakithi, who was working as a mechanic in South Africa, came to the U.S. to record the 1986 hit album, Graceland. They have been playing together ever since.

Bakithi was one of the first musicians to champion the U•BASS when it was first released in 2009 and was the first Kala Artist to have a signature model made to his specifications. In 2013, we collaborated with Bakithi to create his Signature California U•BASS®. This model is the same U•BASS that Bakithi Kumalo plays today.

This four-string, fretless California U•BASS® comes in with a rich espresso brown stain over a Swamp Ash body with a custom pickguard that sets the look of this instrument apart from other basses. One of the most stand-out features about the California U•BASS Series is the custom LR Baggs EQ system which we developed specifically for this collection. By customizing our pickup system, we have dialed in the sound on these basses to a science, and the huge low end this U•BASS can produce as a result is perfect for unique high-quality studio recordings or stage performances. The smooth, easy-to-tune custom Hipshot Ultralite™ tuners are the icing on the cake for this beast of a U•BASS.

The California U•BASS® Series is played by legends around the world. With the California Solid Body U•BASS you have all the tools you need to stand out and sound amazing, all that’s left is to go out and create something awesome!

Our completely redesigned California U•BASS® is now available! With every California U•BASS® order you'll receive:

String Disclaimer

All California U•BASS® are meant to be strung with proprietary, polyurethane Road Toad Strings. Kala Round Wounds, Flatwounds, and High C Strings will not work on the California Solid Body U•BASS.

Bag and Case Information

Fits U•BASS Hard Case: HC-SB4

Body: Swamp Ash
Neck: Straight Grain Maple
Finish: UV-Cured Satin
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Rosewood
Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ®
Saddle: Rosewood
Tuners: Custom Hipshot Ultralite™
Strings: Road Toad Pahoehoe
Electronics: LR Baggs Custom EQ
Stain: Espresso Brown
Strap Button: Black x2

Scale Length: 21.0 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 28.75 inches, Body Length: 13.75 inches, Number of Frets: 24, Body Depth: 1.5 inches, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.8 inches, Fingerboard width at 12th Fret: 2.12 inches, Neck Depth at 1st Fret: 0.88 inches, Fingerboard Radius: 12, Body Width: 9.0 inches, Neck Depth at 12th Fret: 0.9 inches

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Reviewed by John B.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Awesome Bass!

I just love this U Bass! The sound quality is fantastic. It is a well made professional instrument.

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Reviewed by Lasse T.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Nice tone

Nice Tone, versatile sounds, (easy to play through my first fretless)

Good strings that don't stick to My fingers.

And a reliable jag...

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