BLEM - Journeyman Acoustic-Electric U•BASS® with F-Holes

Model: UBASS-JYMN-FS SKU: B-UBASS-JYMN-FS

$409.49 MSRP $271.99

Blem Disclaimer

A “blem” instrument refers to an instrument that is completely functional and playable, but has one or more cosmetic flaws. This can range from a slight scratch or scratches, to a ding on the headstock, f hole binding missing or discolored, and other visible flaws. The instruments in this section have blemishes and therefore are being offered at a discount.If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, please contact us within 10 days to return it for a refund. Cost of shipping applies.

The Journeyman is the grandest U•BASS® in the new line up, made of Mahogany with white binding, f-holes, and a cutaway. The Journeyman is a great for gigging, has the original U•BASS® tone, and it won’t break the bank. Hone your skills and perfect your craft, this U•BASS® is made to take you as far as you want to go. The Journeyman will set you on your way to becoming a master. Available in a fretted model.

Bag and Case Information

Fits ALL Kala BARITONE Ukulele Bags, UB-B, & Sonoma Coast BARITONE Cases
Fits U•BASS specific bags and cases: UB-UBASS, DUB-UBASS, HC-UB, & HCT-UB

Specs
Size: Acoustic-Electric U•BASS®
Top: Mahogany
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Binding: Cream
Neck: Mahogany
Finish: Satin
Fingerboard: Laurel
Headstock: Standard
Bridge: Laurel
Nut: Graph Tech TUSQ®
Saddle: Phenolic
Tuners: Custom Black Die Cast
Strings: Aquila Thundergut®
Electronics: UK-500B
Includes: Padded Gig Bag
Cutaway: Venetian
Short Scale: 20.875 in
Overall Length: 29.625 in
Strap Button: Black x1
Measurements

Scale Length: 20.875 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 29.625 inches, Body Length: 13.9375 inches, Number of Frets: 16, Width at Upper Bout: 7.875 inches, Width at Lower Bout: 10.5 inches, Width at Waist: 7.062 inches, Body Depth: 3.125 inches, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.75 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 2.25 inches

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Reviewed by Galvin C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Can’t find a flaw

What a beautiful little instrument. I’m not super picky so I opted to buy a blemished instrument. Playability was all I was looking for. Not only is it out of the box playable, I can’t find the reason it was sold as a blemish. The Kala quality control has higher standards than I.

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Reviewed by Laura B.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Awesome little bass

I usually play electric bass guitar, but I started out on a U-Bass, and have owned 4 of them over the years. This is by far my favorite U-Bass. I never really liked the black Pahoehoe strings. I've tried Aquila reds, round wounds, and flats, but this Journeyman with Aquila Thunderguts is exactly the sound I've been looking for. Beautiful instrument and tone. Stays in tune. Gives that upright vibe in a lightweight easy-to-travel-with size. My bandmates love it too.

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Reviewed by John P.
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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Blem? What Blem?

So this is my second U-Bass (well, technically my third -- the first "brown label" model was sent back because it cracked in Denver's atmosphere -- more on that below) and I bought it on clearance because it was supposedly "blemished." As hard as I've looked, I can't seem to find an obvious blemish on it anywhere -- which would be a total twisted disappointment, but I know something will appear eventually.

My second mahogany U-Bass, the replacement sent directly from Kala in 2010, also cracked on the back within a year, and has had serious fretboard shrinkage, causing the fret ends to protrude from the edges like a barbed-wire fence. Fortunately the neck is so naturally skinny my hands don't actually run over those fret edges while playing. And yes, I have tried to humidify the case and the music room where it's stored, but these all-wood babies are just no match for mile-high dryness. But that 2010 U-Bass, a completely passive early model, still sounds fantastic, plays well and, with a good preamp, absolutely sings and thumps like a pro instrument in an orchestra pit or on a bandstand, especially with a new-ish set of the original black Pahoehoe strings.

So this adorable f-holed Journeyman had a high bar to meet in comparison, and while it's still a great instrument, it's not quite the 2010 model, even now with the cracks and raspy frets. The UK-500B tone preamp and tuner are a nice touch, but still don't make the instrument "active," in the sense that the signal gain…

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