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Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass

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For the Kala U-Bass player, Kala offers additional visual options and adds a mid-range punch with the Solid spruce top U-Bass with mahogany back and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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    A truly groundbreaking, short-scale 21 in. fretless bass with choice tonewoods.

    For the Kala U-Bass player, Kala offers additional visual options and adds a mid-range punch with the Solid spruce top U-Bass with mahogany back and sides. Since 2008, the U-Bass is still grabbing ears and turning heads. Praised for its colossal low end the acoustic-electric U-Bass features a new custom-designed shadow pickup system to dial in sonic boom. Includes gig bag.

    FEATURES
    • Solid Spruce Top
    • Mahogany back and sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretless fingerboard and bridge
    • 21" Scale
    • Custom Die Cast Tuners
    • Proprietary Polyurethane strings
    • Custom Kala and Road Toad logo inlays
    • Kala electronic system with an active EQ and built-in tuner
    • Separate compensated saddles for each string
    • List price includes a Deluxe Custom U-BASS embroidered logo gig bag
    • Meets most airline carry-on requirements
    • Set-up by Kala in the USA

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    KalaSolid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (7)
    • Good audio (7)
    • Good feel (5)

    Cons

    • Requires constant tuning (3)

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (4)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Recording (3)
    • Small venues (3)
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      • Experienced (4)

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    it's like a double bass in your pocket

    By Alessio

    from Bruxelles, Belgium

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Double Bass In A Pocket
    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • A Little Hard To Tune

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

    Not much to say: if you are a bass or double bass player, and you are tired of dragging around your huge instrument, this is the top choice. Of course you can't compare the sound to a real double bass, but for everything that requires an acoustic sound and doesn't necessarily imply the use of the bow, the sound is as near as you can get to the real thing. Plus, it is super easy to play. I got the fretless and even if I was a little worried about intonation on such a small instrument, I have to say there is absolutely no problem, especially when you get used to it. Now I am using it for reharsals, jam sessions and concert in places too small to be comfortable with a double bass, and I really have to say it is awesome. It goes alone that you have anyway to match a good amplifier, the piezos on the istrument do a great job.
    I have only one little con to express, but I can't tell if it is because the strings are new: strings don't stay perfectly in tune for too long, so now and then during a session I have to tune the instrument...but hey, it is definitely worth it.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    There's a boom in the room.

    By Sandbar

    from Boston MA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

    I got the fretless model and I'm thrilled with it. I've been playing bass for 20 years and have a collection of solid bodies, acoustics and uprights. I have small hands and playing near the nut is difficult for my hands to stretch out for all four frets-positions. The U-bass is the same size as my baritone ukulele and thus it is easy to play in first position. Suddenly my small hands and slender fingers are an asset. I'm all over this bass and having a wonderful time playing it. The one question I had was what would it sound like? It might be tiny, but this thing has thunder in it. It must be the strings. They are made of some sort of polymer and are huge. They have an amazing feel and their sound is as deep as anything I've ever played. I've only had the bass two weeks and I find I still need to tune every time I play, but I'm used to nylon strings on classical guitars and hope that in time these strings will stay in tune a bit longer. There's a good tuner build in with the preamp, so tuning it up isn't a problem. I have an assortment of bass amps and I would recommend that you try to use your best amp with this bass. Its sound deserves to be felt as well as heard. Let the lead instruments supply the lightening, this baby brings the thunder. On the second day I had it I brought it to an open rehearsal. People kept coming into the room drawn in by the sound I was getting from this bass. When they saw the tiny instrument they couldn't believe it was generating all this sound and tone. Everyone wanted to try it. I think fretless is the way to go with this sized instrument and these strings. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Lots of fun, great tone

    By HeWhoFrets

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

      Great bass, lots of fun to play. I already have an Ashbory, so small scale and non-traditional strings aren't new to me. I've only had it a couple of days, but it is definitely easier to play than the Ashbory, the longer scale length and less-rubbery strings make a big difference. If you've ever played baritone uke this is almost exactly the same scale. Tone is great, I had to tweak it a little bit plugged in - the higher notes were coming through a little louder than the lows, but nothing a little EQ didn't cure. Lots of fun for playing acoutically while practicing/messing around, but there's not enough acoustic volume to hold up to playing with others. However, I'm not aware that any acoutic bass has enough volume to go head to head with a guitar. Build quality is very good, haven't noticed any flaws. There's not a gloss finish or anything, the wood feels a little bare, but the wood is of a quality where this is fine, at least aesthically. The gig bag works well.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great (different) bass, nice finish

      By Martin

      from Argentina

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic gigs
      • Fretless Sound
      • Jamming

      Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

      Being an electrical (fretted) bassist, the acoustic fretless ubass has a new and exciting sound. I only played it a few days. Its sound is rich and groovy. Preamp and tuner work well. It gets out of tune pretty quickly, maybe because the strings are new. The gig bag is excellent. MF service was excellent, too.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Instrument!!

      By guitar Dave Western NY

      from W, NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

      I am a guitar player not a bass player so this is the perfect instrument to explore bass playing and for adding bass tracks to my recordings. It is very well made and plays beautifully with a full rich bass sound when amplified or recorded direct. It has a surprising amount of sound unamplified with a really nice resonance. I love that it is fretless but the frets are marked with inlays.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Little Bass

      By John

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

        The first one I got did not work but MF sent another by express shipping and it is great

         
        5.0

        Small but mighty!

        By rippinfrog

        from CA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kala Solid Top Fretless Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

            Was nervous as this was listed as an "open box" item...but the condition was listed as " mint" and an additional 10% discount on top of the open box discount caused the trigger to be pulled. U-Bass arrived with no manual, a significant scuff/dent above the sound hole, a dinged up D string entry hole on the bridge and incorrectly installed strings...nitpicking- maybe, mint- maybe not. Used the tuner and explored the accoustic sound. Now the highlight...plugged it in...NOTHING! Thinking I made a big mistake. Even though the tuner was working, decided to try changing the batteries...walla, it works. Is it unreasonable to expect the instrument would have been gone over, including the electronics, before it is sent out as mint.

            All the above aside, this it quickly becoming one of my favorite instruments...sounds awesome through a Hartke HD75 with 12" speaker.

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