DIY Update! BUILD YOUR OWN SOLID BODY UBASS – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW | PHASE 2 – BODY SETUP 2

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Hi,

Finally video 3 (of 4) is done!

Phase 2 | Body setup 2
It’s time to install the pre-amp/EQ, bridge, back plate and volume/tone knobs. All the steps are shown in the video. You can also download a PDF guide here!

Best of luck and stay tuned for the last part in the Build your own Kala Solid Body Ubass series. You can find the earlier posts here!

/Magnus

Actually, Size Really Doesn’t Matter

Another great post from Dean!
I read and agree to the fullest!🙂

uBass Appreciation Society

Bass Player Magazine listed the acoustic uBass in an online roundup of short scale basses. Bass Player Magazine listed the acoustic uBass in an online roundup of short scale basses.

And the uBass is proof.

In an online roundup of short scale basses headlined ”Size Matters: A Roundup of Short-Scale Basses,” Bass Player magazine mentioned the Kala uBass. Not surprising since the magazine has been a fan of the little guy from the beginning. But what is surprising is that the magazine added the uBass in with the likes of a $9,000 Alembic Stanley Clarke Standard 4 bass, a $4,800 Callowhill OBS bass and a $2,000 Birdsong Corto2 bass.

Now that’s pretty good company to be in.

Here’s a taste of what they had to say about the acoustic Mahogany uBass:

While the U-Bass is nothing like the other instruments listed here, it certainly offers a short scale and, most important, sounds just as capable as much more traditionally designed basses. Most every person that’s…

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Thanks Adam Neely…and of course Frank and Vinny!

 

 

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Hi,

Well, it’s kind of funny how things connect sometimes…

One of my students showed me one of Adam Neely’s videos about bass and learning. From out of the blue I’m in the video. Ok, it’s only a couple of seconds from Jammin’ with my Kala Ubass video no. 7 but still! This video features my friends and really great guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.

So why is those seconds of out performance flashing by?

In this particular video Adam talks about playing music alone or together. He also speaks around the topic of learning to play music and if music theory is necessary.

When I started jammin’ with Frank and Vinny we had never played a single note together before that very moment I came up on that stage!

I was invited to jam. We decided to play Fly me to the moon and a C-jam blues in the intermission between the two sets they played. That’s it! No rehearsals, no talks about form (how the songs should be structured with the different parts and so on). We just played Music.

How was this possible? Well, we all shared some common ground. We have all been playing Music for quite some time and as it happens we all knew (some) standard jazz repertoire. But is that enough? It’s a big part of the equation but one more ingredients is super important…

Focused listening! Because we all not just played but also listened to what the other musicians was doing we could come up with an arrangement on the fly that worked pretty good in my opinion.

I really like the part in our jam where I somehow manage to imply a cut time feel and the jam turns into a slow blues for a while before Frank takes us back to the original tempo!

Back to Adam’s video. He talks about the, overwhelming information we can get from the Internet regarding music theory. But as Adam points out, information is not knowledge. The knowledge part is when the information becomes true to you and when you have processes the info!

This is a very interesting topic. In the Lesson Packs that will be released (in iBook format) the focus is to help ubassists to get info about specific things (music theory, styles/genres, techniques and so on…) but also to paint the ”big picture” of how it all connects – from information to knowledge!

Teasers of the first Lesson Pack – Basic techniques are being made and will be shared soon in a new newsletter! So subscribe here to get first hand info!

Happy ubass playing to you all!

/Magnus

Now That’s Funny

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uBass Appreciation Society

Mahogany uBass with metal roundwound strings.  Photo: Kala UBass Facebook Page. Mahogany UBass with metal roundwound strings. Photo: Kala UBass Facebook Page.

So I was perusing Kala’s Facebook page (as I am wont to do on many occasions) and I ran across what is probably the funnies exchange I’ve heard in a long time – at least on Facebook anyway.

Kala posted a photo of its acoustic uBass with metal roundwound strings (see photo above) and had this to say about it:

Solid Mahogany Ubass with Round Wound strings? Well that’ll sound good just about anywhere.

And then this exchange took place:

Jan: Is that a frog inlay on the headstock?
Kala UBass: A toad to be more precise.

But, wait, there’s more:

Semion: Wait, those strings are metal? Why doesn’t the instrument break?
Kala UBass: Magic.

Magic, indeed.

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Build your own solid body Ubass – all you need to know | Phase 2 – Body Setup 1

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Hi,

It’s time for Phase 2!
It will focus on the setup of the body and first up is strap buttons and thumb wheels for the bridge.

The PDF instructions I compiled from info at kalabrand.com (no longer available) can be downloaded on this link: U-Bass Kit Assembly Instructions compiled by playubass-SMALL

Next up: EQ/Pre-amp, output jack, volume/tone knobs and back plate!

I have also done a video that shows you how to change the EQ/Pre-amp in a solid body ubass!

Read more about previous steps in this DIY project in posts that can be found on the DIY-page!

Until next tine: Have fun – play Music!

/Magnus