2. Make sure to tape down the bridge saddle so it doesn’t move
3. Remove string back plate (if you have one)
4. Start with unpacking the E (lowest) string (and next time around the A and so on…)
5. Check and see if any metal washers are still in the string barrel. If so remove the one on the new string you’re about to install
6. Put the sting through the lowest string slot/barrel
7. Stretch the string past the string post. I use a cable cutter to measure how long the string needs to be before I cut it. I don’t want to have to much excess string around the post. 2-4 turns around the post is the goal.
8. Put the end of the string into the hole in the middle of the string post. Push it down as far as it goes
9. Bend it to the right for the lowest two strings (tuners pointing upwards) and left for the top three strings (tuners pointing downwards
10. Keep turning the tuning peg to get rid of the slack
11. Use a tuner and tune the string up to approx. one whole tone beneath the goal pitch (ex. D for the E-string)
12. Repeat step 4-11 for all the remaining stings
13. Put the string back plate back
14. Tune the strings up to pitch. Come back and retune until they stay in tune. This can take a day of two depending how much you play and stretch the strings
Time to make some new music with a fresh set of strings. Yummy!
Hope this is helpful for your next string changing session!
If you want to get a new case for your acoustic/electric UBass there are a few options.
You can read about some of the options here at kalaukulele.com
Besides these very nice hard cases you can also use the case designed for the Baritone Ukulele!
You can find it here.
I’ve used one of these Baritone Cases for a while now and it works really well.
It’s super light and still quite sturdy. It’s not as sturdy as the hard cases above but still a good lightweight alternative. You can also use it as a back pack or side carry with the supplied straps.
Here’s a little quick tip for every Ubassist that plays any of the acoustic/electric models.
If you use a strap the output jack can sometimes unscrew itself and become loose. To avoid further problem it’s important to solve this problem quickly. If not you can run into more serous problems with the output jack maybe even break the cable from the piezo pickup!
Here is a little guide how you can fix this! If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself please let a professional repairman help you out!
1. Open the back cover (depending on when you bought your Ubass this cover is either attached with four screws or magnets.)
2. Loosen the actual strap button. Be careful so you don’t turn the whole output jack. This might break the cable that comes from the piezo! Through the open hole you can hold on to the output jack to prevent it from turning while you loosen the strap button.
3. While still holding the output jack tighten the nut with a proper tool.
If you can’t tighten the nut enough you might have to make even further adjustments. If you unscrew the nut you can remove the output jack and change the location of the fixed nut to shorten the thread length on the tip of the jack. Make small adjustments to find out the best position of the fixed nut.
4. Now fasten the nut and then the strap button while still holding the output jack through the opened back cover.
I got a question about my view on playing in (or out of) tune on the fretless UBass. I decided to share my answer with all of you.
Q: Do you find that you’re fingering in between frets rather than directly on the fretline like you would with a regular fretless bass?
A: Sorry but there is not a simple answer to that question I’m afraid 😦 Since the scale length of the UBass is merly 20-21 inches all your muscle memory from playing a 34-35 inch fretless is not much of a help. BUT what really IS helpfull is if you have played
fretless bass of upright. Because then you’re probably used to listen as you play. That’s really the best way of playing in tune.
I find that I’m only ‘roughly’ use the fret lines as guidelines and than try to use my ear in ‘super-sensitive-mode’!
One more thing that is crucial to playing in tune is trying to get the best sound possible out of your UBass. You really have to HEAR what you’re playing. AND MOST IMPORTANT you have to hear what you’re fellow musicians are doing to be able to make it all work as a ‘unit’!
Ok. That might not be the answer you hoped for but it’s almost all about LISTENING!
I will try to do some specific lessons on playing the fretless UBass!