U Bass Kala
Just as there are guitars and bass guitars, there are ukuleles and bass ukuleles. The Ukulele bass Kala, commonly called the U Bass Kala, is a well-known type of bass ukulele that is ideal for musicians of all levels, from beginner to advanced.
The U Bass is can be acoustic-electric or solid body, and is available with 4 or 5 strings. It’s the same size as a baritone ukulele, which has the largest body and lowest tone of any ukulele type, making its dimensions comparable to a slightly small acoustic guitar. Despite its relatively small size, it’s able to produce the same pitches as a standard bass instrument. The secret is the U Bass strings, which are made of rubbery polyurethane.
The rubber strings make the sound produced from the U Bass a little different, especially when playing acoustic. The U Bass’s polyurethane strings duplicate the sounds of a bass guitar, although they have a shorter sustain. The big tone can be enhanced by using a pickup, which plugs into an amplifier. It’s important to play with a suitable amplifier in order to take advantage of the U Bass’s full, deep sound.
The standard tones are the same as those of a bass guitar, so it’s easy for bass guitarists to learn how to play the U Bass. However, it does take some time to adjust to the U-Bass’s unique strings and small size.
If you’re interested in buying your first U bass, you can find a great selection of U Bass Kala, both acoustic-electric and solid body, on Amazon.com.