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What's Happened to the Kala Ubass??

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Hi all,

After quite fancying a Kala u-Bass solidbody for years I'm finally in a position to buy one.

(And I mean the cheaper ones - not the crazy money Californian jobs)

But looking over the last couple of days it seems like they've disappeared off the face of the earth!

Nobody in the UK seems to have any in stock, and can't find a single one second hand anywhere.

What's the story, folks?

Jim

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Going to be picky now and say I never really fancied a black one! (no pleasing some people is there!)

The Goldtone is nice, but bloody expensive. The U-Bass Sub model was on Thomann for less that £300 for a while, IIRC

Having watched a bunch of comparison videos, I will probably end up going for the Mahalo one:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mahalo-STN2031B-Solid-Electric-Ukulele/dp/B01EUG1KMQ/ref=pd_aw_sbs_267_1/258-4165973-7730718?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01EUG1KMQ&pd_rd_r=017d86d6-a33f-4c75-aa35-c342d9861f27&pd_rd_w=WO6Kd&pd_rd_wg=8dg7L&pf_rd_p=15216146-4434-47f5-99d9-56240c85bf4d&pf_rd_r=8GX763J1854TWPXEMZF0&psc=1&refRID=8GX763J1854TWPXEMZF0

The comparison vids make it quite clear that they all sound fairly similar, but it's the technique you use that can make them sound GOOD.

I guess Kala have just stopped importing?

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Yes, it's almost the same as the Mahalo, and for around the same price. Except the Ashbury has an ugly step on the rear of the neck joint, whereas the mahalo looks to be smoothed in. Apart from that and the headstock shape they look ideantical.

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Bass Direct have Kala California solids in stock if you can afford one. I got a fretless 4-string a couple of years back, just fitted Galli flatwounds (Pyramid roundwounds were chewing my fingers up) and it sounds and plays great. Didn't intend to buy it but made the mistake of having a go while they fixed a duff preamp on my ubass, and couldn't go home without it...

 

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