Posts Tagged ‘kala’

Kala S-U-B (Subductive U-bass)

Posted in Ukulele News on September 2nd, 2011 by Uke Guy – 2 Comments

Freaking Kala does it again.  What did they do?  They made me NEED yet another ukulele-related instrument.  I know, I have a problem.  Or, rather, I have a disease and the only cure is more UKULELE!  (and beer)

Anyway, check out a picture of the new Kala Subductive Solid Body U-bass.

Kala S-U-B Solid U-Bass Sunburst

Kala S-U-B Solid U-Bass Sunburst

Now if that doesn't get yer juices flowin' then you might already be dead.

So, I guess they call this baby the Subductive because of that word's relation to the Mariana Trench.  Get it?  The deepest place on Earth.  Well, if you've ever heard the apparent black magic of the low end that comes out of these U-basses then you would definitely get the reference.

I'm hoping to get my hands on one, and if I do, I'll upload some videos of it.  Now, where did I leave my bank-robbing mask and gloves?

Sneak Peak: Kala’s Solid Body U-Bass

Posted in Ukulele News on April 7th, 2011 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

Kala has really revolutionized both the Ukulele and the Bass guitar with their U-Bass.  Heck, the U-Bass has been featured in live performances and studio recordings for the likes of Sting, Paul Simon and Jimmy Buffett.  I was lucky enough to play one at a local music store and it blew my mind.  The strings feel like nothing you've ever played.  What's even better is that if you close your eyes you'd swear it was an upright bass.  It has BUCKETS of bottom end.

So, what did Kala do?  Yup, come out with a solid body version of this bad boy.  Now I have to explain to my wife why we need to have two ukulele bass guitars in the house.  Heh.  I just finished convincing her that I just HAD TO buy my new 1973 Gibson EB-0 bass.  Doh!

Feast your eyes on the Kala Solid Body U-bass:

Kala Solid Body U-Bass

Kala Solid Body U-Bass

If you want to see a demo of this beast, check out this video of Hutch Hutchinson pretty much slaying it.

Ukulele Guy Video Responses (YAY!)

Posted in Ukulele Videos on January 31st, 2011 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

So, I'm going to just come right out and admit that I know very little about the inner workings of Youtube.  I mean, I'd always seen these so-called "Video Responses" but I guess I didn't really get it.  It seemed like something that people did to argue more with a political video or something.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that I have two Video responses to my ukulele videos!

I have pretty much been smiling for days.  Anyway, the first video response I ever got was from russelljenkinsfearn and it was actually from a little while back.  He responded to my Kala Pocket Ukulele rendition of Ween's "Help me scrape the mucus off my brain".  In all honesty, his version is better.   Doh!  Anyway, check it out:

My next video response came over this weekend.  It was posted by "TacoBum311" and it was a response to my Eleuke Electric Ukulele version of Halloween by the Misfits.  Their version also features an Eleuke (the pretty sunburst one) and they do a rocking version of the best Misfits song of all time, Hybrid Moments.  Check it out!

Like I said, I feel like a proud father or something. I know it's a little ridiculous but I can't help it. So, if you want to make my freaking day then please post a Video Response to one of my ukulele videos.

Video: Bakithi Kumalo playing the Kala U-Bass with Paul Simon

Posted in Ukulele Videos on January 7th, 2011 by Uke Guy – 2 Comments

Well, I'm still going through my inbox and now I'm down to just 281 messages left.  What prompted this particular post was an e-mail I got from Rick Carlson over at Kala.  He was just letting me know that Bakithi Kumalo played a U-Bass on the Colbert Report (with Paul Simon).  The video is pretty rad.  Enjoy!

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Paul Simon - Getting Ready for Christmas Day
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> March to Keep Fear Alive

Yup. That does it. I definitely need a Kala U-Bass now.

Kala Pocket Ukuleles starting to appear in the wild!

Posted in Ukulele Deals, Ukulele News on April 14th, 2010 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

I've been waiting for the Kala Pocket Ukulele to make its appearance "in the wild", so to speak, for a few weeks now.  If you recall, Kala sent me the Acacia model to test and review and I freaking love it.  It's adorable, beautifully made and it sounds fantastic!  But, I've been getting a lot of questions like "Where can I get one?",  "How much will they cost?" and so on.  I had originally heard that list on the Mahogany was going to be around $299 and list on the Acacia was $399.  Yup, don't let the size fool you.  These are beautiful, high quality instruments... they just happen to be teenie tiny.

The first place that I heard about the Kala Pocket Ukulele was Easy Music Center.  I don't see a notice on their site that they have them for sale, yet, but it might be worthwhile contacting them.  (UPDATE: They do have them at Easy Music Center!  In fact, you can even see them in the picture below.  Peter, said if you are interested to just e-mail him at [email protected] and he'll hook you up!  Make sure and remember to mention Ukulele Guy to get the good deal.)  Besides, wouldn't you want to buy a Ukulele from a store that has the WALL OF UKULELES [tm]! ;)  Check it out:

Wall of Ukuleles

Easy Music Center's "Wall of Ukuleles"

But, for those of you who just can't wait, I have seen a few of these beauties popping up on eBay.  So, here's what's currently out there right now.  Good luck!



Kala KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Pocket Size Travel Ukulele w Gigbag Uke
Kala KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Pocket Size Travel Ukulele w Gigbag Uke
$174.99
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

Kala KA PU SSTU Pocket Travel Ukulele Uke Sopranissimo  Padded GigBag RRP 179
Kala KA PU SSTU Pocket Travel Ukulele Uke Sopranissimo Padded GigBag RRP 179
$193.13
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $193.13

Kala KA PU SSTU Pocket Ukulele
Kala KA PU SSTU Pocket Ukulele
$157.99
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $157.99

Kala KA PU SSTU Mahogany Travel Pocket Ukulele w Bag
Kala KA PU SSTU Mahogany Travel Pocket Ukulele w Bag
$174.99
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

MIM Kala Travel Pocket Uke KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Ukulele x923
MIM Kala Travel Pocket Uke KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Ukulele x923
$174.99
Time Remaining: 4d 15h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

Kala Pocket Ukulele Pocket Ukulele w bag
Kala Pocket Ukulele Pocket Ukulele w bag
$174.99
Time Remaining: 6d 15h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

MIM Kala Travel Pocket Uke KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Ukulele x998
MIM Kala Travel Pocket Uke KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Ukulele x998
$174.99
Time Remaining: 15d 17h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

MIM Kala Travel Pocket Uke KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Ukulele x999
MIM Kala Travel Pocket Uke KA PU SSTU Solid Spruce Top Mahogany Ukulele x999
$174.99
Time Remaining: 15d 17h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

Kala KA PU SSTU Pocket Ukulele with Gig Bag
Kala KA PU SSTU Pocket Ukulele with Gig Bag
$174.99
Time Remaining: 24d 19h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99

KALA KA PU SSTU SOLID MAHOGANY POCKET UKULELE W BAG AUTHORIZED DEALER
KALA KA PU SSTU SOLID MAHOGANY POCKET UKULELE W BAG AUTHORIZED DEALER
$174.99
Time Remaining: 26d 21h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $174.99



Kala U-Bass (on tour with Paul Simon, even)

Posted in Ukulele News, Ukulele Videos on March 11th, 2010 by Uke Guy – 6 Comments

So, I got a press release from Kala saying that their U-Bass is currently on tour with Paul Simon.  Well, I guess I could say that more clearly.  The U-Bass is actually being played by Bakithi Kumalo (thankfully, no one has invented the sentient, walking ukulele... yet. When they do, I'm out of a job.).  Bakithi Kumalo is an incredibly musician and you've probably heard his playing before on Paul Simon records (he played on Gracelenad).

Anyway, reading the press release makes me realize that I need to know more about the Kala U-bass.

So, I did a little searching and this is what I've come up with so far.  It's a 20" scale bass guitar and the strings are some sort of fancy polyurethane that is some sort of Kala secret ingredient deal.  What is blowing my mind is that, for it's size, it has incredibly rich and deep tones.  I think if you were listening to it and not looking at it, you'd assume you were listening to an upright bass.  So, I guess it's like the musical instrument equivalent of a Bag of Holding from D&D.  Somehow, it's like a magical vortex that channels extra deep tone?

Here, take a listen to these guys covering "Stand by Me" and tell me that this bass sound isn't exceptional deep.

Anyway, if someone has one of these, tell us more about it! Heck, make a video even, why doncha?

Video: When I’m Cleaning Windows (with Kala Pocket Uke)

Posted in Ukulele Videos on February 17th, 2010 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

I finally got a few free minutes during lunch to make a video showing off the Kala pocket ukulele.
I think that the powers that be must have known I only had a few minutes, though because they kept effing with me.  I'd play the song perfectly and the cat would run by and mess it up.  Or, the shot was great and my brain turned off.  It seemed like it was something every time, so finally, I just decided that I was going to do one more and that was it.  Of course my freaking knee was covering the pocket uke the whole time though.  Doh!

Next time I'll be more careful to let you see the uke while I'm playing it.  Anyway, this song is one of my favorites to play (even if I can't always remember all the words) and my son Simon really loves it as well.  He usually sings the chorus with me if he's anywhere near while I play it.  So, that's pretty fun.  He and I have a Ramones cover band also, (we're called "Second Verse, Same as the First") so maybe I can convince him to make some videos with me of that action.

Anyway, if you have ever watched George Formby play this on Youtube then you'll notice that he uses different chords.  I learned it this way and I guess it just stuck so there's no undoing it now.

Video: Kala Pocket Uke Size Comparison

Posted in Ukulele News, Ukulele Videos on February 16th, 2010 by Uke Guy – Be the first to comment

So, while I'm still going to make a longer video showing off the adorable Kala Pocket Ukulele, I wanted to answer your biggest question first.  So, while I could have just told you that it's 16 inches long, it still might be hard to visualize that, right?  Well, hopefully that won't be an issue after this video.  If it is, I don't want to hear about it ;).

Video Notes:

  • In case you were wondering, I rolled a natural 20 with that die.
  • The Rubik's Cube I show you actually has 6 sides (it's a cube, after all) but each face is 4x4.  Sorry for any confusion about 4-sided cubes and whatnot.

Anyway, here is your size comparison video for the pocket ukulele.

Kala’s Pocket Ukulele – How big is it?

Posted in Ukulele News on February 12th, 2010 by Uke Guy – 3 Comments

So, I got my Kala Pocket Ukulele this morning and I haven't been able to put it down for very long.  It's so freaking fun!  I'm going to make a few videos to show you more about it but I wanted to give you a quick picture to give a sense of scale.  People keep asking me, "Just how small is it?".  Turns out, they were talking about the ukulele.  Hi-yooo!

Anyway, here is a picture of my guitar, baritone ukulele, tenor ukulele, soprano ukulele and the kala pocket ukulele.

More to come soon!

 

Guitar,  Baritone Uke,  Tenor Uke,  Soprano Uke and Kala Pocket Ukulele

Guitar, Baritone Uke, Tenor Uke, Soprano Uke and Kala Pocket Ukulele

Kala Pocket Ukulele (I will kill to get one)

Posted in Ukulele News on January 18th, 2010 by Uke Guy – 8 Comments

So, I was just doing random Google searches for ukulele (as I always do) and I came across a post on EasyMusicCenter.com talking about Kala giving someone a Pocket Ukulele.  Huh?  Pocket Ukulele?  Do you mean a Soprano Uke?  Well, apparently not.  Check out this picture of the Kala Pocket Ukulele.

Kala Pocket Ukulele

Kala Pocket Ukulele

"Dear Kala, How the hell can Ukulele Guy get one of these beauties?"  Seriously, I didn't even see them on the Kala website.  I would consider punching a nun to get a shot at it, that's how desperate I am.  Well.. maybe not a nun, but certainly an old lady dressed in black and white.

If anyone has more information, let me know!