Anyone ever tried putting standard strings on a Kala solidbody U-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by webspeare, Nov 16, 2012.


  1. webspeare

    webspeare Supporting Member

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    Hi - I've searched these pages and cannot get an answer as to whether anyone has ever tried putting standard bass strings (cut to size, of course) on a Kala Solidbody U-Bass? If so, what's your assessment? Thanks!
  2. Jon Moody

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    Jason from Kala old me he put tapewounds (short scale) on his U-Bass and likes it a lot. Said the inherent low fundamental is there, but it's much more clear.
  3. webspeare

    webspeare Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I'm starting to put a set of DR Black Beauties (45 - 105) on now. I'll report back on how it works out.
  4. slaerts

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    Please report your findings in the kala u-bass megathread.
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  6. SBassman

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    What's the prognosis?
  7. mccartneyman

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    Even short scale will be 9 inches too long for the Kala, and I have to wonder about tension.
  8. SBassman

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    ?
  9. TolerancEJ

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    String tension would be my concern. Is there even a truss rod on a U-Bass?
  10. Immigrant

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    I'd bet the guys in R&D at Kala probably tried that prior to going with proprietary-type strings with aftermarket brands available.

    If I owned a U Bass, I'd never do it. It may work for awhile, but long term may be another issue. If you post how it goes, post again in a year for an update. I'll be curious.
  11. Kryptos

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    Issues:

    - slots in nut are very wide, strings sit too low, rattle/buzz
    - steel strings might damage bridge
    - Kala SUB is string though body, strings might pull through
    - tuner posts may crush or snap under pressure
    - uke frets will get chewed up by strings
  12. SBassman

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    Later models - yes.

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