Gold Tone Microbass

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  1. Dr. Cheese

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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0lgwDG-SmV4

    Anyone hear at Talkbass have one of these? One of my local stores carries these, and I dig it! This will be one of my GAS acquisitions this year. I think KalaU has better fretwork, but this is the first little bass that really feels comfortable to me, and it sounds good plugged in and acoustic. I may just buy one fretless so I can just avoid have to whip out my fret file!
     
  2. 1stnamebassist

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    Several people own them and love them and there is a thread dedicated to it. I play a fretless Kala u-bass and may grab one of these sometime in the near future.also.
     
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    I have not bought one yet, but I plan on getting one although I have always liked those solid body KalaU basses too.
     
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  6. Gorn Captain

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    I think you're gonna love it. It's a much more comfortable scale than the ubass. Personally, I hate the strings but I changed mine to ubass strings so it's awesome now.
     
  7. tymbrewolf

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    Love the M-bass. I like their strings too. I think it is the closest thing to catgut I have played. If a steel bass guitar is what you are used to, I can see the attraction to the pahoehoe strings as well. I gave my solid hog fretted u-bass up for the M-bass. If I had gotten a fretless, I would never have tried the M-bass. Love the fretless GT. With the fret marker inlays, you really can't tell the difference other than the ability to dial in the tone you want. My only thing negative about ubass strings are the long time to settle in. I want to pick up and play, not pick up and tune and then play. If you are used to a solid body, maybe you want to wait for the fretless m-bass.
     
  8. Zoomie

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    I bought one yesterday along with a Kala in order to compare the two. Should be interesting.
     
  9. Dr. Cheese

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    I think you should post a video on YouTube. I still love the tone of that solid body Kala U, but is just too tiny for me!
     
  10. Zoomie

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    My early guess is that I will be more comfortable on the GT with the longer scale. I'm just hoping for tone equal to the Kala.
     
  11. Dr. Cheese

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    The Kala has a deeper tone. The Gold Tone is more middy but it still sounds plenty deep. I think the fretless is especially killer.
     
  12. Zoomie

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    Thanks Dr. Cheese. Looking forward to them arriving this week, I'll post some commentary upon their arrival.
     
  13. Gorn Captain

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    It's the strings. The pahoehoe's are all low end. The thunderguts on the micro are indeed more middy.
     
  14. Zoomie

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    I haven't studied all the commentary on strings. I'll get in to that once both arrive, and then pick everyone's brain for preferences.
     
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    This guys tone is what made me originally want a ubass.


    These are all on ubasses, but it's the strings that makes these instruments special. All these demos played on a microbass would probably sound roughly the same.
     
  16. tymbrewolf

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    I hadn't seen the kala harmonics. That was very cool! I would like to see a sound wave of the various types of strings to be able to "see" the difference. I also wonder how the "e" pahoehoe would sound on the m-bass
     
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    It sounds great.
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    Yup, but with slightly more tension. I got a 24" scale set from road toad. I have to take out most of the highs and mids in EQ otherwise the tone is kinda uneven, but they sound great that way.
     
  20. Zoomie

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    That cover with with the Thunderguts sounds amazing.
     
  21. mikal

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    I sat down a couple nights ago with a guy on piano and another on banjo. Acoustically, the m bass didn't cut it. I was prepared though. I brought along my ehx enigma, and Jeff Berlin combo on low volume it was an awesome!
     

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