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

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

  1. webspeare


    Nov 15, 2011
    NYC Metro area
    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

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    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


    Nov 15, 2011
    NYC Metro area
    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


    Aug 3, 2006
    Please report your findings in the kala u-bass megathread.
  5. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    What's the prognosis?
  6. mccartneyman


    Dec 22, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Managing Editor, Bass Guitars Editor, MusicGearReview.com
    Even short scale will be 9 inches too long for the Kala, and I have to wonder about tension.
  7. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
  8. String tension would be my concern. Is there even a truss rod on a U-Bass?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Later models - yes.