Are bass ukuleles "legit"?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassrique, Jun 9, 2019.

Are bass ukuleles "legit"?

Poll closed Jun 23, 2019.
  1. Yes

    179 vote(s)
  2. No

    43 vote(s)
  3. Sometimes

    40 vote(s)
  4. Other

    10 vote(s)
  1. Your thoughts?
  2. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
  3. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    sure. i used to own a kala ubass and played it all the time. sounded great plugged in.
  4. TwoToneMiles


    Mar 2, 2019
    I'm no pro, so I couldn't comment on how they'd sound in a mix. But I think they're a great buy for a hobbyist. I have a low-end Kala Rumbler, and it only cost a bit more than a Fender Squier. The thing is LOUD when amped up, and makes enough noise to be played acoustically. I want to say it sounds like an upright -- but what would I know? I recently moved my Ubass from home to my work, so I can jam a bit during lunch when the mood strikes.
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  5. MD


    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    I don't see why not, if one can get by the lillipution aesthetics. Personally, I don't think I would take to it, I gotta have my arms wrapped around a jumbo ABG body and a 34" string length.
  6. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    A solid 'Sometimes' from me. Usually sound great, but not really versatile. I think they're weird to play, but I know someone who swears by them to cop a faux upright tone.
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  7. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Somewhat, but why would I need one for myself when my acoustic sounds like this?
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  8. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    If you’re Hawaiian
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  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    TBH a u-bass would suit the gigging needs of most players.
  10. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I used to gig my Kala pretty frequently. It more than paid for itself is a pseudo-acoustic group I play with... Haven't had it out too much in the past few years though.

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  11. Sound amazing plugged in. I used a SansAmp ParaDriver with mine. It really made the passive preamp come alive. Perfect for acoustic gigs and as a tiny backup to take to my DB gigs.

    Sold it coz it was my fifth Fretless bass and preferred/felt I should be playing my Rob Allen Mouse (justify price, more versatile). Also swapping between four different scale length for fretlii was messing with me.
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  12. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    they make non-rubbery strings for them, and i imagine they would be a more versatile playing experience. unfortunately i didn't know they existed when i sold my ubass. had i tried them, i might still have it.
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  13. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    You post this video a lot. Is there, perhaps, a less arty version you could post instead? Preferably one that's easier to see.
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  14. What are those?
  15. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Kala U-Basses are fantastic. Addictive to play... just so much fun... they sound incredible... and yes, those big rubber strings are good things in this world! :smug:
  16. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
  17. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Of course they're legit. Why wouldn't they be? They're as legit as any other instrument in the bass range.
  18. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
  19. Jazz school legit? For an electric.
  20. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Sorry, I can't find the original.
    It was on my old phone and no longer exists...that I know of, that is.
    Just searching now, I'm surprised I found a still shot.