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Are bass ukuleles "legit"?

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

Are bass ukuleles "legit"?

Poll closed Sunday at 12:06 PM.
  1. Yes

    179 vote(s)
  2. No

    43 vote(s)
  3. Sometimes

    40 vote(s)
  4. Other

    10 vote(s)
  1. zubrycky


    Aug 22, 2011
    Any instrument is legit, specially in the hands of the right player.

    Here's few examples...





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  2. Pops OB

    Pops OB

    Nov 4, 2016
    I rest my case:

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  4. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    Haven't played it but have heard it played. It is able to produce more of a Upgright Bass sound than any other electric basses I've heard. Part of it of course is the weird set of strings that they use. But yeah, absolutely legit IMO.
  5. If it makes music and sounds good to YOU—then yes.

    I mean, is this legit?


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  6. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    I vote yes.

    IMG_1615. IMG_1616.
    HughC likes this.
  7. Whatever gets the job done
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  8. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    I love the performance on Toccata, but why is the bass dude even playing? It doesn't sound like his amp is even on.
  9. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    I have and use a fretless Kala as a portable, and almost as fun, backup for my Alcoa double bass. Sounds good, almost a double bass caricature, plugged in. I probably wouldn't get a fretted uBass though.

    I'm RV'ing 500 miles to a festival, can you guess which bass I am bringing? Hint: I'll be sleeping in the kitchenette.
  10. AboutSweetSue


    Sep 29, 2018
    Lebanon, TN
    I’ve had one for about 6 months now. Thinking about selling it. I think it’s cool, sounds great and everything, but it’s just not for me.
    retslock likes this.
  11. Not a fan, but I'm indifferent if others like playing them.
  12. TheGreatSealof

    TheGreatSealof Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2010
    Deptford, NJ
    No. but fun at parties. Seriously. Fun.
  13. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    Yes!......no!......maybe.....what was the question again?
    B-Mac likes this.
  14. This is what brought the UBass to my attention:

  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    They're fine as long as you amplify them. They don't project a lot of sound acoustically, but they do OK for their small size.
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  16. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    The Uke and Bass Uke videos show that belief in their legitimacy is unnecessary. None of those players asked anyone for permission or approval while meanwhile demonstrating extreme virtuosity.
    jbassjosh likes this.
  17. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have the metal strings on mine and they're much better to play than the rubber ones. The rubber ones sound better, but the metal ones play much better. I found the rubber ones sticky, and they tend to stick and roll on the fretboard.
  18. I’ve heard them played well live in the right context and they sound great!
    I want to get one for a specific acoustic duo gig I do because the focus is more on songs/vocals. The U bass would probably sound better in that situation, especially plugged straight into the PA.
    The venues are small so I’d take up less room!
  19. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not necessary. The "metal" strings have a nylon core with metal wound over them. No increase in tension over the rubber ones.
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  20. StatesideRambler


    Jul 1, 2015
    I don’t own one but when I go to some acoustic jams the person who brings one usually doesn’t play it for some reason. I pick it up and, given a little time to acclimatize to the rubbery strings, I have a great time! If I unload a few more unplayed things I may well get one of my own.
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