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My new U-bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by stephencoxbass, Aug 6, 2017.


  1. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    I just got a Kala Ubass last week, and arranged Canon for it. It's the Exotic Mahogany model with round wound strings. It's directly plugged into an interface in this video. Do you like these strings or the rubber ones better?
     
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  2. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Sounds excellent!! What strings are those?

    -robert
     
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  3. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I tired the round wound strings and didn't like the string noise at all, not only the scraping sound, but the rattling they do against the frets. I only use either Road Toad Pahoehoe or very recently steel flatwound LaBella Deep Talkin' 25" made exclusively for the Gold Tone M-bass, but I use them on all my sub-short scales.
     
  4. Edmang

    Edmang Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2013
    MA
    Sound is a matter of taste. Those strings make the u-bass sound like an acoustic bass guitar. If that is the sound you are after, cool. Is a very different sound than what I am used to hearing from the u-bass.

    For me, I like the rubber strings. The rubber strings give the u-bass a more upright flavor.

    Just to be clear though, I do like the sound with the metal strings. Just not the sound I am after with the u-bass
     
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  5. Qlanq

    Qlanq

    Jul 9, 2007
    Swansea
    Nice playing dude.
    I will stay with the rubber strings on mine though.
    I've had mine for a fortnight and the strings have lost the "grippy" feel.
    Got my sliding back on.
     
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  6. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Hey Robert, those are Kala Silver Plated Round Wound strings.
     
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  7. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    I hear you! Someone got it for me...I thought I preferred the rubber ones as well, but I like both! The rubber are very cool and unique sounding, but the metal ones slap better and produce harmonics a bit better. Each string has a different advantage.
     
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  8. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Here's some slap U-bass if anyone is interested...
     
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  9. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Thanks!

    -robert
     
  10. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    For those who like the U-Bass...I played my first show with it:
    Let me know what you think! Thanks!
     
  11. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Kala Silver Plated Round Wounds. Here's my review of the U-bass/strings:
     
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  12. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    Here's a new U-bass song! I hope you are enjoying these!
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2017
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  13. darqmatter

    darqmatter

    Nov 12, 2012
    Reston, VA
    Dude... this is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your review. Been so curious about Ubass + roundwounds.
     
  14. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    No problem! Thank you for checking it out!
     
  15. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    I did a vocal+U-bass arrangement of Norwegian wood a while ago, but I made a tutorial for it last week. It's here if you want to learn it:
     
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  16. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    I thought you might like to hear the round wounds and the rubber strings back to back:
    Thoughts?
     
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  17. stephencoxbass

    stephencoxbass

    Feb 9, 2010
    Atlanta
    I understand that...it's definitely the biggest downside to the round wounds...they don't rattle too bad if it's set up properly and you play on the front half of the frets...it takes a lot of attention to detail. However, the string scraping sound is hard to avoid. Each string definitely has it's pros and cons.
     

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