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Tools of the Trade => Ukulele => Topic started by: J.W.C. on June 27, 2019, 11:35:19 pm

Title: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: J.W.C. on June 27, 2019, 11:35:19 pm
I've been seeing some youtube videos with ukulele bass, and they sound surprisingly good (especially plugged in). I'm thinking about getting one. Anyone have experience with these?
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: batwoman on June 28, 2019, 04:03:33 am
Hi JWC, I have a friend who plays double bass as well as a bass uke in a band. He's not a tall man and his build is slight. His band mates claim he plays the uke to make himself look bigger.  ;D  I can get the details if you want. He loves his uke and it sure has a big, beautiful sound plugged in.
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: J.W.C. on June 28, 2019, 06:03:42 pm
Sure, I'd love to know which uke bass he plays, especially if he likes the instrument. Thanks!
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: batwoman on June 29, 2019, 04:37:00 am
Sure, I'd love to know which uke bass he plays, especially if he likes the instrument. Thanks!

I'm waiting to hear from him JWC, weekends he's busy gigging. Will pass on the info as soon as I get it.
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: J.W.C. on June 29, 2019, 11:55:20 am
Thank, and no rush. I'm just doing a little research before I decide if I want to buy one. I'm not finding many in local stores, so I thought I'd see if anyone had a experiences, pro or con.
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: DarrellW on June 30, 2019, 06:55:56 am
I’ve got a Makala uke bass which is actually a less expensive version of the Kala U bass, they are nice to play and sound great through an amp but unplugged they are very quiet- great for practice but not for playing with others.
Personally I like it and the only thing that I find a bit of a negative is the rubbery strings, the do stretch a lot and are fairly expensive. Maybe I would go for a short scale bass if I were doing it again, but not if I wanted to play in a Uke band!
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: Alex6strings on July 01, 2019, 09:51:45 am
Myself and my housemate had to get one which arrived last week.  This sounds like a double bass when it's through  a PA and   acoustically it's average sounding .   



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Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: batwoman on July 02, 2019, 06:51:27 am
Hey JWC, the uke is called a U-bass and the brand is Kala.  There's a range, this is the one my friend plays.

https://kalabrand.com/collections/all-u-bass/products/ubass-em-fs
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: J.W.C. on July 02, 2019, 04:23:55 pm
That Kala U-bass is gorgeous. Definitely putting that one on my radar.
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: sunjamrblues on September 02, 2019, 10:16:24 pm
They sound like rubbish unless you plug them into an amp, and even then they still sound pretty rubbish.  So why not just go ahead and get a short-scale acoustic electric bass?
Title: Re: Anyone tried a ukulele bass?
Post by: Clutha on September 11, 2019, 08:47:32 am
I got a demo, (for entertainment) from a guitar teacher in his musical instrument shop/bistro in Rothesay.
Blew me away. He stated it had to be used via an amp.

I was in to discuss 1/2-3/4 size guitars to carry in our camper van. I came out with a baritone ukulele!

Tried a uke group and got shown the door. They were all on small stuff, from tenor up. Bought one and was allowed back in!

My guitars been a bit neglected but I'm now I'm using all 3  instruments. Who'd have thought?