Kala Announces Bakithi Kumalo Signature U-Bass

Bakithi Kumalo with Kala Signature U-BassBakithi Kumalo and Kala Brand Music have teamed up to released the Bakithi Kumalo Signature U-Bass. Kumalo, who first made his mark on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, has been a U-Bass endorser for several years and helped to create the new signature model.

The B.K. U-Bass is solid-body fretless four-string with a 21″ scale. It’s built with a select ash body in an Espresso Brown finish, a maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. As with all U-Basses, Kumalo’s version utilizes the company’s proprietary polyurethane strings. It also sports a custom L.R. Baggs active EQ and pickup system. The bass is rounded off with Kumalo’s signature atop the headstock.

The Kala Bakithi Kumalo Signature U-Bass is made in the U.S. and ships in a custom deluxe gig bag. It will carry a list price of $1,099. For more info, check out the Kala U-Bass website.

Kala Bakithi Kumalo Signature U-Bass

Kala Bakithi Kumalo Signature U-Bass Specs:

  • Made in USA
  • GRAPH TECH Black TUSQ nut
  • Tuners: Custom Hipshot
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fretless
  • Electronics: Custom LR Baggs
  • Body wood: Select Swamp Ash
  • Finish: Espresso Brown
  • Scale Length: 21″

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  1. I love it. PS does anyone know where you can go to actually TRY a U Bass in person? No stores near me have them, but they have tons of other Kala ukes.

  2. Not worth 1000 bucks

  3. iI actually live by Bahkithi and I was playing with him and he let me try the U-BAss a few months ago, it sounded massive and it was so much fun, it would be worth it

  4. 1000 bucks for a mini bass with rubber bands on it

  5. it’s sooo tiny! Is this what happens when a Ukulele company makes basses?

  6. Have tried other Kala U-bass models. The strings are very hard to keep in tune.