Kala UBass, Gibson Baritone Ukulele

They’re not available yet, but I’m already uke-lusting for a Kala UBass. Rigk Sauer has put up a couple of clips: Stand By Me, Tiger Rag.

It’s not often you see baritone Gibson ukuleles up for sale but here’s a rather handsome Gibson UB-1. Good to see they went with the guitar-style headstock rather than the more clunky ukulele headstock.

On the subject of lesser-seen baritones, here’s a baritone banjo ukulele.

Leolani have combined three of most hated design features into one hideous ukulele: dolphins, writing ‘Hawaii‘ on the instrument and the half-pinapple-half-not shape. It’s turning into a arms race between companies to see how many dolphins they can fit on a ukulele. Stop the madness before it kills us all.

Shag ukulele postcard.

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  1. todd May 23rd, 2009 5:56 am

    the Ubass, baritone Gibson, and Baritone banjo uke….are all ‘drool/covet’ worthy…..yes indeed!


  2. karl May 23rd, 2009 8:46 am

    Hi Woodshed,

    Thanks for the great links. Two small corrections: it’s a BU-1 (UB-1 is the banjo uke, not the baritone uke) and the Marvel banjo ukulele is a concert size, not a baritone one. They’re rare, but I used to have one of them.

    Love this blog!

  3. Woodshed May 23rd, 2009 8:51 am

    todd: It seems to be a good week for the big ukuleles.

    karl: Thanks for the corrections.

  4. wrot May 23rd, 2009 9:49 pm

    Oh man, I want that last ukulele simply because it’s so horrible. Plus 30 bucks is by no means overpriced.

  5. Woodshed May 24th, 2009 9:41 am

    wrot: I don’t think I could ever muster up enough irony to buy that thing.

  6. cardboardfrog May 26th, 2009 11:17 am

    really fancy one of the kala ubasses but not sure i can justify spending so much on yet another bass/ukulele

  7. Woodshed May 26th, 2009 9:44 pm

    cbf: And an amp.

  8. cardboardfrog May 26th, 2009 11:30 pm

    oh trust me, i don’t need another amp lol

  9. mark devilbiss, las vegas, nv July 30th, 2009 2:32 am

    I have a Gibson ub-1 banjo ukelele. I know that it was made before 1925, because it has about 100 notes on it (like year book comments ) and some of them are dated. It needs to be restored. How much does an average restoration cost, and how would I find a reputable person in my area to do the work?

  10. Debe Pevnev October 21st, 2010 6:06 pm

    Mark DeVilbiss, I am trying to locate Kathy DeVilbiss. I worked with her at Kila. You used to bring my daughter Holly a piece of pie.
    Are you this Mark??

  11. mary B March 14th, 2013 12:07 am

    Hubby is thinking of learning the bass-ukulele by KALA. Is anyone doing lessons or is there a chord chart that might make his new hobby easier on the old gray cells? I think a regular bass guitar uses the same chords.

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