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Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass Natural Mahogany

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The Kala Rumbler is the latest model in Kala Brand's distinctive line of award-winning portable U-Bass instruments. The Rumbler takes the U-Bass into a new dimension with the addition of custom engine... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Kala Rumbler is the latest model in Kala Brand's distinctive line of award-winning portable U-Bass instruments. The Rumbler takes the U-Bass into a new dimension with the addition of custom engineered electronics and new proprietary strings, at an economically friendly price. The Rumbler design integrates a specially designed Kala electronic system with a piezo pickup and is equipped with an active EQ with built-in tuner. Each bass is strung with Kala Silver Rumbler Strings which are proprietary U-Bass strings designed and manufactured exclusively for Kala Brand Music by Aquila strings. Padded gig bag included. Die-cast U-Bass tuners, Laminate mahogany construction, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

Features
  • Laminate Mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • 16 frets
  • 21 inch scale
  • Custom Die Cast Tuners
  • Kala Silver Rumbler Strings
  • Custom Kala inlay
  • Kala electronic system with an active EQ and built in tuner
  • Includes a Deluxe U-Bass Embroidered Gig Bag
  • Meets most airline carry-on requirements
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KalaRumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

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4.0

It is REALLY fun to play!

By Bill

from Missouri

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • rubber strings want to hold on to my fingers

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

I am primarily a rhythm guitar player, but started out on bass in the 60's. After hearing/seeing one of these used by a professional group Uke Box Band on a cruise 18 months ago, I thought I might like to get one. Finally bit the bullet and I've had this Rumbler about a month now; it really makes playing bass more fun. A number of other musicians have remarked that it sounds just like an upright bass and I agree. The only issue I have is that the rubber strings kind of like to hold on to my fingers. I've tried ghs Fast Fret, but that doesn't work. Will probably try Finger Ease next and hope it works. If it does, five stars!

 
4.0

A real head turner, everyone asks where I got it

By Bill

from Missouri

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

    I am primarily a rhythm guitar player, but started out on bass in the 60's. After hearing/seeing one of these used by a professional group on a cruise 18 months ago, I thought I might like to get one.

    Finally bit the bullet and I've had this Rumbler about a month now; it really makes playing bass more fun. A number of other musicians have remarked that it sounds just like an upright bass and I agree.

    The only issue I have is that the rubber strings kind of like to hold on to my fingers. I've tried ghs Fast Fret, but that doesn't work. Will probably try Finger Ease next.

     
    5.0

    Fun instrument

    By Ronnie

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

    Good sound. Good value. Rubber strings take some getting used to.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Huge sound and value for the $!

    By Jeff - Young Old Timer

    from Lakeland, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to get used to
    • Fun to play
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing
      • Stage work
      • Writing

      Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

      I just got this Rumbler yesterday, and I can't seem to put it down. This little bass has the voice of a 6-foot stand-up bass, kind of like the little bitty dog that won't back down from a great big dog 'cause he doesn't know he's little. ADVICE TIP #1: Stretch the strings by wiggling them back and forth and playing the bass every day to cut down on stretching time. ADVICE TIP #2: Be very careful when you replace the batteries (two CR 2032). Once they clear the body, they will fall out of the holder, so take note how they came out. ADVICE TIP #3: The tuners have a very low turning ratio, so you have to be patient. I had to turn each tuner 3 or 4 complete revolutions to go up half a note. I now have 19 basses, all completely different with completely different voices. My Rumbler is a great addition to the family and will get some serious stage time. Those big, fat rubbery (polyurethane) strings are so easy to play, and it took almost no time at all to get used to the small fret board. Also, it's such a lightweight! I bought an EHX B9 effects pedal yesterday, too, and it weighs more than the Rumbler! I could go on and onnnnnn, but my new baby is calling to me - again.

       
      5.0

      Huge sound and value for the $!

      By Jeff - Young Old Timer

      from Lakeland, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Lightweight
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • On stage
        • Practicing
        • Witing music

        Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

        For such a small instrument, this little bass has huge tone. It's like having a 6-foot standup bass packed into a half-pint body, kind of like a little bitty dog that doesn't know he's little. I just got it yesterday, and I can't seem to put it down. ADVICE TIP #1: wiggle and stretch the strings and play it every day until the strings are broken in and stay in tune. This will shorten the time. ADVICE TIP #2: be VERY careful when you replace the batteries. Once you pull out the battery holder, they will fall loose, so take the time to see which way the go in. They are CR2023, two of them. ADVICE TIP #3: Be aware that the gear ratio on the tuners is very low. I had to turn the tuner 3 or 4 complete turns to go up less than half a note, so be patient. I love the big bass sound, which is due to those fat, rubbery strings. I now have 19 different basses - no two are even closely alike, - and the Rumbler is a most welcome addition to the family. I could go on and on, but the new baby is calling to me again.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i have the exotic mahogany version .

        By Loren the teach.

        from stockton california

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • all of the above
          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

          i am the music teacher for Mau Loa Ukulele and also play ubass with 2 other ukulele groups. all three groups love the sound of my Ubass. i especially love it 's portability

           
          5.0

          This thing is great!

          By ithitwhat?

          from Ky

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

            casual practice

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Terrific little bass for a little price

            By Ragtime Relic

            from Central New Joisey

            Pros

            • Attractive finish
            • good quality
            • Great tone
            • Solid value

            Cons

            • Minor Finish Issues

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

              This is a great little bass. I already own a ubass with the solid spruce top. Although I like that ubass and played many gigs with it, I have intonation problems with it. Also it has a pickup but no on board preamp so that was an extra piece of equipment I needed to carry and hook up. The Rumbler I received from MF was set up perfectly out of the box. The preamp is just fine and very convenient with the onboard tuner which I found to be pretty accurate. Sounds great through all of my bass amps.Yes, it does come very close to the sound of an upright double bass without the problems of transporting that monster. The Rumbler is mahogany laminate, not a solid top but my upright is laminate, not carved and they all sound great. Also the mahogany finish is very appealing to the eye. Only finish problem I have is some fret ends closer to the body could have been smoothed a bit more. This however is not enough for me to change my 5 star rating. I'm in an acoustic band and brought it to practice the other night. It received rave reviews from the other guys. We do about 30 to 40 shows a year and I normally play the upright or an Ibanez acoustic electric bass for most gigs, but the Rumbler will be perfect to use as was my other Ubass at the venues that give the band limited space to set up. Get one. You won't be disappointed!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Big Sound, Little Package

              By Flatbilly

              from Minneapolis,MN

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Built In Tuner

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

                  Bought it for a recording project I'm working on where the client wanted an acoustic vibe and for a travel bass. This thing sounds like an upright! Just used it at a live gig yesterday. I brought along my regular bass for a back up if the Ubass was unsuitable but never opened the case. I'm impressed.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Can't stop playing it

                  By Prof Galen

                  from South Florida

                  Comments about Kala Rumbler Fretted Acoustic-Electric U-Bass:

                  Can't stop playing it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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