Who is exhibiting at the UK Guitar Show & London Bass Guitar Show

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2019 Exhibitors

Stand: H2
The Kala U•BASS®, the original short scale bass, was designed by Owen Holt from San Jose, CA. Owen and Kala founder Mike Upton formed a friendship in 2007 and together brought the Kala U•BASS to the masses in 2009. Known for its immense low end, the compact U•BASS packs a thunderous punch and is suited for any genre of music or style of play. The portable U•BASS makes a great addition to any bassist’s arsenal. With the player always in mind, Kala strives to find a balance between innovation and tradition to support you on your musical journey. 


Kala Brand Music Co. owner Mike Upton meets U•BASS® architect Owen Holt at a luthier’s convention.


Mike and Owen develop and finalize the definitive design of the original U•BASS®.


The fretted Solid Mahogany U•BASS® debuts at Summer NAMM. The fretless Solid Mahogany U•BASS follows soon after, debuting at Bass Player LIVE!


The fretted Solid Acacia U•BASS® and the Solid Spruce Mahogany U•BASS in fretted and fretless models are added at Winter NAMM. The first left-handed U•BASS hits the market.


At Winter NAMM, the Hutch Hutchinson Signature U•BASS is introduced. In the spring, the U.S.-made California Series U•BASS® arrive featuring fretted and fretless 4- and 5-string Solid Body models. The 4-string SUB Solid Body U•BASS follows at Summer NAMM.


Fretted Exotic Wood U•BASS® models, including Exotic Mahogany and Spalted Maple models, are presented at Winter NAMM. The U•BASS is celebrated at the Musicians Institute with a workshop featuring Abraham Laboriel Sr., Bakithi Kumalo, and Stuart Hamm, and at U•BASS Day at Berklee College with Hutch Hutchinson accompanying Abraham and Bakithi.


The fretted Rumbler Mahogany U•BASS® is released at Winter NAMM along with Silver Rumbler strings. Exotic Top Solid Body 4- and 5-string models join the California Series at Summer NAMM, featuring tops of Koa, Walnut, and Maple. A custom-designed Shadow® pickup system with EQ and built-in tuner becomes standard on each imported U•BASS.


On the 5th Anniversary of debut of the original U•BASS®, the Bakithi Kumalo Signature U•BASS is announced at Winter NAMM. The California Series adds Solid Koa and Maple Acoustic-Electric models equipped with an exclusively designed LR Baggs® pickup and preamp system. The LR Baggs system also becomes standard for every California Series Solid Body U•BASS. Bass Player LIVE! hosts a U•BASS clinic featuring Abraham, Bakithi, and Hutch.


The 5-string SUB Solid Body U•BASS® in black, red, sunburst, and cherry burst are introduced, along with the fretless Rumbler Mahogany U•BASS at Winter NAMM. The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA, features a U•BASS in their “LOW: The Power & Beauty of Bass” exhibit.


At Winter NAMM, the fretted Bubinga U•BASS® and the fretted Exotic Mahogany U•BASS with Round Wound strings are released.


The redesigned California Series with updated neck, body, and string alignment are shown at Winter NAMM. The Musical Instrument Museum begins displaying a 2012 Solid Spruce Mahogany U•BASS®.


At Winter NAMM, the Wanderer, Passenger, and Journeyman are introduced along with the Striped Ebony U•BASS® in multiple options. The Exotic Mahogany line expanded with Fretless and Left-handed models, and the Rumbler, Solid Mahogany, Exotic Mahogany and Solid Spruce Top lines all received aesthetic upgrades. At Summer NAMM, Red and Black Journeyman models with Round Wound strings debut.


This year the Wanderer, Passenger, and Journeyman are getting updated and now all come equipped with a GraphTech TUSQ® nut.



Opening Times

Saturday 21 September 2019
10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 22 September 2019
10:00 - 16:00
Gear Hall closes at 16:00 on Sunday


Show Info

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