NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

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NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by Petebass » 13 Apr 2018, 23:15

Don't worry, I'd never heard of them either, certainly not for their basses.

Ok so here's what I wanted:-

* Something fretted I could noodle on (or learn new songs on) out the back of my Ice Cream shop when it's quiet and all my other work is up to date.

* To replace the Michael Kelly fretless acoustic I've been using for this until now. It's a bit too big for my tiny back room, and I bump it on something hard every time I put it down in a hurry when a customer walks in. And it's fretless. I find it difficult to learn new songs on a fretless.

* Must make decent noise when played acoustically. That rules out my Ashbory, or anything else "electric". And don't forget that freezers are noisy, and I have lots of them.

* More affordable than a Kala.

I came very close to buying a Tanglewood Ubass, $399 street price new, and I found a used one on EBay for $250. Unfortunately the seller was a twat, so I pulled out. Just as well - I tried a new one in a shop afterwards and while it sounded ok acoustically, I found the electronics a bit lacking. Only one active tone knob, and it had to be all the way to the left or the bass sounded like a banjo. Turning it to the right robbed all the bass from the instrument.

Then I spotted the Mahalo hanging on the wall. 3 band eq. Bass and mids worked well, I couldn't hear anything changing when I twisted the treble knob. It sounded much better plugged in than the Tanglewood. But here's the kicker - despite being physically smaller, it sounded louder acoustically. All that for $280 new (street price). That's good enough for me!

Here's the link:-

https://www.mahalo-ukulele.com/Products/detail/id/175
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by BassLine » 14 Apr 2018, 08:08

Great score Pete, bargain. Ideal bass for your needs. :thumbup:

Do you like the Thundergut strings?
How's the intonation?
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by packrat » 14 Apr 2018, 09:56

Where did you go looking for them?

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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by Petebass » 14 Apr 2018, 10:46

BassLine wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 08:08
Great score Pete, bargain. Ideal bass for your needs. :thumbup:

Do you like the Thundergut strings?
How's the intonation?
I have those strings on my Ashbory as well. I like the feel of them, but they don't "cut through" like the original Ashbory strings.

The intonation seems good. Having a tuner built-in is a nice touch too.
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by Petebass » 14 Apr 2018, 10:50

packrat wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 09:56
Where did you go looking for them?
Do you mean which shops? I bought from Shake it up music in Nambour. I live in Hervey Bay and was driving to the Gold Coast to watch some Commonwealth Games action. So I decided to pop into some music shops on the way ..... Then got lucky at the first place I went.
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by packrat » 14 Apr 2018, 11:07

Awesome. I ended up with a Kala that I picked up in the US, but never had a chance to try out the competition.

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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by BazzBass » 14 Apr 2018, 12:57

good score Pete :) happy playing

Everytime I see the $999 price tag on a kala ubass I larf and larf....til I stop.

seriously outrageous price for a uke lol I would never pay that for that

but $300 is a fair price I feel.
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by irvinz » 14 Apr 2018, 13:08

man that looks good, i've been on the look out for something to muck around on in hotel rooms when i travel. looks like it would fit in the budget... compared to looking at an ipad and pretending to know how to play synths i reckon

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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by packrat » 14 Apr 2018, 13:15

BazzBass wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 12:57
good score Pete :) happy playing

Everytime I see the $999 price tag on a kala ubass I larf and larf....til I stop.

seriously outrageous price for a uke lol I would never pay that for that

but $300 is a fair price I feel.
Agree. This is why I picked one up in the US. They pick up a big currency hedge markup.

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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by Petebass » 14 Apr 2018, 13:16

irvinz wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 13:08
man that looks good, i've been on the look out for something to muck around on in hotel rooms when i travel. looks like it would fit in the budget... compared to looking at an ipad and pretending to know how to play synths i reckon
Actually I did exactly that in my hotel room last night in complete confidence I want bothering anyone. The tv was playing Rage, I was playing along.
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by packrat » 14 Apr 2018, 13:22

I ended up stashing backup basses inthe places I travel to frequently but I have travelled with a ubass. Way less fuss than lugging a synapse.

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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by Aussie Mark » 14 Apr 2018, 14:48

Petebass wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 13:16
The tv was playing Rage, I was playing along.
How did the U-bass cope with drop-D tuning?

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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by Petebass » 14 Apr 2018, 23:42

Aussie Mark wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 14:48
Petebass wrote:
14 Apr 2018, 13:16
The tv was playing Rage, I was playing along.
How did the U-bass cope with drop-D tuning?
Ha, I didn't bother with that ....... the audience didn't mind :p
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* Carvin B1500, Epifani PS1000, Ashdown Superfly amps.
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Re: NBD - Mahalo U-Bass

Post by RedVee » 15 Apr 2018, 11:42

Thanks for posting this.
My local shop sells Mahalo ukes in various price ranges. I sort of ignored them pretty much as toys.
I’ll have to take a look, could be perfect as we are trying to encourage a couple of people to bring their ukes along. Not enough room for much else most of the time.
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