Case Study- Kala Solid Body U-Bass pickguard upgrade!

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Here’s a case study on how a simple upgrade can massively improve the look of an already handsome instrument!

The Kala Solid Body UBass is making waves in the ukulele bass world; not just for its striking looks, but also the way it feels, plays, and sounds much more like a full-size bass guitar than regular U-Basses.

However, general consensus is that the stock pickguard on the U-Bass SB series, shown below, is a bit of a blank canvas- on this striking candy apple red bass, the 1-ply white scratchplate is seen by some as a little underwhelming compared to the depth of the finish.

Here it is below:

Kala Solid Body U-Bass
Kala Solid Body U-Bass, as stock- with 1ply white pickguard

Bass looks awesome, but the pickguard could be upgraded, right?

After some careful consideration, we decided that a simple upgrade to 4-ply white pearl would be just the ticket, and upgraded our bass with a handmade, bespoke pickguard from our chosen sheet material.

We feel it’s a massive improvement!

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Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply white pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply white pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply white pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply white pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with 4-ply white pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body UBass with 4-ply white pearl pickguard

But what do you think? Is our guard an improvement, or was the minimalism of the original single-ply white guard better? Or should we have chosen something crazier, like the legendary 4-ply Leopard Print Pearl..?!

If you have one of these awesome basses, or anything else with a pickguard that you think could be improved with a fancier material, here’s the only link you’ll need to order your new favourite scratchplate: SCRATCHPLATE ORDER FORM

(and for you U-Bassists, I’ve specially added this exact model on as an option!)

 

[update] …couldn’t resist. I made one in 4-ply Leopard Pearl too. Feast your eyes! -Steve

Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply leopard print pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply leopard print pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply leopard print pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply leopard print pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply leopard print pearl pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone 4-ply leopard print pearl pickguard

 

We’ve manufactured several of these for customers already- here’s another we made for a customer in the UK, this time from Black Bakelite:

Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone black bakelite custom pickguard
Kala Solid Body U-Bass with Tiny Tone black bakelite custom pickguard