I travel extensively for my job and I would like to continue to practice while I’m away. Does anyone know of a device or instrument available that would allow me to practice but isn’t cumbersome with which to travel? I do a lot of flying so small and light weight is preferred.
For starters I would suggest to search this forum for an extremely similar thread called “Practicing” While Traveling (last activity there was in May 2019) - there you should find some ideas to start off with, some better than others…
I’ll put the link here, and do another quick plug for the Kala U-bass!!
I know someone with a U-Bass that absolutely loves it, and even uses it live. Super cute instruments.
I travel for work too. I drove this time so I brought two instruments but I fly a lot and have no problem traveling with Gloria (my Ibanez Mikro). It fits in a guitar gig bag, no problem, and will fit in the overhead storage of most planes. On smaller planes you might have to ask if there is room in the closet.
Thanks everyone for responding. The KALA looks very interesting. What’s the difference in spacing compared to a standard bass?
The U bass is the size of a large-ish ukulele.
It is smaller than a standard bass by a lot. It’s a 20" scale length compared to a 25" for a Fender Strat. Most electric basses are 34".
Do you have any trouble going from the U bass to a standard bass when playing?
@JerryP - I don’t, but I think that’s more a factor of my life is 99% standard, 1% U bass.
I imagine that it would be much different if the U bass was your main axe, or you found yourself playing it a bunch.
Kinda depends on what your body acclimates to?
Having said that - when you learn an instrument, your brain and body treat it pretty differently. I don’t have a problem going from guitar to bass to banjo to ukulele - they’re all different, and when you pick up the Uke, the body goes “oh - hello Uke. Now I will shred on you.”
The adjustments feel pretty natural and comfy.
@Gio - Thanks for the good advice. I’ll look into buying a U Bass for my traveling needs.
I have nothing to add.
Excellent philosophy, don’t you think? lol
Here’s a funky little short-scale with a built in amp and speaker (and normal outs as well). Pickup looks decent too, on the one in the Amazon link. This pic is of a purely piezo version:
Not sure if you can get these for export. It’s super cute, “Zo” is japanese for “elephant.” Mostly marketed as a kids’ bass. Fernandes is a solid brand.
it looks very … japanese !
OK, I received my KALA U Bass and going to have it set up at Guitar Center. The only thing I’m gonna look into is a thumb rest. Has anyone installed one on their U bass?
I have not installed one, but could see it being helpful.
I hope those GC folks know what they’re doing!
GC did a good job. I haven’t installed the thumb rest yet, gonna try it ‘au natural’ and see if it affects my playing.
Cool little bass! I want one. Are you going to give us pictures?