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Bakithi Kumalo has been a proud endorsee of the Kala U•BASS® for over a decade. Longtime collaborator and bassist for Paul Simon, Bakithi’s world-renowned work for 1985’s Graceland in South Africa launched his lifelong career as bassist, studio musician, and composer. As a new milestone, Bakithi and Kala have designed his very own Signature Acoustic-Electric U•BASS® to help share his unique sound and philosophy as a bassist with players of any level.


With this Signature U•BASS®, Kala & Bakithi set out to create the perfect U•BASS introduction for new and experienced bass players alike. This fretted bass pairs a Natural Mahogany build with the Kala Round Wound U•BASS® Strings for a clear and confident tone. Personal touches include Bakithi’s signature black pickguard and custom Zulu shield headstock artwork, hand-drawn by Bakithi’s own album cover artist, Gus Liberdade.

Kala U-Bass Bakithi Kumalo Signature

  • TOP:  Mahogany
    BACK & SIDES:  Mahogany
    NECK:  Mahogany
    FINISH:  Satin
    FINGERBOARD:  Rosewood
    HEADSTOCK:  Standard
    BRIDGE:  Rosewood
    NUT:  Graphtech TUSQ
    SADDLE:  Composite
    TUNERS:  Custom Black Die Cast
    TRUSS ROD:  Yes
    STRINGS:  Kala Round Wound
    INCLUDES:  Custom Bakithi Padded Gig Bag
    STRAP BUTTON:  Black x1
    • Scale Length: 20.8125 inches
    • Overall Instrument Length: 29.375 inches
    • Body Length: 13.8125 inches, Number of Frets: 16
    • Width at Upper Bout: 7.625 inches
    • Width at Lower Bout: 10.5 inches
    • Width at Waist: 6.75 inches
    • Body Depth: 3.0 inches
    • Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.75 inches
    • Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 2.125 inches
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