The U-Bass or Ukulele Bass is tuned the same as any bass guitar, double bass, or the four lowest pitched strings on a guitar - E A D G (from your chin to your feet).

These beauties have an inbuilt pickup and need to be used with an amplifier, as to achieve the low sound from such a small instrument, the strings are very thick and comparatively loose compared to a treble instrument.

There are now a variety of ukulele basses, some of which have standard wound metal strings, but the thick (up to 4mm diameter) polyurethane strings of the original Kala U-Bass give it a beautiful, mellow, almost classical instrument sound.

The U-Bass is a valuable rhythmic and harmonious accompaniment to any ukulele group.


Want to learn to play U-Bass? Find out about it here: U-BASSics - Ukulele Central's step by step lesson guide.


Not sure? Getting Started with U-bass is a FREE online course you can try,
to see if u-bass is right for you.


Coming up soon is Ukulele Central's U-bass Express, another online course which sets you up to learn simple u-bass quickly and without the need to read music or tabs!