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Ohana Bass OBU-22 Spruce and Mahogany


The OBU-22 is a short-scale bass that is compact for ease of travel, but still feels, plays, and sounds like a traditional acoustic bass.


The Ohana Bass is a short-scale acoustic bass with phosphor bronze strings and on-board amplification that is ideal for recording and performing. The OBU-22 measures 36” long, weighs 3 lb. 8 oz. with a lower-bout width of 12-1/2”


Ohana Bass Design

The larger body chamber, along with its arched back design, makes it truly an acoustic bass instrument that can be heard without plug-in. The combination of a solid Spruce top and a laminated Mahogany back, along with a sonically designed arch back, results in an instrument with bright and warm tones that have volume and punch. When plugged in, the on-board Fishman Presys+ bass pre-amp and built-in tuner provide ample control for bass, mid, treble, and volume, as well as feedback and brilliance adjustment for tone-shaping and phase switching.

With properly positioned frets, a player can apply just enough pressure on the fret to create a note that is perfectly in tune, on a perfectly tuned and adjusted bass. The Ohana Bass also comes in a fretless, and fretless with lines versions, along with custom phosphor bronze strings and a premium Fishman Presys+ onboard equalizer. Unlike its fretless counter part, the fretted OBU-22 requires less precision on finger placing than on a fretless instrument, and enables a player to play very fast notes with more ease and tone clarity.


Custom stainless steel flat wound strings are also available on special order. Each of these strings are handmade and is tailored specifically for the Ohana OBU-22 bass for maximum tone, intonation, and smoothness.


* Left handed version also available as OBU-22LH*



Learn more on what makes the Ohana Bass so unique and different in Ukulele Magazine’s review of the OBU-22. You can also hear the Ohana acoustic bass in the video below of  Friend of Ohana,  Jennifer Leitham, playing her composition “Keni’s Song”.




Top: Solid Spruce
Back: Laminate Mahogany
Sides: Laminate Mahogany
Finish: Gloss
Pickup: Fishman Presys+
Tuner: Accurate built-in chromatic tuner
Body Length: 15.75″
Upper Bout Width: 9.625″
Lower Bout Width: 12.75″


Neck: Mahogany
Finish: Gloss
Nut: Bone
Fretbooard: Peraloid Side Markers on Frets #3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15 & 17
Frets: 14 to body, 19 total
Scale Length: 25″


Headstock: Laminate Mahogany
Tuners: Geared 
Strings: Phosphor Bronze Round-wound Strings (.045, .065. .080, .100)
Saddle: Bone
Total Length: 36″