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Portrait bass Solar Flare       £495

Jazz 5 Solar Flare                  £995 - Out of stock

Blockhead bass                     £495

Bruce Thomas Profile bass  £495

Guy Pratt Betsy Bass            £595

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Betsy Bass

Jazz Solar 5

Portrait 4, fretless Solar Flare

BlockHead bass

Bruce Thomas Profile Bass (Fiesta Red)

(Now with maccasar ebony fingerboard)

Based on the hugely popular and critically lauded Bass Collection Jive Bass, The Portrait Bass, with it's smooth, lined fretless, rosewood fingerboard and distinctive scratchplate -free body, is a direct tribute, in both name and design, to the late Jaco Pastorius, whose maverick talent and fretless virtuosity forever redefined the role of the electric bass.

The Portrait Bass further consolidates the tradition established by the Bass Collection's Jive and Power models, offering period-accurate appointments as well as superb build quality, finish, playability and tone. Taking it's cue from the vintage designs of the 1960's, the Portrait features an authentically classic feel and styling... vintage spec pickups, "Super Slim 60's" neck profile, chrome pickup cover and beautiful "Solar Flare" finish.

Of course, with a design informed by The Bass Centre's 30 years of experience and expertise, the Portrait Bass also features a thoroughly modern flourish - being the first Bass Collection instrument to be factory-fitted with the Babicz Full Contact Bridge system. Delivering increased sustain and harmonic response, particularly appropriate to a fretless instrument, Babicz hardware will soon become standard issue for all Bass Collection models.

Product Details:

Model: Bass Collection Portrait Bass

Colour: Solar Flare 

Neck: Satin Finish, Maple ("Super Slim 60's" profile) with 4 Bolt-Neck Plate

Fingerboard: Lined Fretless, Rosewood 

Pickups: Twin Vintage Style Single Coils 

Controls: Volume, Volume, Tone

Tuning Machines: Chrome 

Hardware: Chrome 

Bridge: Babicz Full Contact Hardware

Scale Lenth: 34”

Width at Nut: 1 5/8"

Strings: Bass Centre Elites Player Series Nickel Roundwound - Gauges: .045, .065, .085, 105

Extras: All Bass Collection basses are supplied with a Bass Centre padded gig bag

Origin: Manufactured in Korea to the exacting specifications of the Bass Centre, London, England

Warranty: All Bass Collection basses come with a 1 year warranty.

UK RRP: £495

New Power Bass - £395

Model: Bass Collection Power Bass
Colour: Solar Flare 
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22 Medium
Pickups: Passive EMG Style
Controls: Master Volume, Tone
Tuning Machines: Chrome
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: Babicz
Pickguard: Parchment
4-Bolt Neck Plate
Scale Length: 34”
Width at Nut: 1” 5/8’s

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This is the new range of Korean made Bass Collection basses, these are of a much higher quality than the previous Chinese made instruments and represent amazing value for money. Ideal for starters and experienced players alike. Guitar and Bass Magazine said "Classy and impressively accurate takes on two classic templates" and gave the Jive Bass 91%. All Bass Collection basses come with a 1 year warranty.

Full review Bass-Collection-reviews.pdf

Vintage Style, Authentic Tone, Classic Cool.

"These brilliant instruments are a steal at this price point... in fact it's hard to think of any bass range that offers so much quality for so little money" - Jazzwise Magazine

Inspired by Norman Watt-Roy, The Bass Collection Blockhead Bass is a new, affordable tribute to the UK bass legend and the distinctive, pre-CBS 1962 shoreline gold Jazz Bass that was his main recording and stage instrument during the mid-80's and 90's.

The Blockhead follows the award-winning Bass Collection Jive Template, blending period accurate looks & a classic sound with a modern, light weight construction & a comfortable, fast, satin finish neck.

  1. Vintage Spec Single-Coil Pickups

  2. Chrome Pckup Cover

  3. Striking Gold Finish with Matching Headstock

  4. "Super Slim 60's" neck profile

  5. New, Light Weight, Balanced Body Contour

In addition, The Bass Centre Blockhead features the new Omega Bass Bridge - cosmetically a dead-ringer for the currently out-of-production BadAss II Bass Bridge (as fitted to Norman's original workhorse).

This hi-density unit is manufactured from die-cast zinc and engineered to improve sound transfer and provide enhanced attack, sustain and clarity of notes, without altering the instrument's fundamental tone. Additionally, the design allows for more accurate harmonic tuning compared with traditional "roller" saddles and eliminates any unwanted side movement of strings and bridge saddles for the purest tone/sound transfer possible.

With its cool retro features, authentic tone, superb build quality, flawless finish & expert set-up, The Bass Collection Blockhead Bass is an affordable, pro-grade instrument that represents astonishing value for money & is genuinely regarded as being consistent with instruments three times the price.

Guy Pratt Betsy Bass

A tribute to long term Bass Centre comrade, Guy Pratt, this new addition to our British Bass Masters range is a glorious tribute to "Betsy", the storied 1964 Jazz Bass which has been Guy's go-to instrument for many years. As he enthuses, "Betsy is the best bass guitar in the world. I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise! It has a little date carved inside it - June 7, 1964 - which I love because it’s my dad’s birthday, and it was him who gave me my first bass." 

Purchased from the legendary John Entwistle in 1987 after Guy's mate Johnny Marr insisted that if they were going to play together he needed a Fender - a good one! (It was actually Johnny who inspired the nickname ‘Betsy’), Guy collected the original 1964 Burgundy Mist beauty from the Bass Centre’s Wapping HQ in London, after a set-up by the store’s long-serving, in-house tech Chris Ward.

"It's a fab instrument!"

Fast forward to 2019 when, searching for a new road-worthy, high performance instrument for his touring commitments with Saucerful of Secrets in, Guy was suitably impressed with the quality of the Bass Centre's vintage styled Bass Collection range and, in conjunction with Bass Centre MD Barry Moorhouse, struck upon the idea of a modern, commercial recreation of Betsy in all her Burgundy Mist glory, incorporating the Bass Centre's "Super Slim Sixties" neck profile, period accurate detailing, and beautifully balanced, lightweight construction.

Like its namesake, the new Betsy is loaded with EMG's superb, low-impedance J pickups. Guy's original got an active upgrade during early rehearsals with Pink Floyd in August '87. "I said to my tech, Syd Price, one day, ‘These pickups are a bit quiet, maybe we should think about getting some new ones?’ - and the next morning, it had EMGs in it. I shouted ‘What the f*ck have you done? You can’t put EMGs in a ’64 Jazz!’ but when I plugged it in, it sounded amazing!"

Needless to say, the Betsy also comes complete with Guy's strings of choice -  "I play Elites roundwounds and have done for decades. They’re utterly reliable."

Completing the circle, every new Betsy bass will have its pickups installed and be set up by none other than Chris Ward, still taking care of business in the Bass Centre workshop after 35 years!!

A versatile, stage and studio workhorse, The Betsy has been designed for Guy, not just to appease his own exacting standards, but also to deliver a superb, competitively priced instrument to modern players. The fact that Guy is using one for the demands of Saucerful Of Secrets is testament to the success of the project... "It's a fab instrument, and very reasonably priced."

The Betsy Features

  1. Classic Burgundy Mist finish, with mint-green scratchplate.

  2. EMG pickups

  3. Satin finish "Super Slim Sixties" Maple neck with Maccasar Ebony fingerboard

  4. Original, vintage style, roller bridge

  5. Original 60's style control knobs

  6. Strung with Bass Centre Elites Stadium Series strings 

  7. Built in South Korea in the same factory responsible for our superb Bass Collection range

  8. Complete with Bass Centre padded gig bag and 12 month warranty.


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