Bass Collection Detroit Bass Solar Flare

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"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

The Motown inspired Bass Collection Detroit Bass is fast becoming a legend in its own right.

A truly soulful little number, strung with Elites flatwound strings and sporting a wealth of eye-catching, cool retro features, the Detroit is our tribute to the classic sounds of "Hitsville, USA" and to the Motor City's premier funk brother and all-star bass supremo, James Jamerson.

The light-weight, contoured body, satin finish neck profile and "Detroit Flats" make for a super smooth ride, but it's the sound that is really gonna' grab you - a pleasingly authentic, rich low end, stacks of grit and growl, and a lively, articulate midrange punch, equally perfect for upfront, struttin' funk, the sweetest soul or the greasiest rhythm 'n' blues.

  • Striking, Period Accurate Finish and Pickguard Combinations
  • Passive Vintage Style Pickups with Exposed Pole Pieces
  • Vintage Style Roller Bridge with Knurled Saddles for String Width Adjustment
  • Flat top Chromed Brass Volume and Tone Controls
  • Chrome "Ashtray" Pickup & Bridge Covers
  • Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties" Neck Profile
  • Elites Detroit Flats Flatwound Strings

The Personal Touch

All Bass Collection instruments are re-strung and set up prior to despatch by Chris Ward, long serving Bass Centre guitar tech for all of our 36 years... he's getting quite good by now!

Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer, and specify set-up requirements (please use the "Customer Comments" field when you check out).

Body Basswood
Finish Gloss Polyurethane with 3-Ply Pickguard
Neck Satin Finish Maple with "Super Slim Sixties" Profile
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony with Pre-CBS-Style Clay Dot Markers
Frets 20 Medium Nickel Frets
Pickup Passive Vintage Style Split Single Coil with Exposed Pole Pieces
Controls Master Volume/Master Tone
Tuning Machines Chrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware Chrome "Ashtray" Pickup & Bridge Covers, Flat Top Chromed Brass Control Knobs
Neck Plate  4 Bolt Chrome Plate with Stamped Bass Centre "C" Logo
Bridge Chrome Vintage Style Roller Bridge with Knurled Bridge Saddles
Scale Length 34" • 864mm
Neck Width at Nut 43mm • 1.7"
Neck Width at 12th Fret 57mm • 2.24"
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 20mm • 0.8"
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm • 0.9"
String Spacing at Nut 11.5mm 0.45"
String Spacing at Bridge 19.5mm 0.77"
Weight 4.1kg   9.0lbs
Strings Bass Centre Elites Detroit Flatwounds .045 - .065 - .085 - .105
Included Extras Premium Quality Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Centre Instruments come with a 12 Month Warranty

Paul Ryder

Founder member of the Happy Mondays, Paul Ryder, has long been an Bass Centre Elites Strings user, ever since the band's early '90's "Madchester" glory days, when the band's hedonistic mix of streetwise humour, dance floor grooves and blissed-out rock perfectly captured the pulse of the acid-house generation and propelled them to massive worldwide success with the singles "Step On" and "Kinky Afro" and the hit LP  "Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches".

Of course, the baggy bubble was soon to burst and, amidst drug-fuelled mayhem and the commercial disaster of their third album, "Yes Please!" (most famous for allegedly driving indie label Factory Records to bankruptcy, having cost so much to record) the band broke up in 1984. Since then, The Mondays' trajectory has been typically erratic, with various false-start reunions failing to ignite ...

So, The Bass Centre was pleased to see Paul Ryder re-join the original, definitive Happy Mondays' line-up for a triumphant return to live work in 2012... .and very happy to see him choosing a Bass Collection bass for the band's 2013 UK tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band's infamous "Bummed" album, the solid, deep, warm tones of the flat-wound strung Detroit Bass perfectly suiting Paul's rolling, punk-funk grooves on classic Mondays' floor-fillers like "Wrote For Luck" and "Hallelujah".

Graham Bush

Hired in 2009 by Madness as a stand-in for founding member Mark "Bedders" Bedford, Graham Bush enjoyed a remarkable 4 year tenure with perennial ska-pop favourites, Madness. One of the very first pro artists to choose Bass Collection, Graham's trusty Purple Haze Detroit has been a mainstay of his touring and recording arsenal.

Although he missed out on playing two of Madness' most prestigious shows (Bedders rejoined the band for the band's 2012 performances at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace and the closing ceremony of the London Olympics), Graham contributed some sterling playing to the band's successful "Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da" album as well as to their extensive UK and European tours and numerous festival appearances.

Perhaps the most notable of these was the 2009 Rock en Seine Festival, where Madness performed on the same night that Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher engaged in the infamous "physical altercation" that led to the split of the band. As Oasis cancelled their headlining slot, Madness, despite having already played, were asked to replace them!

Jazzwise Magazine Jive & Power Bass • March 2011

"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."

Guitar & Bass Magazine Jive & Power Bass • Gareth Morgan • July 2010

"Classy & impressively accurate takes on two classic templates (with) authentic sounds & an excellent level of build quality" the Jive and Power Basses were awarded 91% and 90% ratings respectively

Guitar & Bass Magazine Jive & Power Bass • December 2010

Bass Collection swept the board In the best basses under £1,000 category with the Jive winning the coveted Bass of the Year award and the Power Bass in 2nd place… need we say more!?

Guitar & Bass Magazine Bass Centre Wyman Bass • Gareth Morgan • September 2011

"An excellent mix of passive tones... if you're looking for a bass that's a little different, the Wyman is a welcome new contender."

Guitarist Bass Centre Wyman Bass • Roger Newell • December 2012

"Pros: Compact & lightweight, super fat sounds – Cons: Provided you like the small proportions, there's nothing to dislike!"

Guitar Interactive Jive Bass • Dan Veall • December 2013

"The attention to detail is welcome, not only in the feel of the neck profile but also in that this instrument is nicely balanced and surprisingly lightweight. A very good bass for not a lot of money."

Guitar & Bass Magazine Speakeasy Pro 4 • Gareth Morgan • February 2014

"A well put-together & handsome-looking bass... it’s fair to say that its modern good looks and fine playability make it an instrument that many will be happy to pay a little extra for."

Bass Guitar Magazine Speakeasy 4 + 5 • Ian Glasper • October 2014

"Exceptionally well built and finished for the price tag – a joy to play... small and perfectly formed, these guitars are easy on both the eye and the ear"

Bass Guitar Magazine Bass Centre Wyman Bass • Ken Sanders • July 2015

"A great Fender-ish vintage rock 'n' roll tone which will sit perfectly in any blues trio... it continues the company’s tradition for quality basses at affordable prices."

Bass Guitar Magazine Bass Centre Profile Bass • Joel McIver • January 2016

GEAR OF THE YEAR 2016 • BEST FRETTED BASS UNDER £500 "Bravo, chaps... a wonderful bass that you will not want to stop playing. And all for £495? A great F*nder alternative... Snap one up if you can."

Joe Hubbard Bass Videos Bass Collection Bespoke Jive Bass • April 2017

"Lightweight, resonant and extremely versatile... I really love this instrument and I’d recommend it to anybody looking for that classic J-Bass design at a super-affordable price point."

Bass Guitar Magazine Bass Centre Betsy Bass • Mike Brooks • February 2020

"An absolute joy to play... a cool finish, playability and comfort by the bucketload, and a tonal performance that out-boxes many a bass at double the price. The Bass Centre have a winner on their hands."

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