Bass Collection Detroit Bass - Windermere Blue

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Happy Mondays bassist, Paul Ryder, on stage with his flat wound strung china white Bass Collection Detroit Bass on the band's hugely successful 2013 "Bummed" 25th Anniversary tour.

A Tribute To The Golden Age of Motor-City Soul

"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 - classic finishes, vintage hardware, chrome ashtray covers - the Detroit Bass is our tribute to the classic sounds of "Hitsville, USA"  to the city's #1 funk brother and 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, defined midrange punch, equally perfect for the sweetest soul or the greasiest rhythm 'n' blues.

  • Passive Vintage Style pickups
  • Vintage Roller Bridge
  • Chrome "Ashtray" Pickup & Bridge Covers
  • "Super Slim 60's" Neck Profile
  • Elites "Detroit Flats" Flatwound Strings​

Bass Collection Detroit Bass - Windermere Blue

Body Basswood
Finish Windermere Blue, with matching headstock
Neck Satin Finish Maple with "Super Slim 60's" Profile
Fingerboard Rosewood with Pre-CBS-Style Clay Dot Markers
Frets 20 Medium Nickel Frets
Pickup Passive Vintage-Style Split Single Coil
Controls Master Volume/Master Tone
Tuning Machines Chrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware Chrome "Ashtray" Pickup & Bridge Covers, 4 Bolt Chrome Neck Plate, Chrome Control Knobs
Bridge Chrome Roller Bridge
Pickguard 3-ply Vintage Mint Green
Scale Length 34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut 43mm
Neck Width at 12th Fret 57mm
Neck Deoth at 1st Fret 20mm
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm
String Spacing at Nut 11.5mm
String Spacing at Bridge 19.5mm
Weight 4.1kg (9.0lbs)
Strings Bass Centre Elites Detroit Flatwound Standard Gauge .045 - .065 - .085 - .105
Extras Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Collection instruments come with a 1 year warranty

Paul Ryder - Happy Mondays


Bassist and 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 - Madness


Hired in 2009 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 his 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 (photos below), where Madness performed on the same night that Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher "engaged in a physical altercation" resulting in the split of the band. As Oasis cancelled their headlining slot, Madness, despite having already played, were asked to replace them!

   

Phil Donelly - Zara Tobias


February 14th 2014 saw bassist Phil Donelly proudly tweeting this picture, with the message...

"Recording with (fast-rising singer/songwriter) Zara Tobias last week... with my great Bass Centre Detroit bass... Sounds amazing!"

JazzWise Magazine Jive & Power Bass • Issue #16 • March 2011


"Extreme playability, stylish looks and lightweight design... 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"

  << Read the full review

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 were awarded outstanding 91% and 90% ratings respectively

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Guitar & Bass Magazine Jive & Power Bass • Gear Of The Year • 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 hot on it's heels in 2nd place… need we say more!?

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Guitar Interactive Jive Bass • Dan Veall • Issue #16 • December 2013


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

  << Full interactive issue with video demo        << Download PDF version

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"

  << Read the full review at Guitar-Bass.net       << Download PDF version 

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"

  << Full review at BassGuitarMagazine.com      << Download PDF version

Bass Guitar Magazine Bass Centre Profile Bass • Joel McIver • February 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"

  << Full review at BassGuitarMagazine.com      << Download PDF version

Joe Hubbard Bass Videos Bass Collection Bespoke Jive Bass April 2017


"Lightweight, resonant & 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"

  << Watch Joe's complete Bass Collection Jive demo on his excellent YouTube Channel

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Thursday, 17 April 2014  | 

from www.bassgear.co.uk "Pro's Tools" article, April 2014...

This punches above its weight. I recently did a TV & Film theme big band concert where we played a lot from the 60's and 70's... used this bass and it was spot on sound wise.

Don Richardson is a session ace with a 30 year career in which he has worked with Paul Carrack, Andrea Bocelli ,Katherine Jenkins, Holly Johnston, The Spice Girls, Jon Lord, Jimmy Page, David Coverdale, Michael Nyman, Elton John, Kerry Ellis & Brian May, James Brown, Everything But the Girl, Bryan Ferry. Dusty Springfield. Will Young, Shirley Bassey, John Williams, Eric Clapton, Robert Palmer, McFly and Ian McNabb.

 

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