Bass Collection Jive Bass - Black 'n' Blocks

UK/EU Price:  £495.00 - Inc. 20% VATExport Price - USA/Australia/Worldwide: £412.50

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The amazing Cincinnati-born funk maestro presents a masterclass at the London Bass Guitar Show 2014 with his super-cool Black 'n' Blocks Jive Bass.

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 a healthy obsession with vintage basses from the swinging 60's & informed by The Bass Centre's communication with professional players & customers throughout the World, a truly iconic design has been re-imagined to blend period accurate looks & a classic sound with a modern, light weight construction & a super fast, satin finish neck.

  • Vintage spec single-coil pickups
  • Classic colours & pickguards
  • Chrome pickup cover
  • "Super Slim 60's" neck profile
  • New, light weight, balanced body contour

The Jive Bass features the Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridge as standard issue. Courtesy of its patented "eCam" Saddle technology, this unique design system adds considerable sustain to the instrument's already rich sound as well as providing enhanced stability and precision adjustment to string height and intonation.

The Jive Bass is also available with a vintage style roller bridge.

With its cool retro features, authentic tone, superb build quality, flawless finish & expert set-up, the Jive 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.

 Bass Collection Jive Bass - Black 'n' Blocks

Body Basswood
Finish Jet Black with Matching Headstock
Neck Satin Finish Maple with "Super Slim 60's" Profile
Fingerboard Maple with Block Markers
Frets 20 Medium Nickel Frets
Pickup 2 x Passive Vintage-Style Single Coil (J/J)
Controls Volume/Volume/Master Tone
Tuning Machines Chrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware Chrome Pickup Cover, 4 Bolt Chrome Neck Plate, Chrome Control Plate & Control Knobs
Bridge Babicz Full-Contact Hardware System as standard (Optional Vintage-Style Roller Bridge available)
Pickguard 3-ply Black
Scale Length 34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut 38mm
Neck Width at 12th Fret 57mm
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 20mm
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm
String Spacing at Nut 10mm
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm
Weight 4.05kg (8.9lbs)
Strings Bass Centre Elites Player Series Nickel Plated Roundwound Standard Gauge .045 - .065 - .085 - .105
Extras Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Collection instruments come with a 1 year warranty



When Freekbass cruised into town for his master class at the 2014 London Bass Guitar Show, The Bass Centre was pleased hook up the ace, Cincinnati-born funk master with a super-cool Bass Collection "Black 'n' Blocks" Jive Bass to use at his sensational performance. We were even happier when he asked to take the bass home with him to use both live and in the studio!

In his wild musical journey, Freekbass has collaborated with a stellar line-up of artists including Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead and P-Funk keyboard wiz, Bernie Worrell. 

Alongside pumping out full length LP's and hit instructional DVD's and a packed touring schedule with his own outfit, Freekbass also performs regularly with DJ Logic in Headtronics, livetronica duo FreekBot, the incendiary Dumpstaphunk and funky, blues-rock power trio the Kelley Ritchie Band.

Here's the man and his Bass Collection Jive Bass in action on the video for the second single from his 2014 solo release "Everybody's Feelin' Real", the down 'n' dirty, space-funk jam, "Mama's Like A Cowboy". 

  << Check out his full-on funky discography at the Freekbass Bandcamp store

  << More Freekbass news and features at his official website

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

"More than adequate for getting to grips with the finer points of becoming a working musician... it's hard to think of any bass range that offers so much quality for so little money".

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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 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 in 2nd place… need we say more!?

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Guitar Interactive Jive Bass • Dan Veall • Issue #16 • 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"

  << 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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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

Huge thanks to long-term Bass Centre collaborator JOE HUBBARD for taking time to produce this great video demo featuring his brand new BASS COLLECTION BESPOKE Jive Bass...

To Joe's spec, the stock instrument has been tricked out with black scratchplate and Omega "Badass" style bridge as well as with a pair of Aguilar Super Single pickups and Mike Pope Flex Core electronics installed by long serving Bass Centre technician Chris Ward.

Here, he puts his augmented Jive through it's paces, ably demonstrating its effortless playability and broad tonal palette

"Very fast and easy to play... 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... lightweight, resonant and extremely versatile in delivering a wide range of sounds"

Joe Hubbard’s professional background is represented by a collective body of experience that spans three decades as an internationally acclaimed educator, author and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist. He has also recorded and performed with a huge and diverse range of musicians including Morrissey Mullen, Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Gary Numan, Nigel Wright (producer: West Life, X-Factor), Alvin Lee, George Benson, Everything But the Girl, Mose Allison, Colin Blunstone, Elkie Brooks, Bill Nelson, Ben E. King, Alan Murphy, Dave Weckl, Frank Gambale, Gary Husband and Mose Allison and Dave Weckl.

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Friday, 20 March 2015  | 

Absolutely one of the greatest basses I've ever played.


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