Phil Spalding... Flying The Flag with Bass Collection
Thursday, 27 June 2013 | Dave Good
Caught in action with Simon Townsend's band at Islington's O2 (by ace lensman Alan Barnes), powerhouse bass man, Phil Spalding, shows off his brand new Bass Collection "Mod" Power Bass... single pickup perfection in classic powder white with a splendid custom union jack pickguard and the first model in the range to be kitted out with the awesome Babicz Full Contact bridge system.
New for 2013.... The Bass Collection Portrait Bass
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 | Dave Good
Brand new for 2013, The Bass Centre is proud to offer a first look at the latest fantastic addition to the Bass Collection range... The Portrait Bass.
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.
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
In Guitar & Bass Magazine's round-up of 2011's best instruments, Bass Collection swept the board in the bass category… with the Jive Bass taking the "Bass of the Year" award… and the single-pickup Power Bass hot on it's heels in 2nd place… need we say more!?
High Praise For The Bass Collection Jive From Guitar Interactive Magazine
Monday, 18 March 2013 | Dave Good
In the latest issue of Guitar Interactive - the superb FREE online guitar bible - Dan Veall takes the Bass Collection Jive through it's paces and finds that The Bass Centre really hasn't cut any corners at all in delivering a modern, yet authentically vintage-styled, instrument with beautiful looks, great playability and killer sound... and all at a amazingly, low price.
Singling out the finish ("immaculate"), the frets ("absolutely brilliant"), the Babicz Full-Contact Bridge, the meticulous set-up and great range of tones available from the Jive, Dan sums it up perfectly as "a very good bass... for not a lot of money".
Click on the Guitar Interactive logo below and you can check out the full article for yourself, along with a great video review in which Dan lets you see - and hear - exactly why the Bass Collection Jive Bass is such a "fantastic instrument"...
Greetings From... The Isle Of Wight!
Saturday, 1 September 2012 | Dave Good
Phil Spalding - yet again! - with his "No.1" bass.. The Bass Collection Power... in action with Simon Townsend at this year's Isle Of Wight Scooter International Scooter Rally...
Bass Collection Goes To The Movies
Monday, 11 June 2012 | Dave Good
Veteran UK bassist Phil Spalding (Toyah, Mick Jagger, Seal, OMD to name but a few) with his "No. 1 bass"... The Bass Collection Power Bass... at the European premiere of "Rock Of Ages" at the Leicester Square Odeon on Sunday June 10th 2012.
In between hitting the red carpet with Tom Cruise (one of the stars of the big screen version of the successful rock-opera) Phil joined guitarist Bernie Marsden and his band to entertain the crowds in Leicester Square.
Phil Spalding With His No. 1 Bass
Thursday, 1 March 2012 | Dave Good
Phil Spalding, one of the UK's bass playing greats, is the latest musician to be smitten with the Bass Collection range.
Currently on tour with Simon Townshend (Pete's little brother!), Phil evidently never leaves home without his Bass Collection Power Bass - complete with sassy, mirrored scratch plate - loud, proud and centre stage... according to the man himself, the Bass Centre designed axe is now his "NO. 1" instrument!!
Phil has been at the top of the bass playing game for many years, contributing his powerful, propulsive basslines to internationally successful recordings and tours with the likes of Toyah, Robbie Williams, Seal, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Roger Daltrey...
Known for his 'one takes', Phil says, ‘I don’t have much patience for agonising over a bass part for a record… I always see a musical performance as a journey through the song, ebbing and flowing with the rest of the instruments and the vocals. For me, that’s the way to record something that’s going to have the dynamics and feel required to achieve truly great recordings – an awesome combination of rock and soul … hardcore in yer face bass!!!”
PHIL SPALDING & BASS COLLECTION... POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!