The Full NS Radius Range Now In Stock At The Bass Centre
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | Dave Good
Hot on the heels on Guitar & Bass Magazine's glowing appraisal of the NS Design CR5 Radius Bass, The Bass Centre is pleased to announce that we now have complete stocks of both 4 and 5 string models in Amber, Natural and Charcoal Satin finishes, with a choice fretless and fretted fingerboards.
Meticulously crafted in the Czech Republic, the NS CR5 Radius Bass Guitar embodies the breadth of experience, insight and design brilliance which only Ned Steinberger can bring to the creation of a new classic. His approach to the Radius, as with every new instrument, was to re-explore each facet of a bass guitar, leading to innovations such as the Fusion neck, the Diradial body design, the NS tuning system and NS/EMG pickup system.
However, what makes this instrument most remarkable is its seamless integration of feature, form and function. The sensuous lines of the Radius are balanced and refreshing, which is exactly how it feels to hold and to play it.
Most of all, the Radius is, by design, the most sonically dynamic, versatile and exciting bass available today.
Fresh from The Bass Centre - and the latest addition to our British Bass Masters Series - we're proud to unleash the result of a truly unique collaboration with bass icon, Bruce Thomas... The Profile Bass.
Bruce, one of the all-time great UK bass-men, whose sinuous, inventive & melodic bass lines contributed to one of the greatest British groups of the post-punk era, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, has been a friend of the Bass Centre and a loyal Elites user for 20 years and counting, so we naturally jumped at the chance to team up to produce a bass to Bruce's specifications.
Just like its Brtiish Bass Masters siblings, the Woodstock, Blockhead and Wyman instruments, the Profile is a genuine player's bass - inspired by and developed directly with the artist himself.
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 bassistPhil Spalding, shows off his brand new Bass Collection "Mod" Power Bass... single pickup perfection in pristine china 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.
The latest Elites ad campaign has been celebrating not just to the longevity of the UK's best bass string brand, but also paying tribute to the bassists who have been using Elites strings for over a quarter of a century.
This month Guy Pratt is highlighted, an artist who has been using Elites since 1987.
Guy’s career in music took off when, at the tender age of 19, he was asked to join the Australian band Icehouse for a world tour, part of which included supporting David Bowie on the legendary “Serious Moonlight” tour of 1983. This led to him being asked to perform with Robert Palmer, Bryan
Ferry, Womack & Womack, and even being in The Smiths for a week, to name but a few, before being thrust into the global premier league of bassists when David Gilmour asked him to play for Pink Floyd on the band's post-Roger Waters "Delicate Sound of Thunder" and "P*U*L*S*E" world tours in 1987 and 1994. He also toured as part of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's On an Island band, alongside another Pink Floyd member (and his father-in-law), Richard Wright.
Apart from the Floyd family, Guy has worked with Gary Moore, Roxy Music, Michael Jackson, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kirsty MacColl, Tears For Fears, Lemon Jelly, The Orb, All Saints, Madonna, Stephen Duffy, Robbie Robertson, Tom Jones, Iggy Pop, Toy Matinee, Coverdale/Page, The Power Station, Bond, Natalie Imbruglia, The Pretenders and The Transit Kings (with The Orb's Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty of The KLF). As a composer, he has written TV scores for "Spaced", "The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star", the Vic Reeves re-boot of "Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)" and Jimmy Nail's "Crocodile Tears", won a Grammy and been nominated for 2 Ivor Novello Awards and co-wrote the UK Number 1 hit "Ain't No Doubt" (sung by Jimmy Nail). Amazingly, Guy has also found time to present his won one-man music/comedy show, "My Bass & Other Animals" (which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005) AND written a best-selling book, based on the show.
And Bass Centre Elites Strings have been with him the whole way.... even if, as Guy himself claims, the "jury's still out"...!!
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
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
New Elites Endorsee - Matt Brooks of Wille & The Bandits
Thursday, 25 April 2013 | Dave Good
The latest professional player to start using Bass Centre Elites strings is Matt Brooks, bassist with genre-bustin' roots rockers, Wille & The Bandits. Matt (pictured below left, with lead singer and guitarist Will Edwards and percussionist Andrew Naumann) is a astonishing player and The Bass Centre are very pleased to welcome him to the fold...
Based around Will's whiskey soaked drawl and his amazing slide guitar work, the Bandits incorporate grooves from blues, folk, world music and heavy rock adding tongue drums, djembe, lap steel and double bass to push the boundaries of a traditional three piece set-up and creating a huge sound in the process.
With two albums under their belt ("Breakfree" and "New Breed") and 200 gigs a year (!!) including marathon tours throughout the UK and Europe, festival appearances and support slots with acts as diverse as Joe Bonamassa, Deep Purple, The John Butler Trio, Status Quo & Roots Manuva, Wille & The Bandits have built a solid reputation as a live act.
Matt Brooks' bass work is particularly noteworthy; his playing is both rhythmic and elegantly harmonic, as you can see from his performance on the Bandits' epic instrumental "Angel"...
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"...
Peter Hook at The London Bass Guitar Show 2013
Friday, 8 March 2013 | Dave Good
Peter Hook's masterclass at the London Bass Guitar Show was unquestionably a major highlight of the weekend... a brilliant opportunity to hear from one of the UK's most enduring and influential bass pioneers. We were thrilled that the legendary musician was able to take time out to pay a visit to The Bass Centre stand. A long-standing pro customer and endorsee, Hooky has been using Bass Centre Elites strings for an astonishing 20 years.. from New Order, through Revenge, Monaco, Freebass, right up to his latest outfit, Peter Hook & The Light.
NEW Elites Danny Thompson Signature Series Double Bass Strings
Tuesday, 5 March 2013 | Dave Good
Danny Thompson is quite simply a legend in modern music.
Widely recognised by music fans and fellow musicians as one of the World’s finest double bass players, Danny has enjoyed a remarkable career spanning six decades, in which he has lent his considerable skills to performances on record and in concert with an astonishingly diverse array of artists, including Josh White, Roy Orbison, Little Walter, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, Donovan, Ralph McTell, Sandy Denny, Marc Bolan, Kate Bush, David Sylvian, Talk Talk, Eric Bibb, Everything But The Girl, as well as jazz greats; Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, John McLaughlin, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams and Mark Murphy.
From his unique contributions to the archetypal folk-rock supergroup, Pentangle and to Alexis Korner’s revolutionary Blues Incorporated, through his successful and enduring collaborations with maverick troubadours John Martyn and Richard Thompson to his own wildly eclectic and dynamic solo work, Danny has strived to expand the rhythmic and melodic possibilities of the acoustic bass, drawing on his life experiences and disparate influences to produce music that is by turns sombre and melancholy, enchanting and uplifting, joyous and lyrical but always inspiring and always driven by his passion for creativity and for life... true music from the the heart.
ELITES STRINGS are proud to be part of this new collaboration with Danny Thompson, to produce a signature set of Double Bass Strings that recognises and celebrates the great man’s vision, talent and passion.
Since 1985, the comprehensive range of ELITES BASS GUITAR STRINGS has been manufactured to the exacting specifications of THE BASS CENTRE, LONDON, ENGLAND - the undisputed spiritual home of the UK bass playing community. Meticulously crafted, using only the highest grade raw materials, Elites matched sets are gauged according to our experience and communication with top players throughout the World... Consequently, we feel that Elites represent the finest bass guitar strings available...
Now, with Danny’s guidance, enthusiasm and inspiration, ELITES DOUBLE BASS STRINGS provide the same excellence to upright bass players... with a set of strings that offer superb playability, balance, tone, durability and freedom of expression.