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BRITISH BASS MASTERS
Affectionately known as "a few basses we built with our mates", the British Bass Masters series extends the award-winning Bass Collection range with an exciting selection of artist-inspired instruments that pay tribute to a galaxy of Brit bass all stars, including several long-standing Bass Centre customers and friends.
NS DESIGN UK
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I used to buy a box of 10 sets at a time in Wapping days, great discount then, loved them!
Then I stopped using for many years.
In the last few years I've started using again as I've gone back to steels
Initially they are really really bright, but a great bottom end on my Jazz, the feel is initially a little rough/coarse, but not like RS66's which are almost barbed wire in comparison.
But then they mellow and the temptation to change comes in, but they get a really lovely feel with just a bit more warmth and sit in a great sweet spot for months
I practice avidly everyday as I love playing bass, rehearse 1-2 times a week, and gig twice a month in gigging season (pubs and clubs). The current set on my Jazz Bass has been on there for 4 months to date, and the strings are still punchy but warm, crisp and growly... it's close to changing time I keep telling myself, but I just don't want to take them off!!!
Economically it's great, usually I'd have had 2-3 sets over the same period.
This is my first purchase from The Bass Centre and, judging by my first experience, it won't be my last.
Following many online reviews and videos, all praising the Betsy Bass, I decide to buy one, just under a week after order it arrived in perfect condition, complete with Guy's book and several items concerning the set up and strings, which is a nice touch, you can see what the procedure was before it was dispatched.
The bass feels great, once tuned up i gave it a play, it is nicely set up out of the box and the EMG pickups are sounding very nice.
The overall quality of the bass is very good, the Burgundy Mist paint is really quite something to look at and this will be a welcome addition to my collection of basses and certainly will be a regular player.
Highly recommend checking one of these out if you're in the market for a good jazz bass alternative.
Thanks to all at the Bass Centre for looking after my order.
To the Bass Centre - Outstanding in every way. Probably the best instrument company from which I've ever made a purchase. Really, the best.
To Dave - My contact at the BC and probably the most helpful person I've ever dealt with in any customer service experience I've ever had. These guys should give clinics here in the U.S. on how to do customer service. They're the best.
To Bruce Thomas - Thanks so much for being all in for such an exceptional reimagining of your classic bass guitar and for all of those classic licks on all of those EC records... so good. The bass I received is first rate and the book made me fondly remember my own journey, and it also made me laugh out loud - more than twice; it really did.
I have the Guards Red Power Bass and I am delighted with the look, how comfortable is is when on its strap, its weight and balance. It has superb action and an absolutely killer sound. It is immensely playable and suitable for just about every genre of music. Whether you are a beginner or a gnarly old rocker you could do a lot worse than one of these. It's a lot of bass for a reasonable price. If you're looking to buy a bass then check out one of these before you buy any thing else.
Two and a half weeks after my order I had Betsy in my home in the neighbouring country. During the waiting time Bass Centre answered my emails in a very friendly manner.
Unfortunately I received Betesy with a completely broken G-string tuner which made it impossible to tune the G-string. Also the screws of the bridge pickup stuck out very high out of the body.
After mailing the Bass Centre I was offered a new tuner. I received it some days later together with new strings (I had to cut the G-string in order to replace the tuner). Although I am not technical, driving in the screws and changing the tuner literally cost me only 5 minutes!
And there the adventure began! What a powerful bass this is! A lot of lows and a lot of mids, more than I was used to with my Fender MIM Jazz.
I normally play with flatwounds but these Elites Stadium roundwounds are so light! I am sure I will keep using this, at least on this bass, and maybe on my other Jazz as well.
The power that comes out of this bass is unbelievable and much more than I paid for. I can easily compare this to my Mexican Fender Jazz, and I'm not sure who wins the competition (but it might be Betsy).
I haven't changed the battery yet which is something that works a little different than with my Fenders, but I have never done this before so I think I will manage .
Lots of sounds to find, a lot of basspower, a beautiful finish and a signed book by Guy Pratt! Is there nothing wrong with Betsy?
I would say no, although some would want to replace the nut or some other hardware. It is perfect for me as it is.