Inspired and encouraged by our 30 years of experience and communication with professional players and customers throughout the World, The Bass Centre is proud to present an all-new Bass Collection for the 21st century.

From the authentic sounds, eye-catching looks and period-accurate appointments of the Jive, Power and Detroit Basses, to the cutting edge PowerHouse, the sleek, small bodied Speakeasy and the revival of the unique, rubber string Ashbory Bass, you simply won't find better attention to detail, build quality and expertly set-up instruments at this price point.

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.

With decades of dedicated brand knowledge, the Bass Centre offers superlative customer service and comprehensive stocks of the complete NS Design range at the BEST prices in Europe, with FREE SHIPPING to the United Kingdom and selected EU mainland destinations on all instruments.

Always a pleasure
Sunday, 9 October 2022  |  John

Absolutely stellar instrument right out of the box! Always a pleasure doing business with the Bass Centre!

Friday, 7 October 2022  |  Richard

The bass is brilliant, great set-up and thank you for the keyring... Will always buy from you where I can.

Great instrument
Friday, 30 September 2022  |  Ian

I am a 6-string player, guitar builder + general fettler of a good few years, and I agree with all of Greg's comments below.

After many years, I decided it's time to get a bass (and to learn some proper technique).

The Jive Bass is well put together with a good set up, nice and comfy straight out of the box. It plays and looks every bit as well, if not better, than instruments costing 3 times the money. It has good action, smooth fret ends and a Full Contact bridge - what more can you ask for?

Well I did, and upgraded to the EMG Pickups - nice.

Minor point is that the nut edges were left little square and a little sharp, but hey, 5 minutes with masking tape and a file and all is good.

Delighted with the bass (+ the strap, gig bag & keyring) and the excellent service from the Bass Centre. So much so that I've just been back again to buy a PJ Bighead pre-amp, another strap, and some more strings!


Ian (no, I'm not the former Arsenal Man)

The best flats out there
Wednesday, 14 September 2022  |  Mike

Perhaps the best flats out there for the money.

I have now bought a couple of these sets and think they compare favourably.

Beautiful Portrait
Sunday, 4 September 2022  |  Mike

I thought Iíd leave it a few weeks before posting a review of my new Jive Portrait to see (i) how it settled in and (ii) whether the fretless journey is for me.

Well, Iím an old and *very* average sofa noodler (sounds illegal, but they canít lock you up!) and this instrument has rekindled my love of playing. Itís an absolute beauty.

Out of the box the set up was spot on (for me), the intonation is perfect, the solar burst finish is flawless, and the hardware exudes a solid, workmanlike quality, especially the Babicz bridge. The fret markers are very neatly finished and really help while I gradually develop my Ďfretless earí. The Detroit Flats I asked for are silky smooth and a joy to play, even with my slow and clumsy digits! Even with the tone rolled off all the way thereís a lovely, warm, dub tone thatís still musical. Itís not too difficult to get those Jaco harmonics, especially on the bridge pickup. Iím a real fan of the passive electronics, with a straightforward volume, tone, and pickup blend control. It works effortlessly. Oh, and the free strap is wide and very comfortable to wear. The whole package says Ďpick me up and playí, which is what itís all about, surely.

At my price point I was looking to buy a fretless Sire V5, Fender Player or this Bass Centre Portrait. I think I made the right choice.

PS A special mention for Barry at the Bass Centre, who patiently answered my queries and reassured me. Thanks to Chris, too, (I assume it was him) for the professional set up and attention to detail.

Bagged a winner!
Friday, 19 August 2022  |  Robert

OK, it's only a bag, but it makes the difference between care and damage to an important piece of kit. It is easy to do £49 worth of damage to an amp if it gets bashed in transit so this gig bag pays for itself in one go!

Great product, great service.

Thank you, Bass Centre!

Above and beyond!
Tuesday, 16 August 2022  |  John

I highly recommend the Bruce Thomas Profile bass! It's been a great choice for me! The guys at the Bass Centre are above and beyond!

Very happy
Monday, 1 August 2022  |  J

These strings are a great fit for my Ibanez BTB V. 33" scale. The original strings were way too tight and stiff, but these have a better flexibility without "flapping" about. Sound wise, couldn't be better.

Will be ordering more when required.