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.

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Too bad there aren't six stars....
19 May 2024  |  Bud

Regarding my new Bruce Thomas Signature Profile Bass, I just wanted to express my extreme appreciation for your excellent customer service and product.

I just received the Profile Bass this afternoon and couldn't wait to unpack it. It arrived in perfect condition, without a single mark of mishandling outside or inside the packaging.

I had forgotten the bass came with a gig bag, and a very good one to boot.

Needless to say, I couldn't wait to plug it in. For someone who has never cared for the P Bass sound, I have to say that this bass far exceeded all my expectations. The weight is perfect, no strain on my old worn out lower back (5 operations in the past 8 years). The neck is the optimum size between a conventional P Bass width and the narrower JB width, just right for my smaller than average hands. Best of all, the tone far exceeds any P Bass or P Bass-influenced bass that I have ever played.

I had never tried ground wounds before and these (Bass Centre) strings were a real treat. They are going to stay on there until they die of old age and use. Excellent tone and great feel.

What a great bass you have produced! I will be posting NBD (new bass day) posts on every bass board to which I belong, as well as sending pics of the bass to my bass-playing friends as well as my musical partner in our duo.

I love the colour, the feel, everything about this bass. You folks have truly outdone yourselves.

Thanks again for your help in assisting me to realize this dream purchase. I could go on and on...

If anyone is looking for the best P Bass on the market, look no further. You won't be sorry!


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Customer service here is absolutely amazing
29 April 2024  |  Kai

I'll start this off by saying that the customer service here is absolutely amazing. I must have emailed them 3 or 4 times and got a response near immediately.

The bass is really something else. Admittedly, I've only played 2 other P-Basses, the Fender Player plus and the Player. But the Player costs around £700, and the Player plus £1000, and it is worth noting that the Player does not come with a gig bag.

This bass is all round better than the Fenders. A smoother satin neck, beautiful red, ebony fretboard that looks sublime, and a sound so powerful you'd think it was active.

This is the first bass I've had around this price range that has been nearly perfect. It is perfectly intonated down to the 20th fret and the nut is cut perfectly. It also came packaged extremely well.

As for the downsides, the machine heads are of quite poor quality and must be quite heavy as the neck dive is significant, they're imprecise when tuning.

Nothing related to the bass but I wasn't a big fan of the flatwound Bass Centre strings. I'm guessing they must have been dipped in something because they were smooth but caused friction on your fingers. They sounded good though, although I swapped them for my LaBella's.

Overall, for £650 including VAT, I don't think there's a better bass out there at this price.


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Fast and efficient
29 April 2024  |  Ian

The Blockhead Bass that arrived was exactly what I expected based on the website. I am in the US and it arrived very quickly and the courier tracking was excellent.

I would happily buy again, but I'm not allowed any more basses. I already have a Betsy, which everyone loves.


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Elites every time
26 April 2024  |  Gary

Elites were my go-to string choice for many years, but I decided to see if the grass was greener with a couple of sets of US strings, billed as a premium string with added depth and longevity.

Those strings faded quicker, and lacked the sonic purity that the Elites possess. I love Elites for their definition and hi-fi sound. The more you punish them the higher the definition. They oooze bass and donít need as much tonal shaping as other strings. They are the only strings I will use. From subtle poised fingerstyle especially, the mwah rolled off top end to the most percussive of slaps and pops, these are your go-to strings. If you want to summon the gods with your tone, re-string with these beauties, you wonít regret it.


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Wonderful
12 April 2024  |  Louis

Wonderful instrument! Good service, no complaints!


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Top quality
02 April 2024  |  Terry

This instrument is top quality, I would definitely recommend this to any bassist, you won't want to put it down.


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Wowzers!!
02 April 2024  |  Budge

I aquired an almost new, left handed model in salmon Pink that had only been used by a good friend of mine from new on just one session (I wonít name names) and he sold it to me when he was done because he mainly plays guitar. Heíd had it fitted by the Bass Centre with Elites Flatwounds.

I play a few different basses, but mainly Fender Precisions, sometimes Rics, sometimes Hofners.
This bass came to my attention, and after some guidance and inspiration from the man himself, Bruce, on Facebook, I decided to try it out and also leave on the flatwound strings (Iíve always used round wounds).

Wow, what can I say? This thing is amazing!

The neck is the most comfortable you can possibly imagine, the weight and feel is like an old favourite pair of gloves, and the sound... Jeezus H, this thing is a monster! The power from the output is amazing, and the tone is sublime. The stainless flatwounds almost have the same growl as rounds, but with more refinement, and it pops from a live mix with absolute ease.

Iím hooked.

I tried it at a gig last night for the first time... Boom!! Even one of my hardened critics at the show said that it sounded amazing. I love it, and I hope this helps anyone interested in buying one of these to take that chance and try it... you wonít be sorry!

The only thing I noticed was the D and G strings donít quite line up exactly with the pickup pole peices, but this doesnít in any way affect the sound or the output, the pickups work absolutely perfectly.

Iím extremely happy with this bass, and am looking forward to one day trying it with Elites roundwound strings... but until then, the flats are killing it


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Sublime
26 March 2024  |  Mark

The bass arrived yesterday and I am just over-awed at the quality of it. Not just the construction quality, which is sublime (and it's strange how we fawn over such things as neck profiles and finishes!), but also the colour. I wish I could either bottle and drink, or dive right into, or both?!

I haven't done a full test of it yet (it's a busy week for me with various Easter related things with the kids) but I plugged it into my "fly rig" (essentially my Line 6 HX Stomp and other peripherals) and I don't think I've ever played or heard such a responsive bass - Every nuance is picked up, the notes are as clear as a bell plugged in, or not plugged in, and of course the pickups are beyond compare; I'm glad they're still being sold by Martin Sims because the tonal options for me are endless.

I loathe carrying 3 or 4 different basses to gigs, rehearsals, studio work etc, and I think those days are beyond me now with the Powerhouse, who I have already dubbed Ruby; it really will save a lot of time and effort, and of course, I'll enjoy showing her off to everyone and demonstrate the mystery of the Super Quads! That's not to say that my Betsy will be demoted, mind you - both basses are of excellent quality and craftmanship and I could pretty much go on forever about them (and often do).

I've never met (veteran Bass Centre tech) Chris Ward, but he just seems to "get me" - both Betsy and Ruby have had his eye over the setup and both play sublime. In my more mature years, I'm less of a digger inner and more of a player, and both guitars are perfection. Andy Corns (who is Gary Kemp's guitar tech and lives down the road from me) will have a lot to live up to when he gets these in his mitts (when he finally has space, isn't away, on tour etc etc etc!)

I'm due in the studio on 13th April, and in the meantime, I will keep telling people to stop buying F**d*rs and to start buying Bass Collection basses - supported strongly by my Bass Centre cap, which I will wear at EVERY festival I'm at over the summer!!

Thank you so much.