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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.