After 30 years in business, the Bass Centre continues to support - and be supported by - a huge international community of professional bass players who recognise the quality, durability and performance of the Bass Centre produced Elites range of superior quality bass strings.

Many of these players have been Elites users for many years - some, since their launch in 1987! - and it is through their loyalty, communication and feedback that we have been able to strengthen and broaden the range with the addition of PLAYER SERIES nickel wound strings and SCIENCE OF SOUND acoustic bass sets.

Most recently, we have responded to customer demand with the GROUNDWOUND Series — as used by Mani on the 2016 Stone Roses Arena Tour — and our hugely popular DETROIT FLATS which are now the string of choice for a whole new generation of players.

And that's what keeps Elites Strings, and the entire bass playing community, alive - fresh blood and young talent - and we are always pleased to welcome new additions to our Bass Centre Elites Hall of Fame.

From some familiar faces from advertising campaigns over the years to a host of fresh, young four-string gunslingers, here's our current roster of Elites players - a tribute to all of those who loudly and proudly PUT THE BASS IN with Elites Strings...

Dan Hawkins

A London music scene stalwart for many years, Dan's recent credits include Katie Melua, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Les Miserables in the West End plus TV sessions for Rod Stewart and Olly Murs. He also runs, a remote recording service with clients all over the world and teaches and writes about bass and music on his blog

Don Chandler

Currently bassist with British reggae veterans UB40 - feat. founding members Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue - Don has also performed with Freddie McGregor, The Mighty Diamonds, Johnny Clarke, Junior Murvin, Black Uhuru, Mica Paris and Omar (amongst many others!) and is a Grammy Award winner for his production work on Morgan Heritage's 2016 album “Strictly Roots”.

Joe Hubbard

American born, London based musician JOE HUBBARD has had an astonishing professional career spanning more than four decades as an internationally acclaimed session bassist, educator, clinician, author and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist. His current projects include JOE HUBBARD BASS VIDEO LESSONS, a unique and dynamic series of online tutorials.

Gary Liedeman

A veteran Brit session player with Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith, Asia, Björn Again, Claire Sweeney, Jane McDonald, Lesley Garrett, tennis stars Pat Cash & John McEnroe, Thin Lizzy and the Rock of Ages tour, Gary is currently working on live shows and a Tony Visconti produced album with fashion designer, art collector, model, film producer, actor and musician Daphne Guinness.

Robert Hensher

Docs That Rock!? Rob Hensher is bass player with legendary London power trio THE WEE PLASTIC DENTURE BAND... that's a consultant urologist, a plastic surgeon plus an oral & maxillofacial surgeon - got it? Playing everywhere from Harley Street to the Hurlingham Club, their soundman just happens to be Bass Centre boss Baz Moorhouse - looking in rather good health!?

George Anderson

A founding member of British jazz-funk outfit SHAKATAK, long term JayDee and Elites artist GEORGE ANDERSON has been with the chart-topping quartet for almost 40 years and is still busy keeping the low-end safe with Shak all around the globe, alongside writing and producing material for Jill Saward and for his own project, the GA Band. His latest solo long player "Body & Soul" is out now.

Alex Bowler

Bassist with FOREVER FREE - the British Free, Bad Company & Led Zeppelin tribute act - ALEX BOWLER has been using Player Series Medium Gauge for many years : "I absolutely LOVE them! They give me just the right mixture of warmth & brightness to my tone. I think they are the best!"

Joe Holweger

A renowned face on the London covers circuit, session player with Belinda Carlisle, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Dannii Minogue, T'Pau, Girls Aloud & a member of Seven Dead and Spiderbites, Joe has been a regular touring bassist since 2011 with perennial King of The Wild Frontier, Adam Ant.

Robin Clayton

Veteran British bassist with Morrissey–Mullen, West End regular with Cats and Joseph and top sessioneer with Des O'Connor, Elaine Paige, David Ogilvy, Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and legendary American blues singer, guitarist and bandleader, Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges.

Derek Marshall

A self-styled "musicals specialist" on the busy Hamburg theatre, Derek has been principal bassist for productions of "Aladdin", "Phantom of The Opera" and "Tarzan", alongside sessions with swing legends The Joe Loss Orchestra, American bluesman Big Daddy Wilson, ex-Rose Royce singer Gwen Dickey & Iranian pop-tenor Hassan Sattar.

Matt Warr

The awesomely named Matt Warr is bassist with  Cardiff based power trio KYSHERA. Described as "warped genius" by BBC Radio 1, "pioneering innovators" by Classic Rock and as "one of the best live bands I have ever seen" by Plugged-In Magazine, the band are currently working on the follow up to their acclaimed 2015 LP "Circles". 

Alex Carter

 A familiar face to regulars at the Bass Centre's Wapping superstore, Alex "Hal" Carter is now bassist with THE STYLE COUNCILLORS, an amazing  tribute to Paul Weller's revered post-Jam blue eyed soul outfit. Currently preparing their "Our Favourite Shop" tour, this hugely popular UK act are booked solid through Summer 2018!

Lukas Mozdzenski

Polish born Lukas "Kozi" Mozdzenski is the low slung low ender with Corby's self-styled "dirty" metal monsters FUELED HATE - a furious hybrid of hardcore grooves, vicious riffs and acid tongued street rap, their essential new album March Of The Pigs is out now on Attic Records.

Chris Cruickshank

Scottish bassist & saxophonist for The Wild Rovers, Justin Currie (ex-Del Amitri), The Easy Orchestra, The Delgados, Federation of The Disco Pimp and Black & White Boy, Chris Cruickshank plays with celtic Folk ’n’ Rollers THE WAKES, whose latest stirring album Venceremos is out now.

Greyum May

Pictured here with his Elites strung custom, maple neck Bass Collection Power Bass, Greyum - ex-Ozric Tentacles & Firebird - now flies solo with KEEPERS BREW a genre-hopping, psychedelic, space rock project with a suitably cosmic new LP "Constellation Automation" out now. 

Si Peddle

The bass player vocalist with Pattison Fogg - the house band for the famous Alton Towers theme park, resort and entertainment complex in Staffordshire, UK - Simon is also an avid Bass Collection fanatic with SEVEN of the Bass Centre designed instruments in his arsenal.

Carl Davis

Carl is the bassist with the extreme British technical metal act KRYSTHLA who, after being hailed by Metal Hammer as "setting 2016 on fire”, dropped their ruthlessly precise sophomore album "Peace In Our Time" in April 2017 to yet more rapturous critical acclaim.

Simon Little

A solo artist and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with touring and recording credits including A Girl Called Eddy Chris Difford, Nick Cave, Ben Folds and jazz artists Ian Shaw and Nina Ferro, Simon has also been a member of The Divine Comedy since 2002.

Mark Bedford

Alongside lending his talents to Voice Of The Beehive, Robert Wyatt, Morrissey,  Butterfield 8 and The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, Mark Bedford has been a member of chart-topping British ska popsters Madness for almost four decades, Still hard at work with the North London nutty boys, Bedders has taken to using an Elites strung Bass Centre Bruce Thomas Profile Bass as his main stage instrument.

Pete Lincoln

A globe trotting guitarist, bassist, songwriter and solo artist, Pete has toured and recorded with acts such as Sir Cliff Richard, Tina Turner, Shakin' Stevens, Danni Minogue, Sailor and Frontm3n (with Mick Wilson of 10cc and Peter Howarth from The Hollies). For the last decade he has fronted perennial glam rock favourites The Sweet (with original guitarist Andy Scott). Pete released his second solo album "Heartbeat" in 2016.

Drew Campbell

Currently on the road with James Arthur (season 9 winner of The X Factor in 2012), Drew Campbell is a super busy session player with a huge roll-call of A-list credits to his name. His most recent work includes stints with beloved UK R&B star, Craig David, riding high on his return to chart topping form as well as "The British Bieber" - acclaimed young, pop/dance singer/songwriter, Connor Maynard.

Andy Rowe

A veteran of the NWOBHM scene with Firebird and 80's rockers Prime Cut, Andy Rowe is now bassist for acclaimed UK melodic prog act, The Room with ex-Grey Lady Down vocalist Martin Wilson.

Paul O'Shea

Previously with million selling, "Crust-Punk" pioneers, Hellbastard, Paul O'Shea is a founder member of the "very loud" West Country-based progressive metal power trio, Lethal High.

Andy Carr

Longtime Elites player, now with Martin Fry's ABC, Andy's former credits include Bruce Dickinson, Shakespeares Sister, Go West, Carol Decker, Jane McDonald and Belinda Carlisle.

Leon Watkins

Bassist with up-and-coming Dirty Youth, fronted by the feisty Danni Monroe. Blending "rock anthems with punk attitude and electronica", the Youth have spent the last year recording the follow-up to the acclaimed "Gold Dust" LP, supporting Alien Ant Farm and playing prestigious slots at Download and Camden Rocks festivals.

Elites Bass Strings - Former Wildheart Danny McCormack - now The Main Grains

Danny McCormack

Ex-Wildhearts Danny McCormack now fronts The Main Grains, quality purveyors of badass, streetwise punk 'n' roll with a power pop edge - imagine The Ramones jamming with Cheap Trick and the New York Dolls in Phil Spector's bathroom or, better still, have a listen to their storming debut mini-LP "Don't Believe Everything You Think".

Clint Williams

A busy session musician and songwriter, Clint has performed and recorded with a wealth of top shelf international artists, including Rihanna, Craig David, Womack & Womack, Russell Watson, Leanne Rimes, Hot Chocolate, Alexander O'Neal, Rose Royce, Heatwave, Boney M and, most recently, with British soul singer Mica Paris.

Dom Hill

Dom Hill getting ready for his 2016 Download festival appearance with blues rockers Buck & Evans, keeps it classy in his Bass Centre T-Shirt.

Jason Gale

An Elites Flatwound strung Bass Collection is the weapon of choice for Jason, with London-based ska and roots reggae act, The Dualers, 

Ed Goodsell

Bassist with Dear Sleeper... "I've used Elites for a good 5 years now and loved them to pieces. Great service, great products. Cheers guys!"

Lorna Thomas

Lorna has earned a reputation as one of Scotland's finest bassists with an individual style and personality that has made her an in-demand session musician for a diverse array of artists, including Movin Melvin Brown, Jill Jackson, Willie Logan, Scott Charles, Al James, Caroline Gilmour Sandra Macbeth & The Gospel Truth Choir.

Stan White

Alongside longstanding contributions to two of the UK's leading electronica acts - Faithless and Groove Armada, Jonathan "Stan" White has lent his prodigious big-grooved bass talents to Magazine, Richie Havens, Madonna, John Squire, Black Casino & The Ghost, Duran Duran guitarist Dominic Brown & School of Rock - The Musical.

Steve Lewinson

An Elites player since 1995, Steve Lewinson's amazing career has seen him holding down a permanent gig with Simply Red alongside performances with Massive Attack, Annie Lennox, Eurythmics, Herbie Han­cock, Sade, Joss Stone, Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jimmy Cliff, Beth Orton and Amy WInehouse.

Ged Grimes

Since 2010, Ged has been the bassist with veteran Scottish stadium favourites Simple Minds who, 30 years after first hitting the big leagues with their global breakout smash "Don't You (Forget About Me)", are currently still packing European enormo-domes in support of their 16th album release - the raw, hard-hitting “Big Music".

Jon Carter

A long-time collaborator with vocalist Carl McCoy in a reformed line-up of UK psychedelic gothic rock stalwarts Fields Of The Nephilim, Jon 'Capachino' Carter now fronts his own outfit XII, a suitably mysterious and darkly industrial project that perfectly showcases Jon's brutal, efficient and uniquely violent bass sound.

Jerry Meehan

A former Young Musician of the Year finalist, principle bassoon in the National Youth Orchestra & writer/producer for Steve Wonder, Beth Orthon, Omar, Midge Ure, Leonard Bernstein and Jesse Norman, Jerry's bass playing credits include Roxy Music, BBC TV' Show "The Voice" and the inimitable Robbie Williams.

 Peter Hook 

Now fronting his own outfit, Peter Hook & The Light, the post-punk bass hero whose unconventional approach to the instrument defined the visionary sound of both Joy Division and New Order has been using Elites Strings for over 25 years... we think he likes 'em!

Stu Gili-Ross

Stu supplies some appropriately ferocious four-string power for internationally acclaimed Watford post-hardcore act Gallows, a band whose impeccable punk credentials include being banned by Disney from playing the House of Blues venue at their Anahaeim resort.

 Jimmy Sims 

An ex-Bass Centre staffer whose groovy, low-end talents have made him a first-call session player for the likes of Amy MacDonald, pop-tykes The Saturdays, Mika, Judy Tzuke, Matt Willis, Westlife singer Shane Filan, Bryan Ferry and George Ezra... our loss is their gain!

Ben Sargeant

With a stellar CV that includes time served with James Morrison, Will Young, Cyndi Lauper, Shayne Ward, McFly, Paolo Nutini, Terri Walker and Blue, Ben is the current studio and touring bass player with platinum selling and Brit Award nominated Irish pop rockers, The Script. 

Guy Pratt

A man with no end to his talents... superstar bass player with (amongst many others) Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Roxy Music, Madonna & Iggy Pop, award-winning hitmaker, author and stand-up comic - has been using Elites since 1987 even if, as he claims, "the jury's still out"!

Jozef Norocky

Since 2011, ex-Rinoa guitarist, Jozef Norocky has swapped six strings for four as bassist with hip, British ambient-influenced metalcore mob, Devil Soul His Soul, lending his energetic talents to the band's critically acclaimed 2012 "Empire Of Light" album and 2014 EP "Belong ╪ Betray".

Graham Gouldman

The award-winning British hitmaker is best known for his work with the classic pop/rock act, 10cc and for co-writing the band's international #1 singles "I'm Not in Love", "The Things We Do for Love" and "Dreadlock Holiday". Currently gigging with both a revived 10cc and his own Graham Gouldman & Friends project Graham uses both Elites Bass AND Elites Acoustic Strings.

Barry Fratelli

Barry and his fellow Fratellis exploded onto the music scene in 2007, winning a BRIT Award for Best British Breakthrough Act, selling platinum with their debut album "Costello Music" and going global with the smash-hit single "Chelsea Dagger". Baz has been using Elites Strings since their 2013 American tour in support of their third long-player, "We Need Medicine".

Alex James

The shy and retiring, cheese-making, earl of Brit-Pop (Fat Les, WigWam, Me Me Me, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bad Lieutenant, Marianne Faithfull, Florence & The Machine, KT Tunstall and - of course! - the mighty Blur) once openly claimed to have spent about a million pounds on champagne and cocaine... strange, then, that he's so secretive about his Elites Strings habit!

Matt Brooks

Nominated as "best bass player" in the 2016 British Blues Awards, Matt Brooks is the astonishingly rhythmic and elegantly melodic bassist with genre-busting, blues 'n' roots rocking, power-trio, Wille & The Bandits... great on record (check out their superb "Breakfree", "New Breed" and "Grow" albums) and a thrilling, must-see live act.

Adji Shuib

A young and gifted player, Adji's fluid, driving and melodic bass work has earned him considerable kudos through live work with guitar ace Jamie Theyer's hard rocking blues band, The Worried Men as well as through his sterling performances on stage and on record with acoustic folk/blues troubadour, Matt Woosey.

Ceri Monger

Justin Sullivan, New Model Army frontman for over 35 years, has long been a customer and friend of our sister store, The Acoustic Centre, so we're extremely pleased that Ceri, the most recent conscript to a band that has always featured the bass up-front and centre, has also signed up as an Elites user.

Jamie Reynolds

Erstwhile frontman with Klaxons, the platinum-selling, Mercury Prize winning British band who successfully fused the energy & hedonism of electro club culture with the day-glo euphoria of psychedelic pop and the sheer, manic thrill of indie guitar rock. We're looking forward to seeing Jamie helming some new, genre-defying music in the near future.

Alex Moore

Most recently seen supplying the low end for UK hip-hop superstar Roots Manuva,  busy session man Alex has supported The Beautiful South with singer Sarah-Jayne,  recorded and gigged with alt-hip hop band N.U.M.B., The Stardust Big Band and the AVA Studio's team as well as appearing in theatrical productions of Hairspray, High School Musical, The Producers and Seussical.

Chris Purcell

Chris is bassist with grindie/new rave/dance punk pioneers, Hadouken!, another young act who have smashed the boundaries between urban, club, punk and indie rock cultures, creating a incendiary mash-up of dubstep, drum and bass and noise rock which has brought them huge critical and fan acclaim and seen them become major festival mainstays.

Stuart Cavilla

Stuart is the powerhouse bassist with Gibraltan rock monsters, Breed 77, whose unique infusion of ethnic Spanish rhythms has earned them the awesome tag... "Flamenco-Metal"!

Chris Bertram

Chris Bertram with veteran Leeds punks, Abrasive Wheels, is a long-term Elites user as well as the proud owner of a Bass Collection Power Bass... "Can’t believe how well this sounds and plays".

Kevin White

Bass Centre Elites Detroit Flatwounds are the string of choice for Kev White, bassist with The Modfathers - a fantastic tribute show to mod rock icon and all-round ace face, Paul Weller.

Chris Batten

Chris is the bassist with insanely energetic, young Hertfordshire post-hardcore quartet, Enter Shikari, whose unique mix of industrial metal, dubstep and trance has won them astonishing international notoriety and success. A huge live act, they have become regulars on the prestigious Vans Warped Tour and Reading and Leeds Festival bills (7 times in 8 years!), been championed by metal bible, Kerrang and Radio 1 scene-maker, Zane Lowe and, through constant touring and three incendiary albums, have won the hearts of minds of fans from North America to Russia and the Far East.

John Bentley

A successful producer and solo artist, John is best known for his work with Deptford's finest, Squeeze, whom he joined in 1979, a mere fortnight before the breakthrough single "Cool For Cats" hit the UK top ten and made the band a household name. Staying until 1982, he contributed to the classic "Argybargy" album and the smash-hit singles, "Another Nail In My Heart", "Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)", "Tempted"  and "Black Coffee in Bed". John rejoined Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook for Squeeze's 2007 "Quintessential" US/UK tour and continues to be active with the band to this day.

Pete Trewavas

The Middlesbrough-born, Elites Stadium player has been a stalwart of British progressive rockers, Marillion since 1982, during which time, proving that you can NEVER have enough prog-rock supergroups, he's also been a member of Transatlantic with Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and Kino alongside John Beck (It Bites) and Chris Maitland (Porcupine Tree). In 2011, Pete formed Edison's Children, teaming up with special effects guru Eric Blackwood to create the astonishing 72 minute concept album "In The Last Waking Moments".

Charlie Jones

Bassist, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer & solo artist, Charlie Jones was an original poster-boy for Elites way, way back in the day... Best known for his unique perspex bass, as a long-serving member of shape-shifting, rock legend, Robert Plant's band and, since 2002, for his contribution to alt.pop duo, Goldfrapp, Charlie has also worked with Page/Plant, Ofra Haza, Siouxsie Sioux and Simple Minds frontman, Jim Kerr as well as finding time to release his own debut solo platter, "Love Form" in 2013.

Danny Thompson

Without question, one of the World’s finest double bass players, Danny Thompson has, over a career spanning six decades, performed with an astonishingly diverse roll-call of artists and produced a wildly eclectic and dynamic body of solo work. Now In conjunction with The Bass Centre, he has developed a very special signature set of Elites Double Bass Strings. Constructed to his precise, exacting specifications they provide modern upright players superb playability, balance, tone, durability & freedom of expression.

Martin Blunt

Part of the early 90's "Madchester" scene that included Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets, The Charlatans' blend of classic pop songwriting, hard-edged soul and garage rock has seen them transcend band tragedy and the vagaries of music fashion to remain - for over 25 years - one of the UK's best bands, on stage and on record. We're very proud to say that founder member, Martin Blunt and Elites have been putting the bass into The Charlatans every step of the way.

Dave Boyce

The self-styled king of "sexy bass", Dave has long been a face on the London rock scene, with stints in Samson, Airrace, The Quireboys, Skyscraper and Bucket & Co. to his credit -  he has now teamed up with Laurence Archer, Mike Dyer and Benji Reid in a wonderfully boisterous revival of beloved 80's outfit, Grand Slam.

Gordon Moakes

Formerly the bassist with Bloc Party - who mashed together electronic dance music and indie guitar rock, united a generation and shifted three million albums in the process - Gordon left in 2015 to concentrate on his Young Legionnaire project with Paul Mullen of The Automatic and yourcodenameis:milo fame.

Julian Cox

Currently playing worldwide with the sensational Rick Astley, Jay is also a tutor at the Academy Of Contemporary Music in Guildford, UK. His previous credits include stints with Welsh classical soprano turned pop singer, actor and TV presenter Charlotte Church, as well as with shy and retiring American superstar CeeLo Green.

Cameron Dawson

Hip, young bass-slinger with groovy brit-funkers, Mamas Gun, Cam plays with a conviction and style that belie his tender years... and courtesy of his choice of Bass Centre Elites Strings as well as our acclaimed Bass Collection Power and Jive Basses, he's got a killer sound, to boot!

Chris Jones

South-West based Chris has been working solidly as a session musician over the last few years, most recently with soulful, singer-songwriter, Jack Wallen, dynamic, Bristol based violin-led quintet, The People’s String Foundation and Cornish acoustic artist, Ruarri Joseph.

John Thompson

Throughout the last two decades, John has consistently strung up with Elites to perform on tour and in the studio with a impressive list of international pop and R&B talent... from Shola Ama, Gwen Guthrie and Jamelia to The Spice Girls, Will Young, Girls Aloud and J.L.S.

Mat Beable

A supremely road-honed bassist who has been using Elites since 2002, Mat is no stranger to either hard work or to scorching lead guitarists, having held down the low-end for blues-masters, Robin Bibi and Ben Poole. Most recently, Mat has been gigging up a storm around Europe with both The Steve Nimmo Trio and The Nimmo Brothers.

Jonny Miller

As bassist, vocalist and permanent member of the hugely popular tribute show TALON - THE BEST OF EAGLES, Jonny has the daunting task of recreating the work of two great bass performers, Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmidt... but, we are pleased to say from personal experience that he does a thoroughly amazing job!

Nick Owen

A superb bassist and Elites Player Series devotee, Nick "The Knowledge" Owen worked at The Bass Centre for over a decade, so he knows a thing or two about bass gear. Since departing the fold, Nick has roamed the World, touring and recording with (amongst others) Dirty Vegas, Lulu, Bonnie Tyler, Ronan Keating, Carwash and Sway.

Leo Lyons

The powerhouse blues rock veteran and founding member of Ten Years After has now teamed up with guitarist Joe Gooch in a brand new band, Hundred Seventy Split. As well as Elites, Leo uses his very own Bass Centre WOODSTOCK bass as his main stage instrument.

Malcolm Joseph

A great Bass Centre mate, Malcolm has recorded and toured with Massive Attack, Soul II Soul, 7th Heaven, Ray Mang, Dave Stewart, James Reyne, Des’ree, Neneh Cherry, A Man Called Adam and Shit Disco as well as with the greatest diva of them all, the one-and-only Grace Jones.

Marcus McNeish

Marcus is a gifted, young, London-based vocalist, bassist and songwriter, whose prodigious talents led to him joining British R&B singer, Craig David on his recent World Tour. He has also scored a Number 1 hit single in Turkey in a collaboration with Turkish-born singer, Ebru.

Mark Hamilton

The Ash bass-man has been using Elites ever since the Irish alt.rockers first burst onto the scene in 1996 with their platinum selling, punk-pop masterpiece "1977". 20 years on, with 6 studio albums and an astonishing 53 hit singles in their catalogue, Ash are still huge festival favourites and Mark is still sticking to the maxim that Elites are so good, you only need three of 'em!

Pat Davey

A big fan of both Bass Centre Elites strings AND our fab Bass Collection Power and Jive 5 Basses, Pat is a busy man these days, juggling regular gigs with guitarist/hit songwriter Jim Cregan, Paul Young and superb UK hard rock supergroup, Diesel with vocalist Robert Hart (Bad Company/Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick (FM) and drummer Jimmy Copley (Jeff Beck).

Martin Ekelund

Ex-Waterdog bassist, Martin Ekelund made the leap to the big leagues with Swedish outfit, Bonafide in 2011. Fronted by dynamic vocalist and guitarist Pontus Snibb, the band are already a big draw on the European festival circuit and are rapidly gaining international recognition for their powerful blend of hard driving rhythms and classic, blues rock hooks.

Phil Mulford

Yet another long-term Bass Centre mate and first-call session bassist, Phil has played with ITV's The X-Factor, Lionel Ritchie, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Alexandra Burke, Lemar, Mica Paris, Ruby Turner, Annie Lennox, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Beverley Knight, Take That, The Bee Gees, Paul Young, Leo Sayer, Tom Jones, Donna Summer, Mark Almond, Rose Royce, The Trammps, Steve Hackett, Odyssey, Elkie Brooks, Gail Ann-Dorsey, Leona Lewis, Gloria Gaynor, John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Merv Goldsworthy

In 1984, with an impeccable NWOBHM pedigree (Samson, Diamond Head) behind him, Merv teamed up with ex-Samson mate Pete Jupp & Wildlife's Steve & Chris Overland to form FM, one of the most revered UK melodic hard-rock acts of the 80's/90's. Jump forward 20 years and Merv is back with a revitalised FM line-up, selling out shows, headlining huge festivals across Europe and making anthemic music that proves that, even if the hair is a little thinner, FM's airbrushed melodies are still as lush and full as ever.

Mick Feat

Now out on the road with The Straits, Mick Feat has been a regular visitor to the Bass Centre throughout the store's history. A former in-house bass player at Island Records, he has recorded and toured with a host of major artists including Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Tina Turner, Art Garfunkel, Justin Hayward, Chaz Jankel, ex-Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke's Fastway, Alvin Lee, Dionne Warwick, Chris de Burgh, Billy Ocean, Mick Ralph's Bad Company, Jim Capaldi, Willy de Ville, Ben E King and Alessandro Safina.

Neil Fairclough

Currently playing arenas, stadiums and festival stages all over the World as part of the amazing collaboration between Queen and Adam Lambert, Neil is a bassist and vocalist with an impressive pedigree, having performed, written and recorded with the incomparable Terry Wogan's house band, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), drum legends Steve Ferrone & Billy Cobham, saxophone ace Snake Davis (M People, Eurythmics, Take That), Cuban artists Pichi Valdez & Omar Puente, globe-trotting, tribute show The Spirit Of Pink Floyd and at the 2010 Proms In The Park with Brian May and Kerry Ellis.

Paul Ryder

The bassist and founder member of The Happy Mondays has been an Elites user ever since the band's early 90's "Madchester" glory days, when their mix of streetwise humour, dance floor rhythms & blissed-out guitar rock perfectly captured the pulse of the acid-house generation & propelled them to massive worldwide success... as well as drug-fuelled infamy. Now back with the original, definitive Mondays' line-up for a triumphant return to live form, Paul is still putting the bass into the band's trademark, punk-funk grooves with his Elites flatwound strung Bass Collection Detroit Bass.

Norman Watt-Roy

Bombay-born and London-bred, Norman Watt-Roy has forged a fearsome reputation as one of the all-time great British bass players through landmark powerhouse performances with Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Nick Lowe, The Clash, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Rachel Sweet, Madness, Nick Cave, veteran rhythm 'n' blues guitar slinger, Wilko Johnson and his own outfit - Norman Watt-Roy & Friends - in support of his first solo album "Faith & Grace". A true British Bass Master and loyal customer since the Bass Centre's launch in the mid-80's, Norman has strung up with Elites for over three decades!

Steve Vantsis

Alongside work with River City People, Horse, Billy Mackenzie, Jill Jones, Candy Dulfer, Bonnie Tyler, KT Tunstall and his own band, Tilt, Steve is best known as ex-Marillion frontman, Fish's permanent live and studio bass guitarist and main songwriting collaborator.

Steve Kinch

Having previously appeared as a session player on Manfred Mann's 1986 "Criminal Tango" album and then as a member of both the Hazel O'Connor and Jim Capaldi bands, Steve Kinch has been a long-standing member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band since 1991.

Paul Shelley

Paul is the young bassist with the superbly named, sonic maelstrom that is HECK, whom The Independent newspaper enthusiastically dubbed "one of the most incendiary, exciting, raucous and frankly downright dangerous bands the UK currently has to offer". 'NUFF SAID!

David Levy

Another loyal Elites Strings user and Wapping regular, David's all-star career has seen him play with Rory Gallagher, Bernie Marsden, Paul Young, Shirley Bassey, Alison Moyet, King Of Fools, Mike Oldfield, Bonnie Tyler, Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy, John Foxx, G-Boys, Tina Charles, The Living Tree, Five Star and Sam Brown. Since 1995, he has been touring regularly with Chris de Burgh as well as appearing live with Andrew Roachford, Never The Bride and Los Pacaminos.

Trevor Barry

A true UK session legend and regular member of the Strictly Come Dancing band on BBC TV, Triumph-riding Trev has performed and recorded with Rufus Wainwright, Right Said Fred, Montserrat Caballé, Celine Dion, Phil Collins, George Benson, Elaine Page, Jon Bon Jovi, Greg Lake, Elvis Costello, Carol King, George Martin, John Barrowman, Alfie Boe, Marc Almond, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Yusuf Islam, Beverly Knight, Take That, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Freddie Mercury...

Si Mulvey

Currently the MD/bassist for Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, Si has performed around the World with psych-rockers Dr. & The Medics, German singer Nina Hagen, rock legends Don Airey, Doogie White and Bruce Dickinson, rhythm 'n' blues stalwarts The Inmates, ex-Motörhead guitarist Würzel’s Gangshow, and - most presitigious of all - was invited to play bass in an otherwise wholly American band for the farewell UK tour by Mormon family sensations, The Osmonds.

Steve Anderson

Brilliantly technical and driving bassist with Nuclear Blast signings, Threshold, a band who have rightfully garnered rapturous international praise for their powerful and thought-provoking progressive metal sound.

Sophie Danielle Lord

Mentored by Bass Centre mate and British bass master, Norman Watt-Roy and currently juggling session gigs with full-time studies at the London College of Music, Devon's very own "Lord of The Bass" is definitely one to watch!

Joey Grant

An awesome player with amazing groove and technique, JOEY GRANT has recorded & toured with Roy Ayers, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, NDubz, Mica Paris, Candi Staton, Gabrielle, Lady Gaga, Tinie Tempah, Carlene Anderson & Melanie C.

Steve Lawson

Described by both Victor Wooten and Michael Manring as "brilliant" and considered by Leland Sklar to be "one of the best innovators in the bass community", long-term Bass Centre supporter and Elites player, Steve Lawson is an exceptionally visionary solo bass performer and loop guru who truly pushes the boundaries of the instrument to create richly, melodic and beautifully compelling, atmospheric music that is both cinematic in scale and emotionally intimate.

Wayne Nunes

A former member of the Christ Church Choir, Wayne is a successful composer, producer and bassist with a solid rep as a power player on the UK's urban music scene. His long lists of credits include Warrior Charge, Billy Ocean, Rozalla, African Head Charge, Professor Stretch and Tricky as well as joint-MD of the Theatre Royal Stratford's stage adaptation of the 1972 Jamaican cult classic, "The Harder They Come" with his Warrior Charge partner, drummer Perry Melius.

Tom Chapman

Having previously worked with Bernard Sumner and Alex James in their Bad Lieutenant project, French-born Tom was invited by Sumner to join New Order - alongside founding members Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert - following Peter Hook's departure in 2011. A pretty daunting task, filling Hooky's boots in one of the UK's most influential post-punk acts, but Tom has more than risen to to the challenge... and we're super-confident that his choice of Elites has helped!