Detroit Bass Solar Flare

Worldwide Price : £412.50
UK Price:  £495.00 - Inc. 20% VAT


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The Motown inspired Bass Collection Detroit Bass is fast becoming a legend in its own right.

A truly soulful little number, strung with Elites flatwound strings and sporting a wealth of eye-catching, cool retro features, the Detroit is our tribute to the classic sounds of Hitsville, USA and to the Motor City's premier funk brother and all-star bass supremo, James Jamerson.

The light-weight, contoured body, satin finish neck profile and Bass Centre Detroit Flats make for a super smooth ride, but it's the sound that will really grab you - a pleasingly authentic, rich low end, stacks of grit and growl, and a lively, articulate midrange punch, equally perfect for upfront, struttin' funk, the sweetest soul or the greasiest rhythm 'n' blues.

The Bass Collection Detroit Features

BODY Basswood with striking, period accurate finish and pickguard combination
NECK  Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties"® neck profile
FINGERBOARD 20 fret Macassar ebony
PICKUPS Passive, vintage style pickups with exposed pole pieces
BRIDGE Standard roller bridge
HARDWARE Chrome "ashtray" pickup & bridge covers plus chromed brass flat-top controls
STRINGS Bass Centre Elites medium gauge Detroit Flats
EXTRAS Bass Centre padded gig bag

The Personal Touch

All Bass Collection instruments are re-strung and set up prior to despatch by Chris Ward, long serving Bass Centre guitar tech for all of our 36 years... he's getting quite good by now!

Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer, and specify set-up requirements (please use the "Customer Comments" field when you check out).

Body Basswood
Finish Gloss Polyurethane with 3-Ply Pickguard
Neck Satin Finish Maple with "Super Slim Sixties" Profile
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony with Pre-CBS-Style Clay Dot Markers
Frets 20 Medium Nickel Frets
Pickup Passive Vintage Style Split Single Coil with Exposed Pole Pieces
Controls Master Volume/Master Tone
Tuning Machines Chrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware Chrome "Ashtray" Pickup & Bridge Covers, Flat Top Chromed Brass Control Knobs
Neck Plate  4 Bolt Chrome Plate with Stamped Bass Centre "C" Logo
Bridge Chrome Standard Roller Bridge
Scale Length 34" • 864mm
Neck Width at Nut 43mm • 1.7"
Neck Width at 12th Fret 57mm • 2.24"
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 20mm • 0.8"
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm • 0.9"
String Spacing at Nut 11.5mm 0.45"
String Spacing at Bridge 19.5mm 0.77"
Weight 4.1kg   9.0lbs
Strings Bass Centre Elites Detroit Flatwounds .045 - .065 - .085 - .105
Included Extras Premium Quality Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Centre Instruments come with a 12 Month Warranty

Jazzwise Magazine

Jive & Power Bass • March 2011
"These brilliant instruments are a steal at this price point... in fact it's hard to think of any bass range that offers so much quality for so little money."


Guitar & Bass Magazine

Jive & Power • Gareth Morgan • July 2010
"Classy & impressively accurate takes on two classic templates (with) authentic sounds & an excellent level of build quality"

In G&B's annual round up of the year's most impressive gear, Bass Collection swept the board in the "under £1,000" category with the Jive winning the coveted 'Bass of the Year' award and the Power Bass in 2nd place.


Guitar Interactive

Jive Bass • Dan Veall • December 2013
"The attention to detail is welcome, not only in the feel of the neck profile but also in that this instrument is nicely balanced and surprisingly lightweight. A very good bass for not a lot of money."


Guitar & Bass Magazine

Speakeasy Pro 4 • Gareth Morgan • February 2014
"A well put-together & handsome-looking bass... it’s fair to say that its modern good looks and fine playability make it an instrument that many will be happy to pay a little extra for."


Bass Guitar Magazine

Speakeasy • Ian Glasper • October 2014
"Exceptionally well built and finished for the price tag – a joy to play... small and perfectly formed, these guitars are easy on both the eye and the ear"


Joe Hubbard Bass Videos

Bespoke Jive Bass • April 2017
"Lightweight, resonant and extremely versatile... I really love this instrument and I’d recommend it to anybody looking for that classic J-Bass design at a super-affordable price point."



Bass Guitar Magazine

Bass Centre Betsy Bass • Mike Brooks • February 2020
"An absolute joy to play... a cool finish, playability and comfort by the bucketload, and a tonal performance that out-boxes many a bass at double the price. The Bass Centre have a winner on their hands."


Bass Guitar Magazine

Bass Centre Profile Bass • Joel McIver • January 2016
"Bravo, chaps... a wonderful bass that you will not want to stop playing. And all for £495? A great F*nder alternative... Snap one up if you can."


Guitar & Bass

Bass Centre Wyman Bass • Gareth Morgan • September 2011
"An excellent mix of passive tones... if you're looking for a bass that's a little different, the Wyman is a welcome new contender."



Bass Centre Wyman Bass • Roger Newell • December 2012
"Pros : Compact & lightweight, super fat sounds – Cons : Provided you like the small proportions, there's nothing to dislike!"


Bass Guitar Magazine

Bass Centre Wyman Bass • Ken Sanders • July 2015
"A great Fender-ish vintage rock 'n' roll tone which will sit perfectly in any blues trio... it continues the company’s tradition for quality basses at affordable prices."


Guitarist Magazine

Brian May Bass • Roger Newell • September 2012
"Well styled and nicely built... If you want something off the beaten track this has a great deal to offer... delightful to play, with its own character and sounds - recommended."


Guitar & Bass Magazine

Brian May Bass • Gareth Morgan • August 2014
"A fine-looking beast with a heap of '60s flavour which harks back to wilder times. The basic sound is excellent; nice & fat with growling lows & an overall feeling of controlled aggression."

Average Rating (2 Reviews):  
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Worth the extra money and the shipping
Wednesday, 30 December 2015  | 

Hello, I just received my Detroit Bass Solar Flare LE today... I am very excited and was very surprised at how fast it arrived, I ordered it December 18th and I am in California! I opened the box and when I took it out of the soft case and I was very impressed by how it looked and felt, and with the overall quality.

I was looking at the big name, budget line basses but their color choices were limited and some of the basses I considered buying were discontinued. This bass has everything I wanted in a bass and then some.

The basses you make are worth the extra money and the shipping, I couldn't be any more satisfied with my purchase.

Looks, feels, and sounds terrific
Saturday, 21 February 2015  | 

I'm a novice player and this is my first purchase of a "new" bass. I wanted something different that would stand out amongst all the Squires. I chose the Bass Centre because their take on the classic designs offered me that familiar, yet different vibe.

My Detroit Bass looks, feels, and sounds terrific. I know it's going to stay with me and help me take my bass playing to a whole new level.