Of course there are no prizes for guessing the heritage of the Jive Bass — the offset body & twin single coil pickup arrangement are clearly part of bass history — but this is no run-of-the-mill, carbon copy clone.
Inspired by the wealth of experience that the Bass Centre has accumulated over four decades in the business, as well as by our communication with professional players and customers all over the world, the Jive Bass sports a number of unique features as well as the Bass Centre's own take on tradition. With a body profile that has had 4mm shaved from the familiar outline and the Bass Centre's satin finished "Super Slim Sixties" ® neck profile (significantly slimmer than the classic "C" shape), the Jive provides a lightweight, comfortable and super-fast playing experience.
"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" — DAN VEALL, GUITAR INTERACTIVE
Soundwise, the Jive truly delivers all you could want... and then some. The vintage style single coil pickups produce an authentic tone — glittering harmonics, clear, zingy highs & earthy, growling lows are all present & correct, with an even response and stacks of sustain and resonance courtesy of the revolutionary Babicz Full Contact Bridge, which comes either as standard issue on selected models, or as a premium upgrade.
And, of course, the Jive looks fantastic too, with a choice of flawlessly applied, period accurate finishes and authentic pickguards, with a cool, chrome pickup cover crowning an instrument that boasts superb build quality, awesome playability and a superb, versatile tonal range — all at a astonishingly good price.
YOUR BASS - YOUR WAY
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 39 years. Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer, and specify set-up requirements... at no extra charge!
Bass Collection Bespoke
Take complete control over your Bass Collection specifications - Choose your own colour/pickguard combination and select custom hardware, pickups and electronics from a wide range of suppliers including Babicz, Hipshot, Omega, Aguilar, Sims, Mike Pope, EMG, Sadowsky, etc.
The Bass Centre is pleased to be able to offer the option of a lined fretless rosewood or ebony fingerboard on all applicable models, for a modest premium, with the work expertly conducted by our own experienced in-house tech Chris Ward.
EMG, low impedance pickups are available as a premium upgrade to all Bass Collection Jive models, fully installed and set-up to perfection in the Bass Centre's in-house workshop.
The original EMG active J pickup set retains all the hallmarks of the classic jazz bass sound whilst adding a broader tonal range that will add new dimensions and clarity to your playing. EMG's low resistance to inductance ratio increases the low end response and the carefully radiused ceramic bar magnet helps to deliver a tightly focused mid-range with a crisp, lively and dynamic high end response.
Whether you play fretted or fretless, live or in the studio, you'll experience an incredibly full sound, with sweeping harmonic overtones, enhanced punch and super-quiet operation, free of hum and buzz.
Free Bass Centre Custom Strap
For a limited period, this elegant, practical and super-comfortable 100% vegan custom strap is FREE with every purchase from the Bass Centre's superb Bass Collection range.