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Jive Bass - Deep Purple

UK Price:  £545.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £454.17


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Vintage Style. Authentic Tone.

Inspired by a deep passion for vintage instrument design and informed by the Bass Centre's decades-long communication with professional players and customers throughout the world, a truly iconic design has been re-imagined to blend period accurate looks and a classic sound with a modern, lightweight construction and a super fast, satin finish neck.


With cool retro features, a wide choice of classic colour and pickguard combinations, powerful authentic tone, superb build quality, flawless finish and expert set-up, the Jive Bass is an affordable, pro-grade instrument that represents astonishing value for money and is genuinely regarded as being consistent with instruments twice the price.

The Jive Bass Features

body Lightweight, balanced body contour With classic colour / pickguard combination
neck Satin finish Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties"® maple neck with Rosewood Fingerboard & Pearloid Dot Markers
pickups Vintage Spec single coil pickups with Exposed Pole Pieces
bridge Babicz Full Contact Bridge
hardware Chrome Pickup Cover, Chrome 4-Bolt Neck Plate, Chrome Control Plate & Dome top Control Knobs
strings Bass Centre Elites
extras Premium Quality Bass Centre Gig Bag included

Make Full Contact

The Babicz Full Contact Hardware system is available on all applicable Bass Collection models as either standard issue or as an optional upgrade. As the name implies, this revolutionary new approach to bridge technology ensures full contact between the vibrating string and the body of the instrument, maximising sustain and tonal response. Courtesy of its patented eCam saddle technology, the Babicz design also provides enhanced tuning stability and fully lockable, precision adjustment for string height and intonation.

Get Active with EMG™ Pickups

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. EMGs' low resistance to inductance ratio increases the low end response, while 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.

The Personal Touch

All Bass Collection and British Bass Masters instruments are re-strung and set up prior to despatch by Chris Ward, long serving Bass Centre guitar tech since 1984. Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer and specify set-up requirements (please use the "Comments" field when you check out).

NeckSatin Finish Maple with "Super Slim Sixties"® Profile
FingerboardRosewood with Pearloid Dot Markers
Frets20 Medium Nickel Frets
PickupsPassive Vintage-Style Single Coil (J/J)
ControlsVolume / Volume / Master Tone
MachineheadsChrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
HardwareChrome Control Plate with Chromed Brass Dome Top Control Knobs, Chrome Pickup Cover, 4-Bolt Chrome Neck Plate
BridgeBabicz Full Contact Hardware Bridge
Scale Length34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut38mm
Neck Width at 12th Fret57mm
Neck Depth at 1st Fret20mm
Neck Depth at 12th Fret22mm
String Spacing at Nut10mm
String Spacing at Bridge19mm
Weight4.05kg (8.9lb)
StringsBass Centre Elites
ExtrasPremium Quality Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag Included
WarrantyAll Bass Collection instruments come with a 1 Year warranty
Country Of OriginWorld Musical Instruments Co. Ltd. • South Korea

Huge thanks to long-term Bass Centre collaborator Joe Hubbard for taking time to produce this great video introduction to his very own Bass Collection Bespoke Jive Bass.

To Joe's spec, the stock instrument has been tricked out with black scratchplate and Omega "Badass" style bridge as well as with a pair of Aguilar Super Single pickups and Mike Pope Flex Core electronics installed by long serving Bass Centre technician Chris Ward.

Here, he puts his augmented Jive through its paces, ably demonstrating its effortless playability and broad tonal palette

"Very fast and easy to play. 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. It's lightweight, resonant and extremely versatile in delivering a wide range of sounds" — Joe Hubbard

Joe Hubbard’s professional career spans three decades as an internationally acclaimed educator, author and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist. He has also recorded and performed with a huge and diverse range of musicians including Morrissey Mullen, Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Gary Numan, Nigel Wright (produce for West Life, X-Factor), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), George Benson, Everything But the Girl, Mose Allison, Colin Blunstone, Elkie Brooks, Bill Nelson, Ben E. King, Alan Murphy, Dave Weckl, Frank Gambale, Gary Husband and Mose Allison.


Jive Bass / Power Bass

Jazzwise Magazine • 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."


Jive Bass / Power Bass

Gareth Morgan • Guitar & Bass Magazine • July 2010

"Classy and 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 "BEST BASS GUITAR UNDER £1,000" category, with the Jive Bass crowned the winner and the single pickup Power Bass in second place.


Jive Bass

Dan Veall • Guitar Interactive • 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."


Speakeasy Pro 4

Gareth Morgan • Guitar & Bass Magazine • 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."



Ian Glasper • Bass Guitar Magazine • 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"


Bespoke Jive Bass

Joe Hubbard Bass Videos • 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."



The Guy Pratt Betsy Bass

Mike Brooks • Bass Guitar Magazine • 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."


The Bruce Thomas Profile Bass

 Joel McIver • Bass Guitar Magazine • 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."


The Bass Centre Wyman Bass

Gareth Morgan • Guitar & Bass Magazine • 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."


The Bass Centre Wyman Bass

Roger Newell • Guitarist Magazine • December 2012

"Pros: Compact & lightweight, super fat.
 Cons: Provided you like the small proportions, there's nothing to dislike!"


The Bass Centre Wyman Bass

 Ken Sanders Bass • Guitar Magazine • 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."


The Brian May Bass

Roger Newell • Guitarist Magazine • 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."


The Brian May Bass

Gareth Morgan • Guitar & Bass Magazine • 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 (1 Review):  
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Sounds terrific
Monday, 27 June 2022  | 

Had the bass for a few weeks now, and I have to say it's marvelous. I've owned loads of basses over the years, some really nice ones too, but I have to say this Jive bass is really, really good. Excellent playability, weight, and build, but most of all the sound!

It sounds terrific.

Very happy with it.

Greg Smith
UK Pro bassist with Aynsley Lister, John Verity (Argent), Sean Webster Band, Jon Amor,Jack Hutchinson, Laurence Jones Band

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