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Portrait Bass - Solar Flare

UK Price:  £595.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £495.83
+ EMG Pickups Upgrade


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Vintage Style. Authentic Tone. Classic Cool.

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.


A tribute to the maverick genius of celebrated American bassist, composer, producer, and band leader Jaco Pastorius, the Portrait Bass sports a striking pickguard-free Solar Flare finish, smooth, lined fretless ebony fingerboard and, like the rest of the Jive Bass range, boasts powerful authentic tone, superb build quality, and an expert set-up.

The Portrait Bass Features

body Lightweight, balanced body contour with classic 3-tone solar flare finish
neck Satin finish Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties"® maple neck
FINGERBOARD Macassar ebony lined fretless fingerboard with peraloid dot makers
pickups Bass Centre "Bass"® vintage voiced single coil pickups
bridge Babicz Full Contact Hardware Bridge
hardware Chrome "ashtray" pickup cover / Chrome control plate with chromed brass dome top control knobs / Bass "C" engraved 4-bolt chrome neck plate
strings Bass Centre Elites
extras Premium quality Bass Centre padded gig bag included

Make Full Contact

Babicz Full Contact Hardware is a revolutionary new approach to bridge technology that, as the name implies, 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. EMG's 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, or contact the BC sales team directly).

Body Basswood
FINISH Gloss polyurethane
Neck Satin finish maple with Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties"® profile
Fingerboard Lined fretless Macassar ebony with pearloid dot markers
Pickups Bass Centre "Bass"® vintage voiced single coil pickups
Controls Volume / Volume / Master tone
Machineheads Chrome vintage-style, clover leaf, open-gear tuners
Hardware Chrome "ashtray" pickup cover / Chrome control plate with chromed brass dome top control knobs
NECK PLATE 4-bolt chrome plate with engraved Bass Centre "C" logo
Bridge Chrome Babicz Full Contact Hardware bridge
Scale Length 34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut 38mm (1.5")
Neck Width at 12th Fret 57mm (2.24")
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 20mm (0.8")
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm (0.87")
String Spacing at Nut 10mm (0.4")
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm (0.75")
Weight Approx. 4.05kg (8.9lb)
Strings Bass Centre Elites
Included Extras Premium quality Bass Centre padded gig bag with dual handles, cushioned shoulder strap and zip-up accessory pocket
Warranty All Bass Collection / British Bass Masters instruments come with a 1 year warranty
Country Of Origin World Musical Instruments Co. Ltd., South Korea


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Beautiful Portrait
04 September 2022  | 

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.


"Your Bass, Your Way" Indeed, prior to despatch, every single Bass Collection and British Bass Master instrument receives an expert set-up from Chris Ward Ė the Bass Centre's resident tech, man and boy, since 1984. Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer, and specify your own personal set-up requirements... at no extra charge! (please use the "Comments" field when you check out, or contact the BC sales team directly).

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