Portrait Bass - Solar Flare

Worldwide Price : £454.17
UK Price:  £545.00 Inc. 20% VAT
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For a limited period, this elegant, super comfortable, 100% vegan custom strap is FREE with every purchase from the Bass Centre's superb Bass Collection range.

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.

"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" — JAZZWISE MAGAZINE

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 Solar Flare Finish
neck Satin finish Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties"® maple neck with Macassar Ebony Lined Fretless Fingerboard
pickups Vintage Spec "Bass"® single coil pickups
bridge Babicz Full Contact Bridge
hardware Chrome Pickup Cover, Bass "C" Engraved 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

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).

BodyBasswood
NeckSatin Finish Maple with "Super Slim Sixties"® Profile
FingerboardLined Fretless Macassar Ebony with Pearloid Dot Markers
PickupsBass Centre "Bass"® Vintage Spec 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, Bass "C" Engraved 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

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"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."

 

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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"

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Speakeasy

Ian Glasper • Bass Guitar Magazine • October 2014

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Joe Hubbard Bass Videos • April 2017

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 Joel McIver • Bass Guitar Magazine • January 2016

GEAR OF THE YEAR 2016 — BEST FRETTED BASS UNDER £500
"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."

 

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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."

 

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Roger Newell • Guitarist Magazine • December 2012

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

 

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 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."

 

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Roger Newell • Guitarist Magazine • September 2012

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Gareth Morgan • Guitar & Bass Magazine • August 2014

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