Speakeasy 4 King Crimson

Worldwide Price : £412.50
UK Price:  £495.00 - Inc. 20% VAT
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For a limited period, this elegant and super comfortable, 100% vegan custom strap is FREE with every purchase from the Bass Centre's superb Bass Collection range.

Based on the classic, Japanese built Bass Collection SB310 Series, introduced by Nanyo Boeki and distributed exclusively in the UK by the Bass Centre in the late 1980s and throughout the '90s, the new Speakeasy combines a distinctive compact body profile with a powerful, modern sound.

"Exceptionally well built and finished for the price tag... small and perfectly formed, these guitars are easy on both the eye and the ear" — Ian Glasper • Bass Guitar Magazine

All the hallmarks of the original Bass Collection design are in place — the unique, heel-less, bolt on neck, 2 octave, unmarked, rosewood fingerboard, high density bridge design for maximum sustain and active twin band electronics.

The Speakeasy Features

Body Original, compact, light weight Bass Collection SB body contour
Neck Heel-less, Bolt-On, Slim profile maple neck
Fingerboard 24 fret, rosewood fingerboard
ELECTRONICS Passive PJ Pickups + 2 Band Active EQ
EXTRAS Complete with 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. Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer and specify set-up requirements by using the "Comments" field during the checkout process, or by contacting us directly.

The Wapping Years

Throughout the '80s and '90s, The Bass Centre was synonymous with the Bass Collection range, with our Wapping store being the only place in the West to feature the complete range.

The classic line-up of SGC/Nanyo instruments still has a devoted following, with numerous online user groups and forums dedicated to chronicling the development of the brand and the myriad of model variations. Notable users include Muse bass superstar, Chris Wolstenholme, who used a pair of Bass Collection SB300 Series basses, both live and in the studio, during the band's 2000/2001 "Showbiz" era.

Body Ash
Finish King Crimson
Neck Slim profile, Maple; heel-less, bolt-on design
Fingerboard Rosewood
Frets 24 jumbo nickel frets
Pickups Passive J/J single coil
Controls 2-Band 9 volt active EQ (Master Volume /Pickup Balance / Individual Treble & Bass Cut/Boost)
Tuning Machines Chrome Enclosed Gear, Gotoh GB7 Style
Hardware Chrome Control Knobs, Strap Buttons
Bridge Chrome Hi-Mass, Hi-Sustain design
Scale Length 34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut 40mm
Neck Width at 24th Fret 60mm
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 21mm
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 23mm
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm
Strings Bass Centre Elites
Extras Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Collection instruments come with a 1 year 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."

 

BRITISH BASS MASTERS

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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
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."

 

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."

 

Guitarist

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."

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