Speakeasy 5 - Jet Black

UK Price:  £745.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £620.83
+ Lined Fretless Fingerboard


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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.

"you’re going to have to search long and hard to get a similar bang for such modest buck anywhere else." — 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, a high density bridge design for maximum sustain, and supremely versatile active on-board electronics.

The Speakeasy Features

Body Original, compact, lightweight Bass Collection SB body contour
Neck Heel-less, bolt-on, slim profile maple neck
Fingerboard 24 fret rosewood fingerboard
ELECTRONICS Passive P/J pickups + 2 band active EQ with bass & treble cut/boost
EXTRAS Premium quality Bass Centre padded gig bag included


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 personal set-up requirements — please use the "Comments/Requests" field when you check out, or contact the Bass Centre sales team directly.

Go Fretless

In terms of both aesthetics and playability, the Speakeasy lends itself exceptionally well to a fretless configuration and, for a modest premium, the Bass Centre is pleased to be able to offer the option of a lined fretless fingerboard on all models, with the work expertly conducted by our own experienced in-house tech.

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 Gloss polyurethane
Neck Satin finish 'C' shape 3-piece hard maple neck, with heel-less, bolt-on design
Fingerboard Ebony, with side dot markers, brass nut and dual action truss rod
Frets 24 x jumbo nickel frets
Pickups Passive J/J single coil
Controls 2-band 9 volt active EQ with Master volume / Pickup balance / Individual treble & bass cut/boost
MACHINEHEADS Gold GB7 style, die-cast, enclosed gear tuners
Hardware Gold dome top control knobs and strap buttons
Bridge Gold hi-mass, hi-sustain design
Scale Length 34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut 46mm (1.81")
Neck Width at 24th Fret 77mm (3.03")
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 21mm (0.83")
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 23mm (0.90")
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm (0.75")
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 instruments come with a 1 year warranty
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN World Musical Instruments Co. Ltd., South Korea


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