The Bass Centre Wyman Bass

Worldwide Price : £495.83
UK Price :  £595.00 - Inc. 20% VAT


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“It really is the perfect bass for me... 
that’s why I put it on the album sleeve”
Bill Wyman • Back To Basics • 2015

The Bass Centre’s Barry Moorhouse originally approached bass legend Bill Wyman in 2010 with a view to the possibility of producing a Bill Wyman Signature guitar under the Bass Centre's brand label, as part of their ‘British Bass Masters’ series.

In 1961 Bill custom built his own radically unique fretless bass and the brief was to produce a bass ‘similar in spirit’ to the original instrument which he’d used to such great effect during hundreds of live shows and recordings throughout his tenure in the Rolling Stones, including the iconic "Exile On Main Street" sessions.

With this initial reference, Barry and long-serving Bass Centre guitar technician Chris Ward descended on Bill’s "Sticky Fingers" restaurant in Kensington, London with tools and tapes abundant, to faithfully record the specifications and sizes of the original, which now resides in a glass case on the restaurant’s wall.

Fast forward a few months and, after several prototypes and months of intense R&D, the Wyman Bass began production in Spring 2011. The instrument has a comfortable, compact feel with a fast, low action, lightweight, custom shaped Alder body, finished in solid black with a one-piece crimson scratchplate. Tone is supplied by vintage ‘Baldwin’ style neck and contemporary soapbar bridge pick-ups, hooked up to a classic, no-frills passive tone and volume circuit.

The Wyman Bass has a short-scale 30" neck topped with a fretted rosewood fingerboard and features Bill’s own unique headstock design. Tuners are 2-a-side Hipshot UltraLites and the bass is strung with Bass Centre Elites "Hamburg Players" nickel wound, short scale strings.

Body Alder
Finish Black Gloss Finish
Neck Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood with Dot Markers
Frets 20 Medium Nickel Frets
Pickup Passive, Custom, Vintage "Baldwin" Style Neck Pickup / Passive, Contemporary, Custom Soapbar Bridge Pickup
Controls Volume/Volume/Master Tone
Tuning Machines Black Hipshot Ultralite "Y-Key" Tuners
Hardware Chrome Knurled Control Knobs
Bridge Custom, Adjustable High-Mass Chrome Bridge (with "through-body" option)
Pickguard One-piece Crimson Perspex
Scale Length 30" (762mm)
Neck Width at Nut 41mm
Neck Width at 12th Fret 55mm
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 19mm
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm
String Spacing at Nut 10mm
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm
Body Depth 40mm
Weight 3.14kg (6.9lbs)
Strings Bass Centre Elites Hamburg Player Series Nickel Roundwound Standard Gauge .045 - .065 - .085 - .105
Extras Custom Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Centre 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 Bass • Gareth Morgan • July 2010

"Classy & impressively accurate takes on two classic templates (with) authentic sounds & an excellent level of build quality" the Jive and Power Basses were awarded 91% and 90% ratings respectively

Guitar & Bass Magazine Jive & Power Bass • December 2010

Bass Collection swept the board In the best basses under £1,000 category with the Jive winning the coveted Bass of the Year award and the Power Bass in 2nd place… need we say more!?

Guitar & Bass Magazine 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!"

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 4 + 5 • 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"

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."

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."

Joe Hubbard Bass Videos Bass Collection 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."

Bass Guitar Magazine 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."

Average Rating (10 Reviews):  
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Very pleased
Monday, 11 June 2018  | 

Thanks for the great service. Wyman Bass arrived in excellent condition.

Very pleased with it and you. Very fast shipping. I will be ordering again soon.

Thanks again.


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Unique & intriguing
Thursday, 7 June 2018  | 

What a great & fun little bass this is. Fretwork is immaculate. Fit & finish top drawer. The balance & position on your body when playing with it strapped on is not the norm. More like an SG, but you soon adapt & get used to it. Lots of versatile sounds to be found. Great pickups & hardware. A unique & intriguing bass.

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Well pleased
Wednesday, 31 May 2017  | 

Well pleased with the Wyman Bass. Would recommend the Bass Centre to anyone... Thanks.

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Wyman Bass
Monday, 24 March 2014  | 

Great Sound, nice to handle. Thank you for your excellent customer service.

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Good for me...
Monday, 9 December 2013  | 

Nice wee bass, short and easy to play (if you have short fingers like I have). The neck is great, the sound is nice. Easy to carry around too. I had to wait a while due to its success before I got it, but contact with the Bass Centre was good.

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Buy into the Wyman legend - You will not be disappointed!
Wednesday, 26 June 2013  | 

As a lifelong Stones and Bill Wyman fan, I had high expectations for the quality of the bass and an eagerness to own a bass associated with the man who drove me to pick up the instrument.

When I tried the bass out, it absolutely exceeded my expectations. The compact design along with a mixture of clear and vintage sounds makes this a pleasure to play. I have yet to play a bass with a nicer neck than this. You really feel like you've got the 'moves like Wyman' with it. I strongly recommend this bass.

In terms of service, Barry could not have been more helpful and attentative. He took time to explain both the features of the bass and to chat generally about music. It was apparent that he is the foremost bass expert.

Overall the instrument and service was superb!!

Many Thanks Barry!

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British Bass Masters 'Wyman' Bass
Friday, 10 May 2013  | 

Hello ! Im very pleased with my new Wyman bass. It sounds great and the neck is a dream. Thank you! I will be in London this summer then I will drop by!

Best Regards Frank Granstrom! (Sweden)

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Wyman bass
Thursday, 21 February 2013  | 

Received my Wyman bass... nice instrument, good action. Thank you for your excellent customer service, I really appreciated it.

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Bill Wyman Bass
Friday, 19 October 2012  | 

The support and the time of delivery where excellent.

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Bass Centre 'Wyman' Bass
Sunday, 8 April 2012  | 

Overall a great little bass... working with The Bass Centre was first class as I live in the States. Worry-free transaction! Thanks!

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