Basses

I currently have 4 basses.

Ibanez 924 'Musician'

This used to be my 'main' bass - if I play bass I mostly play the fretless now! It was a 21th birthday present which makes it 'ehm years old. It has a beautiful slim neck - which attracted me to it. Quite like a Jazz Bass but I prefer this. Sting used to play one in the '80's (now I'm showing my age!) although that is not why I bought it! Constructed with a straight through neck the sustain is wonderful. The bass is active with boost/cut for bass, middle and treble. Only complaint I have is that it is really heavy. I prefer to play sitting down now (that I am an old man!) otherwise I tend to get backache.

Fretless Manson Kestral

It was made by Hugh Manson in September 1981 but I didn't get to own it until a bit later.

It is based on a Kestral shape body but nearly all Hughes guitars are 'made to measure'.

The bass sports a single Kent Armstrong Humbucker with a coil tap. Brass hardware and gold plated Schallers.

The main thing that attracted me to it, besides the look, is the lightness of the body. Usually that will affect the tone but, because of the woods used - and excellence of the luthier! - it sounds really great. It has a kind of an 'oink' which gives it a really destinctive sound.

I recently contacted Manson Guitar works to see if they had any info on the bass and they were able to tell me

"what a fab bass-thanks for the info and link. I am, as the article suggests, deep in the history of Manson right now amongst other things but I have found the records for your bass entered simply as "stripey bass, fretless, mahogany neck" Alongside yours at that time was  a Merlin Guitar for Cliff Richard, a Sandpiper acoustic and a Kestrel bass. It's in about the first 100 instruments made."

Didn't know it was one of the 1st ones he made!

Aria Acoustic Bass

I bought this FEB-DLXN for practices. Getting fed up with lugging a load of gear just to play at someones house I thought that it would be a great idea to have an acoustic bass. Unfortunately this was a bit of an impulse buy as, although it is fine to play and sounds OK, it's not really loud enough to play acoustically.

It has a Fishman piezo system and is good through an amp - but that means that you still have to take an amp......

5 Sting Bass Build

I'm 'time rich and cash poor' with my current job and I'm also practical and love a challenge! So for the the long summer break of 2018 I decided to use the time to build myself a 5 string from a kit. It took about a month, loads of rubbing down and some help from a few mates but it plays really good and sounds 'OK'. I say 'OK' as the notes below the low E are a bit 'woofley' and lack definition (when compared to higher end basses). As a '4 sting' it sounds great and I can't work out if it was a problem with my workmanship of if it is possible to blame it on the wood that it is made of. It cost under £300 all in and i amde a Bass Build page if you want to see how the build went.

Fender Precision

I can't really admit to owning this bass as it really belongs to my brother. It's actually back at his place for the timebeing as I don't really have space!

Compared to the Ibanez the neck is like a cricket bat but it sounds great.

It's a 1978 standard precision and we have owned it since new. It was bought at Sam Ash's music store in New York.

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