Basses: by Jaydee, Alembic and Musicman

Basses | by Jaydee, Alembic, and Musicman

I started playing electric Bass guitar in 1990, and most of the Basses I’ve owned have been acquired pre-loved.

One of the first Basses I owned was a Jaydee Supernatural ‘Roadie’ 2A Bass. John Diggins and I were introduced through someone we both knew in 1993. I’ve owned six JD Basses since then.

I have three JD’s at the moment, which I intend to play for as long as I can. I can’t see myself playing much else, but you never know.

A ‘Jaydee’ catches your eye when you see one, and when played, have epic tone and sustain, through any combination of amplifier and cabinet. I think every Bassist should have at least one Jaydee Bass in their armoury.

Jaydee: GA24 Custom ‘Infinity’ Bass

My Basses | Jaydee GA24 | 'Infinity' Custom Long scale | 2001My Jaydee Custom long-scale GA24 Bass was designed and built by John Diggins in Birmingham (UK) in 2001.

I’d been talking to J.D. about my own custom build. I liked the design features from the ‘Calibas’ Bass, such as the tear drop string anchors, the Headstock, and the built-in output socket.

John had the idea to add the ‘Infinity’ inlays on the fret board, and they look absolutely stunning! The complete build took around 12 months.

This Bass has a modified active circuit with four band EQ, and a new truss rod with carbon graphite reinforcement.

The end result is a design mix of all the Jaydee’s I have owned, including the Supernatural, GA24 and the Calibas.

Jaydee: Supernatural Signature Series 2A Bass

My Basses | Jaydee Series 2 Supernatural Bass | Volcano Red | 1986My pre-loved Jaydee Series 2A Bass, with ‘Funk groove’, was acquired from Monkey Biz music (Romford, UK) in 1993.

John Diggins built the Bass in 1986 which is finished in volcano red, with front-face LED’s fitted by Martin Sims.

This is the Bass I like playing the most, and it’s set up with lighter gauge strings (35-55-75-95).

John fitted a replacement brass ‘roller’ nut and a new integrated pre-amp circuit board in 2001.

Here is a short sound clip recorded at home with my Trace Elliot GP12XV preamp – and no compression: –

Jaydee: GA24 fretless Bass

My Basses | Jaydee GA24 fret-less | Supernatural Bass | Pearl white

My Jaydee GA24 fretless Bass, finished in pearl white. It was acquired pre-loved in 1995 from Monkey Biz music (Romford, UK). The pick-up covers are by J.D. but they are not the one’s fitted originally.

This Bass produces a warm-growl-like sound when the strings are played with the non-fretting hand towards the end of the fingerboard.

Jaydee: Supernatural ‘Roadie’ 2A Bass

My Basses | Jaydee | Roadie 2A | Long scale

“This was the first Jaydee Bass I owned. A Supernatural ‘Roadie’ 2 Active Bass in tobacco sunburst finish. It was acquired pre-loved in 1992 from Monkey Biz music (Romford, UK) for a bargain price of £495!

Aside from the smaller body shape, the only difference from the signature series is the absence of the D.I. out for recording.

A lovely Bass which was a very good fit for me, with one of the best neck profiles I’ve ever played. After a couple of year’s, I exchanged this Bass for the supernatural series 2 Bass, which I still own today.

I discovered recently that this Bass was for sale in Belgium (2018) and I understand it is now back in the UK.”

Alembic: Signature (Standard)

My Basses | Alembic Signature Series Bass“My long scale Alembic signature Bass (hand built in Santa Rosa, California, USA) was an impulsive purchase from ‘The Bass Center’ in Wapping (London) in late 2000.

The Bass is made from exotic cocobolo wood, and it’s the most expensive Bass I’ve owned, but looks can be very deceptive. I’ve struggled to get a tone I like out of this bass. I feel the EQ system is over complicated.

The Bass has a large body, weighs more than 10 KG, and the stretch down beyond the 3rd fret makes the Bass feel uncomfortable, even when seated”.

Musicman: Sterling RAY34ca

My Basses | Sterling by Musicman | RAY34ca Bass guitar“My Sterling RAY34ca Classic Active Bass by Musicman was acquired pre-loved in October 2014.

The Bass, built in Indonesia in 2011, is finished in Tobacco sunburst and has an ash body and maple neck.

The on board two band active pre-amp was re-voiced from the 2010 models, with noise significantly reduced.

It is comfortable to play, but I’ve changed the supplied strings to a slightly lighter gauge.

This Bass gets close to top marks, but the oversize tuning pegs look too big.”

You can read a Review by following this link to my blog post: – Sterling Ray34ca Review

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