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 and I’ve owned six J.D. Basses since then.
I have three J.D’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
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 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). I find it really comfortable to play, despite the larger body.
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 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 an unsurprisingly ‘double-bass’ like sound when played with the non-fretting hand towards the end of the fingerboard.
Jaydee: Supernatural ‘Roadie’ 2A Bass
“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 signature series 2 Bass ~ that 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)
This was an impulsive purchase from ‘The Bass Centre’, Wapping (London) in late 2000.
It’s the most expensive Bass I’ve owned, and certainly good looking, 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.
Large body, very heavy (easily more than 10 KG) and I don’t find it comfortable to play. The stretch down beyond the 3rd fret is too much for me, even when seated”.
Musicman: Sterling RAY34ca
“My Sterling RAY34ca Classic Active Bass by Musicman was built in Indonesia in 2011 and acquired pre-loved from an on-line auction in October 2014.
The Bass is finished in Tobacco sunburst and has an ash body and maple neck. The two band active pre-amp was re-voiced (from the 2010 models) and noise is significantly reduced.
It is comfortable to play, but I’m going to change 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
InfinityBass.com | By Simon Edward | September 20th, 2014