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My gear

A page about some of the gear I’ve used down the years’ with links to: – 




Q: What was the first Bass guitar you played?

A: The ‘Pro II’ by Aria was my first electric Bass guitar and a ‘Cobra 90’ combo by Carlsbro was my first amp.

They were paid for with two weeks wages from my first job at 17 years old. Here they are in 1990: –

My gear | First Bass and ampThe ‘Pro II’ Bass had a high action, which made it difficult to play because I didn’t have much of an idea about making adjustments to the action at this time.

I used ultra light gauge strings (90-70-50-30) at first, so that my fingers didn’t get too sore.

The strings would sometimes rattle around on the frets a bit too much.

The combination of strings, bridge pickup, and the amp produced a bright, full and punchy sound.

The ‘Cobra 90’ amp was not too heavy and fairly easy to move around, but noisy (hum and hiss) and the 15″ speaker sounded boomy but did the job.

I remember the knobs were quite small and flimsy. They would fall off or break easily.

The Bass and amp were both moved on after a couple of years’.

Q: What’s your ‘go to’ Bass?

A: My Jaydee Supernatural Series 2A Bass which was built by John Diggins in 1986.

This was my 2nd J.D. Bass and I acquired it in 1995. The finish is Volcano red with front face LEDs retro-fitted by Martin Sims.

The original active circuit was replaced with an integrated circuit board in 2001.

Jaydee | Series 2 Supernatural Bass | made in 1986I Love this BASS! because it has a fast neck, fantastic tone and it’s really comfortable to play.

I almost always play this Bass with light gauge strings, which tends to bring a more percussive sound.

John told me that ‘The Shadows‘ Bassist used it when the band played on the BBC TV show ‘Pebble Mill from Birmingham’ in 1986. And here it is: –

Q: What’s your rig?

A: I’m using a pre-loved US-built David Eden WT550 Traveler amplifier head into a Trace Elliot 1048 (4×10) cabinet.

I first heard the Traveler amps at ‘The Gallery‘ (Bass Merchant) in London during the 1990’s, and I promised myself that one day I would own one.

However, the amps were expensive and with rumors of reliability issues on early units, I put it on the back burner – for about 15 years!

To sum up, This is the most natural sounding head I’ve ever owned. I really like the warmth of valve/tube at the pre-amp stage, with a solid-state amplifier for the output.

David Eden | WT550 | Traveler Hybrid Tube Bass amplifier

The WT550 has a 5-way semi-parametric equalizer, which I use with a fairly flat setting because I use the active EQ on by Basses. It also has a built-in compressor.

I’ve had my 1048 (4×10) speaker cabinet for more than 15 years and it sounds great, but weighs a ton!

Maybe not a real ton, but it feels like it. The original Trace Elliot speaker drivers and most of the vinyl covering are still in excellent condition. I fitted some castors underneath which means it can travel too.

Trace Elliot GP12XV valve preamplifier

In 1997, I was given a tip by Nick Owen and Chris Ward at ‘The Bass Centre’ (Wapping High Street, London) that Mark King from Level 42 would be moving on some of his gear through the shop. Would I be interested?

I managed to acquire Mark’s Trace Elliot GP12XV valve pre-amplifier from his home recording studio on the Isle of Wight, called ‘The Summerhouse’, and has also been used on tour.

I am very pleased to say I’ve used the preamp on almost everything I’ve recorded at home since.

The GP12XV sounds warmer than the GP12 SMX preamp, which is all solid state. In effect, the GP12XV is the front end of the Trace Hexa Valve amplifier.

Trace Elliot | GP12XV | Valve Bass pre-amp | ex Mark King

InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | Updated: June 21st, 2015.


Links | Friends, and Musicians

What are you doing here? You’ve come to nosey around those with Links from my website. Here they are: –

Stuart Martin > Studrums.com

Links | Stuart Martin | My brother in rhythm

“For more than 25 years, Stuart has developed and maintained a reputation among friends, worship bands, and musicians as a versatile drummer and musician.

His broad experience ranges from gospel, big band, blues and rock; funk and jazz fusion, and much more. 

Stuart’s warm, easy-going and down-to-earth manner is refreshing; his professionalism and strong work ethic comes across clearly whether he’s recording or playing Live.”

He is currently studying for a BMus (Hons) Degree in Popular Music Performance: Drums at BIMM London

Links to some great gear!

Jaydee Custom Guitars

Official | Jaydee Custom Guitars | Logo:

Established in 1977, Birmingham UK by guitar luthier John Diggins.

John and his two sons’ (Andy and Mike) have been making and repairing guitars and basses for musicians all over the world.

Their impressive list of clients include: –

  • Mark King (Level 42);
  • Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath);
  • Angus Young (AC/DC);
  • George Anderson (Shakatak);
  • Roy Orbison


“The bass player is the foundation of any band. A strong foundation is key to a great performance.

One of the toughest parts of any performance is getting a good consistent Bass sound. 

For this reason, we have designed and produced a complete range of Bass amplifiers and loudspeakers. 

Built with commitment, pride and a love for music, rivalled only by the artists who have chosen them”.

David Eden | WT-550 | Hybrid Tube Bass amplifier

Trace Elliot

“Trace Elliot®, established in the United Kingdom during the 1970’s, is regarded as the first true specialist Bass amplifier manufacturer. 

Musicians all over the world laud Trace Elliot’s unique circuitry and performance. 

Trace Elliot® amplifiers are designed in the U.K. and made in the U.S.A.

Distributed throughout North America and Europe by Peavey Electronics®“.

InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | September 25th, 2014.

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 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

Jaydee Bass | My 'Infinity' Custom (based on GA24, Calibas and Supernatural series).My 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.

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