Bass Centre 'Wyman' Bass

Ex-Stones man's remodelling of his first bass

Looking for his first bass, the young cash-strapped Bill Wyman spotted a Dallas Tuxedo bass for a mere £8! Unimpressed with the single cutaway and overall size, he set about drastically reshaping the body and adding a second pickup. The frets buzzed, so he removed them.

"The curious pickup pairing is great for unusual sounds but the surprise is just how good they are"

With a soapbar pickup and a Burns-style single coil this new version is better spec'd than the original with a quality chrome bridge (that allows top-load or through-body stringing), Hipshot micro tuners plus a short 762mm (30-inch) scale length.

Sounds

When first introduced, the Wyman Bass was supplied with flatwound strings, but a recent change to roundwounds has really brought it to life.

The curious pickup pairing is great for unusual sounds but the surprise is just how good they are. With twin volumes and a single tone it's warm and rich, but lift the treble and ease back from full volume on the pickups and things get decidedly funky.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Compact and lightweight. Super-fat sounds.

Cons

Provided you like the small proportions, there's nothing to dislike.

Verdict

Wyman still uses his unique original but this fretted replica has more universal appeal. It retains the look and general sound but is far more appropriate for today's players.

Bridge

Chrome

Guitar Body Material

Alder

Hardware

Chrome

Scale Length (Inches)

30

Scale Length (mm)

762

Pickup Type

'Soapbar' and single-coil

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