30% OFF SIT STRINGS

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S.I.T. believe that great tone starts with great strings. S.I.T. (Stay In Tune) Strings was founded on a belief that a guitar string is more than just an accessory, but rather an integral part of a musicians sound and voice. That is why, since 1980, they have been manufacturing stings one at a time, all here at the S.I.T strings factory in Akron, Ohio.

S.I.T Strings are manufactured with the highest quality materials to deliver organic tone, great feel, and tuning stability. For these reasons and more, musicians across the world from the garage to the stage have relied on S.I.T. Strings for over 35 years.

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REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #14/15/16

#14 ELRICK EXPAT E-VOLUTION

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Highly refined handbuilt bass from the USA …little used, mint condition with Elrick Hardcase (see more…)

List price: $2500
Was: £1375
Day 1 Price: £1288
Day 2 Price: £1265
Day 3 Price: £1229
Day 4 Price: £1199
Day 5 Price: £1150
Returned to stock price

 


 

#15 OVERWATER INSPIRATION STD. DELUXE (New)

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Dreamy playability and tones…just what we expect from a ‘handbuilt in Carlisle’ by Overwater (see more…)

Was: £1549
Day 1 Price: £1479
Day 2 Price: £1399
Day 3 Price: £1349
Day 4 Price: £1299
Returned to stock price

 


 

#16 GALLIEN-KRUEGER FULL CAB STACK

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Neo 410 (4×10) & Neo 115 (1×15)… classic combination of 10″ & 15″ drivers.

List price: £1189
Was: £1134
Day 1 Price: £1065
Day 2 Price: £999
Day 3 Price: £949
Day 4 Price: £899
Day 5 Price: £869

Returned to stock price


REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #13

SCHECTER STILETTO STUDIO NT-8

We are the only UK stockist of the range topping, through-neck 8 string Stiletto. These are superb instruments with terrific build quality, playability and big tones. Brilliant for playing with a pick or thumb downstrokes for a mellower sound. Chuck away your Octave pedal!

List price: £895
Was: £775
Day 1 price: £735
Day 2 price: £695
Day 3 price: £645
Day 4 price: £600
Returned to stock.

 

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REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #12

CORT ‘RITHIMIC’ JEFF BERLIN SIGNATURE, 4 string

JB’s ‘signature’ bass based on Corts ‘GB’ body shape. Jeffs wife actually designed the contrasting wood top. He worked closely with Cort on the pickup design, neck profile and stated that it should have a Babicz bridge. Its an uncomplicated yet sophisticated passive bass that delivers ultra-clear, piano-like tones and has a super-slim jazz neck that, dimensionally, is reminiscent of Fender’s Geddy Lee Jazz. A ‘Players’ bass…

Day 1 Price: £699 (was £749 list £969)
Day 2 Price: £659 (was £749 list £969)
Day 3 Price: £629 (was £749 list £969)
Day 4 Price: £589 (was £749 list £969)
Returned to stock

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AMP & CAB PACKAGE OFFERS

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TECH 21 Package offers

VTB 500 bass head + VT112 cab  £799 (save £109)
VTB 500 bass head + 2 x VT112 cabs  £1185 (save £202)

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MARKBASS Package offers
Little Mark III bass head + Std 102HF (2×10) cab  £799 (save £109)
Big Bang head + Std 102HF cab £899  (save £139)

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GALLIEN-KRUEGER   Package offers
MB500 head + Neo 410 cab  £979  (save £165)
MB500 head + Neo 410 cab + Neo 115 cab  £1349  (save £254)
MB Fusion 500 head + Neo 410 cab  £1099  (save £235)
MB Fusion 500 head + Neo 410 cab + Neo 115 cab  £1479 (save £314)
Gig-Bag for MB/MB Fusion amp series £45 (save £14)…with any package purchase

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HARTKE package offers
HA5500 head + Hydrive 210 cab  £699 (save £119)
HA5500 head + Hydrive 210 cab + Hydrive 115 cab  £1069  (save £178)
TX600 head + Hydrive 112 cab  £639  (save £79)
TX600 head + Hydrive 210 cab  £649  (save £79)
TX600 head + Hydrive 210 cab + Hydrive 115 cab  £975  (save £182)

REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #11

Phil Jones Bass – Suitcase Combo

Delivers the same transparent/hi-fi sound as the ‘Briefcase’ but with added power that will allow you to keep up with the drummer. The 2 channel format allows you to EQ 2 different instruments for quick changeovers between songs… or you can run 2 instruments through the Suitcase at the same time.

Day 1 Price:  £799 (Was £879. List £1125)
Day 2 Price:  £759 (Was £879. List £1125)
Day 3 Price:  £699 (Was £879. List £1125)
Day 4 Price:  £649 (Was £879. List £1125)
Returned to stock.

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AVAILABLE STOCK

We’re going to clarify, against all items on the website, whether each item is in stock or whether it is out of stock but available to re-order.

Out of stock items can normally be re-stocked (as a specific customer order) within 48 hours as long as the UK Distributor for that item has it/them in stock in the UK.

As we gradually wind down our stock, we want to be entirely accurate about what is physically here for immediate purchase/tryout and what isn’t physically here but can be obtained for customers quickly.

Remember, if its a brand we offer and its out of stock, we can get it for you.

REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #10

BLADE B25 PENTA

From revered luthier Gary Levinson, these basses (built in Japan) are pretty much as far as you can go in terms of re-engineering and refining the ‘Jazz’ theme. This very bass received a glowing review in Bass Guitar Magazine. Click the link or the image for more information and spec.

Day 1 Price: £1499 (Was £1595. List £1825)
Day 2 Price: £1439 (Was £1595. List £1825)
Day 3 Price: £1365 (Was £1595. List £1825)
Day 4 Price: £1295 (Was £1595. List £1825)
Day 5 Price: £1225 (Was £1595. List £1825)
RETURNED TO STOCK

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FUTURE PLANS….AN OPEN LETTER FROM DREW

It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to retire and put GBBL on the open market for sale.

Given the sheer joy that I have derived from owning and running GBBL, this has been a difficult decision to reach. My wife, Helen, retired on ill health grounds 4 years ago and her ongoing chronic health problems and desire to travel and maximise our time in Spain has been the main driver in my thinking.

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I established the business (as Manchester Bass Lounge) in late 2011 as an antidote to poor service and poor buying experiences I had experienced as a consumer and the GBBL trading model has simply been based upon my own idealised ‘trying and buying experience’.

It was all supposed to remain tiny and sell only preowned gear but things took off unexpectedly and, well….here we are today, still growing around 20% year on year. GBBL now needs taking to the next level – bigger (commercial) premises, online sales, credit finance, bigger social media ideas etc. However, given the circumstances outlined above I’ve decided that I’m not the person to take it there. Its very much an ‘oven ready’ business with a potent and respected brand identity that now needs to be unleashed fully in order to achieve its maximum potential.

It would be nice to think that, as opposed to simply ‘fade away’, the business now has sufficient momentum, reputation and market presence to attract potential buyers – either to take GBBL to that next level or integrate it (maybe as a brand within a brand) into an existing business.

Regarding timescale, a sale is by no means a certainty so the business will gradually wind down its trading operations over a 12-15 month period so we’re not going to disappear anytime soon. All outstanding custom bass orders are safe and we will still be able to order anything in, that’s not in stock, from any of the brands that we offer, whether that be basses, amplification or accessories.

GBBL has been a late-career delight for me but it has absorbed a serious amount of my time and one of the retirement benefits I look forward to is to get back to playing bass (I joke not) and concentrating on making music again.

The last few years have fostered some lovely relationships and I’m sure that some will become permanent ones, I hope so and I look forward to seeing many of you again in the interim period when there may be the odd ‘good deal’ to be had!

Best wishes

Drew

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REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #9

NS DESIGN NXT4 DOUBLE BASS

The NXT Double Bass opens up new horizons for the serious bass player looking for a serious instrument on a tight budget. It embodies world class design and flawless craftsmanship at an astonishingly affordable price. It’s entirely ‘roadworthy’ and is a reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.

The NXT can be strung with electric or traditional acoustic bass strings. Comes with a fully adjustable, self-supporting tripod stand and padded gig bag.

Day 1 Price: £899 (Was £999. List £1240)
Day 2 Price: £849 (Was £999. List £1240)
SOLD

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