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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REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #8

MESA BOOGIE WALKABOUT 1×15 Combo

OK, here’s something else thats not only very special but about as rare as hens teeth. Handbuilt in the USA… this is all about, first and foremost, stonking bass tone without compromise… not the lightest combo around but one of the very best!

Day 1 Price: £1799 (Was £1899. List £1899)
Day 2 Price: £1749 (Was £1899. List £1899)
Day 3 Price: £1699 (Was £1899. List £1899)
Day 4 Price: £1649 (Was £1899. List £1899)
Day 5 Price: £1589 (Was £1899. List £1899)
RETURNED TO STOCK

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REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #7

OVERWATER ORIGINAL SERIES ‘PATRIOT’

We commissioned 3 of this iconic instrument that Overwater offered in the 1970’s/80’s…but with modern updates and improvements. These are, unashamedly, rock machines and probably not for the more ‘conservative’ bassist. We’re talking ‘John Entwistle’ territory’ here! Our three ‘Patriots’ are the only new ones available anywhere…on the planet! They play and sound superb…trust us!

Day 1 price: £1999 (Was £2250. List £2400.)
Day 2 price: £1889 (Was £2250. List £2400.)
Day 3 price: £1829 (Was £2250. List £2400.)
Day 4 price: £1749 (Was £2250. List £2400.)

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REVERSE AUCTION ITEM #6

G&L USA Custom Shop M-2000 (Midnight Blue Metallic)

This is the model with the studio quality (v. quiet) 18v preamp and simpler, more intuitive control layout to the L-2000 model which has been around sine the late 70’s. The MFD humbucking pickups on the M-2000 are voiced differently to the L-2000 as well. These are big sounding, tonally versatile basses and come with a hardcase and 10 year G&L warranty… oh and a certificate signed by Mrs Leo Fender (since it was her husband who designed G&L instruments). Not available anywhere else in the UK.

Day 1 Price: £1475 (Was £1549. List £2083).
Day 2 Price: £1429 (Was £1549. List £2083).
Day 3 Price: £1389 (Was £1549. List £2083).
Day 3 Price: £1339 (Was £1549. List £2083).

 

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DARKGLASS PEDALS FINALLY ARRIVE

After a fair old wait we’ve finally got our hands on some of the brilliant Darkglass (hand made in Finland) Bass Overdrive/tube pedals. Stocking now are the Vintage Microtubes, Microtubes B3K & Vintage Deluxe Pedals. We strongly suspect that one of these may well find its way into Drew’s setup!

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