Colin Hodgkinson

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Gear List


My main Bass is a 1962 Fender Precision, it started life as a “salmon pink,” then “natural,” but since 1981 it’s been black. After 6 re-frets, a great guitar maker called Dick Knight fitted a new fingerboard made from a piece of rosewood that’s over 100 years old. It has a Schecter brass bridge and nut, the original pick-ups and replacement machine heads (70’s). I bought it in 1962 when I was 16 and I’ve used it on just about everything I’ve done.

Because I’m left-handed, I looked for years for something similar in case anything happened to the other one and in 1990 I found a 1963 sunburst Fender Precision which is totally original apart from a replacement pick-up and absolutely beautiful.

I’ve played quite a lot of fretless bass too, over the years, and mine is a 1988 Warwick Thumb 5-string.


Ive used just about everything during my career but the best have been a 1954 Fender bassman, Fender PS400 with  a 2 X 15 JBL CAB and JBL Bullet Tweeter. Then from the 80’s on, whenever possible, I’ve used an AMPEG SVT with an 8×10 CAB. The last few years I have also used a MARK combo which sounds great, and because it’s digital it is so light and easy to transport. I also love the combos made by AER.


Since the end of the 60’s I’ve used ROTOSOUNDS, they’re great and they make them in a wide range of gauges, mine are 35, 50, 80 and 100.


I’ve used various pedals over the years but now only use a BOSS DIGITAL DELAY, although I do like their DIGITAL REVERB.


When I use picks they’re JIM DUNLOP 88’s