“Cheap instruments can be amazing and expensive ones can be totally wrong. Don't let the price tag fool you.” London bassist Dave Edwards on the beauty of his Aria Pro-II Precise Bass

Dave Edwards onstage with August Charles
(Image credit: Dave Edwards)

2024 has already seen a number of bass players break out from seemingly nowhere as key ‘ones to watch’ in the UK, and with an effortless command of a 6-string MTD and a rather worn-looking  “old-school Fender copy”, Dave Edwards is making his first tentative steps towards wider recognition as one of the brightest young players on these shores. “This year has already got off to a great start with my first ever solo bass tour,” Edwards told BP. “I'm also going to be touring with August Charles and Rosie Frater-Taylor.”

Precision-style bass guitars – that is, instruments that take their style and tone cues from Fender's iconic P-Bass – is an area of the bass market which continues to grow at an exceptional rate. Yet despite their ‘spin-off’ status, these particular instruments are not simply down-market beginner’s axes. Just ask Edwards. “Don't let the price tag fool you – cheap instruments can be amazing! And expensive ones can be totally wrong for you. If you pick something up and it feels intuitive or it gives you a good feeling, then that's really all there is to it.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.