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The Ashdown Story

As seen on major stages across the world with some of the biggest and most famous bands of our time, the status of the Ashdown Bass Amp rig has firmly secured its place in “Rock ‘n’ Roll” history. Setting the stage since ’97, Ashdown have been dedicated to providing bassists with the best possible tone, on stage and in the studio.

The Ashdown story began back 1997, but this certainly wasn’t a new venture for company founder Mark Gooday. Having previously been managing director of industry giants Trace Elliot for the 12 years prior to forming Ashdown, Mark was already somewhat of a bass amp pioneer. You could say that Bass was in his blood. Mark’s natural eye for design and enormous attention to detail in terms of bass tone has helped to establish Ashdown as the world’s leading amplifiers on the market.

So, it’s 1997, and armed with a wealth of experience and headful of new ideas, Gooday kickstarts Ashdown Engineering to life with a simple vision – to build and ‘engineer’ a better bass amp.

With a “nous” for innovation and a flair for design, many would’ve jumped straight in, but Gooday was smart enough to first court feedback from some of the world’s most respected bass players, including John Entwistle (The Who), Mark King (Level 42) and JJ Burnel (The Stranglers).

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