Interstellar-600! Guy Pratt’s New Bass Amp from Ashdown – Own One!

Lee Harris, Guy Pratt Nick Mason Ashdown Engineering Bass Amp
Lee Harris, Guy Pratt Nick Mason Ashdown Engineering Bass Amp [Pic: Ashdown Engineering]

Guy Pratt has been the studio and live bass guitar player for Pink Floyd since Roger Waters left the band. He has also worked with all kinds of people over his 40 years career. He is also a funny man doing his My Bass and Other Animals comedy tour which also had a book.

Guy has used Ashdown guitar amplifiers over the years and his place in rock and roll history has been firmly cemented in place with a new custom built bass amp, the Interstellar-600. This 600 watt amp has a name inspired by, of course, Interstellar Overdrive which is a firm favourite on the set list of Pink Floyd drummer’s band Nick Mason and his Saucerful of Secrets. As Guy had some downtime over the covid lock down period, the project took off.

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Ashdown Press Release

Interstellar-600 Guy Pratt Amp Front
Interstellar-600 Guy Pratt Amp Front

Designed for Guy Pratt, The Interstellar is a NEW take on a classic. Inspired by Guys use of his ABM-900’s. We took the ABM back to the drawing board, focusing on the EQ and Valve Drive as features for Guy, the Interstellar takes the power, reliability and tonal sophistication of the ABM to new levels of cool…

Always an eye catcher, Guy has played bass on countless recordings and graced the stages of some of the most prestigious rock bands around the world. Having used our amps in various guises over his entire professional career and having a bit of down time over the past few years, we started talking about a collaboration of sorts, one intended solely for his personal use. The amp needed to sit well on top of his pair of CL-310 cabs, have an input to power his Taurus Pedal and look as if it was created in the 60’s…

With that in mind we needed a name and after a few back and fourths we settled on the inspired name of The Interstellar. The name came from his current band The Saucer Full of Secrets set list… Interstellar Overdrive is a track played by the group featuring the Floyds very own Nick Mason (and Guy) playing very early Floyd songs in detail, live for the first time in over 50 years. We were lucky to see the set at the Roundhouse in London a few years back and the set see’s Guy as one of the main frontmen. A role he has never really taken on within the world of music, inspired by the night and finally seeing some of Barrett’s music live performed by Guy in such an enigmatic way, a way only Guy could create, helped cement our love for the music as well as Guy himself as an Artist.

Interstellar-600 Guy Pratt Amp Rear
Interstellar-600 Guy Pratt Amp Rear

Only ever having built custom finished products for Guy in the past we wanted something original that could be sold to the world as The Interstellar, a 600-watt powerhouse of a bass amp, beautifully finished in a custom encloser and hand made in our UK custom shop. Featuring a 9 band EQ section with the option to dial in the right amount of valve tone. Keeping the features of the ABM-EVO IV the option to footswitch (footswitch supplied separately) the compression and the sub harmonics at fixed values to Guys exacting specifications when required, makes the Interstellar a very versatile head full of features.

Guy had a few words to say on the amp “I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to have a signature amp with my Ashdown family, who’ve been with me every step of the way of my 40 year career.

We’ve been tinkering with bits and pieces for years, and this combines our shared passion for great traditional British amps with everything I know and trust about my ABMs.

It’s not about bells and whistles, well apart from the dedicated Taurus input, it’s about solid, shapeable, deliverable power.

Along with my 3x10s this is my ultimate dream rig. Turn on and trip out!”

The head is designed to be used in its custom wood sleeve however the head can be rack mounted via an additional rack kit sold separately.

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