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The Gallery Bass Merchant - Who We Are

The Gallery team consists of Martin Petersen and John Chapman who are both skilled luthiers and Charlie Thornton who will be happy to deal with all your queries.

Martin Petersen

Martin Petersen: The Bass Gallery

Martin Petersen

After completing his HND in Modern Fretted Guitar Making at the London College of Furniture Martin began hand-crafting fine custom basses going by the name of Sei Bass. In 1993 Martin decided to open up his own bass shop, The Gallery, filling a gap in the market, with a combination of bespoke custom basses and products as well as more traditional lines. In the 'in house' workshop of The Gallery, Martin has since built over 450 custom instruments.

John Chapman

John Chapman: The Bass Gallery

John Chapman

John Chapman joined the Gallery in 2001 and has learned all aspects of instrument construction and repair. John is an experienced guitarist specialising in electric and acoustic instruments. In addition to crafting Chapter Guitars John, along side Martin is responsible for instrument setup and repair.

Charlie Thornton

Charlie Thornton: The Bass Gallery

Charlie Thornton

Charlie is the latest member of the team at The Gallery. Since graduating from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in 2012, Charlie has been busy working in the London circuit as a professional bassist. He has extensive knowledge on anything bass related and will be more than happy to help you with your enquiries.


The Warranty

Set Up The Way You Like To Play Bass

The Gallery is here to help you satisfy your bass needs. Our philosophy has always been to provide friendly, knowledgeable service to all out customers around the world. We believe that all bass players are different and therefore have different requirements so we carry one of the widest range of instruments, amplifiers and accessories to suit beginners and professionals alike and stock a large number of pre-owned and vintage basses. We don't believe service ends with a purchase and always ensure that a customer is satisfied, both with the purchase and the after sales care. All new instruments are set up to a customer's specification and all pre-owned items and repair work are guaranteed against faults for 3 months from date of purchase.

The Gallery - Bass Merchant

Established in 1992 The Gallery – Bass Merchant has grown to become one of the most important places for all things bass. We pride ourselves in providing the widest range of new, used and vintage instruments, amplifiers and accessories, in a friendly, welcoming environment and backed up with our setup, after sales and repair expertise. Whatever your bass needs; The Gallery has the answer.

Store Location

Feel free to contact us if you have any problems.