Level 42 legend Mark King on his 5 most famous bass guitars

by GuitarDomain

Echoing the likes of Stanley Clarke and Louis Johnson, Mark King’s slapped-bass grooves have directed Level 42 to record sales of over 30 million since starting out in 1980 and he remains one of the UK’s most prominent bass guitar exports. “40 years on it all seems to pale into insignificance,” he says. “It was a long time ago, but at the same time it seems like only yesterday.”

Having moved to London in 1979 from his home on the Isle of Wight, King, along with Mike Lindup and fellow islanders, brothers Phil and Rowland ‘Boon’ Gould, played their first gigs as Level 42. They were soon spotted and signed a major record deal with Polydor Records in 1981. 

“With any band that’s just starting out you’ve got to try and feel your way in and find things out for yourself,” King explains. “But when we started all we were interested in was making good music and playing as well as we could.”

(Image credit: Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns via Getty Images)

Over the years, Mark has been responsible for the sale of lorryloads of JayDee, Alembic and Status Graphite basses, having first appeared with the JayDee on early Level 42 records. We’ve compiled five of his most famous instruments.

1. Jaydee Supernatural Classic

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