Barefaced Bass - Ultra lightweight high power bass guitar speaker cabinets

Who we are

Barefaced Audio began in 2008 when I (Alex) wanted a better bass cab than anything I could buy - and other bassists wanted some too so that DIY project turned into a business. It’s always been about maximum tone but making that possible in the real world, even when playing bass very loud in rooms with bad acoustics, or playing guitar in a tiny room with the cab pointing at your knees. And the great thing about making cabs that sound good all the time is that they sound awesome at home too - practice with some proper gear!

Over the subsequent decade we’ve applied our scientific musician approach to bass cabs, PA cabs and subs, guitar cabs, FX pedals and amps. Some of these you won’t have seen yet even though we’ve been working on them for years! If you haven't heard of us before, have a look through the reviews and feedback on here, or search the internet for what people say about our company and our products - you will be amazed.

Before the pandemic of 2020 the team had expanded to double figures but now gigs and tours are paused we’ve had to downsize to half that, due to the massive drop in demand. On the plus side, staff that had been full time on production have been learning new skills, we’ve been refining manufacturing processes, and doing more R&D and product design.

 

Meet the team


Alex


What do you do at Barefaced?
Ideas, engineering, design, advising customers, talking at cameras, dealing with the money, playing bass, keeping the good ship HMS Barefaced and her crew on course.

When did you start working at Barefaced?
The first cab went out in October 2008 and I started working on what became Barefaced a few years before that.

Favourite bass cab and why?
Big Baby II. Clean, clear, loud enough much of the time and two is always enough. Let’s me hear what my hands, bass, any pedals and my amp are doing, however weird, noisy, deep or loud it gets. Everything from sweet to nasty. But I do really love the new One10T - it sounds so good, is so loud and so small, and has the clarity I need for my more unconventional bass playing moments...

Favourite guitar cab and why?
I'm rather liking the Reformer 112 with an A-Type for how it fits around my bass sound - that's the right way to judge a guitar sound isn't it? ;-)


What music things do you do?
Currently playing bass and writing much of the music and lyrics for a new band I'm putting together. It's early days but it's already sounding good. Just need a guitarist to complex the puzzle...

Other gear you love?
It's a toss-up between my el cheapo acoustic bass that I write on at home and my big bouncy electric mountain bike that adds more jumps and fun to my commute.
 


Tom


What do you do at Barefaced?
I take care of processing new orders, ensuring that our cabinets reach their destination as well as purchasing the materials to ensure we can operate on the day to day.

When did you start working at Barefaced?
I started working at Barefaced September 2016.

Favourite guitar cab and why?
My favourite guitar cabinet has to be the Radical 212H, especially if I can link up a pair of them.

Favourite bass cab and why?
My favourite bass cabinet has to be the Six 10, it’s loud, it’s big and it’s not a nightmare to load in at gigs.

What music things do you do?
I write and record at home and occasionally front a pop/rock band. Currently I’m working on a 1980’s pop concept EP.

Other gear you love?

I’m a big fan of my AC30 combo, it pairs wonderfully with my Epiphone Casino. As close to a Beatles tone as I can get!


Al

What do you do at Barefaced?
I’m the factory manager, I keep the orders moving through and take care of  the cnc’s want and needs. 


When did you start working at Barefaced?
I started at Barefaced in January 2018.

Favourite guitar cab and why?
Guitar cab wise it would have to be the Uprising, this thing is a monster, its sounds huge.


Favourite bass cab and why?
My fave bass cab is the Big Baby 2, super clean and with a handy  high cut filter, also a really fun cab to build.

What music things do you do?
When not at Barefaced I tend to be hidden behind Logic or in some sort of recording situation.

Other gear you love?

Go to gear for me would be the Korg MS20 for bass parts and the Warm VCA for compression.
 

Ben

 

What do you do at Barefaced?
Mainly workshop and production stuff, but as of recently I’ve been filming and editing videos of our products in action, plus some social media content.

When did you start working at Barefaced?
I joined Barefaced in January 2017 a few months after graduating, I remember getting the callback on the 22nd of December which made for nice Christmas present.

Favourite guitar cab and why?
My favourite guitar cab is still a secret for now, but I really like 2 Upsetters in stereo for my guitar rig. Again they’re small, light and loud not to mention the best cab I’ve heard for a 10” driver.


Favourite bass cab and why?
My favourite cab to build is the Big Twin 2 because it's requires master level skills to coerce the cab together and impress all my friends..

What music things do you do?
A bit of this and a bit of that, mainly guitar noodling and pedal tweaking for ‘Hanya’ the band i’m in, and occasionally attempting to produce stuff at home in logic.

Other gear you love?

My favourite bit of gear at the moment is ‘Enzo’ by Meris, it’s a synth pedal for guitar but it does way more than you think.

Luke

What do you do at Barefaced?
All things electronics - building crossovers, pedals, PCB layout, as well as general factory work

When did you start working at Barefaced?
I came to Barefaced straight after graduating in May 2019

Favourite guitar cab and why?
My favourite guitar cab has to be the Reality FRFR, perfect for my guitar modeling rig - even better in stereo!


Favourite bass cab and why?
Favourite bass cab has to be the Big Twin II, it’s Barefaced turned up to 11. Thundering power with a tight low end and sparkly highs.

What music things do you do?
Outside of Barefaced I’m usually playing guitar with my band Ralph TV, or hunched over a soldering iron working on modular synths, pedals and other goodies.

Other gear you love?
Favourite gear has to any of the Mutable Instrument Eurorack modules, or pedals by GFI System