"I’ve been Ten Years After’s bass player for more than forty years and own some very some desirable basses but it never occurred to have a bass built to my own specification. It was my son Tom, who’s also our guitar tech, who turned me on to Warmoth.

This year is the bands’ fortieth year anniversary and Tom suggested he put together a special bass to celebrate the event. Thank you, Tom. My new bass is a 1954 P Bass® clone with a swamp ash body with a quilted maple top dyed red. The neck is has a rosewood fingerboard with a 1-1/2 nut width. The pickups are Nordstrand P/J with a U retro active Eq made by John East.

The bass looks great and plays like a dream. It’s like a cross between my first Fender® 1960 P Bass® and my 1962 Jazz Bass®. Three things are different. The finish quality is vastly superior, the fingerboard is faster and with the pickups and EQ it’s much more versatile in tonal range. I love it so much I’ve already ordered the parts for my next one.

When I played Woodstock I wouldn’t have traded my 1962 Jazz Bass® for anything, but then again they didn’t make Warmoth guitars back in 1969.

Thanks to Gregg Stewart and all at Warmoth for your help in making it possible."

Leo Lyons


My 40th Anniversary Warmoth Bass

Leo became a professional musician at the age of 16. As a founding member of the band Ten Years After he's been an on-stage eyewitness to some of the most pivotal moments in Rock and Roll history. In 1962 with his band The Jaybirds along with guitarist Alvin Lee he performed at The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany where only a week earlier The Beatles had polished up their act. Leo was hired to play in the club's house band with Tony Sheridan and yet still found time to guest at the Top Ten Club with guitarist Albert Lee. Like The Beatles, The Jaybirds returned home to England, made the move from their hometown to London and secured their first recording contract with legendary record producer Joe Meek. From 1963 to 1966, as well as playing and managing The Jaybirds, Leo worked as a session musician, toured as a sideman with pop acts of the day, appeared in a play in London's West End and played a residency with poll winning British Jazz Guitarist Denny Wright.

In 1967 with a name change to Ten Years After, a residency at London's famous Marquee Club and a debut album out on Deram Records, the band were on their way

In August 1969 their now legendary encore "I'm Goin' Home" was captured on film at The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, exposing their jazz blues rock amalgam to an even larger audience of movie goers who were blown away by the intensity of the band's performance when the academy award winning documentary was released.

Between 1968 and 1975 constant touring playing shows like The Miami Pop Festival, The Isle of Wight Festival, The Toronto Peace Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival and all other important musical events brought the band's music to a global audience. Leo estimates that the band performed to in excess of 75,000 new fans a week. Almost four million people a year not counting those who saw the band in the film 'Woodstock'.



In 1975 Chrysalis Records hired him as studio manager to re-equip and run Wessex Studios in London. He was later to go on and build two commercial studios of his own. His production credits include UFO, Magnum, Waysted, Procol Harem, Frankie Miller, Richard and Linda Thompson, Brigette St John, John Martin, Kevin Coyne, Sassafras, MotorHead, Hatfield and The North, The Bogie Boys, The Winkies, Chris Farlowe, Chevy and many more. Other projects have been stage musicals, cartoon soundtracks and film and music videos. He has released two CDs with his own band Kick and his songs have been used in television and film.

In 1997 his songwriting ability was spotted by Nashville publishers Hayes Street Music who signed him as a staff writer. After several years of commuting from the United Kingdom he made the move to Nashville. Aside from writing and producing, Leo has been guest bassist on CDs by Savoy Brown. Leslie West, Fred Koller, Danny Johnson and has toured extensively with former Buddy Guy guitarist Scott Holt.

His interests outside music include the paranormal, alternative medicine, martial arts and all new technology. He is a vegetarian, married with two grown-up sons and currently resides in Nashville. When not on tour with Ten Years After, he's active as a songwriter, musician and record producer/engineer.



Leo plays: Bass Guitar
Date and place of birth: 30th November 1943 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

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Leo can be contacted at LeoLyonsbass@aol.com