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2021 reverend guitars "wattplower" mark II bass
design is a total joe naylor/mike watt collab
short scale neck, twentyone frets
passive volume/tone controls
joe naylor designed "p-blade" pickup
hipshot 'a style' bridge w/solid brass spacer
strings are loaded through the body
hipshot 'ultralite' tuners
via three way switch is wattplower mark I mode
(low strings pblade pickup closer to the neck on)
+ reversed mode (low strings pblade pickup closer
to the bridge on) - the high strings pblade pickup
is always on in these two settings. the third setting
is for the neck pickup which is a rio grande pitbull
pickup w/alnico magnets (the pblade pickups have ceramic
magnets which have more mids than alnico magnets)
1956 fender precision bass
got it in hermosa beach, ca from beatle bob real econo cuz it was missing its pickup
curtis novak "pbird" pickup replaced missing one, another added at the bridge
("pbird" is a split pbass pickup in a thunderbird case, curtis created at my request!),
this has a 'v' neck and also has "thunderbroom" carved into the back of the body.
opened up a beastie boys tour using this w/fIREHOSE in the early 90s.
now I do lots of my recording w/this baby along w/the moon bass and "bluey"
1997 moon jj-4-240b (larry graham model) bass
replaced the original bridge w/a hipshot kickass 4
switched out the original single coil bartolini pickups
w/split jazzs from lindy fralin and removed original onboard
preamp, now running passive w/controls like a orig fender jbass.
got this in the mail from chicago, il - yeah, the fucking
mail... never it played it 'till I got it! well worth the
dice roll though: incredible sound, action and intonation
1966 gibson thunderbird II (non-reverse) bass
"bluey" - my main bass from 1995 - 1999
got in nyc at 'we buy guitars' on 48th street while on tour,
first gig w/it: snapped its headstock off so had to have it
grafted back on and replaced original tuners w/grovers.
recorded my 1st opera "contemplating the engine room" w/this!
did first stooges reunion gig w/it at coachella in 2003
and after didn't play it again for eighteen years, crimony!
then when we lost bassbrother dusty hill I had curtis
novak wind me a fender 1951 pbass-type pickup in honor of him
to replace the humbucker (tore out all the preamp stuff I had in before
also so now it's passive), hiwatt scott out in rochester, ny made me a
pickguard to go w/it (MUCH respect to him! he also flowed me a replacement
bridge that's fuckin way bitchin) and along w/some la bella 'deep talking bass'
flatwound strings, "bluey" is back in the ring for recording w/watt again who
is MOST grateful, truly!
2015 hofner ignition bass
got this china-made version of what hofner
calls their violin bass expressly to do the
"whistle blower" tour for tav falco as one
of the panther burns in the fall of 2015.
I put la bella flat wounds on it and took
off the pickguard. also had to flip the
jack plate over so the jack nut would
screw down tight. real fun bass to play.
sits right next to me when I konk, ready
to translate my ideas into bass!
mid 70's gibson les paul signature bass
replaced original pickup w/a curtis novak
humbucker version of his 'dark star' pickup
and wired it directly to the output jack after
removing all the original controls and then
replaced the original bridge w/a hipshot.
I use halfround strings on this bass.
years ago I got les paul to sign it
behind the bridge, joke is on me though -
ironically, it says "to mike, keep on pickin' les paul"
(I pretty much lost being able to play w/a pick!)
got this one in smyrna, ga
1965 gibson eb-0 "the dan bass"
given to me by a very kind man named dan
after all the stooges stuff was stolen
one rio grande pitbull pickup
(original pickup removed)
schaller bassbridge 2000
custom pick guard
watt's rig for most gigs these days:
one forte hp amp from bergantino audio systems
one super twin speaker box from barefaced
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