watt's thud staffs

here's the machines I work to make the low flow






1965 gibson eb-0 'the dan bass'

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 pit bull pickup
(original pickup removed)
schaller bassbridge 2000
custom pick guard






1969 gibson eb-3 'the andy bass'

1969 gibson eb-3 "the andy bass"
given to me by a very kind man named andy
after all the stooges stuff was stolen
w/aguilar opb-3 eq and pickup balance controls
schaller bridge and custom pick guard
middle bartolini mm42cbjd pickup
bridge lace bassbar pickup
(original pickups removed)






watt's moon bass (larry graham model)

1997 moon jj-4-240b (larry graham model)
replaced the single coil bartolini pickups
w/four coil bartolinis (9w4j) and replaced the
preamp w/an aguilar obp-3 one though it's got
a bypass switch (pull-pot) I got engaged
mostly! the chicken-head knob is the pickup
blend control cuz the new preamp has three
bands, not two. dig the painted fretboard! for
gigs I use my gibson eb basses w/their short
scale (I'm less younger now!). this is the main
bass I use for recording: no dead spots,
righteous tone and is so smoov! 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. I put
bypass switch on treble control and
record w/out onboard eq mostly






watt's '56 fender-p

1956 fender precision bass
thunderbird pickup replaced stock one, another added at the bridge
has a 'v' neck and "thunderbroom" carved into the back of the body
opened up a beasties tour using this w/fIREHOSE
got it in hermosa beach, ca






watt's 2011 fender deluxe p-bass special

2011 fender p-bass deluxe special
this plays really good, made in mexico
neck has narrow nut like fender j-bass
I replaced original pickguard w/this black
one when I tore out the active electronics,
replaced body w/yellow warmoth alder one
and replaced the split pickup w/a d allen one
along w/passive controls and a gotoh bridge
my buddy dirk did much work on this!






watt's thunderbird II

1966 gibson thunderbird II bass (non-reverse)
"bluey" - my main bass from 1995 - 1999
put in a bartolini pre-amp and grover tuners
snapped it's headstock off and grafted it back
got this one in new york city






watt's thunderbird II

1959 gibson eb-2 bass
got this years ago in bethesda, md when
on tour. original pickup replaced w/dimarzio
'model one'
pickup. the "baritone button" is
bypassed. great short-scale neck, had to
replace 'banjo tuners' w/firebird ones
w/holes drilled bigger for bass strings






watt's les paul signature

mid 70's gibson les paul signature bass
got les paul to sign it behind the bridge, joke is on me though -
it says "keep on pickin', mike" (I lost being able to play w/a pick)
got this one in smyrna, ga






watt's les paul professional

late 60's gibson les paul professional bass
put in an esp strat pre-amp to help them low impedance pickups out
snapped it's headstock off and grafted it back. thinnest neck here
got this one in athens, ga






watt's alembic econo james worthy model

early 80's alembic econo model (spoiler?) bass
pickup failed when I got it so I glued two duncan early active j ones together,
sawed half the headstock off and had bubba paint it that "krylon" green
has a james worthy signature I got after he got his third ring
plays and sounds pretty shitty though
got this one in pedro






what watt uses to amp his bass at his own gigs

watt's regular gig bass rig:
tc electronic 'blacksmith' bass amp
two dna dns-210 bass cabinets
(2x10" speakers each)








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