watt's thudstaffs

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






2017 reverend guitars 'wattplower'

2018 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)






watt's '56 fender-p w/curtis novak pbird pickups

1956 fender precision bass
got it in hermosa beach, ca from beatle bob real econo cuz it was missing pickup
curtis novak "pbird" pickup replaced missing one, another added at the bridge
("pbird" pickup is a split pbass pickup in a thunderbird case - curtis created at my request!)
has a 'v' neck and "thunderbroom" carved into the back of the body
opened up a beasties tour using this w/fIREHOSE
now do lots of my recording w/this baby along w/the moon






watt's moon bass (larry graham model)

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
this and my '56 fender pbass are my main recording basses!






watt's china-made 2015 hofner 'ignition' violin bass

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!






watt's 1970s gibson les paul signature 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'

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 1966 non-reverse thunderbird II bass

1966 gibson thunderbird II (non-reverse) bass
"bluey" - my main bass from 1995 - 1999
recorded "contemplating the engine roome" w/this
put in a bartolini pre-amp and grover tuners
has chandler tbird replacement pickup
snapped its headstock off and grafted it back
got this one in new york city






what watt uses to amp his bass at his own gigs

watt's rig for most gigs these days:
one 1350 amp from dna
one xls 1502 power amp (in bridged mode) from crown
one super compact speaker box from barefaced
one super twin speaker box from barefaced








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this page created 27 apr 99