The Bass Centre Blockhead Bass

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Vintage Style. Authentic Tone. Classic Cool.

Bombay-born and London-bred, Norman Watt-Roy has forged a fearsome reputation, both live and in on record, as one of the all-time great British bass players.

Coming to prominence through his work on Ian Dury & The Blockheads (the effervescent, 16th note melody that drives Dury's 1979 UK #1 hit single "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" remains one of THE best bass performances committed to tape), Norman also appeared on Nick Lowe's classic "Jesus Of Cool" LP, The Clash's "Sandinista" and "Cut The Crap" albums, provided the original bass lines to Frankie Goes To Hollywood's global mega-hits "Relax" and "Two Tribes" as well as lending his powerhouse talents to sessions for Rachel Sweet, Jona Lewie, The Selecter, Wreckless Eric, Madness & Nick Cave.

The last decade has seen him continue to work - apparently constantly! - with The Blockheads and veteran rhythm 'n' blues guitar slinger, Wilko Johnson, as well as stepping out to front his own outfit - Norman Watt-Roy & Friends - in support of his very first solo album "Faith & Grace".

The Bass Centre Blockhead Bass

For quite a chunk of the early 2010's, Norman was most often seen using the original Bass Centre Blockhead - a Czech built, custom reliced copy of the famous pre-CBS 1962 shoreline gold workhorse that was his main recording and stage bass from the mid-80's onwards. The new 2020 Blockhead reimagines both instruments in a strikingly beautiful and affordable format, combining cool retro style, authentic tone, pro-grade fit and finish, an expert set-up, and astonishing value for money.

The Blockhead Features

  • Classic Jubilee Gold finish, with mint-green scratchplate and matching headstock
  • New, light weight, balanced body contour
  • Vintage spec single-coil pickups
  • Satin finish "Super Slim Sixties" Maple neck with Maccasar Ebony fingerboard
  • Badass-Style Omega Bridge
  • Chrome pickup cover
  • Strung with Bass Centre Elites Stadium Series strings 
  • Built in South Korea in the same factory responsible for our superb Bass Collection range
  • Complete with Bass Centre padded gig bag and 12 month warranty.
Body Basswood
Finish Jubilee Gold with Matching Headstock
Neck Satin Finish Maple with "Super Slim 60's" Profile
Fingerboard Rosewood with Pre-CBS-Style Clay Dot Markers
Frets 20 Medium Nickel Frets
Pickup 2 x Passive Vintage-Style Single Coil (J/J)
Controls Volume/Volume/Master Tone
Tuning Machines Chrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
Hardware Chrome Pickup Cover, 4 Bolt Chrome Neck Plate, Chrome Control Plate & Control Knobs
Bridge Omega Bass Bridge
Pickguard 3-ply Vintage Mint-Green
Scale Length 34" (864mm)
Neck Width at Nut 38mm
Neck Width at 12th Fret 57mm
Neck Depth at 1st Fret 20mm
Neck Depth at 12th Fret 22mm
String Spacing at Nut 10mm
String Spacing at Bridge 19mm
Weight 4.05kg (8.9lbs)
Strings Bass Centre Elites Player Series Nickel Plated Roundwound Standard Gauge .045 - .065 - .085 - .105
Extras Bass Centre Padded Gig Bag
Warranty All Bass Collection instruments come with a 1 year warranty

JazzWise Magazine Jive & Power Bass • Issue #16 • March 2011


"More than adequate for getting to grips with the finer points of becoming a working musician... it's hard to think of any bass range that offers so much quality for so little money".

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Guitar & Bass Magazine Jive & Power Bass • Gareth Morgan • July 2010


"Classy & impressively accurate takes on two classic templates (with) authentic sounds & an excellent level of build quality" the JIVE and POWER were awarded 91% and 90% ratings respectively.

  << Read the full review

Guitar & Bass Magazine Jive & Power Bass • Gear Of The Year • December 2010


Bass Collection swept the board In the best basses under £1,000 category with the JIVE winning the coveted Bass of the Year award and the POWER Bass in 2nd place… need we say more!?

  << Read the full review

Guitar Interactive Jive Bass • Dan Veall • Issue #16 • December 2013


"The attention to detail is welcome, not only in the feel of the neck profile but also in that this instrument is nicely balanced and surprisingly lightweight. A very good bass for not a lot of money"

  << Full interactive issue with video demo        << Download PDF version

Guitar & Bass Magazine Speakeasy Pro 4 • Gareth Morgan • February 2014


"A well put-together & handsome-looking bass... it’s fair to say that its modern good looks and fine playability make it an instrument that many will be happy to pay a little extra for"

  << Read the full review at Guitar-Bass.net       << Download PDF version 

Bass Guitar Magazine Speakeasy 4 + 5  Ian Glasper October 2014


"Exceptionally well built and finished for the price tag – a joy to play... small and perfectly formed, these guitars are easy on both the eye and the ear"

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Bass Guitar Magazine Bass Centre Profile Bass • Joel McIver • February 2016


GEAR OF THE YEAR 2016 • BEST FRETTED BASS UNDER £500 "Bravo, chaps... a wonderful bass that you will not want to stop playing. And all for £495? A great F*nder alternative... Snap one up if you can"

  << Full review at BassGuitarMagazine.com      << Download PDF version

Joe Hubbard Bass Videos Bass Collection Bespoke Jive Bass April 2017


"Lightweight, resonant and extremely versatile... I really love this instrument and I’d recommend it to anybody looking for that classic J-Bass design at a super-affordable price point"

  << Watch Joe's Bass Collection Jive demo on his excellent YouTube Channel

Huge thanks to long-term Bass Centre collaborator JOE HUBBARD for taking time to produce this great video demo featuring his brand new BASS COLLECTION BESPOKE Jive Bass...

To Joe's spec, the stock instrument has been tricked out with black scratchplate and Omega "Badass" style bridge as well as with a pair of Aguilar Super Single pickups and Mike Pope Flex Core electronics installed by long serving Bass Centre technician Chris Ward.

Here, he puts his augmented Jive through it's paces, ably demonstrating its effortless playability and broad tonal palette

"Very fast and easy to play... I really love this instrument and I’d recommend it to anybody looking for that classic J bass design at a super-affordable price point... lightweight, resonant and extremely versatile in delivering a wide range of sounds"

Joe Hubbard’s professional background is represented by a collective body of experience that spans three decades as an internationally acclaimed educator, author and contemporary jazz fusion recording artist. He has also recorded and performed with a huge and diverse range of musicians including Morrissey Mullen, Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Gary Numan, Nigel Wright (producer: West Life, X-Factor), Alvin Lee, George Benson, Everything But the Girl, Mose Allison, Colin Blunstone, Elkie Brooks, Bill Nelson, Ben E. King, Alan Murphy, Dave Weckl, Frank Gambale, Gary Husband and Mose Allison and Dave Weckl.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018  | 

Great service and communication,and a really fantastic instrument. Vintage vibe at very affordable price.

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