The Bass Centre Rhythm Stick Rosewood

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After furnishing Norman Watt-Roy with his Bass Centre Blockhead masterpiece, The Bass Centre has once again teamed up with the Bombay Bomber, this time to create a brand new instrument for the British Bass Masters imprint.

The RHYTHM STICK is based on the workhorse '72 P-Bass (pictured below) that Norman famously used on all of his celebrated recordings with Ian Dury & The Blockheads. Spotted in the window of a Fulham music shop in 1972 by Norman's flat mate, Average White Band guitarist, Onnie McIntyre, Norman immediately snapped the instrument up, with his wife pitching in to help the then-impoverished bassman meet the £160 price tag...

    

Duly christened “Paddy” - in his wife's honour - and tricked out with a Jazz pickup in the bridge position and the removal of the stock scratchplate for a smaller, brass unit mounted with an additional volume control, the bass became Norman's main instrument for the next 13 years, featuring on the hit singles "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Wake Up & Make Love To Me", "Reasons To be Cheerful" and, of course, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick".

This new Bass Centre Rhythm Stick takes Norman's redux as its inspiration, delivering a cool mash-up of traditional design and modern flair with a perfectly balanced, light-weight body, The Bass Centre's unique, satin finish "Super Slim 60's" neck design, a striking, pickguard-free sunburst finish, chrome controls and “ashtray” bridge cover.

The twin vintage style, exposed-pole, single coil pickups produce an authentic and versatile tone - warm and fat up front, earthy and punchy at the back - with a bright, singing clarity courtesy of the maple neck, its smooth profile a perfect hybrid between the typical P and J necks of the early 70's and a total joy to play.

Today, Norman's original is, needless to say, the very definition of roadworn, bearing the scars and discoloration from the hard graft, sweat and smoke of a lifetime of extensive gigging - we've deliberately avoided producing a pre-distressed replica, so whatever scrapes you get your brand new, pristine Rhythm Stick into is down to you!

 Body  Basswood
 Finish  Vintage Sunburst
 Neck  Satin Finish Maple with "Super Slim Sixties" Profile
 Fingerboard  Rosewood or Maple with Pre-CBS-Style Clay Dot Markers
 Frets  20 Medium Nickel Frets
 Pickup  2 x Passive Vintage-Style Single Coil (P/J)
 Controls  Volume/Volume/Master Tone
 Tuning Machines  Chrome Vintage-Style, Open-Gear Tuners
 Hardware  4 Bolt Chrome Neck Plate, Chrome Control Knobs
 Bridge  Vintage-Style Roller Bridge
 Scale Length  34" (864mm)
 Neck Width at Nut  43mm
 Neck Width at 12th Fret  57mm
 Neck Depth at 1st Fret  20mm
 Neck Depth at 12th Fret  22mm
 String Spacing at Nut  11.5mm
 String Spacing at Bridge  19.5mm
 Weight  4.1kg (9.0lbs)
 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

Norman Watt-Roy In Action

Proving, yet again, that The Bass Centre's collaborations are genuine artist-driven endeavours, Norman has added the new breed Rhythm Stick to his touring arsenal (alongside the Bass Centre "Blockhead" Bass and his JKG "Faith & Grace" custom Jazz) for the unstoppable, veteran rhythm 'n' blues maestro, Wilko Johnson...

    

Jimmy Sims Takes Aim...


Top young, session bassist, Jimmy Sims - whose work includes stints with The Saturdays, MIKA, Judie Tzuke, Pete Docherty and, most recently, for Shane Filan, Bryan Ferry and George Ezra - doesn't leave home without his Babicz loaded Rhythm Stick.

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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!?

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"An excellent mix of passive tones... if you're looking for a bass that's a little different, the Wyman is a welcome new contender."

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"Pros: Compact & lightweight, super fat sounds – Cons: Provided you like the small proportions, there's nothing to dislike!"

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"A great Fender-ish vintage rock 'n' roll tone which will sit perfectly in any blues trio... it continues the company’s tradition for quality basses at affordable prices."

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"An absolute joy to play... a cool finish, playability and comfort by the bucketload, and a tonal performance that out-boxes many a bass at double the price. The Bass Centre have a winner on their hands."

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