The Bass Centre Rhythm Stick • Maple

Worldwide Price : £412.50
UK Price :  £495.00 - Inc. 20% VAT


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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 Sixties" 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 all-maple neck, its smooth profile a perfect hybrid between the typical P and J necks of the early '70s 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  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 Retro 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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Outstanding product
Friday, 30 October 2020  | 

Yes as the title suggests, an outstanding bass, super quality, well made and a superb, very playable bass. First thing I noticed, the frets, just wonderful, finish quality, just great, the build, well, just superb, cannot find a fault. The pickups, electrics all work well, was expected to replace them, but no, they do the job, only things out of the box that needed attention was the jack socket nut was loose, and the E string was not sitting in the bridge correctly, definitely becoming my go to bass. Yes for what my opinion is worth, buy one, they are spectacular!

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Very Impressed
Friday, 28 November 2014  | 

Well the bass arrived safely, good delivery.

Very impressed with the build quality... it put to shame an American Precision that cost £1,100. The gig bag and case candy is a very nice touch, and I like the strings on it.

The action was low and the neck feels very smooth. The bass itself is a very handsome looking instrument. The biggest plus point though, is that the P and J pickups sound as they should - it’s like two basses in one, a great balance and when you blend the two, another world of sounds opens up. A Rhythm Stick it truly is.

Thank you very much.

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