THE NORMAN WATT-ROY BLOCKHEAD BASS
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 tirelessly with The Blockheads and veteran British 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".
Authentic Tone and Classic Style
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 this concept in a strikingly beautiful and affordable format, combining cool retro style, classic 'Badass' replica hi-mass bridge, authentic tone, pro-grade fit and finish, an expert set-up, and astonishing value for money.
The Blockhead Features
|BODY || |
light weight, balanced body contour
|FINISH ||Classic Jubilee Gold Finish, With Mint-Green Scratchplate And Matching Headstock |
|NECK ||Satin finish Bass Centre "Super Slim Sixties"® Maple neck with Maccasar Ebony fingerboard |
|PICKUPS ||Vintage spec single-coil pickups with Exposed Poles |
|BRIDGE ||Omega 'Badass Bass II' Replica Hi-Mass Bridge |
|HARDWARE ||Original '60s Style Chromed Brass Flat-Top Control Knobs + Chrome Pickup Cover |
|STRINGS ||Strung with Bass Centre Elites Stadium Series strings |
|EXTRAS ||Complete with Bass Centre padded gig bag |
The Personal Touch
All Bass Collection instruments are re-strung and set up prior to despatch by Chris Ward, long serving Bass Centre guitar tech for all of our 36 years... he's getting quite good by now!
Accordingly, you can choose which gauge and type of Elites Strings you prefer, and specify set-up requirements (please use the "Customer Comments" field when you check out).