Reverend’s brand new set neck Mike Watt signature Wattplower bass is, in my ery humble opinion, one fantastic-looking instrument. It’ll also have some great hardware, well-thought out features and comes in some cool colours, too.
Minutemen to fIREHOSE and beyond
Mike Watt is quite the living legend. Many players, myself included, grew up listening to Double Nickels On A Dime where Mike and D Boon created something truly unique. Mike went on – after the demise of the band following the tragic loss of D Boon – to create fIREHOSE, another seminal act which influenced many bands.
In my view, Mike is a talented player and when I saw this new Reverend signature model, it put a big smile on my face.
Part of Reverend’s set-neck series of instruments, the Wattplower comes in either Satin Emerald Green (my favourite of the two) or Satin Yellow. The body is Korina and the neck is 30″ short scale, made from Korina and Walnut with a rosewood fretboard. The fretboard has a really nice anchor inlay, a homage to Mike’s father who served in the US Navy. Two custom pickups are designed to Mike’s specifications and feature dual blade pole pieces instead of the usual round pole pieces.
The hardware is all Hipshot. The bridge, a Hipshot A style unit, and the Hipshot Ultralight tuners should both make for a roadworthy instrument.
I really love the Emerald Green version, as well as the overall styling; I’m suddenly lusting after a new bass! I hope these make it to the UK soon, as I would love to give one a road test myself. The short scale really appeals, as does the alluring design that looks to be very playable.
RRP: $1679 including Mono M80 case
For more information, head over to the Reverend Guitars website.