NAMM 2020: Reverend beefs up the Mike Watt Signature bass

The Reverend Wattplower Mark II boasts a few upgrades over its predecessor.

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NAMM 2020: Reverend Guitars has announced the Wattplower Mark II, the latest iteration of its series of Mike Watt signature basses for NAMM 2020. The bass retains the fat punch and tone of its predecessor but features a new pickup configuration and pickup selector for added versatility.

The Wattplower Mark II now comes loaded with a Reverend P-Blade pickup with an extra coil towards the bridge, and a Rio Grande Pitbull in the neck position. A three-way pickup selector switch allows the user to toggle between two P-Blade configurations and the Rio Grande pickup, offering a choice of tone that’s either deep and thick, or bright and cutting.

Watt’s favourite mods can also be found on the Wattplower Mark II, namely an adjustable Hipshot A Style bridge, a brass bridge spacer and a front-mounted output jack with an oversized, heavy-duty jack plate. There are also extra dots at the fifth and twelfth frets for increased positional visibility, along with an anchor inlay at the first fret and “wattplower” at the seventeenth. Luminlay dots are on the side of the neck that glow in the dark to help with visibility on poorly lit stages.

The Wattplower Mark II is a 30-inch short scale Korina-bodied bass that echoes Watt’s own preferences for smaller body basses. Other hardware features include a Boneite nut, Hipshot Ultralight Tuners and a dual-action truss rod.

The Reverend Mike Watt Wattplower Mark II can be pre-ordered for £1,299. For more information, click here.

Find out more about NAMM 2020 here.

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