is a legitimate question I would expect from any prospective
buyer, especially since there are several excellent luthiers
out there building beautiful guitars. However, we are determined to provide the discriminating bass player with an exciting alternative instrument. As a Watson customer, we will do everything we can to exceed all expectations.
list highlights some of the main reasons why we feel a Watson
Guitar is a sound choice in today's market:
Although we are not in the cheapest end of the bass guitar
market, we are confident that the instruments we produce
are somewhat less expensive than other hand built instruments
in their class. We build them to the best possible quality
as efficiently as our process allows. Pricing reflects
what it costs us to make an instrument combined with what keeps us competitive and a good value in the marketplace.
Every guitar player and bass player wants to be unique.
Musicians define themselves by their musical styles, their
sound, even their physical appearance. We build something
unique into every one of our instruments giving the musician
one more way to define themselves. When you play a Watson
you will have an instrument that will be one of a kind,
just like you are! We are one of the few builders today who still takes custom orders, in addition to offering our own impressive, unique instrument designs.
Currently, our guitars fall into two different styles and our basses fall into three different styles, these styles are sure to be expanded as our customers demand. We put a great deal
of effort into making each instrument different and unique.
This does sometimes require extra work, but we feel
the visual impact of the finished instrument makes this worthwhile. These will be instruments that will have people asking
for a closer look. We have some great plans for upcoming
instruments so make sure you visit the 'instruments' page often! As mentioned above, we are also willing to create custom instruments to customer specifications.
As a former Manufacturing Engineer and a bass player,
I have come to admire the exquisite work that can be found
in hand made instruments.There are many bass and guitar
makers out there who produce instruments that are technically
impressive and beautifully made. I will tolerate no less
in our instruments. I use my 25 years of engineering experience
to design and build a technically sound instrument, my artistic eye and talent to create a visually stunning instrument and over 30 years of luthier and woodworking experience to select woods for a unique sounding instrument. As
a bass player, I combine this experience to strive for the
best sound, playability and comfort for the musician, along with a true work of art.
We start with quality woods. These woods are selected
both for their overall contribution to the sound and the
weight of the finished instrument as well as for the overall
appearance. In our instruments, the neck continues as
one piece right through the body. This provides a continuous
path for string vibration from one end of the instrument
to the other, optimizing the transfer of energy from the
strings to the body. This results in better sustain of
notes, therefore better output from the instrument through
the pickups. After extensive research and design, we are proud to feature our own Watson Pickups in our instruments. Of course, we also offer Carey Nordstrand and Bartolini pickups upon request. Finally, we feature our own Watson pre-amp system, specifically designed and produced for us by McKeen,
giving an already great sound even more enhancement and
manipulation. Of course, both pick ups and electronics can also be customer specified on special order instruments.
We do not intend to become a guitar factory. Our current
capacity is around 10-15 instruments a year. While that
may very well increase as we standardize and streamline
our processes, we will still only build a modest amount
every year. You can be confident that if you order
and purchase a Watson Guitar or Bass, you will own a truly unique instrument, unto itself. Want something no
one else has? Not only will there be very few to go around,
but each one will have unique characteristics making it
one of a kind. We still have a
single-digit serial number instrument available for sale, so it's a great time
to get one of these early models!
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