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What kind of bass is Paul Simonon playing?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by VernRumseyIsGod, Apr 10, 2020.

  1. Hello all!

    I know Paul Simonon of the Clash is well known for using a Precision, but there are a few photos floating around of him rocking a strange bass with a neck-position humbucker that looks like the ones on Gibsons from that era.

    I've attached the file to this post. Wonder if anybody could help me identify the make/model of the bass? I've never seen anything like it that I can recall.

    Thank you!

    Attached Files:

  2. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I think that's Paul's first bass, built from assorted parts by Tony James and then eventually given to Paul, who adorned it with new cosmetics. Tony recounts the story here, though I question whether Tony's memory is 100% accurate. For example, the neck doesn't look like it was hand-carved, but rather resembles a neck taken from any one of a number of import instrument brands sold in the U.K. during the mid-'70s, including Hagstrom and Teisco.
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  3. The neck is from a Wilson,made in the UK by the Watkin brothers. They were the 2nd company in the UK to build solid body electrics,brothers were also known for WEM,the Copycat and PA systems.
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  4. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Thanks for that clarification. I believe Tony's claim of having cobbled the instrument together, but the neck simply looked too nice to have been made from scratch by a first-timer.
  5. Aye,it was easy for me to tell what it was. I own one :laugh:
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  6. Thank you for the info! It's a killer looking bass. And nice avatar!
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