Re: Watkins Guitars
: I seem to have become a Watkins Guitar collector by default since it was never my intention to start collecting them.
: I have had a Rapier Bass since about 1967.It is currently in pieces and needs renovating.The action was always terribleIt is an awful pink/red colour.Many years ago I removed all the frets and converted it into a fretless bass.
: My second Watkins is a red (possibly 33 but no other markings to identify) which I bought from a second hand shop in 1968 for 20 pounds, which seemed like a lot of money then.Serial No.14462.
: It has rather a strange body shape, like a strat but with the horns rounded off.Action is very good.
: My final purchase was 1998 again in a second hand store, a Rapier 44 for 100 pounds.I don't think the shop owner realised it was a vintage guitar or it would have been much more.It had been badly hand-painted black body.When I renovated it, there were signs that it had been red but since I already had a red Rapier, I resprayed it a light blue to match the early strat colour.Serial No.17211.
: Action is good but not as good as the 33.
: Both my Rapiers say Wilson on the baseplate.Anyone know why not Watkins or WEM?
: Does anyone know how to date the Rapiers fron serial No.?Charlie Watkins is on e-mail but not very keen to answer trivial questions from the masses (understandably).
: Would anyone else like to leave details of their Watkins guitars?