Many thanks to Graham for supplying these pictures of his excellent collection of Watkins guitars plus the accompanying info.. –
“My Rapier Mk 1. The only single pickup Watkins guitar I’ve ever seen.
When Charlie Watkins was asked about this guitar he said it was probably a prototype. The advert says that single pickup versions of the ‘Rapier de luxe’ were available.
Scratchplate and fittings are repro based on the extant plate holes.”
“My ‘time machine’ Rapier 33 from about 1960. All original in almost new condition.”
“The Rapier ‘rack’ – Right to Left:
a. The single pickup Mk 1 1958/9
b. The ‘time machine’ Mk 2 1959/60
c. A Mk 2 for repair approx 1960
d. The ‘player’ from 1961 – I’ve had this one since I was 12 years old
e. A 1962 Mk 2 to be repaired/rebuilt”
And thanks to Paul for this picture of his excellent Wilson Sapphire guitar with serial no. 15445.
And here’s a rare and unusual Wilson Telecaster with pictures kindly supplied by Stefan. This one doesn’t even appear on the Watkins Guitars website, which is an indication of how rare it is.
A few notes from Stefan – “Some time ago I was able to buy this beautiful Wilson Telecaster model on an eBay platform. The wood and electronics resemble a hand built Mercury”