Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
An Interview with Chris May: Overwater by Tanglewood.
How long has Overwater basses as a brand been in operation?
For over 30 years as custom bass builders, we at Overwater have been lucky enough to work with an impressive roster of customers; representing every musical style; from rock stars like John Entwistle and David Gilmour, old school session players such as Mo Foster, Mick Feat and Guy Pratt, through to the current crop of first call freelance bassists on both sides of the Atlantic – including; Phil Mulford, Andy Pask, Trevor Barry, Carlos Henriquez and Jim Donica to mention just a few…
How did the collaboration with Tanglewood come into being and why?
Despite three decades of production, Overwater basses have only been available in limited numbers, to players willing to wait for a custom build and able to afford the inevitable price of ‘one off’ production. But the recent partnership between Tanglewood Guitars and Overwater Basses and the ‘Overwater by Tanglewood Basses’ will change all that!
This is the culmination of a long standing desire to be able to offer a line of ‘off the peg’ Overwater instruments at prices available to everyone – but which still represent what we have always stood for; without compromise in design, build quality or playability!
There are currently five distinct ranges..Classic J and Contemporary J which pay homage to traditional legendary designs but include some recognisable and uniquely Overwater signatures, plus the exciting new Aspiration series, in the Artist, Deluxe and Elite formats which are easily identified as original Overwater designs both cosmetically and even more importantly on a sonic, player’s level.
What in your opinion makes the instruments unique in the market?
Designed from the bottom up, every detail and feature of these instruments has been planned and implemented to the professional, standard of the bespoke instruments for which we are renowned; Timber selected for acoustic and structural properties in addition to its visual beauty and all hardware and electronics are uniquely Overwater in design and production, incorporating much of what I have learned from long established relationships with players from every genre and working with a very experienced team, including pickup designer Alan Entwistle, long time Overwater luthier Haydn Williams and bass electronics guru John East.
Although firmly aimed at the mainstream market sector, we are proud of our achievements and feel these instruments are very much part of the Overwater family; we hope you agree.
Who is Chris May?
Chris May is Overwater’s head honcho, as it were. For those of you who don’t know, the Overwater name has become synonymous with the finest in hand crafted bass guitars and to date they have produced over three and a half thousand instruments in the UK. Pretty impressive. Chris May himself has a rather illustrious career background; combining periods as an engineer, a musician, a designer AND an instrument technician. Again, pretty impressive. He has always, always kept close ties with both sides of the music industry and has been lucky enough to work closely with a number of leading Jazz and Rock musicians, both in the UK and further afield. Basically, Chris May is a bit of a legend. Recognise.