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Ashdown OriginAL SE Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition Pre-Di Pedal

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Ashdown Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition Pre-Di Pedal for Electric Bass Bassplayer Norman Watt-Roy, for those of you unaware, is widely regar..

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Ashdown Norman Watt-Roy Special Edition Pre-Di Pedal for Electric Bass

Bassplayer Norman Watt-Roy, for those of you unaware, is widely regarded as one of the finest bassists to come from the British Isles. With a career spanning more than four decades (and several hit songs to his name from his time with Ian Dury and the Blockheads), Norman's signature tone is as recognisable as those lightning-fast licks that he's renowned for, which he achieves these days thanks to his partnership with bass amp and effects makers Ashdown.

Limited Edition Pre-Amp Pedal - Only 50 Worldwide!

Norman's long-standing partnership with Ashdown has now resulted in the creation of this fabulous OriginAl SE - a very limited edition Norman Watt-Roy signature Preamp/DI pedal, with a built-in valve-powered drive unit and 5-band EQ, and would make the ultimate addition to your pedalboard.

Clean or Dirty, the Choice is Yours

As with all good pre-amp pedals, the OriginAL SE helps shape your clean signal, whilst giving you the option of a foot-switchable, valve-powered overdrive circuit, all in the same compact unit. Unlike with many pre-amp pedals though, both Clean and Overdrive tones a delivered superbly, without one channel outshining the other!

Plenty of Options

There's a -3dB Pad switch on the OriginAL SE, making it just as effective whether your bass is Active or Passive. You also have a fantastic 5-band EQ (more on that later), Drive Gain and Drive Level knobs to let you sculpt the sounds generated by the Drive circuit, an Output control which allows you to set the overall volume of the pedal, a DI Out socket for direct feed into the mixing desk (post EQ/Drive), Ground Lift to reduce any noise associated with connecting two signal paths, a Line input, and even a headphone socket for quiet home-rehearsals.

Optimised Touch-Sensitivity

This pedal has been optimised to suit Norman's unique and lightning-fast playstyle, picking up each and every subtle nuance of his playing. This makes it perfect for players who adopt a similar approach, like to use excessive tapping/hammer-on techniques, or just want to produce a more articulate sound when they gig.

Shape Your Sound

Make use of the fabulous 5-band EQ to tweak your tone to your heart's content. With controls for Bass, Low Mid, Middle, High Mid, and Treble, there's really no corner uncovered in your quest for the perfect tone.

Powerful Drive Circuit

Whether your drive sound of choice a subtle, gritty valve depth that you can use all of the time, or a fully responsive bass overdrive, the OriginAL SE has you covered. Powered by a 12AX7 valve, the OriginAL SE's overdrive circuit can be as warm or dirty as you want, and can be activated independantly if need be, adding plenty of flavour to your sound as and when you need it.

Rare as Hen's Teeth

As stated above, this incredible pedal is limited to just 50 units worldwide, so if you want to get your hands on it I recommend doing so sooner rather than later. Order online today and make use of our fabulous range of Home Delivery options!


  • Special Edition Norman Watt Roy signature Pre-DI Pedal for bass from Ashdown
  • 5-band EQ for you to accurately sculpt your tone
  • Built-in 12AX7 valve powered drive unit
  • Robust chassis with gold finish, built to survive life on the road
  • Very limited edition: only 50 worldwide!
  • Home Delivery options available

Technical Specs

  • Power Requirement: 15-18V Extrenal power supply centre pin negative
  • EQ: 5-band EQ, bass, low-mid, middle, hi-mid and treble
  • Pre-amp Tubes: 12AX7 powered valve drive
  • Dimensions (mm): 56 (h) x 183 (w) x 118 (d) (h = +6mm for the feet)
  • Weight (kg): 1.4


Weight (kg)2.1000
Effectspre amp, overdrive, eq
Power Supply15-18v dc adapter (centre pin negative)
Warranty2 years
Seriesoriginal series

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