1984 Wal MK1, Wenge Facings in near mint condition, all original and complete including the case. Brazilian mahogany core, African wenge faces, Indian rosewood fingerboard. Serial number: W 2403. Weight: 10 lbs 7 oz / 4.73 kg. These Wal basses are hard to come by, especially in near-mint condition like this one.
There are a few tiny, superficial marks but as close to mint as you will see. It's been fully set up in our workshop with a fresh set of D'Addario Pro Steels, 45-105. Nut width:42.5mm Width at 12th fret: 21.8 mm.
The electronics all work as they should. It has Wal flat response, humbucking pick-ups that contain individually matched pick-ups for each string, thus eliminating imbalances. It has a built-in balanced XLR DI and a standard ¼ “jack output for amplifier feed.
The master volume control provides smooth rotary adjustment of output volume, with an additional push/pull feature that actuates a pick-attack mode. This adds a narrow band of high frequencies to the overall tone-setting to provide a dynamic, percussive attack. Both the overall output level and level of pick-attack are trimmable from inside the bass.
A pickup mixer control silently mixes the levels of the pre-EQ’d pick-ups to any desired ratio whilst keeping the combined output level constant.
Individual tone knobs for each pickup operate electronic, low-pass filters whose roll-off frequencies vary with the position of the control. Fully clockwise at 10, the spectrum is full and flat. As the controls are backed off, the spectrums of the appropriate pick-ups are foreshortened. (Roll-off 12dB / Octave). The dominant tone character varies, therefore, throughout the entire range of control. Pulling up the knob produces a quasi-parametric boost of about 10dB to the harmonics which lie at or near the roll-off frequency set by the rotary position. This provides the characteristic active sounds so popular today, without the clinical quality common to many circuits. By using the pan mixer like a master tone control, in conjunction with the pick-up controls, an endless range of subtle tones and dynamic effects can be created, with or without the pick attack.
|Condition||Near Mint 9.75/10|
|Weight||10 lbs 7 oz / 4.73 kg
|Serial Number||W 2403|