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[quote name='Kev' timestamp='1476209118' post='3152383']
No question, my Wal was the best sounding instrument I ever did own. Sadly, it was only a 4 string and a few aspects of is playability didn't agree with me and as such I moved her on. Finances have since significantly worsened so I cannot see me being able to afford a 5 string version anytime soon.

The 4 string models are more love/hate than people may expect; the neck is a v shape, the fretboard edges are not rolled and can feel quite sharp and the pickups make for difficult thumb anchoring. All of those disagreed with me, however the five string model has a C neck and thumb-friendly pickups, but I try not to think about that!

I don't think any model is in any way fugly. The new MK3 is definitely my least favourite, the MK2 shape is just perfect!
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As a Wal owner in the 80's I concur entirely with this post.

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Past two of the woods blog on the Wal History site... this time the body woods... Enjoy! http://walbasshistory.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/wal-woods-part-2-bodies.html

Will need to think about a transition Wal feature some time...

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Clearly I'm biased but fie me the mk1 is the best shape. Personal taste will dictate shape and finish but playing on is the proof of the pudfing

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[quote name='TrevorR' timestamp='1476572670' post='3155395']
Might be the standard Wal Mk 1 Matt lacquer which is very thin and allows the grain to show through a bit. Very unusual, quite unlike a poly or nitro-cellulose gloss finish. As I recall it was melamine based.

Of course, without looking it's difficult to tell and in that transitional phase who knows what Ian and Pete were trying out. Still, the level of work required in a shellac finish does make it seem an unlikely choice. Never know, though.
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Hi trev prob pending how much time they had on their hands at the time,
mine is 82 and is definitely wax polished finished, i remember pete talking about it when i had another refinished,
if i had another one made i would go for body stripes and a hand finish :gas:

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[quote name='funkgod' timestamp='1477653628' post='3163585']
Hi trev prob pending how much time they had on their hands at the time,
mine is 82 and is definitely wax polished finished, i remember pete talking about it when i had another refinished,
if i had another one made i would go for body stripes and a hand finish :gas:
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Cool! That's the thing with Wals, being hand built there are loads of variations and anomalies. Partly because they were open to people making non-standard orders but also because they were the types who would try stuff out... vis the transition Pro/Custom models with the inlaid coach-lining etc. However long I've been geeking out over Wal basses there's still always something new to learn!

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If you've spent a life time playing Musicmans, then strapping on a Wal is no different as far as weights goes. Except the shape of Wal models and their contours stick to your ribs.
But as noted above, Paul's new models are lighter than the old ones. And you can get whatever neck shape you want.

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[quote name='Bass_Guardian' timestamp='1477915089' post='3165170']
[url="http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Wal_MKII_5_string.html"]http://www.bassdirec...I_5_string.html[/url]

YOB bass for me aswell :o stunning!


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It's even nicer in the flesh...

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[quote name='stingrayPete1977' timestamp='1476183575' post='3151994']
There needs to be more coloured finish Wals, one owned by someone desperate for cash to fund a drug problem or something would be ideal for me!
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I'm working on filling the world with Wals of color! Another due this month.
However I don't have any drug problems... ;)

[IMG]http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/Negative7bass/Ramos%20violet%205m3%202_zpsb6l6ay4j.jpg[/IMG]

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[quote name='mikeswals' timestamp='1477946330' post='3165488']
I'm working on filling the world with Wals of color! Another due this month.
However I don't have any drug problems... ;)


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Holy s**t that's gorgeous!!

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