Price now reduced to £2,800
It was thirty years ago today…….
This is the one I thought I would never sell. However, I am now exclusively playing a 6 string bass with a 35” scale these days and can’t see me ever going back to 4 string.
Up for sale is my 1988 Mk I Wal Custom 4 string. I have owned this since new and took delivery of it in April 1988. Completely refurbished and serviced last year by Paul at a cost of £2,700. I will scan and upload his invoice.
Payment by bank transfer only. Collection preferred but delivery can be negotiated. I live in Glasgow and potential buyers are welcome to visit.
The body is in mint condition which you would expect as it is only a year old. The neck is in excellent condition but does have some marks from being played over a 30 year period. I hear you asking why the body is a year old while the neck is 30 years old. Read on……
It has been rarely gigged over the past 30 years as I was primarily studio based during the late 80s until I stopped playing with bands in the mid 90’s.
It is an Ian Waller build and was originally black polyester overall. During the 90s I stripped the body to the wood which I later came to regret. For several years I wanted to have it restored to Wal specs and, last year, I sent it to Paul for evaluation and refurbishment. His assessment was that I had unevenly sanded the body and a black gloss polyester finish would only serve to highlight the flaws.
After discussing options he agreed to make a new body which I decided to have built with birdseye maple facings to have a clear distinction between the new body and the original neck and hardware. I also loved the idea of combining Ian’s original work on the neck with Paul’s contemporary body build.
Paul also did work on the frets and serviced the pickups and electronics. The tuners, string tree and strap locks were all replaced with black versions. The tuners are now lightweight Schaller M4S versions which look identical to the original tuners. I also bought a new Wal case which the finished bass was shipped back in.
All of the original hardware will be included in the sale. The body, tuners, string trees and strap pegs as well as the original control cavity cover with Iain’s details of the original build.
I have the invoice from Paul detailing all his work and the costs. The final bill was £2,700 which I consider money well spent in bringing this beautiful bass back up to Wal specifications. I also still have the box Wal used to ship the bass to me last year which I will reuse if it has to be shipped.
Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more photographs.
The asking price is firm and I am not looking for any trades.
The photos below show the different stages in its life from black to stripped to new birdseye maple body.
After a lot of thoughts, I'm selling my Wal MKII 5 strings (1988 - W3114).
- Wal MKII 5 strings from 1988 (W3114)
- Brazilian Mahogany body
- Mapple neck and rosewood fretboard
- Solid black body
- Complete clear gloss finish (body + neck)
- 17mm string spacing
- Original Wal case included, also in a very good condition.
The bass condition is amazing for a 20 years old bass. The only changes made on the bass has been to change the frets. It has been made by Christope Leduc last year (May 2017) and he made a complete checkup as well.
The bass is located in France close to the Belgium and Luxembourgish border.
Price: 3690 GBP or 4200 Euro including EU shipping.
Due to various tedious household repairs sadly it's time to sell my old Wal Custom. It's been in my family since around March 1982 and is unmodified.
It's a fretless 4-string in African walnut with an ebony fingerboard. It's generally in very good condition and plays very well. It has a few small dings and the lacquer has gone cloudy in a few places, which only really shows up in natural light, but considering it's approaching 40 years old it's really nice.
The electrics work perfectly and were overhauled by Pete the Fish in around 2003.
Serial Number is PB1813, it's signed and dated 2/9/80 by Wal himself and includes the original brown Wal case.
Feel free to ask any questions, I can also take more detailed pics of any specific parts.
I'm in mid Wales but do travel a fair bit, and I'm asking for £3750.
I am selling this for the family of a friend who has recently passed away. I have got permission from the Admin (ped) to place this ad.
Brazilian Mahogany core
Canadian 'Birdseye' Maple faces
Indian Rosewood F/Board
Slight crack to front facing (cosmetic only)
This bass was made by Ian Waller for a friend who has recently passed away and has had one owner from new.
This is the first EVER Wal with a lacquer finish and was the start of Wal offering a lacquer finish option.
Collection from Kendal, UK, or will ship for cost of shipping.