Do you guys know the exact make/model of these Schallers? The allen screws and washers are slowly gettin worn out; gear and worm drive are, too. Saw technical drawings of M4 and M4S and these aren't it. Original owner for 18 years or so. I've been rough on her. . . vid
Price dropped to £4,100
Here’s my Wal Mk3 5 string for sale or trade. I bought it in 2012 from the original owner. The bass was originally built for him in 1997 and comes with the original grey Wal case. In anticipation for the bass’s 21st birthday I sent the electrics down to Wal in April for a full refurb.
I have gigged it but also taken great care of this bass and it is still in very good condition. There are a few small marks, one on the lower horn, 2 on the back and slight marks on the headstock tip. None are very noticeable. The side and front LED’s were fitted by SIM’s when the bass was originally built and controlled by a switch on the back plate.
The neck is flame maple with elements of birds eye in there as well. It is bolt on with a 34 inch scale and 24 frets in good condition.
17mm string spacing at the bridge
Body has a mahogany core with figured Shedua top
Weight 4.2kg (9.4 lbs)
Schaller strap locks fitted
Collection from Aberdeen or EU shipping (due to rosewood fretboard / CITES)
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.
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.