Wal basses - pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Chris V., Aug 26, 2007.


  1. Chris V.

    Chris V.

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    Hello, everyone.

    I was wondering what type of pickups Wal basses have? Are they Bartoloni, or...?

    Thanks guys/gals.
    Peace.
  2. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister

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    they are Wal.

    Wal pickups and preamps are (apparently) legendary are a huge part of the Wal bass sound.
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  3. Chris V.

    Chris V.

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    Ahh... Good to know. =)

    Thank you.

    EDIT: Aren't you going to get slaughtered by the Wal-lovers for saying "apparently"? =P
  4. Ian Perge

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    Twice, even.

    ...thank you for letting me get my Ringo moment on. :D
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  6. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister

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    :D

    i said "apparently" because i've never played a Wal, so i have no first-hand experience to base an opinion on.
  7. DanielM

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    I know Wal pickups are truly impressive pieces of kit, each pole piece has it's own bobbin and coil. I guess that is why they sound so massive. I do love the sound of a good Wal (but face it have you ever heard one not sound good?)
  8. Baryonyx

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    They just have the most incredible tone!
  9. vene-nemesis

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    Every pair of poles per string (as it if where a humbucker):

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  10. bbocaner

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    no, every pole has its own coil:

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    Also, some massively huge ceramic magnets.
  11. vene-nemesis

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    oh then it must be that there are 2 coils per string, one winded clockwise and the other counterclockwise that way you get the humbucking thing.
  12. luknfur

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    That is one interesting looking pup.
  13. ALiP BoB

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    I'd be damn thankful if they just keep selling the electronics.
  14. luknfur

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    I didn't think they sold pups/electronics seperately?
  15. Tbirdbassist

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    They don't... even though that "they" is really only one person.


    I'm sure it's not hard to build a pickup like a Wals. Same goes for the preamp. It would just take time and a bit of money to do so.
  16. Searcy

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    I've managed to squeeze 8 of my scarab pickups into a Music Man cover. I have always wondered how close that is to a Wal sound.
  17. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

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    They are proprietary pickups designed by wal. There is info on the web about them if you do a google search.

    FYI, the pickups on Wals are not what gives them the sound- it's the electornics. THey are based on a low bass filter control for each pickup with the blend pot used effectively as a master tone. The electronics are filter based so the wal has that super active sound if you want it to.
  18. Lowpro

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    Does this imply that if you were to get the ACG preamp and throw that in, say, a bass with two Nordy Quad coil Humbuckers, you'd get close to a Wal tone?
  19. cybersnyder

    cybersnyder Always groove.... Gold Supporting Member

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    Interesting. Do you have any sound samples?
  20. Searcy

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    No, The guy who wanted the pickup disapeared and I got busy on another project so I never finished the wiring. I think it's in a box in the shop somewhere.
  21. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes. And I believe they are now making a preamp that is configured like the Wal-- i.e. 2 separate filters each with a boost setting.

    There are other electronics that sound similar too. For instance, the Ibanez varimid electronics get that character of sound, although they only have a master tone. Same for Heartfields if you can find them.

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