Building a Wal Copy

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TWood97, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. No, save up for a real one

  2. Yes, it'll be a lot cheaper

  3. Carrots?

  1. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    at a standstill for now. I'm helping a friend get his online bass business up and running; busy with assembling Tele bass concoctions ;^)
  2. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Wow it's been almost a year since I touched this. I had sizeable setback due to a router table incident; just a bit of tear out, so I shelved it. Since I'm out of COVID-19 projects, thought I'd rethink this project and move forward. Finished roughing out and shaping the body, it's going to be okay. Finished it off with 80 grit paper today and will continue up to 400 with a Poly oil finish. I decided against the 2 quads and EQ-01 pre....I seem to favor the single quad in passive like the earlier Pro's. Here's a sneak peak with a dab of poly on it.

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  3. GMC


    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    It's nice to see this bass coming along. I think it's easy to under estimate how much effort, time and money it takes to build a bass. Especially one as specific as this. I've moved house / regions 5 times in as many years and it really puts a spanner in my hobby builds. So I completely understand how easy it is for a bass build to stall. I think my record for a stall / restart was my 6 string bolt on project. I started in in August 2004, due to a heavy work load and complicated family situation, I finally re-started it in late 2014. So that was a 10 year hiatus. I completed the build in March 2015. I then did some further mods to it in April 2017. However, my recent 5 String Paisley P bass took a little over 2 years to build. I made a lot of intial progress and then marriage, house move and re-location twice in 2 years kind of put a spanner in the works. The whole Covid-19 forced working from home has allowed me a lot of time and stability to get this bass finished. So much, it's time for em to think about my next build.
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  4. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Yes, time is short, we loose interest then regain it years later. New career and moving doesn't help the project either. going on 5 years for an F5 mandolin project.
  5. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
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  6. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Thanks, no interest....keeping this one passive.
  7. speyer

    speyer Supporting Member

    How did you template the bass body?... By eye? Or is it an exact copy the as a Wal?
  8. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Speyer, I'm using my own '60s Precision template for the body. Kev Hopper from the band "Stump" had Wal build him a P body for his MK-1 bass, he wanted a more balanced bass. My interpretation is loosely based on his bass. Minus the neck pup and preamp.
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  9. speyer

    speyer Supporting Member

    Ah I see... cool.
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