Castellanos Wal MKII “Tribute” - Refinished

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brian Crosby, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. Hey everyone. Got this off Reverb a couple months ago, and ran into some major setup issues right off the bat: The nut was cut all wonky, high action, buzzing on the 6th and 7th was a nightmare. I was able to shim the neck pocket which helped a LOT with the action. The 2 problematic frets were replaced, which eliminated the buzz. The nut was thrown out and completely remade out of bone. The entire body, which was covered in a black poly, was stripped and finished with Danish oil. This bass plays SO well now. The Wal-like filter preamp (ACG EQ-01) and custom pickups sound very, very close to a real Wal. If anyone would like sound clips, I’ll be happy to post them. I might sell this bass eventually, once I get enough saved up for a real Wal. Otherwise, this is as close as it gets!

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  2. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Weird - a Wal copy? Interesting. Nice recovery on it!
  3. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    As a bonus your Wal copy has a tilted headstock with no need for string retainers. I'm impressed. Here are pics I saved from a Wal copy that was available at Bass Northwest back in the day. Built by a fellow named Helms. I almost pulled the trigger. As I recall it was over my weight limit. And I was conflicted over the issue of buying a copy of a well-known boutique bass. Pics by Bass Northwest.

    Edit: Forgive me for not mentioning that the OP's bass is a great looking instrument.

    Helms - Wal copy 1.jpg Helms - Wal copy 2.jpg

    Helms - Wal copy 3.jpg Helms - Wal copy 4.jpg

    Helms - Wal copy 5.jpg Helms - Wal copy 6.jpg

    Helms - Wal copy 7.jpg

    M. M.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2020
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