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FS: Wal ProIIe *Magnum P.I. Bass*

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by phishaholik, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    This is one of the hardest decision I've ever had to make when it comes to musical instruments. I have a fire burning inside me that can only be fueled by the purchase of a Double Bass, so after a lot of soul searching I am prepared to let my favourite bass go to purchase one.

    I have for sale one 1979 Electric Wood Wal ProIIe and I'm pretty sure that this is the only one that has ever been for sale on Talkbass and it's the only the second one I've ever seen for seen for sale. These were only made for a couple of years and there was I believe only around 700 ever made. The body is ash, the neck is a ten piece combination of maple, purpleheart, and hornbeam. The fretboard is Indian rosewood with vintage style frets and a new bone nut. The bass has been run on a PLEK machine and the fret job and setup are nothing short of perfect.

    Wal ProIIe's are active basses with a very unique preamp. There is a separate volume and tone control for each pickup as well as master volume and pickup selector switch. The tone controls are unique to this bass in that they aren't just a passive treble roll-off, but they actually change the impedance of the preamp. There are also three switches, one being a low-mid boost, another is a bass cut/treble boost and the last being a the famous Wal pick-attack switch, which makes the bass sound like it's being played with a pick when playing fingerstyle.

    I bought this bass earlier in the year and I had Mike Lull fully restore the bass to the tune of over $2200 dollars. Mike Lull was great to deal with and his work is absolutely fantastic. All of the details of the restoration can be found in this thread. I've been told by many Wal fanatics that most early Wals have been restored and modified over the years.


    Playability on this bass is excellent and it's easier for me to pull of hard lines on this bass than any other I've owned. The bass has a soft V profile, like classical instruments. It takes a little while to get used to it, but when you do the neck feels like an old baseball mitt that's been broken in by years of use. The combination of vintage frets and the PLEK setup means that your fingers just glide up and down the neck with very little effort. I'm going to miss the neck on this bass more than anything.

    There are a myriad of tones available with this preamp and pickups. The Wal pickups are SICK by the way. They're just sound powerful whether you play with a pick or your fingers. I've been playing this bass with my classic rock band for a while now and the tone fits in the mix perfectly.

    Finally, this bass was custom painted to look like T.C.'s helicopter in Magnum P.I. The guy who paints all of Mike Lull's basses did the refinish and he did an absolutely fantastic job. Every time I walk past the bass, it puts a smile on my face, not to mention how much the crowd digs it.

    This bass also has the original hard case, which are impossible to find. It's a cool 70's brown colour and it is a LOT less bulky than modern hard cases and it does an excellent job protecting the bass. You cannot find these cases anywhere.

    I know I'm forgetting a lot and I will edit this thread as I remember things. Although Wal is starting to produce basses again, they will never make another one of these. This bass is a classic and rare as hen's teeth. This Wal was made by the original guys at Electric Wood and it's a piece of history.

    Price: $3600 plus shipping. Price Drop $3299 I'm into this bass for over $4200 and the bass is in excellent condition. I've only seen one other ProIIe for sale; it sold for $4300 and it had also been modified and routed for another pickup. This is a great price for a one of a kind, fully restored vintage instrument. I'm only selling this bass to purchase a Double Bass, an Upton Hybrid to be exact, so no trades please. I will consider local deals for a Double Bass, but it has to be the right Bass for me. I'm looking for instrument that will be my primary player for several years.

    Feel free to ask any questions.






  2. mgauction

    mgauction Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    I was the other guy that sold the ProIIe for $4300. That market was far different than it is now. Nice bass! The painting reminds me of competition striping. Fair price. A good pickup for someone. The translucent cherry color is hard to find. Good luck!
  3. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Thanks for chiming in man. It isn't translucent cherry however, but a nice chocolate brown. Anyone interested in this bass should definitely read the link above; Mike Lull did a fantastic restoration job. This is as close as anyone's ever going to get to a brand new ProIIe. The bass is in almost new condition.

  4. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

  5. mgauction

    mgauction Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    That is hysterical! Whoever owns that helicopter should buy the bass!
  6. Fetusyolk


    Aug 7, 2008
    where's tom selleck at when you need him?
  7. man, if i wasnt poor, undeserving, and 15, i'd be all over that, probably my favorite paintjob too. good luck on the sale :)
  8. idealtracks


    Dec 18, 2001
    I'm interested. Could you please post some additional pics of the neck (showing the profile) and the electronics, etc? Thanks.
  9. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Sure, no problem. I'll take some new pics with more detail tomorrow and post them up.

  10. kotzman

    kotzman Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    Santa Fe, NM
    Good on ya for going for an upright, excellent decision. I use an Eastman, and just love it.
  11. cripula


    Dec 20, 2006
    I just wanted to say that it's awesome that somebody not only painted their bass to look like TC's chopper,, but did it to a Wal!

    You sir, are my new hero! :D
  12. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Bump for a great TBer!
  13. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Here are some more pictures.





  14. miskha


    Apr 28, 2006
    My god, free bump for an AMAZING looking bass! I'll bet she smokes! If only I could pay for it in installments...
  15. ctufankjian


    Sep 28, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Unicornbass.se
    Me want.:D
  16. Metropolis_488

    Metropolis_488 Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Central Virginia
  17. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    All pm's replied. Sorry if it has taken me a while, I haven't been home much and I'm replying on my cell phone.

  18. ubado


    Mar 7, 2007
    WOW! ... great price on a Wal. Add in the cachet of it being painted like TC's chopper and voila! ... you're instantly the coolest cat on stage! :cool:

    I'm sure the TB'er who gets it, will be riffing the Magnum PI theme in a heartbeat. :D

    Good luck with the sale!
  19. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Thanks man, this one is really hard to let go. This is such a fantastic and rare bass, I wish I could afford a DB another way.

  20. Brian Reihms

    Brian Reihms Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Sweet bass! Wish I had a DB to offer up...

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