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JJ Helms quasi-Wal bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TrooperFarva, Mar 31, 2009.


  1. TrooperFarva

    TrooperFarva

    Nov 25, 2004
    New City, NY
    I stumbled upon the site for JJ Helms, a bass luthier, and in the gallery, I found this picture.

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    Obviously, it takes its inspiration from a Wal Mk I.

    Does anyone know anything about this bass?
     
  2. Jjango

    Jjango

    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  3. thirtypoint87

    thirtypoint87

    Feb 9, 2004
    Manager/Repairman: Music-Go-Round
    I love the walnut top. Damn!
     
  4. mrniceguy715

    mrniceguy715

    May 2, 2006
    oklahoma
    He is a great guy I owned a bass from him. 3rd owner and I believe its on number 6 or 7 now lo. But honest man and does good work at a good price.
     
  5. WOW!!!
    That SCREAMS Wal!!!!
    Kinda cool!

    If his fretless bass sounds like a Wal fretless 5 that a buddy of mine owns.....I'd buy two!!!
     
  6. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Yes, yes, emphatically yes.
     
  7. Heard good things 'bout the Helms-man. :)
    Sweet-lookin' faux-Wal there. I'd rock it- no one in my circle of friends would have ANY idea what it's mimicking. :D
     
  8. Thingus995

    Thingus995

    May 30, 2008
    throw a filter based pre (acg i believe?) and you don't have to wait for the real wal backlog to clear!
     
  9. Cliff Bordwell

    Cliff Bordwell Commercial User

    Jan 6, 2004
    USA , Orlando , Florida
    Owner of CB BASSES
    I see a Benvante look alike on there too.
     

  10. And Warrior, and Fodera...
     
  11. OK...I need to stop looking at his site now.......
     
  12. mrniceguy715

    mrniceguy715

    May 2, 2006
    oklahoma
    dont resist lol. That single cut with the walnut on the top of the wings and blocked maple fingerboard was mine for a while. Great playing bass, even at 33in scale the b string was awesome. it was a victim of GAS
     
  13. Stone Age

    Stone Age

    Apr 13, 2008
    Connecticut
    I like his instruments. That Wal lookalike is killer.
     
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    A singlecut violin/viola bass?! WOWOW!

    :eek:
     
  15. He also has a pseudo-Bee-bass and a pseudo-Tobias on his gallery:

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  16. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Doing clones of other luthiers is a bit shabby, but if you need to get your work out there, then I completely see the appeal. What will be interesting to see is if a couple of years down the way, he is able to transition into focusing mostly on his own designs.
     
  17. Bardley

    Bardley

    Nov 16, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I noticed all these too. Tobias, Warrior, Carl Thompson, Fodera, Wal, and many others.

    They all look nice but I do think it's a bit weird to just copy designs that closely. Maybe that's what the people wanted.

    I really like that Wal copy, though. I would rock a 5 string for sure.
     
  18. synaesthesia

    synaesthesia

    Apr 13, 2004
    UK
    You mean like a Fender clone like Sadowsky, Lull, Lakland et al?
     
  19. I don't advocate total clones, but let's face it, people want a Wal. If I could get that, I'd do it.
     
  20. atrapp

    atrapp

    Dec 4, 2006
    Taichung, Taiwan
    Yeah but they have never did the transition into their own designs.
     

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