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Now Thats Nice....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZenBass, Jan 23, 2004.


  1. Just looking around on

    thedudepit and a someone is selling a Wal Mach I and i am really digging Wals at the moment and would very much like to own one...one day...tho my bank balance doesnt allow it at the moment...

    here are some supurb pictures

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    and at $1850 pretty reasonbly priced for a Wal...

    on the control cavity you can see the beautfy of the wood and the birdseye mapel facing is stunning...!!!

    Never heard a Wal tho....anyone know of any bands/solo artist that use one?
     
  2. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    That's one big control cavity.
     
  3. savagelucy

    savagelucy

    Apr 27, 2002
    Canada
    Flea on RHCP's BloodSugarSexMagik is the only other I can think of.

    Oh wait.. didnt Geddy Lee play one for a while?
     
  4. Tumbao

    Tumbao

    Nov 10, 2001
    FL
    The Cranberries bassist.
     
  5. Paul McCartney, the guy from Dire Straits...
     
  6. Jonas Hellborg (in the eighties)
     
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Wow!!

    Look at that clean control cavity!!!

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  8. ....


    The Wal bass i think is a MIDI one..with the extra circuit board in it... and its very clean..as and tidy and one of the reason why Wals are so0o highly regarded...

    Not over flashy designs but they do look very distinctive... the wood work is very very highly quality stuff and the whole package looks amazing...

    just

    10months waiting list

    and

    £1800

    lol..

    :D
     
  9. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    You should see Nino's neat work in my Valenti!

    Peace
    Nick
     
  10. AndroWal

    AndroWal

    Sep 28, 2003
    Ojai, CA
    As I play Wals just about exclusively, I can attest that they are fantastic instruments.

    For recorded examples, please listen to Percy Jones on the Brand X albums from the middle of their association. Specifically, listen to the albums "Masques" and "Do They Hurt". Also listen to the bass player Laurence Cottle.

    Also, please check the following links for pix and info:

    http://walbasses.homestead.com/index.html
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/walbassesnaturally/
    http://www4.cs.fau.de/~koesters/Privat/Wal/walspec.html
    http://pub41.ezboard.com/fthedudepitfrm51?page=1
    http://www.buckyballmusic.com/
     
  11. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Hmm nice rainbow of wires :eek: :D cool
     
  12. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Yes, Geddy did play one.
     
  13. hippiesandwich

    hippiesandwich

    Aug 29, 2003
    San Jose
    Affiliated with Looperlative Audio Products
    That IS a MIDI bass.
     
  14. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    You're right.. I just noticed the dual outputs..

    Didn't look like a piezo bridge, though.. :meh:
     
  15. hippiesandwich

    hippiesandwich

    Aug 29, 2003
    San Jose
    Affiliated with Looperlative Audio Products
    All modern Wals have 2 outputs (normal and XLR). The MIDI system on a Wal is not done via a piezo, there is a third jack on the back of the bass to transmit the data. Fingerboard "tracking" is done IN in fingerboard - there are tiny vertical insulating slots along the frets working with electronics in the fingerboard which turn each individual note on the board into a seperate switch. An extra circuit in the bridge(?) pickup translates MIDI velocity (volume). Keep in mind this is 80's technology, not the fancy note-tracking sampling electronics of today.

    My MIDI:
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  16. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Ahh... Thank you! ;)
     
  17. Justin Chancelor from Tool i belive, unless it was the other guy that played for them.
     
  18. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    It's also a Mach II.
     
  19. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Hmm I see people are still putting up the list one at a time.... why not use the official Wal Famous Users list?

    Famous Wal Owners
     
  20. jondog

    jondog

    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    Cool! Do you know how the Wal midi system compares to the Peavey midibass or Roland GR Series?