Wal Bass build "face wood" build poll v.2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SamJ, Jun 11, 2021.

Which face for a gloss finish Wal Mk1 4-string with gold hardware?

This poll will close on Jul 11, 2021 at 9:44 AM.
  1. Choice A (1st one)

    57 vote(s)
  2. Choice B (2nd one)

    52 vote(s)
  3. Choice C (3rd one)

    11 vote(s)
  4. Choice D (4th one)

    27 vote(s)
  1. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    PDX / SFO / HNL
    Ok, decided against the Buckeye burl based on their limited choices, none of which were what I was looking for...so I am going to go with a Zircote in gloss (yes, they can do that)..

    These are the 4 choices I have... I don't want to bias the poll, so I'm not going to put down what my personal favorite is, but I do want to see if there will be any confirmation of what I like, or am I off the deep end?

    Thank you for your opinions.. The options will be A,B,C or D in the order displayed from A to D. **Apologies if poll show's C for the 4th choice, I intended to type D**

    500c.jpg 500d.jpg 500b.jpg
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2021
  2. kulit17

    kulit17 Wal Collector #35 Supporting Member

    It's A or D for me.

  3. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    PDX / SFO / HNL
    oh man, you just made that a lot harder! Thank you so much... Think I can just order 4?
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  4. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Gloss is really going to make the grains pop. So if there's any random light spots they're going to really jump out and be more noticeable.
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  5. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    PDX / SFO / HNL
    seems like A has the most light in the grain from what I can see...
  6. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    D, no doubt.
    The wood looks better overall imo, especially with the handy 'shop visualization via @kulit17 , the way the grain "wraps" around the bridge seals the deal.
  7. Mytola


    Jun 1, 2007
    A would definitely be my choice. There's more interesting stuff going on in the grain, especially out towards the sides of the body. I also like the way the centre line "tapers" out from the neck, it gives it a lot of balance.
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  8. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    PDX / SFO / HNL
    among my friends, that is the one that's in the lead... I like the lighter colors out the outskirts ... would love to fuse A and D, but between the two A is starting to talk to me
  9. TeaTime


    Feb 8, 2020
    In the mock-ups I like "B" - it looks like the body is grabbing the fretboard, and tapering out at the bottom.

    The good news of course is that all of these are going to be very sweet under the finish shine.
  10. nibs208


    Sep 10, 2007
    I also vote B. The thick center stripe fits around the electronics and hardware the best, and out on the wings, the grain is straight but wavy. This one slaps the hardest for me.
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  11. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I voted A...
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  12. 100% B, also 100% D
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  13. J Gold

    J Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Are these addition cost tops? Just wondering if I need to add to my 5 years from now budget….
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  14. SamJ

    SamJ Founder - Fender MIA Club

    Apr 22, 2006
    PDX / SFO / HNL

    yes, indeed they are and the finish adds cost too as gloss on this type of wood isn’t easy to do.
  15. Tmw2011


    Feb 23, 2011
    Edmond, OK
    I chose B for the the exact same reason - that center strip reaching up and grabbing the neck/fretboard.
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  16. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    That is a great reference. I was thinking option B would look funky with a neck because of the light colored part sticking out and it does. That would bother me forever, but I picked the least popular option apparently so YMMV etc.
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  17. bass12

    bass12 Blistering barnacles! Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Ziricote makes for a really nice top wood. A with D as a close second.
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  18. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    A is my second choice.

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  19. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    I say A...I like the way the grain seems to all taper toward the bottom of the neck
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  20. Qlanq


    Jul 9, 2007
    B for me. The lighter wood crawling around the butt of the neck, just super-sexy.
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