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Wal basses - pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Chris V., Aug 26, 2007.

  1. Hello, everyone.

    I was wondering what type of pickups Wal basses have? Are they Bartoloni, or...?

    Thanks guys/gals.
  2. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA
    they are Wal.

    Wal pickups and preamps are (apparently) legendary are a huge part of the Wal bass sound.
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  3. Ahh... Good to know. =)

    Thank you.

    EDIT: Aren't you going to get slaughtered by the Wal-lovers for saying "apparently"? =P
  4. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Twice, even.

    ...thank you for letting me get my Ringo moment on. :D
  5. The BurgerMeister

    The BurgerMeister musician.

    Apr 13, 2006
    Big Bear, CA

    i said "apparently" because i've never played a Wal, so i have no first-hand experience to base an opinion on.
  6. DanielM


    Jan 6, 2007
    I know Wal pickups are truly impressive pieces of kit, each pole piece has it's own bobbin and coil. I guess that is why they sound so massive. I do love the sound of a good Wal (but face it have you ever heard one not sound good?)
  7. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    They just have the most incredible tone!
  8. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Every pair of poles per string (as it if where a humbucker):

    Attached Files:

  9. bbocaner


    Aug 17, 2005
    Herndon, VA
    no, every pole has its own coil:


    Also, some massively huge ceramic magnets.
  10. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    oh then it must be that there are 2 coils per string, one winded clockwise and the other counterclockwise that way you get the humbucking thing.
  11. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004
    That is one interesting looking pup.
  12. I'd be damn thankful if they just keep selling the electronics.
  13. luknfur


    Jan 14, 2004
    I didn't think they sold pups/electronics seperately?
  14. They don't... even though that "they" is really only one person.

    I'm sure it's not hard to build a pickup like a Wals. Same goes for the preamp. It would just take time and a bit of money to do so.
  15. I've managed to squeeze 8 of my scarab pickups into a Music Man cover. I have always wondered how close that is to a Wal sound.
  16. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    They are proprietary pickups designed by wal. There is info on the web about them if you do a google search.

    FYI, the pickups on Wals are not what gives them the sound- it's the electornics. THey are based on a low bass filter control for each pickup with the blend pot used effectively as a master tone. The electronics are filter based so the wal has that super active sound if you want it to.
  17. Lowpro


    Sep 25, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    Does this imply that if you were to get the ACG preamp and throw that in, say, a bass with two Nordy Quad coil Humbuckers, you'd get close to a Wal tone?
  18. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Interesting. Do you have any sound samples?
  19. No, The guy who wanted the pickup disapeared and I got busy on another project so I never finished the wiring. I think it's in a box in the shop somewhere.
  20. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    Yes. And I believe they are now making a preamp that is configured like the Wal-- i.e. 2 separate filters each with a boost setting.

    There are other electronics that sound similar too. For instance, the Ibanez varimid electronics get that character of sound, although they only have a master tone. Same for Heartfields if you can find them.

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