For Sale Wal MK I 1988/2017 4 String - Left Handed - Withdrawn

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  1. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Price:
    3000
    Currency (EU and Intl):
    BGP
    Left-Handed?:
    • Yes
    My Location:
    United Kingdom
    Withdrawn.

    It makes no sense to try to sell this bass for an amount that is close to the amount I spent refurbishing it in the past 12 months. I will keep it although I am committed to playing 6 string basses now and will find another way to fund the ACG build I want.

    Thanks for all the kind words.

    John

    It was thirty years ago today…….

    This is the one I thought I would never sell. However, I am now exclusively playing a 6 string bass with a 35” scale these days and can’t see me ever going back to 4 string.

    Up for sale is my 1988 Mk I Wal Custom 4 string. I have owned this since new and took delivery of it in April 1988. Completely refurbished and serviced last year by Paul at a cost of £2,700. I will scan and upload his invoice.

    Payment by bank transfer only. Collection preferred but delivery can be negotiated. I live in Glasgow and potential buyers are welcome to visit.

    The body is in mint condition which you would expect as it is only a year old. The neck is in excellent condition but does have some marks from being played over a 30 year period. I hear you asking why the body is a year old while the neck is 30 years old. Read on……

    It has been rarely gigged over the past 30 years as I was primarily studio based during the late 80s until I stopped playing with bands in the mid 90’s.

    It is an Ian Waller build and was originally black polyester overall. During the 90s I stripped the body to the wood which I later came to regret. For several years I wanted to have it restored to Wal specs and, last year, I sent it to Paul for evaluation and refurbishment. His assessment was that I had unevenly sanded the body and a black gloss polyester finish would only serve to highlight the flaws.

    After discussing options he agreed to make a new body which I decided to have built with birdseye maple facings to have a clear distinction between the new body and the original neck and hardware. I also loved the idea of combining Ian’s original work on the neck with Paul’s contemporary body build.

    Paul also did work on the frets and serviced the pickups and electronics. The tuners, string tree and strap locks were all replaced with black versions. The tuners are now lightweight Schaller M4S versions which look identical to the original tuners. I also bought a new Wal case which the finished bass was shipped back in.

    All of the original hardware will be included in the sale. The body, tuners, string trees and strap pegs as well as the original control cavity cover with Iain’s details of the original build.

    I have the invoice from Paul detailing all his work and the costs. The final bill was £2,700 which I consider money well spent in bringing this beautiful bass back up to Wal specifications. I also still have the box Wal used to ship the bass to me last year which I will reuse if it has to be shipped.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more photographs.

    The asking price is firm and I am not looking for any trades.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2018
  2. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I have never seen a cleaner picture of a Wal pre cavity in my life. I think I am having a flashback now...
     
  3. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Bump for a price reduction to £4,000
     
  4. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Final price reduction to £3,800.
     
  5. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    I might turn ambidextrous just to buy this thing! Beautiful and GLWTS.
     
  6. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Bump for a price drop to £3,500.
     
  7. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Final reduction to £3,000. There will be no further reductions as I will keep it if it doesn't sell at this price.
     
  8. Bassfreakz

    Bassfreakz Lovin The Low End

    Apr 14, 2014
    Singapore
    Wow, beautiful bass and great story!
     
  9. GSNOLA

    GSNOLA Opinionated but approachable 4-string Scotsman. Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    New Orleans
    As a Glaswegian living in New Orleans, cursed by being right handed, I wish you all the luck in the world. If I could mirror image that gorgeous instrument, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Good Luck!
     
  10. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Thanks so much. It was a tough decision but I am committed to playing sixers now and can't afford to keep a bass out of sentiment.
     
  11. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    On hold.
     
  12. johnxrobertson

    johnxrobertson

    Aug 14, 2011
    Scotland
    Available for sale again.
     
  13. GTHintz

    GTHintz

    Jan 9, 2018
    California
    You are selling the bass I've always wished I could try out and see if it's my dream bass. I wish I lived close by. I'm a lefty too. Well whoever ends up with this is getting an amazing instrument!
     
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  14. GTHintz

    GTHintz

    Jan 9, 2018
    California
    Still no buyers I see. That's too bad. I'd buy that in a heartbeat if I could.
     
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