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Wal tone question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fleabee, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. Wal owners: What words would you use to describe the wal tone...fat..warm..low middish?
  2. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    All of the above resumed in "trademark Wal tone".
  3. Bright, cutting, punchy, gritty, middy. The one I heard live was anyway, with a slight overdrive as he was playing it through a small trace elliot he was pushing hard.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Unusual - completely unlike a classic Fender tone?
  5. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    All of the above, with a lot of mids. Also need to throw in the term 'burpy'.
  6. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I can't believe no one said "fat" so far.
  7. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've had 6 Wals, and depending on the woods and finish, some have been fatter (that is, had more deep lows) and clearer on top, while others have been growlier/more midrange heavy but not so deep. They all have a distinct low-mid presence, though.

  8. markorbit


    Apr 16, 2004
    hard, alive, clear, modern, middy, fretgrowly
  9. Rumzini


    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
    Dreamy, burpy, sneazy, cheezy...just kiddin. Absolute dream bass is a Wal.
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    It was in the original post.
  11. Pindy


    Jan 3, 2006
    I hated the 3-4 Wal's I've played, but if it's good enough for Colin Moulding, then it's good enough for me. That's one seriously underrated bass player.
  12. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Bronx, NY
    Go to the Wal website. There's a bunch of soundclips there to listen to, including a couple from Mike Zimmerman.
  13. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    And many from people who play much better than Mike Zimmerman, thank goodness! :)