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What's up with the sudden Wal popularity?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassic83, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I had a friend in SoCal back in the 80s who had one, killer sound, but killer on his back as well. In the past month or two, I've noticed a LOT more interest in these basses. Why all of a sudden is a bass that has been around 25 years or more getting so darn popular? :confused:
  2. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Wal has stopped making instruments.
  3. high mileage

    high mileage

    Apr 17, 2006
    Rockford IL
    I guess they've been next to impossible to get for the last few years, and you wouldn't have any idea how long you'd wait for a new one. Wish I would have kept mine!
  4. xparis001

    xparis001 Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Providence, RI
    Senior Product Manager, Akai Professional
    i really think its a select group of people who all want one badly, and another group of people specifically buying them as an investment. I cant see them getting much more expensive than they are now.

    I think the investor types will be dissappointed when the price levels out in a couple months. they are a great bass, but they're not worth prices you're seeing now - aka: 5k for a mark 1 with a walnut top.
  5. greg


    Jun 1, 2004
    He hasnt stopped making instruments. He just stopped taking orders till this current batch is done.

    After that he might quit but who knows, maybe he will get an apprentice and continue building. Only time will tell.
  6. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Well, as has been said, Wal are out of production. Pete has not said that the break in production is final, but it sure feels that way to a lot of people. Pete has had some trouble in the past few years, with health issues and losing the space that he was using to make Wal basses. With that, production first slowed, and now has ground to a halt. Likesay, the ast I heard from those who had spoken to Pete was that he was looking for a new space to set up a place to work.

    Realizing that these basses might now be finite, the prices are shooting up and the demand is rocketing too. It's not just that they are brilliantly made and sound amazing, it's that people don't appreciate what they have until they discover it might be gone, so to speak.

    Oh, this sucks, I want a Wal so much.
  7. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    I can't speak for everyone, but a lot of my bass playin' buddies are into them because of Justin from Tool. Killer rock tone!!!
  8. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    I don't know. If more people are collecting them and more people are looking for them, I can see them continue to rise in price. With people, albeit very very few, spending 1/4 million on Les Pauls, I don't see why Wals couldn't get up to the 6-10k mark. I guess it will even out sooner or later, but for now, the sky's the limit.
  9. lbpark

    lbpark Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    What he said.
  10. Double Agent

    Double Agent

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    I don't think its suddenly that they are popular. They have always been popular because of how many great bassists have used them. I have seen them used by Flea, Jason Newsted, Geddy, and Sir Paul and Justin from Tool to name just a few. I think they are getting a lot more expensive though, which is crazy when you consider that they were already one of the priciest instruments out there. Great tone and workmanship though.
  11. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Pete had to move to relocate his shop (I think something about the building owners sold the building and Pete was renting a space), so he stopped making basses until he found a new shop.
  12. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Well most of "that batch" order has been sitting there waiting for 3 years to be built, and now that he has no shop, who nows when he'll get around to building that 3yr old order. And Pete is not a young guy.

    You can pretty much say there will be no more made.

  13. Paul D'Amour used a Stingray, a Rickenbacker and an Ovation magnum.
  14. jvbjr


    Jan 8, 2005
    They said the same thing in '93 when Fish went belly up.:bag:

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  16. musicman5string

    musicman5string Banned

    Jan 17, 2006

    Oh really?
    How about the fact that nothing sounds like a Wal, or looks and feels like one, and that the chances are they are not going to be made anymore? How about those that own them don't want to sell them, and if they do they go for anywhere between $4000 and $7000?
    You mean all these factors won't drive the price up? These are handmade basses every inch of the way, not some factory Ibanez.
    My bet is the days of new Wals are over, and in the next couple of years prices will be insane. I'm betting on $8000 bt next Spring.
  17. bassjigga


    Aug 6, 2003
    They already have. I saw a couple go for around $7k a few months ago.
  18. Ahhhh. Thanks God I have secured one...


  19. LookIt'sSteve17


    Oct 31, 2006
    He said Sir Paul... McCartney.
  20. I'm really not that good at math, but isn't that two?

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