WAL Mark II 5 Custom (1989) - Left Handed, Yew facings five string bass: FOR SALE, On offer, UK, Birmingham, EU, Second Hand Guitar Stock :: Bass Direct :: Warwick, London, Manchester USA


Wal bass guitars first came onto the scene in 1976, when first-call session player John G. Perry asked Ian Waller (“Wal” to his friends), to build a bass that would combine the best features of the ubiquitous Fender and Gibson basses of the time. The bass that he designed looked and sounded unique and it was immediately clear to both men that this was too good an instrument to keep to themselves. The Wal bass story had begun. Wal and his business partner Pete “the fish” Stevens (a highly skilled wood-machinist and experienced sound engineer) began a short run of Custom basses, the “JG” series, named after the owner of the first of these, John Gustafson, and its short-scale “JP” sister model based on John G. Perry’s. From the outset Wal talked to top-flight players like Percy Jones, John Entwistle and Alan Spenner, and recording producers like Rupert Hine, involving them in the design process and in road- and studio-testing the instruments he built. This was the Wal philosophy: to build the ultimate instrument, designed by professionals, for professionals. Virtually every component of the instrument, with the exception of the tuners, was designed from the ground up. The heart of each bass was the revolutionary Wal pickup, which has remained virtually unchanged ever since and is still unrivalled in the sheer range of detail and power it provides. In 1978 the ‘Electric Wood’ company was formed and began production of the Wal Pro Bass, the first production line instrument. With its innovative electronics and fine build quality, the Pro Bass soon became a market leader and Electric Wood was thriving.


Wal heavy cast bridge/tail piece to allow individual and independent adjustment of intonation and string height, as well as simple hook in string anchorage finished in satin black with stainless steel bass/plate and adjustment screws with plated brass saddles.

Schaller, low gear, heavy duty tuners for Mk1 and Mk2 basses.

Hipshot Ultralites tuners for Mk3 basses.

Plated brass strap buttons, string guides, neck anchor plate and assembly screws are normally in heavy polished chrome, but 22ct. fine gold is available to order at a slight extra cost

Aluminium control knobs.

Machined and knurled for perfect

rotary and push/pull action.

Satin black anodized with clearly

engraved graduations.

Electronics Features

Wal flat response, humbucking pick-ups; moulded in black A.B.S. with three point spring mounted height adjustment for four string basses and epoxy potted four point spring mount height adjustment for five and six string models.

These pick-ups contain individual matched pick-ups for each string, thus eliminating imbalances, crosstalk and intermodulation. Plated pole-pieces are adjustable with a 1/16th” socket hex driver provided.

Wal printed circuit electronic modules use high stability, closest tolerance components and graphite wiper pots, with push/pull gold contact switches. All controls are designed for ultra low noise, interference and distortion-free performance. Powered by a single 9-volt battery.

Balanced DI and transformer isolation provides clean, reliable and safe studio or stage or stage mixer feed without the need for an external DI box.

Standard ¼ “jack output for amplifier feed. Insertion into this socket switches on electronics. A dummy or unconnected jack plug MUST be inserted when using DI output alone.

Pick-ups, P.C. Modules and output sockets are all interconnected via shake proof, polarized connectors for easy removal and replacement. All cavities are screened against external electrical interference.

Control Functions

Volume Knob: rotary adjustment of output volume, pull to actuate pick-attack. A narrow band of high frequencies is added to the overall tone-setting to provide dynamic, percussive attack.

Both overall output level and pick-attack level are trimmable from inside the bass.

Pick-up Mixing Knob:- This silently mixes the levels of the pre-EQ’d pick-ups to any desire ratio whilst keeping the combined output level constant.

Tone-Knobs:- These operate electronic, low pass filters whose roll-off frequencies vary with the position of the control. Fully clockwise at 10, the spectrum is full and flat. As the controls are backed off, the spectrums of the appropriate pick-ups are foreshortened. (Roll-off 12dB/Octave).

The dominant tone character varies, therefore, throughout the entire range of control. Pulling-up the knob produces a quasi-parametric boost of about 10dB to the harmonics which lie at or near the roll-off frequency set by the rotary position.

This provides the characteristic ‘active’ sounds so popular today, without the clinical quality common to many circuits. By using the pan mixer like a master tone control, in conjunction with the pick-up controls, an endless range of subtle tones and dynamic effects can be created, with or without the pick attack. On left-hand models all rotary functions are reversed to right-hand.

1) Jack output: switches battery on as jack is inserted.

2) 600 ohms balanced line output.

3) Trim pot: cuts low bass frequency when in anticlockwise position for each pickup. Mainly relevant to 5-string bass with low ‘B’ string.

4) Trim pot: level adjustment for pick attack, increased by clockwise motion, set halfway for normal level.

5) Master volume control: normally set a maximum (clockwise position). Should less output be required turn anti-clockwise as appropriate, e.g. when using some makes of radio transmitter or when encountering amplifier overload problems.


Tel: 01926 886433

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WAL Mark II 5 Custom (1986) - Left Handed, Fretless, Walnut


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  2. Secondhand 1989 bass in superb condition that has been cleaned, serviced and set up with new strings and features: American Walnut body, poly finished neck (custom C profile and not Wal V profile), Ebony fingerboard, Chrome hardware, Wal Blue/Grey hard case.

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