Lefty Wal MKII -84

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Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby ursus » Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:13 am

Hi
I´m new to this forum since a few minutes back and I´m a Swedish bass player that paid for a 5-string Lefty Wal MKII from a bassplayer in England. I don´t have the serial number right now but I have some of the sellers pictures. The bass is not shipped to me yet. You can look at the pictures here:

http://www.myspace.com/ursusbassus

He was claiming that it was a -84 but but to my knowledge the MKII wasn´t released until 1986. An odd thing is that there´s no tape inside the cavaty telling what year it is built or what body wood used. Is that common for Wal basses? Could it be a fake or an aftermarket body? Anybody here that can tell me where I can find real info/answers about Wal basses these days when they not are made any longer? All Wal bass sites that I visited seems to be out of date with a couple of years.

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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby nolabass » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:43 pm

Welcome Ursus. That Rob Allen sounds very much like an upright. Nice playing as well.

I'll leave the Wal question to those who know.
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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby hippiesandwich » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:58 pm

Welcome!

The Wal database shows the first 24 frets showing up in '86 as you suspect.
http://www4.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/ ... lspec.html

This is also confirmed on Tervor's Wal pages:
http://www.trevorandthea.eclipse.co.uk/history2.html

No serial # on the back neck plate?

UK Luthier Paul Herman has taken over for Pete and has recently restarted production.

How about some pictures of yours? [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]
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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby ursus » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:12 pm

Hi and thanks for answers

The serial on this Wal is W3070 and that indicate that the bass is built in 1988 I suppose. I will publish pics on photobucket when it arrives.
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PJB Super Flightcase
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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby GonzoBass » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:23 pm

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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby Caca de Kick » Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:02 am

You can always unbolt the neck and find a build date there.

The original control cover was just probably lost.
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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby ursus » Sun Sep 06, 2009 4:12 am

Anyone here who can share some tips & trix/opinions about EQ settings on a Wal?
/Ursus
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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby hippiesandwich » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:13 pm

ursus wrote:Anyone here who can share some tips & trix/opinions about EQ settings on a Wal?
/Ursus


On my fretted 5 (shedua/rosewood) I like the neck pickup around 6 and the bridge pickup around 8. I pop up the neck when I want to boost the low mids and pop the treble and/or the pick attack when I want some more zip. On my maple/ebony fretted 5 I like to keep the filters around 7.

On my fretless 5 (walnut/ebony) I like to leave the neck pickup pretty closed (no higher than 3) for a really deep fundamental and then I open the bridge pickup up to at least 6 (and tend to blend the pickups towards the bridge). With Ritter steel roundwounds on that bass I can get a super zingy Manring-like hhigh end but with a super ballsy lowend.
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Re: Lefty Wal MKII -84

Postby ursus » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:03 am

Paul Herman at Wal basses kindly informed me about my Wal.

"I've had a look at the records and can't find this serial no. but there was a left hand 5 string fretted with a black body which was sold without a case to a shop called Sound Control in Dunfermline with no number logged. It's dated April 1988"

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ursus
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Emperor 5-string BO
Rob Allen 5-string MB-2
Sandberg California Umbo 5-string
PJB Super Flightcase
EBS pedals
EBS TD 650
Bergantino AE410
TC Electronic Rebelhead


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