WAL Mark 1 (1982, Wenge)

Here an early WAL Mark 1, 4-string bass guitar, made in the Electric Wood Co, at High Wycombe. The MK-1 WALs are considered a vintage classic amongst bass players. This one too, hand-made, custom, bass by Electric Wood in 1982. The bass body and neck are made from a mixture of Woods, including Brazilian mahogy core, American walnut/ Wenge facing and Indian rose fretboard. The backplate has a Serial number PB-1780 engraved. Lives in original WAL hard case

According to the History of Wal Basses website, the bass has “twin pickups with a powerful active circuit offering volume, pickup pan and separate tone controls for each pickup. The volume included a push/pull knob which also activated the ‘pick-attack’ feature. This adds a narrow band of high frequencies to the overall tone setting to provide a more dynamic, percussive attack – ideal for helping the bass cut through a muddy live mix. The tones are low-pass shelving controls governing each pickup. They also each have a push/pull switch which engages an active boost (quasi-parametric) giving a more distinctively ‘active’ tone. A balanced XLR output comes as standard on all ‘Custom series’ basses”.