Monday, 30 December 2013
The record keeping at Electric Wood was not always all that one might hope at first sight. However, records of the basses that were build were kept - albeit in a somewhat Heath Robinson. None more so than the customer list for the early JG series basses...
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Wal Custom 5-string - Guitarist magazine (UK), March 1986
A review by Rob Burns in the March 1986 issue of Guitarist magazine. The 5 string bass was the third made by Wal and was owned by Burns.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Notes from Stephan's Database
|W1111||Trevor Raggatt writes: "Real
audio clips of W1111 (and presumably other early JG's) can be heard on
the Gordon Giltrap albums "Visionary", "Perilous Journey" and "Fear of
the Dark" on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. John Gustafson's early Wals
can be heard on GG's "Live at the Oxford Poly" and "Peacock Party" on
Amazon and on "Clear Air Turbulence" by the Ian Gillan Band, also on
Bass of the month September, 2002: "http://walbasses.homestead.com/September2002.html"
|Triple Neck||The original bass nowadays can be found in Hard Rock Cafe in New York. Live Chris Squire uses a copy by a japanes luthier.|
The third neck was a 'normal' guitar neck and changed by Chris Squire into a three sets tuned in octaves.
Trevor Raggat (our man for the details) notes: "I only realised recently that on the original the centre pickup (middle neck, neck pickup) is mounted on a metal plate. (This means some photos show the replica.)"
According to Chris Squires Website the tuning for the triple neck is as follows: " Top Neck- AA,DD,GG Middle (fretted) Neck- E,A,D,G Bottom (fretless) Neck- E,A,D,G"
Steve Weston has a story for us: "For those of you who may be interested, I do know a little of the history of the triple neck. The Bass itself was originally owned and commissioned by Rick Wakeman. He was always looking for ways to upstage other acts and was at the time just preparing to record 'Journey to the centre of the earth' His Bass Player at the time was Roger Newell (now asst editor with Guitarist mag in the UK). According to Rog when I spoke with him some years back. Rick was, and still is very good friends with Pete Stevens, and between them they decided that a real show stopper would be a triple neck Bass. Twin necks (Guitar / Bass) were popular at the time so Rick being Rick wanted to go one better. Rog spent a lot of time with Pete working on the layout of the beast but a real problem which was never really solved was the weight. Apparently it was so heavy that it could only be worn for short periods. (this was another reason that Chris retired the Bass later). Apparently the copy was considerably lighter. Anyway to return to the story, Rog used the triple neck on the 'Journey to the centre of the earth album and tour' but although he hoped for a continuing association with Rick it wasn't to be since Rick rejoined Yes shortly afterwards and took the bass with him. As we all know Chris used it afterwards and eventually Rick gave it to him. As Rog told me, 'I was f*****g amazed. I loved that Bass since in reality it was built for me and I was so involved in the build. But since I couldn't afford it at the time it went out of my life, only to find that later Rick had given the bloody thing away. I was absolutely gutted' That's life as they say. As you correctly point out, Chris has given (on permanent loan) the Wal to the Hard Rock Caf� where it remains to this day If anyone is interested in further information don't hesitate to e-mail Roger Newell at Guitarist. I'm sure He would be pleased to answer any questions."
Archive: Stephan's Wal Database
1970s brochure for Pro Series basses
This brochure was produced by Electric Wood in the late 1970s to promote the newly launched Pro Bass series. These basses included a number of pretty revolutionary features - particularly for a UK built production bass.
Among them were:
- balanced XLR output as an option (this became standard on the later Custom Bass series)
- sophisticated active tone shaping circuitry
- carbon fibre inserts within the neck
- heavy-duty die cast bridge
- laminated necks...