So now that we have talked briefly about Fenders and Rickenbackers, there are some other quite noteworthy brands that are definitely worth discussing...Let's start with Wal basses! I have owned a number over the years and they are quite nice! The first one I had was a 1984 with a wenge top and back. Miss that one! Since then, I have had others and they are quite consistent. Originally, they were made by two individuals-Pete Stevens as the luthier and Ian Waller (Wal) as the electronics wizard. The basses showed up on the scene in the late 70's and were in the hands of some amazing players all through the 80's. Flea and Geddy Lee were two players who used in them in the early 90's and of course, Justin Chancellor of Tool. These days, the basses are being made by a man named Paul Herman who was an apprentice under Pete Stevens before his passing. While I have not personally played any of the new ones, I am told they are still very high quality and (while they are expensive) they are all about the tone that made them famous in the first place! Here are two fine examples, one from teh 80's and another from the early 90's. ENJOY!
Jaymi M - the Keeper of Pink Basses, live and studio player.