Wal pro 1 e
These early Wal necks with graphite had a tendency to warp badly, this one warped terribly and had a broken truss rod to boot. Read on about the Cinderella story of this otherwise lost bass spring to new life, better than new!
One look at the neck tells its warped, bent and totally unplayable, but Jan Hellman saw some potential in the bass, it sounds awesome!
This pic just tells the sorry state that the neck was in when it came to my workshop.
What to do first is get some of the fingerboard off to see hoe the neck reacts to the tension relief. And to spot underlying potential problems to remedy. And channel out for removing the truss rod.
Truss rod nut coming out.
The truss rods front fitting is pretty much 2 mm from the front edge of the fingerboard.
The rod is coming out in steps. One mistake can ruin the neck.
Graphite, non woven. Not the most fun I´ve had in my workshop. Took forever to get out.
Removing the last of the graphite. Graphite can be good for neck stability if applied properly.
Hard to see but 90% of the warp is gone. Often when people discard warped necks it´s actually salvageable. Most cases is because of the fretboard glueing process in factories is waaaaay darn too quick and not properly done, resulting in internal tensions and warped necks after a couple of years.
Filling the 3 mm void with fresh high quality maple. Every glue process from now on is done for stability and tonal superiority.
Glueing the maple strip. Using composite board.
Planed down a bit, time for the purple heart reinforcements!
Here they are! The purple heart rods for reinforcing the neck giving the neck more stability and better low end response.
Neck planed in several stages to ensure a completely stress free neck. Rod channel routed as well.
Fingerboard and neck ready for glue.
Using a special jig made in house ensures a very exact glue process with absolutely no glue pockets or uneven stress.
While the neck rests a couple of days its time to repair the electronics.
Okay! Now its "only" trimming and fretting left!
Hard part with this is matching the radius of the previous FB installation.
In the finish room, the poly used in the 70´s wasn’t all that good so it got a protective coat of new poly after sanding. Some dings and marks left for the neck to feel authentic and not like a completely new neck.
Wet sanding / polishing!
Here it is, totally rebuilt and perfect! Hardly any trussrod tension at all when strung! Just perfect!
A future classic! The oddball small quantity basses are the new classics!
Erik Lundahl works as a full time Bassplayer / producer / teacher. Links to his work is coming soon. Very nice and super-talented guy!
A classic Was bass!
The serial number.. Oh and although I didn’t take any pictures, the neck pocket was planed and slightly angled for low action possible adjustment. The tone was night and day before / after. So much more TONE!!