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Bass of the Week: Colin Edwin’s Wal Mk 1 Fretless

Prog bassist Colin Edwin has been sharing details of his bass arsenal on his blog, including his exquisite Wal Mk 1 Fretless. The Porcupine Tree member explains that the model is probably his most played bass as he used it exclusively for several years.

Colin Edwin Wal Mk 1 Fretless

“Made in 1984 at Electric Wood in the UK, my Wal fretless has a Brazillian Mahogany Core with American Cherry wood facings and an Indian Ebony fretboard,” Edwin writes. “[It has] Wal’s own design active pick-ups, extremely flexible in terms of tone. Note the worn varnish above the pick-ups, I had the bass revarnished by Electric Wood some years ago.”

The bass is also fitted with an XLR output adjacent to its standard 1/4-inch output. Edwin says the extra ouput is useful for recording and taking a direct signal from the bass. He strings it with flatwounds, and the tuning machines include a Hipshot D-tuner.

Here’s a clip of the bass in action with Edwin laying it down on Porcupine Tree’s “I Drive the Hearse”:

All photos were taken by Phil Richardson. For more information, check out Colin Edwin’s personal blog.

Body:Brazilian Mahogany Core, American Cherry Facings
Fingerboard:Indian Ebony
Tuners:Wal with Hipshot D-Tuner