Wal JG Custom 1978
Very special bass, made custom by Wal.
Yes, this is a leather pickguard !
Comes with the original flight case.
Prior to the development of the JG Custom Series basses all Wal basses were effectively one-off, custom built basses. With the JG Series, although they codified the basis of what a Wal bass was, each one was still effectively a custom built instrument. The JG basses featured a full 34" scale length. The JGs were named for the British Session bassist, John Gustafson - known for his singing and playing in the Merseybeats, the Big Three, Roxy Music, the Gordon Giltrap Band, the Ian Gillan Band and the rock musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Butterfly Ball.
JG Custom Series basses are similar to the Pro Series Basses which followed them (solid ash body and laminated neck etc). However, the JG Custom basses feature the distinctive leather scratchplates common to early Wals. On the JG Custom Series basses the tone shaping switches were mounted on the pickup surrounds rather than the scratchplate (as on the Pro series).