The Fathom has the appearance of a guitar
made of solid bronze that was buried at
sea for over a hundred years—but it’s constructed with alder, so it’s still light and
resonant. The Fathom’s look is a finish
and hardware upgrade that can be applied
to any of Walker’s models. This bronze
patina finish is very durable, sealed for a
comfortable feel, and low-maintenance
enough to not require polishing. The
road-worthy Fathom is offered with a wide
variety of patina techniques for players
wanting to bring out their own personality
on their instrument.
The long tenon design, select laminates,
and multiple-bolt coupling on Walker’s
California Bass are designed to eliminate
dead spots and promote resonance over
all frequencies. Available with an alder
or swamp-ash body, this bass features an
Aguilar preamp, Hipshot bridge and tuners,
and a maple neck capped with a rosewood
fretboard. Though the pictured bass is
loaded up with Lollars, the pickup configuration, as with all of Walker’s instruments,
is the customer’s call.
The Walker special
When ordering a Walker Special, Walker
gives his customers a choice of body-style—
solid, chambered, or chambered with a
soundhole. Each option is discussed when
choosing woods and talking about desired
tone. With a standard mahogany neck and
back, buyers choose the top wood along
with their preference of humbuckers. The
short-scale Walker Special is also adorned
with a Jangletone II preamp, Walker tailpiece, TonePros bridge, and a bound ebony
fretboard and headstock.
The santa Cruz
Walker says the Santa Cruz is considered to
be one of his most versatile models. With
a slightly longer body ( 25" scale length)
than the Walker Special, it too features a
standard mahogany neck and back, with
the customer’s choice of exotic top wood.
For pickups, you can choose between Lollar
Imperials or Low Winds, Fralin P-92s
or Twangmasters, or Harmonic Design
Z-90s. Like the Walker Special (above), the
Santa Cruz also comes with an onboard
Jangletone II preamp.
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pricing and availability
Walker builds around 20 guitars a year. At press time he had 31 guitars on the production
schedule, which equates to a wait time of approximately 12 months for a new instrument.
All models come with a custom package that includes the choice of topwood, pickups,
preamps, tuners, a Walker tailpiece and TonePros bridge, and more. Pricing for Walker’s
instruments ranges from $4350 to $6250, with a variety of optional upgrades available.