Worked on a Walden D710ce last month.
The 700 series guitars came with solid top and back construction and I was eager to try out the Engelmann spruce top and rosewood combination. The D710ce has a cutaway and electronics. Here’s a look at the cutaway and the rosewood laminate sides.
I have good impression of Walden guitars and it’s a pity they have ceased operation. Fit and finish are always good for their price range, and the bolt-on neck system is quite similar to Taylor.
Let’s start with the fretboard and bridge. They need lots of TLC and nourishment.
So the dirty fretboard will be polished and moisturised with Ax Wax and 0000 steel wool.
Clover was helping. He was ready to pounce as if he sensed that something was coming his way.
Stripping the dead electronics
This one had its B-Band preamp and later Fishman Infinity system fried so I decided to remove them all once and for all. Yes, you read correctly, the second pickup which previous owner had installed also went kaput.
Unscrew the unsightly B-Band preamp and remove from the inside of the guitar. Here’s a tip, use a jeweler’s screwdriver.
The badly installed endjack was also removed and replaced with a new 3-screw endjack. Matching coloured hardware of course. 🙂
By now I have stripped off the electronic components. Guitar is noticeably lighter in weight. This paves the way for future pickup installs which is likely to be something simpler.
Nothing was cut or butchered in this project. All wires were properly detached or taped down.
Getting a good setup and action
The guitar came with ZERO relief and it was quite amazing I don’t hear much buzzing. So I added a lil’ bit of relief and went on to lower the saddle.
Action set to about 2.5mm (3/32inch) at 12th, capo on 1st fret. Nice and easy to play.
New bridge pins and fresh Elixirs added.
I also swapped out the sticky black tuner buttons with some new cheap white acrylic ones.
The fun part begins… You’ll now see why Clover was getting ready.
He loves soundports.
Bowie was also happy to pose.
Here’s a look at the solid rosewood back.
It does look quite handsome with the binding and cutaway.
We shall see if it stays.
The solid rosewood back may have contributed to the powerful bass coming from this guitar. Sure, it’s no Martin D28, but it’s decent and plays well with low action and zero fret buzz. One could certainly do much worse at this price range. I think the guitar retailed around $500-$700 new.
Build is really good, with the nitro satin finish. It’s not too thick and plasticky to touch and really stands out from those on poly finish.
Probably a good alternative to the various solid tops from many brands that tend to sound overly bright to some players.
Oh, the smaller kids love the makeshift soundport. 🙂