ABZ

The ABZ features a satin finished swamp ash body with a maple neck and wenge fretboard. This provides a warmer tone than the traditional ash/maple combination. It’s also the lightest weight of the entire Dingwall line. See the ABZ options page to customize this bass.

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Specifications

* While our website is under construction this information is subject to change. *

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The ABZ comes with a Dingwall branded Levys Gigbag

Body

Swamp Ash with an open grain satin finish.

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Body Core

Swamp Ash is a great sounding body wood with reduced mid presence, but a lot of resonance and punch.

The heavily textured ash grain goes really well with the satin finish of the ABZ model.

The average weight of an ABZ is a low 8.0 lbs.

Standard Top
N/A
Tone Chambers
N/A
Top Options
Yes
Exotic wood contrasting layer option
Yes
Matching Wood Cover Plates
N/A
Finish

Our satin polyurethane is specially formulated for electric guitars.  It’s as tough and long-wearing a satin finish as you can get. It goes on really thin masking the tone of the wood as little as possible. An added advantage is a small but significant weight savings of 100 grams or more compared to a gloss finish.

Colors

We have a huge range of available colors. Please refer to our photo galleries and price list for available colors and styles.

Pickguard Options
The ABZ is typically ordered without a pickguard. However we can offer one for a small fee. Matte Black is the standard pickguard. The following pickguard options are available: White/Black/ White, Black/White/ Black, Tortoiseshell, White Pearloid, Black Pearl

Neck

5-piece laminated maple - Wenge optional.

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Neck Construction

We take neck construction very seriously due to our extensive experience in guitar repairs coupled with our geographic location and corresponding extreme climate. In my years in the guitar repair business I constantly had to deal with humidity related problems made worse by the huge temperature and humidity swings of our local climate. Many of these problems could have been minimized through simple design changes and materials choices.

Touring musicians are constantly amazed at how stable Dingwall instruments are. Many state that their Dingwall necks are as stable as their graphite necked instruments.

We’ve experimented with many different laminations and have found a 5-piece maple construction to be among the most reliable. Years of experience have proven this design to be extremely stable and reliable while minimizing dead spots.

We offer a 5 piece laminated wenge neck as an option. Wenge is also very stable. A wenge neck will be roughly 50 grams heavier than maple with an open grain feel. The tone is similar to maple but with a slightly snappier response.

Neck Carve
Medium thin C shape
Neck Reinforcement

Dingwall heavy duty truss-rod

Headstock

Headstock design – Flat, counter bored.

The design goal was to utilize a flat headstock design.  Materials and labor savings are significant with this design.  The only problem was that a flat headstock needs a string tree to create proper downward angle at the nut.  It took some creative thinking and custom made tuners to solve this problem in the most elegant way possible.

The headstock features special counter bores that when combined with our custom tuners allows proper break angle at the nut.

A side benefit is that these special made Hipshot Ultra-lites are even lighter than the originals. Combined with the minimalist Afterburner headstock shape, the improved balance is significant.

Headstock options
Satin “Black out”
Standard Fingerboard

Wenge is an interesting fretboard wood due to the alternating layers of hard and soft grain (early and late wood). The hard grain gives the tone a nice top end similar to ebony and the soft grain adds the warmth of Rosewood. It’s a great all around fingerboard wood.

 

Fingerboard Radius

Fingerboard radius – compound, 7-1/2” to 25”

You can build bass fingerboard with either a single radius (cylindrical) or a compound radius (conical). We offer both types.

On our Canadian made basses we do the more complicated compound radius. We like it for a few reasons:
- We can have a very vintage feeling 7-1/2” radius at the nut for comfortable play in the lower frets.
- We can also have a much flatter radius at the bridge to make play easier for the plucking hand.
- The flatter radius at the bridge keeps the strings a more consistent distance from the pickups for more even response.

Fingerboard Options
Maple, Birdseye Maple, Pau Ferro, Macassar Ebony, Ziricote
Fretless Option

Macassar Ebony with edge lines. We prefer the warmth of tone and beautiful look of Macassar Ebony for a fretless fingerboard. To guaranty buzz-free performance regardless of temperature and humidity changes, we install short fretlines on the edge of the fingerboard only. Thereby eliminating any chance of buzzing caused by the fretlines shrinking or expanding from the fingerboard surface.

Fret Options

Vintage small size 18% hard nickel silver fretwire. Lee Sklar turned us onto the benefits of small frets. The advantages are a more woody, less metallic tone, smoother glissandos and a faster feel. Our standard size is “banjo” size. This is the same size as you’d find on most guitars from the 50’s and 60’s. Although its size is smaller than standard bass fretwire, its service life is about the same.

Position Markers and Inlays
White or Black Pearloid side and face dots. Optional Pearloid or Black blocks. Speedo Bars.

Electronics

Passive FDV pickups, master volume, 4 position rotary pickup selector, master tone. Standard.

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Pickups

FDV pickups are the standard pickup in our Super J model. They are a continuation of the FD (Fury/Dingwall) line of pickups but feature Alnico V magnets instead of Neodymium. Their tone and response is the most traditional sounding and feeling of all our pickups yet they maintain the tightness and clarity that Dingwall basses are known for.

They feature 4-lead wiring which enables the internal coils to be wired in either series for strong mids and high output or parallel for scooped mids and normal output. The pickup coils can be pre-wired in either series or parallel or can be run through a series/parallel toggle for on the fly tone shaping.

Pickup Options

Any of our FD size pickups can be fitted or retro-fitted into the current spec (Rounded end shells). The available options include the P-tone, which gets you as close to the traditional P sound as possible, the FD3, for a slightly more hi-fi tone and greater sensitivity to dynamics or the Super-Fatty II, for a huge, fat bottom-end with a little bit of sparkle on top.

The ABZ comes standard with 2 pickups in traditional spacing. The 3x option adds a middle pickup for even more tone options.

Exotic wood shells, matching wood shells
N/A
Standard Electronics

Passive FDV pickups, master volume, 4 position rotary pickup selector, master tone.

Pre-amp Option

The standard passive system is amazingly versatile. Even more so with the addition of series/parallel toggle switches. If you want even more tone shaping at your fingertips, we have two options of 3 band pre-amps. The Darkglass Tone Capsule and the Glockenklang 3-band. The Darkglass Tone Capsule has a rich, warm bass control that's voiced high enough to provide low, low mid shaping as well. The low-mid control is similar to the Glockenklang but the high-mid control is unique. Boosting it provides incredible cut that will grind it's way through any dense mix. Cutting it sounds reminicent to a vintage passive tone control except it retains a nice amount of sparkle on top. What we like about the Glockenklang pre-amps is the smooth and subtle tone shaping and the Active/Passive treble control. We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the natural tone of our basses so that they don’t need a lot of tone adjustment. The Glockenklang really fits well with this philosophy. The Active treble boosts and cuts as expected in active mode but when the pre-amp is switched to passive mode, the control is switched to a passive cut control. This is essentially like having two basses with two distinct characters. One active and one passive.

Pickup Switching
4 position rotary pickup selector. Optional individual series/parallel toggle switches for each pickup.
Knobs
We looked for years to find a control knob we were happy with. We eventually decided to design and manufacture our own control knobs in house. These knobs are exclusive to Dingwall guitars and feature a sleek design that blends perfectly with the overall design language of our basses and match the pickup shells perfectly. They feature a soft-touch forumla for extra comfort and grip.
Jack
We use the Neutrik locking jack because it is one of the best output jacks ever made.  It is designed for use in studio consoles where reliability is a must.  It’s not an easy jack to install in a guitar, therefore you don’t see them often. We take great pride in the way we’ve integrated this jack subtly into our body design. It’s accessible, yet unobtrusive.

Hardware

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Hardware color
Black
Tuners
We’ve tweaked the design of the venerable Hipshot Ultra-lite tuners to make them even lighter.  We’ve designed new posts to guide the string toward the headstock face. This allows proper downward angle at the nut for maximum sustain on a flat-style headstock without the use of string trees. Eliminating the string tree reduces the weight of the headstock slightly and improves tuning stability.
Bridge

Designed to be “set & forget” simple as well as featuring a slotted string anchor system for fast and simple string changes.

The Afterburner bridge borrows the simple, yet great sounding stainless steel riser screw system used in our high-end bridges.  We reduced the complexity of the saddles to a minimum and then designed a unique base plate system to hold them rigidly in place. By using stainless steel riser screws and a tough Teflon coating on the bridge long-term corrosion free performance is ensured.

Strap Pins
Dunlop locking with “Reach Reducing” pin on back

Scale Length and Dimensions

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Scale Lengths

B
37″
E
36.25″
A
35.5″
D
34.75″
G
34″
C
33.25″

Dimensions

Bridge Spacing 4
19 mm – .748″
Bridge spacing 5
18 mm – .709″
Bridge spacing 6
18 mm – .709″
Nut width 4
42 mm – 1.65″
Nut width 5
45.5 mm – 1.8″
Nut width 6
55 mm – 2.2″
Heel width 4
63 mm – 2.5″
Heel width 5
75 mm – 2.95″
Heel width 6
89 mm – 3.5″
Neck thickness @ 1st fret
21 mm – .827″
Neck thickness @ 12th fret
24 mm – .945″