The ABZ series combines fanned-fret technology with a sleek, streamlined body shape that makes for a perfect introduction to the Dingwall Custom Shop. A serious option for any working bassist in the market for a versatile instrument that’s geared towards a modern sound, the ABZ has the power and versatility to deliver more or less whatever is asked of it.
Select from a right-handed model, with or without active electronics, 4, 5 or 6-strings, 2 or 3-pickups and take your pick from a range of available finishes.
Prized for its workability, the ABZ has been smoothly contoured and shaped so that it retains a thin profile. It’s the lightest bass in the entire Dingwall product line. The body is made from a single piece of swamp ash and combined with a bolt-on five-piece maple neck. Dot position markers are sited on the lower part of the wenge fingerboard. The ABZ comes in a Dingwall deluxe padded gig bag, which is great for comfortably getting from the rehearsal room to the gig.
The heart of the ABZ is its FD3-4L pickup configuration, which offers a rounded range of bass tones. These are passive pickups wired to a push/pull control that doubles as master volume and an active EQ bypass, our 4-position Quad-tone pickup selector and an optional 3-band active EQ thanks to our collaboration with Darkglass Electronics (Glockenklang electronics are also available). There’s also the option of configuring each pickup in series or parallel mode via individual mini switches. In terms of sounds and playability, the ABZ could comfortably sit in with any genre from punk to funk, or reggae to rock.
The fanned-fret system is designed to facilitate the most appropriate scale length for each individual string. It’s a pioneering concept that’s applied across the whole of the Dingwall range. The remaining hardware includes a set of Hipshot machine heads, a Neutrik locking jack socket and our Afterburner bridge, which centers around a unique bass plate system that holds the saddles securely in place. The design also uses stainless steel riser screws and a tough Teflon coating to ensure long-term corrosion-free performance.
Dingwall strings have been meticulously tested to maximize performance and deliver a tone that blends effortlessly with any style of music. We were the first company to design strings specifically for multi-scale instruments. Available in both nickel and stainless steel, our strings provide an even tension for optimal balance, letting you experience the warmest highs and the tightest lows possible.
Note: basses are shipped with Dingwall Nickel Strings