With the ABI, we set out to create the ultimate passive bass.
It’s lightweight and perfectly balanced. The perfect tone on stage or in the studio is as simple as plugging in and playing.
-4,5 and 6 strings
Alder provides a traditional warm tone. We build the body slightly thinner than standard to reduce weight and provide a bit more resonance.
2-piece construction is standard for transparent finishes and 2 or 3-piece is standard for solid finishes.
Optional upgrade – Swamp Ash (with a gloss finish)
The average weight of an Afterburner I is a low 8.5 lbs
The design goal was to utilize a flat headstock design. Materials and labour savings are significant with this design. The only problem was that a flat headstock needed a string tree to create a proper downward angle at the nut.
It took creative thinking and custom-made tuners to solve this problem in the most elegant way possible.
The headstock features unique counter bores that, combined with our custom tuners, allow proper break angle at the nut.
A side benefit is that these specially made Hipshot Ultra-lites are even lighter than the originals. Combined with the minimalist Afterburner headstock shape, the improved balance is significant.
In my years in the guitar repair business, I constantly had to deal with humidity-related problems made worse by our local climate’s colossal temperature and humidity swings. Simple design changes and material choices could have minimized many of these problems.
Touring musicians are constantly amazed at how stable Dingwall instruments are.
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.
We offer a 5-piece laminated wenge and roasted Ash neck options.
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.
The standard passive system includes volume, tone and the versatility of our Quad-tone switching system.
To further expand tone shaping options, we offer series/parallel toggle switches for each pickup.
If you want even more tone shaping at your fingertips, we have two options of 3 band pre-amps.
Darkglass Tone Capsule:
The Tone Capsule is a new, unusual take on onboard preamplifiers. It’s designed to respect your instrument’s natural character while expanding exponentially the tonal possibilities. The Tone Capsule is unique in the way that it doesn’t have a Treble control. The idea was Sheldon Dingwall’s: he thought that making a Bass-Mid-Treble was too normal for his liking because everyone does it that way, so he suggested including a second mid control instead. We loved the idea! Specially because the second control could be configured to operate at the higher end of the spectrum, offering all the benefits a standard Treble control (increased clarity and definition when boosting) but with a more natural, less-harsh and noiseless operation.
What we like about the Glockenklang pre-amps is the smooth and subtle tone shaping and the Active/Passive treble control. Our focus of perfecting the natural tone of our basses so that they don’t need a lot of tone adjustment is why we feel the Glockenklang fits so 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 acts as a passive cut control.
FDV pickups are the standard pickup in our ABZ 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 low mids and high output or parallel for less mids and normal output.
Designed to be “set & forget” simple and featuring a slotted string anchor system for fast and straightforward 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.
Using stainless steel riser screws and a tough Teflon coating on the bridge ensures 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