Afterburner II

The ABII is the flagship of the Afterburner line. It features a semi-hollow walnut body with an exhibition-grade walnut top. The tone is rich and full with an acoustic-like “air” to the note.

Available in:

-4,5 and 6 strings

Walnut Body

Walnut was chosen for its sonic attributes for the Afterburner II, which is the flagship of the Afterburner series. In this semi-hollow design, we reduce the weight and increase the resonance by adding strategic tone chambers throughout the body. These internal tone chambers enhance the acoustic response and provide a richer tone with more depth.

Headstock

The goal was to utilize a flat headstock. 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 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, 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.

Neck

We take neck construction very seriously due to our extensive experience in guitar repairs coupled with our geographic location and extreme climate.

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. Many states that their Dingwall’s 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 highly stable and reliable.

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.

Bridge

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.

Electronics

The standard passive system includes volume, tone and the versatility of our 4 position Quad-tone pickup selector

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. 

Glockenklang 3-band:

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.

Pickups

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 outpu

BRIDGE

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

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

BODY

Body
Semi-hollow Walnut
Body Core
Walnut sounds very similar to Alder, but with more clarity, sustain and punch. We reduce the weight and increase the resonance by adding strategic tone chambers throughout the body. The Afterburner II is the flagship of the Afterburner series. It has the tone and performance of a boutique instrument at an affordable price. Internal tone chambers enhance the acoustic resonance for a richer tone. The average weight of an Afterburner II is a low 8.75 lbs.
Standard Top
Figured Walnut
Tone Chambers
Yes
Top Options
Yes
Exotic wood contrasting layer option
Yes
Matching Wood Cover Plates
N/A
Finish
We use a special polyester that’s been formulated for electric guitars. It not only looks great, but it sounds great too. The bodies almost look like they’ve been dipped in glass, yet the finish is extremely thin allowing it to be acoustically transparent.
Colors
Most Afterburner II basses are finished in Natural to highlight the wood. However we have a huge range of available colors. Please refer to our photo galleries and price list for available colors and styles.

Neck

Neck
5-piece laminated Maple - Wenge and Roasted Ash optional.
Neck Carve
Medium thin C shape
Neck Reinforcement
Dingwall heavy duty truss-rod
Headstock
Flat, counter bored.
Standard Fingerboard
Wenge
Fingerboard Options
Wenge, Quarter Sawn Maple, Pau Ferro, Macassar Ebony
Fretless Option
Macassar Ebony with segmented-lines
Fretwire
Vintage small size 18% hard nickel silver fretwire
Position Markers and Inlays
White or Black Pearloid side and face dots. Optional Pearloid or Black blocks. Speedo Bars.

Electronics

Pickups
Handmade FDV
Pickup Options
The options include the P-tone, which gets you as close to the traditional P sound as possible. The FD3, for a slightly more modern tone and greater sensitivity to dynamics or the Super-Fatty II, for a huge, fat bottom-end with a bit of sparkle on top. The ABZ comes standard with two pickups in traditional spacing. The 3x option adds a middle pickup for even more tone options.
Standard Electronics
Passive FDV pickups, master volume, Quad-tone pickup selector, master tone.
Pre-amp Option
Darkglass Tone Capsule | Glockenklang 3-band
Pickup Switching
4 position Quad-tone pickup selector. Optional individual series/parallel toggle switches for each pickup.
Knobs
Dingwall design knobs feature a soft touch formula for extra comfort and grip and a sleek design that perfectly fits with our basses.
Jack
We use the Neutrik locking style, one of the market's best and most reliable output jacks. We take great pride in the way we've integrated this jack subtly into our body design. It's accessible yet unobtrusive.

Scale Lengths

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 radius – compound
7-1/2” (at the nut) to 25” (at the bridge)
Scale Lengths
B 37”
E 36.25″
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″

Hardware

Hardware color
Black
Tuners
We collaborated with Hipshot to modify their Ultra-lite tuners. They now feature a shorter notched tuning peg. Allowing proper downward angle at the nut for maximum sustain on a flat-style headstock without using string trees and improves tuning stability.
Bridge
Dingwall Afterburner bridge
Strap Pins
Dunlop locking with “Reach Reducing” pin on back