Wednesday, 26 February 2014
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Ok, so with my half-century birthday rapidly approaching, I'm going to spend some money on someone who's very dear to me...me. :D I have a fantastic ABZ 4 with P-Tone which is my go-to bass, but I love the look of the exotic woods on the ABIIs. The only issue is I've never seen one in a 4-string, has one been made? I could order one, I'm guessing, but the wait would kill me (and miss my birthday) so I wondered if anyone had ever seen one? Thanks in advance guys, M
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Where do you live, if you are in the US, Bass Central has a few: http://www.basscentral.com/dingwall.shtml or in the UK Bass Direct also has a few: http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar ... t_Mpl.html
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Hiya, I'm the UK, I've been to Mark's place several times, and last year I even got to Bass Central while on holiday in Florida. Lots of lovely basses, lots of lovely Dingwalls, but absolutely no ABII 4-strings... Still looking... Cheers, M
7 years ago
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Muzz, bite the bullet and get a 5'er. You'll never look back.
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[quote="Muzz":1lp5du9k]Hiya, I'm the UK, I've been to Mark's place several times, and last year I even got to Bass Central while on holiday in Florida. Lots of lovely basses, lots of lovely Dingwalls, but absolutely no ABII 4-strings... Still looking... Cheers, M[/quote:1lp5du9k] Oops, didn't realize you were after a 4 strings ABII, they must be rare cause I've not seen one ever, aside the exotic wood your ABZ is the next best thing, I have to be honest with you, I have both and ABZ5 and an ABII5 and I am not really fond of "any" preamp not just the ones that comes with the Dinger's but I often wonder when playing both passive if I can really justify the difference of owning an ABII over the ABZ, fact is, I bought the ABII from B/Direct used and it was a lot cheaper than brand new so I thought well what the heck but, If I am rushing to get my dialled tone, I am always picking up the ABZ cause you can play it blind folded and not having to fiddle with the preamp.
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Hi Fran, Yeah, I love my ABZ dearly, for the reasons you describe, though I have an East U-Retro in another bass, and I'm finding that very very useful in the stuff I'm playing these days (which necessitates a good deal of tonal variation away from 'my sound' and also means I'm not fiddling with my amp), so I'd probably use one of them. I also love the more aggressive P-Tone in mine, tho I recall you didn't? If I was gonna get a 5er, it'd have to be secondhand, purely because I've had 3 other 5-strings (not Dingwalls), and sold all of them, so it might well not suit me, despite being a Dingwall, purely because I struggle to get on with 5ers. Cheers, M
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[quote="Muzz":2dfgui3r]Hi Fran, I also love the more aggressive P-Tone in mine, tho I recall you didn't? ICheers, M[/quote:2dfgui3r] Well that is difficult to ascertain, I think both Sheldon and Mark Stickley believe that the tech guy I used to fit the P-Tone in my ABZ fitted it incorrectly, i.e. not wired properly, but I know they did fit it properly as I handed them the schematic that one of the Dingwall tech sent me by email, and ultimately I didn't go to a cowboy to have my pickup fitted but I went to Chandler Guitars in Kew, Richmond and none other than the world famous Brinsley Schwartz did the wiring for me. My take on it is that I might have received a duff pickup, because it thinned down the sound both in series and parallel and sounded choked when used single, it made me hate my ABZ so at my expenses I have had to have it swapped back to the original by the same tech Brinsley and surprise suprise the bass sounded normal again using the exact same wiring method. Ok I've got my refund for the cost of the pickup from Bass Direct, but still this fruitless experience costed me £30 a pop twice i.e. £60 not counting my time and my fuel to drive from Greenwich to Richmond and back twice. I was hoping that Bass Direct would have sent that pickup back to Dingwall for inspection to see if it really was wrong, but I don't believe it happened and instead it was probably sold on to someone else. Which is why I am a bit burnt by that experience because they simply put it down to me now knowing my back side from my elbow, instead of checking if I was right or not, but hey-ho there you go, you win some you lose some, and at the end of the day my Super J/P has the real thing in it so......
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