Friday, 17 August 2012
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Hey, I have been drooling over Dingwalls off and on for awhile and decided to finally join. Some TBers may recognize my name, I post in the effects section way more than anywhere else though. So anyways, I am really interested in trying a fan-fret bass. Obviously a Combustion is the gateway. Currently my main gigging bass is a Big Al SSS 4. I have owned 5ers but it has been awhile. Do you guys think I would be biting off a lot to chew switching to fan-frets and a 5 string at once. I am in college so keeping the Big Al and buying the Combustion are not really an option curently. I really gig about 2-3 times a month lately because school is getting busy, so if I plan right I can have a bit of time to adjust. Also, I tend to like modding things. How good of a modding platform is a Combustion? From simple stuff like new tuners, pickups, to parallel/series switches & active/passive switches? Oh yeah, could a Dingwall bridge from another model be installed easily on a Combustion? I have a Roland VB-99 and curently use a Roland GK-3B pickup. Is there room for the GK-3B between the bridge pickup and the bridge? Thanks for any help. edit: I realize that the v2 Combustion has an active/passive switch
9 years ago
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while the story might be different for a comby, in my experience you don't sell your 'lesser' dingwalls when you upgrade. I still play the AB about half the time, they're different instruments and the Z might almost be TOO refined. Plus I'm scared to death of scratching up that beautiful finish. The AB came pre-dinged so I'm less neurotic about it. :) I'd say enjoy the Comby and save up for a few months, then get yourself an AB as a christmas present.
9 years ago
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I am still in school and I took 16 credit hours this semester :cry: so saving is really hard to do. I have a job that I can work once a week and make a $100, but when a bunch of exams are coming up, I don't work. So, I pretty much can have one Dingwall right now. I could get my hustle on and upgrade fairly quickly but it require the Combustion to go. I am sort of leaning toward putting in the newer electronics and getting a paintjob on the Combustion. Although, the White looks way better than any picture of it, almost looks tan and the hint of woodgrain beneth is nice so the paint doesn't seem as necesary. After doing some tweaking to the bass I could be fine telling myself that I am a broke college student and am really lucky to have a Combustion with the upgrades that I would do.
9 years ago
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[quote="Deltaphoenix":1ba69c8m]I am just still blown away, what a great instrument. I am going to weigh out upgrading so quickly very carefully. I have another piece of gear I am in the midst of selling for $1500. A part of me says hey that is almost a used AB1, I know where one is at for not much more than that. The other part of me says, Use that money to buy an engagement ring. I probably should buy the ring. I already have a use for the money from when I sell the Fender, my health insurance. So, I could pull a few more strings, I think a friend of mine would buy the Combustion, and I would sell a guitar that I don't play, plus maybe sell a pedal or two and I could have that AB1... IDK. I am very pleased with the Combustion. I could be very happy for awhile with it. I also would love to have a keeper. First World Problems.[/quote:1ba69c8m] You sound like a sensible man to me!
9 years ago
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Man, I am missing that Bass. Having a great trip, but ready to play that Combustion. I emailed Jeff from Dingwall about an idea that I have. I have a John East Retro P preamp available. It is of great quality (of Course), is a 2 knob preamp that surprisingly has a lot of control, it does passive well (instead of an emergency option with the v2 upgrade). So, I am thinking of ordering the 4 way pickup selector from Dingwall. I wire that to the pickups and run that to the preamp. Jeff verified that this should work. The only problem is that I would have one extra knob leftover...any ideas besides a Dummy Knob?
9 years ago
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Make it one of those knobs that you use when you gather a bunch of bass players together. Turn it slowly then continue to play and say "hear that?" Half of them will tell you they like the tone better. :lol:
9 years ago
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[quote="NaH":rez9n1lu]Make it one of those knobs that you use when you gather a bunch of bass players together. Turn it slowly then continue to play and say "hear that?" Half of them will tell you they like the tone better. :lol:[/quote:rez9n1lu] That is funny. And true.
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[quote:36cxrv91]The only problem is that I would have one extra knob leftover...any ideas besides a Dummy Knob?[/quote:36cxrv91] You could always add another John East mid-sweep to fill in the extra hole. I have a custom John East preamp (basically a U-Retro with 2nd sweepable mid boost/cut) in my AB2 and find it quite useful.
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That Mid Sweep is a good idea. Thanks for that. I was thinking of maybe doing a lowpass filter because I have had an ACG/East EQ-02 before. That probably isn't the best idea since this isn't a filter based preamp.
9 years ago
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Or a simple on/off rotary switch to save battery and mute the bass.
9 years ago
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A kill switch eh...those can be handy. I found out the extra Mid Sweep could really throw a wrench on the active/passive ability of the P Retro Preamp. I really want to have passive as an option. The other thing is, I do Have the P Retro in 5 string MIA P Bass that I am planing on selling so I would in essence be lowering the sale price of that bass. I started looking at Mike Pope FlexCore preamps. They have a 3 knob, 4 band eq, active/passive switch preamp. It is for a single pickup but I figure that is fine with a rotary pickup selector to handle pickup duty. I would have to drill a hole for the active/passive switch but the v2 Combustions have that switch too, so no big deal there. But alas comes the price tag...$300 for the Pope preamp and $50 for the 4 way rotary pickup selector. I am $1250 into the bass if I do that, that is new price. If i wanted to switch pickups, that is $200 more. If I wanted to paint the body and headstock, $300 is about as low as that gets for a Kandy color. I would have a $1750 Combustion if I chased that dream. That is closing in on used AB1 territory... Granted, I don't have to pay that all at once to upgrade, but still.
9 years ago
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I would wait it out for the AB1, or even an ABZa. Partially because I don't think you'll be able to send the time away from your Combustion that a refinish will require, and partially because of the cost of said upgrades. I thought about trading my ABZ for a different color, or having it refinished, but I realized that I couldn't spent that much time without it... Until I get another one.
9 years ago
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I second holding out. There's nothing stopping you from making those mods in the future, and it's always good to have multiple instruments to serve as backups.
9 years ago
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I am not dying to have the bass refinished. I thought I would be but the antique white or whatever it is called really looks like light tan with wood grain peeking through. It is definately hard to photograph. I agree, at this point, waiting the 2-3 weeks to get it back would suck. As far as a preamp, I am on the fence. for a $110 (I think) I could get the v2 electronics upgrade. I may sit back and see what pops up on TB used. I actually would probably dig an Aguilar Pre, they come up often enough at good prices. I did shoot an offer out on an AB1 though, we'll see.
9 years ago
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I guess we can close this thread down and start one called AB1 5er questions because this is what I have coming! [img:236bzqx1]http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g421/spiritbass/P1120675.jpg[/img:236bzqx1] Indigo Burst, minty condition, has a P pickup in the neck (and the original is included), a Dingwall Hard Shell case, at a nice price.... :mrgreen:
9 years ago
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[quote="Deltaphoenix":1suu5rzc]a Dingwall Hard Shell case[/quote:1suu5rzc] Really? Haven't seen one.
9 years ago
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IDK, some kind of hardshell case this is supposed to have originally come with the bass...Maybe not Dingwall Branded, but is supposed to fit the bass nicely.
9 years ago
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It's likely the SKB Freedom hard case that came with all Dingwalls a few years ago, before the move to the their current gigbag. Having just recently bought one of those SKB cases (it wan't cheap, but it did come with a free ABI), I must say that they're quite nice. It certainly didn't take you long to go full Dingwall, eh?
9 years ago
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The Combustion plays like a dream, I am sure the AB1 will too. I just decided to sell all of my other basses because the Combustion made it clear that they were going to gather dust. If someone is looking for a 5 string MIA P Bass with a John East Retro or a nice backup bass Sterling by MusicMan 35 (5 string), holler at me. My other basses already have new homes.
9 years ago
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The AB1 is here, I am in heaven.
9 years ago
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I sure like blue basses. Any more pictures coming?
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