Thursday, 09 April 2015
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Hey guys, First post here so go easy. :D And yes, I searched! I just picked up an incredible AB I directly from Dingwall last week. I'm in love. So, I now want to start a custom build and am trying to decide on whether to go with another AB I or "step up" to the AB II? I really like an aggressive (relative term, I know) sounding bass. I do plan to put the Tone Capsule in this one so maybe that will negate some of the wood/build properties or the two basses. Anyways, my question for those in the know is what are the tonal differences between the AB I and AB II? What would lead me to go with one or the other? Thanks for any insight! Lee
6 years ago
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My experience is out of date. I have an older ABII, without the chambers and sound hole. It is solid walnut with a bubinga top, and originally it had a bubinga neck but I have replaced it with a walnut fretless neck. My ABII is definitely more "agressive" than my ABI, which is alder and maple. And that is not due only to the preamp; even in passive mode, my ABII has a more solid, punchy and darker tone than my ABI - but that is not what I want all the time. I got my ABII before the ABI. Eventually I came to prefer the variety of tones I could get out out of the ABI, which can still be quite agressive when you want it to be. I have very little experience with the newer ABII's. A guy let my try his once for a few minutes. It was in need of a set up and some new strings but I was surprised by its open rich tone. I think if it had been set up, it would have also been capable of a lot of interesting tones.
6 years ago
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Thank you sir. Anyone else?
6 years ago
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I am in the same boat as Dingbat with an older non-chambered ABII without a body finish, although mine is mahogany with a bubinga neck and top. I would say that the overall sound is more compressed and the alder bodied ABI that I have has a more open/airy sound. If you want a more aggressive sound, I would suggest a P-Tone pickup in the neck position.
6 years ago
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I have a (chambered) ABII with a bubinga/wenge neck and an ABI with alder/wenge/wenge. I don't feel like the ABII is really a step-up... they are both in the same league. My ABII is darker sounding, but that could be because of the bubinga neck wood, or at least partially so. Keep in mind the ABI is also available with an ash body, so you could do the ash/maple/maple combination which some believe has a snappier attack with more of a mid scoop, if that is what you like. Also, the 3x option (three pickups) trades the series setting for a mid-bridge pickup combination that has a pretty aggressive sound to it.
6 years ago
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Thanks again everyone. So with the 3X, on the rotary dial where the series position normally lies is now the mid pickup? You can still do 3 parallel/series toggles correct?
6 years ago
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Yes, the series/parallel toggles are available on the 3x with the 4 way switch. Mid pickup solo is only available with the switchblade system, but with the switchblade you can't have the series parallel toggles. Personally I prefer the switchblade options, but it really depends on what you want. I like the sound of single pickups for what I'm doing currently and I like the middle pickup solo in particular. For the 4 way rotary switch, I believe this is the difference between the 2x and 3x (someone correct me if i'm wrong): [u:1i8qmyqp]4 way rotary switch with 3x[/u:1i8qmyqp] Bridge [color=#FF0000:1i8qmyqp]Bridge+Middle (?)[/color:1i8qmyqp] Bridge+Neck (parallel) Neck [u:1i8qmyqp]4 way rotary switch with 2x[/u:1i8qmyqp] Bridge [color=#FF0000:1i8qmyqp]Bridge+Neck (series)[/color:1i8qmyqp] Bridge+Neck (parallel) Neck
6 years ago
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[quote="Xotalmec":34z0n6n8]Yes, the series/parallel toggles are available on the 3x with the 4 way switch. Mid pickup solo is only available with the switchblade system, but with the switchblade you can't have the series parallel toggles. Personally I prefer the switchblade options, but it really depends on what you want. I like the sound of single pickups for what I'm doing currently and I like the middle pickup solo in particular. For the 4 way rotary switch, I believe this is the difference between the 2x and 3x (someone correct me if i'm wrong): [u:34z0n6n8]4 way rotary switch with 3x[/u:34z0n6n8] Bridge [color=#FF0000:34z0n6n8]Bridge+Middle (?)[/color:34z0n6n8] Bridge+Neck (parallel) Neck [u:34z0n6n8]4 way rotary switch with 2x[/u:34z0n6n8] Bridge [color=#FF0000:34z0n6n8]Bridge+Neck (series)[/color:34z0n6n8] Bridge+Neck (parallel) Neck[/quote:34z0n6n8] Thank you sir!
6 years ago
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If you are handy with a soldering iron and don't mind doing mods on a new Dingwall, you can pop in a 5-way rotary switch like I did on my Z3 to add a middle pickup soloed option.
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