Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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Hey all! This is my first post on this forum actually - I should probably introduce myself first, but I'll do the boring bit later. :) I'm the proud owner of a very tasty AB1 5/3 or XXX if you rather. I've loved the 4 way switch configuration but being the techy I am at heart, I couldn't resist prototyping new options to see what they'd do. Anyway, I asked originally on BassChat.co.uk about user's experiences with series wiring here: http://basschat.co.uk/topic/251048-conf ... ings-only/ and here's the post about my findings! (I've edited it to make more sense here) [i:13cbiqme]Right then! All done! - My Dingwall AB1 has a new configuration. After chatting with Dingwall Tech Support, I've replaced the existing four way switch with my own custom wiring that has, in my opinion been a successful little project! My AB1 is a XXX version with three neodymium Dingwall pickups. Firstly I configured each of the coils to series wiring if there were not already. Each have two sets of coils inside. After testing the existing switch with this change and liking what I'd done, it was time to have a go at the crazy plan to have 'series only' pickup settings. Tech support were superb and I have sourced the same high quality switches that Dingwall use. That has saved me worry about making sure they fit physically too. The main thing was finding a switch that would suit my schematic I'd mapped out. The four settings I mapped out first ended up being the ones I am going to keep as I've been so pleased with the results. They are: 1. Middle and Bridge in series - Sounds like a fat tone MM pickup! 2. Neck and Bridge in series - I like this one - it's like a jazz bass on steroids! 3. Neck and Middle in series - My neck pickup is one of the 'P Tone' models. This setting adds low end and low-mid hugeness to the typical P sound. 4. All pickups in series - well, you would, wouldn't you!!! It's big! The thing to note is that I did a bit of homework first to ensure that I wasn't going to end up with a mushy bass tone. My AB1 is an Alder body with Maple neck and Bird's Eye fretboard. It is naturally bright. The pickups themselves are balanced and have tons of clarity and finally the Glockenklang 3 band on board is capable of some real hifi as well as a bold low end extension. I knew that I wouldn't suffer from any weird passive loading effects in active mode, being as the preamp would also act as a buffer; those extra low mids and possible roll off of top end would easily be balanced with the choice of EQ. It was more luck than judgement if I am honest and that's why I bought a handful of switches on the off chance that I would want to prototype some different settings. The great news as I've said is that it all went to plan tonally first time (despite a mistake with my wiring initially. More haste less speed Dan!) I always liked the serial setting from the original switch on this bass, so I wanted to try the other pickup settings too. I've retained the passive mode too and all the qualities you'd expect are right there. Have I improved the Dingwall AB1? Well, some have said that their experiences of Dingwall basses was a little too clean for their liking. I think these settings allow you to access a bit of old school thump - but with added punch from the bass's own tonal qualities and EQ. My bass is now known as DV1![/i:13cbiqme] I hope you all find this interesting. I've been playing today, still pleased at the breadth of tones available from these settings. Not necessarily better for everyone, just different, but I like them a great deal.
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Nice! I'm glad this is possible without too much work. I think I'd find your selector switch config more useful than the default, if only because I have all 'standard' sounds covered with my other Dingwalls. Kudos!
7 years ago
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Thanks Bocete! For sure, it wasn't a difficult task. The hardest bit was getting my ole grey cells to warm up so I could sort out the schematic how I wanted it! The rest was just patience with the soldering iron. :)
7 years ago
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This is very relevant to my interests. I have a V4 Combustion on order, and plan to slightly rout the body to add a third pick up. If you dont mind me asking, where did you source your switch? I have been looking in to several options, and would like to get as much info on this as I can. I really appreciate that you were bold and have to single coil settings. 8) Thanks!
7 years ago
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Hey hi! Well, the switch is a 3 pole 4 way type. It's an Alpha and you can get them from a number of outlets but Mouser I think is a main distributor. It all depends on what your wiring needs are though. It just so happens that I needed this type, but Alpha do a number of configurations in the same casing. Thank you for the kind words - the more I use this configuration, the more I like it. All three pickups in series with a touch of adjustment from the Glock 3 band is superb! Straight to D.I sounds big, articulate and rich!
7 years ago
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[img:2f6b9yao]https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11036841_1537863246477726_7392610814880458520_n.jpg?oh=6df12f55bf67c04c06e287cd9c303213&oe=55706973[/img:2f6b9yao] Thought you all would like to see Sheldon trying out the DV Switch for the first time!
7 years ago
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Very cool!
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