Wednesday, 20 June 2007
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Hi Guys, Long time lurker here....Well I finally might be getting a Dingwall. My friend is selling his Afterburner-II and has offered my first dibs. It has a pomele bubinga top, B-string detuner, older style knobs (the volume knob slips off when you pull on it and the pickup blend slips past both end settings - it keeps rotating sometimes). My friend bought it brand-new from GuitarX in Colorado a few years ago. Is there anything I should know about this particular AB-II that I wouldn't know from just checking the paperwork and just playing the heck out of it, which I have been doing for the last two weeks. It's by far the best bass I've ever touched. In fact, my Lakland 55-02 is up for sale as of last week. It's so strange going back to the Lakland once I've played the AB-II for a few days straight without touching the Lakie. The Lakland almost feels primitive! Peace.
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You also have to keep in mind that denatured alcohol is very flammable and the flames are invisible. :shock:
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Fer me it seems like that deal it too much work. The readily bought container is smaller and easier to keep around...
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[quote="rainman":9mpmlfbw]You can buy a 3 ft.(1mtr.) section of CPVC water pipe with a 3/4" diameter and put a cap on one end. Then the strings can be slid into the tube, and the tube filled with alcohol to sit.[/quote:9mpmlfbw] I made a contraption like that. I also added a screw-on cap with a built-in hook to hang the strings on. I used it once and then decided that I'd rather just get new strings.
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You can buy a 3 ft.(1mtr.) section of CPVC water pipe with a 3/4" diameter and put a cap on one end. Then the strings can be slid into the tube, and the tube filled with alcohol to sit. The alcohol can simply be poured back into the container afterwards. Don't use drugstore Isopropyl alco, cause it's mostly water. A paint or home depot type place will have denatured alcohol in their solvent sectiom and it's close to 100%. Be sure to close the container as alcohol loves to suck moisture from the air. After soaking, just shake the strings to get the most off. The rest of the alcohol will evap pretty quickly. But the truth is, I usually just "coil and boil". If you take that route, remember: finger- funk tea will put hair on your chest, so don't waste that wonderful brew you just made.
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[quote="Brim":1vfoc16l]Do you guys soak the strings curled up, for example in a bucket, or do you maybe use the bath tub or some long container to get them nice and straight while they soak?[/quote:1vfoc16l] I use a plastic food storage container for mine and coil them up. Don't bend them or twist them just coil them and make sure they're submerged. After you're done, keep the stuff, you can keep using it.
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Do you guys soak the strings curled up, for example in a bucket, or do you maybe use the bath tub or some long container to get them nice and straight while they soak?
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[quote="metalstorm":1plvnobr]can someone give me some brand names for denatured alcohol?[/quote:1plvnobr] In Canada it's called Methyl Hydrate.
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I can't think of a specific brand off the top of my head, but if you go to a hardware store and ask for it, they will hook you right up...
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can someone give me some brand names for denatured alcohol?
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[quote="bassplayinbill":6hnw3jge]That AB looks just like mine - except I don't have a bunch of cool pop art to decorate my instrument wall with ;) This bass is the absolute best I have ever owned. Good luck[/quote:6hnw3jge] What Bassplayinbill said and I agree with the alcohol soak idea. I've been swapping a couple of sets back and forth for some months now and the strings sound quite good after a little bath in the old alkeehall.
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The art is my little girl's presents to me. They.....are priceless.
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Brim, put the new strings on NOW so they have a chance to be broken in a little. You won't need to reimburse for the strings because you'll be buying the bass. Save your old strings as backup. If you go in the studio you'll want to make intonation adjustments. If you put new strings on you'll want to do intonation adjustments, so just do it once. Let us know how your sesh goes.
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That AB looks just like mine - except I don't have a bunch of cool pop art to decorate my instrument wall with ;) This bass is the absolute best I have ever owned. Good luck
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[quote="Brim":15l5a00g]I'm recording this Thursday night with the ABII and then playing live Sunday at church. You all think I should restring with a fresh set of Voodoo strings beforehand? My friend who is selling me the bass has a new set in the case. If I decide not to buy (doubt it) I could always reimburse him the set. By the way, this bass continues to impress me everyday. It's just so smooth to play. The neck and fingerboard feel wonderful under my fingers. When I pick the Lakland back up it feels so strange.[/quote:15l5a00g] Leave your friend his new strings, but take off the ones that are on the bass now and give them an overnite soak in some denatured alcohol. They'll come back to life if they've lost their tonal range and be back to almost 100%.
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-----PICS----- Selling this Lakland: [img:p4unjl6n]http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Brim79/Lakland%2055-02/DSC_0590.jpg[/img:p4unjl6n]
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I'm recording this Thursday night with the ABII and then playing live Sunday at church. You all think I should restring with a fresh set of Voodoo strings beforehand? My friend who is selling me the bass has a new set in the case. If I decide not to buy (doubt it) I could always reimburse him the set. By the way, this bass continues to impress me everyday. It's just so smooth to play. The neck and fingerboard feel wonderful under my fingers. When I pick the Lakland back up it feels so strange.
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Brim, Welcome to the club. My ABII is the best bass I've ever had/played -- hope yours treats you just as well. Mine is #3570 and has a Bubinga Pomele top, too, so yours is probably very much like mine. +1 to pretty much what everyone else has said. I swapped my knobs for the new ones and had the hybrid treble installed although the directions for doing it yourself seem pretty clear. There is a thread among past forum topics with some great pictures that one of our fellow Dingwallers shared with us that would help make the job pretty easy. You might want to play your ABII for a while before doing the treble cut, however. With my new amp/cab setup I don't use the cut. With my old setup I did. So you might want to hear how yours sounds through your rig first, then add the mod if desired later. John PS: We'll need a picture of you with your new baby to make it official! :D
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I had my hybrid treble kit installed by a local luthier (one that Dingwall Sales Lamb represents). It's worth it. There's a sticky on the slipping rotary knob control "Switch Knob problem". Contact Sheldon and I am sure he can fix you up.
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Would that involve shipping the bass to Sheldon...or can it be done with the same degree of expertise by a local luthier or electronics dude? I'm cross posting this to Sheldon's forum. Admins, please move if you feel necessary to do so. Thanks.
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Sheldon will have a fix for you for the knobs and pots. Post this in the Ask Sheldon area of the forum. :wink: I would consider putting in a hybrid treble pot eventually (passive cut/active boost).
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