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  Saturday, 08 August 2009
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I figure this new model deserves it's own thread. Here is the final version of the ABZ. We are using the new Combustion shells, however the pickups are FD-3's. Combustion pickups might be an option for aftermarket mods. This one weighs 8lbs 3oz and is off to Bass Northwest today.
11 years ago
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Well, I took the plunge and ordered my first Dingwall. I picked up an ABZ from Bass Central. I'll let you know how it goes after it arrives. :D
11 years ago
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[quote="nastyn8c":20s667ri]All Dingwall soapbars are a P shape under a soapbar shell, if I'm not mistaken. [/quote:20s667ri] Great info! Thanks to everyone for their help!
11 years ago
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All Dingwall soapbars are a P shape under a soapbar shell, if I'm not mistaken. The difference here if that all currently-shipping pups from Dingwall, except for the FD-3A found in the Combustion (the ABZ uses FD-3 in FD-3A shells) have 4 leads, so this can be done without modifying the pickups internally. And, they can all have a DPDT switch added to allow it to switch back and forth :D
11 years ago
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The pickups inside ABZs are actually two P pickups. The neck pickup, however, is wired in parallel which makes it much "calmer". Wiring the neck pickup in series will get you a killer P tone. If a SuperJ is outside your budget, get an ABZ and try that.
11 years ago
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The Super J(or P/J)having a shorter scale has a little more or a "classic attack/decay", I don't know if punchy is the right word or not, probably more prominant on the D and G strings. That being said the AB's also are built around that really solid bolt-on flavor. You shouldn't have much trouble dialing-in a P tone off of the neck pup by reeling back a little treble and adjusting mids depending on your technique and string selection/condition. One nice thing about a Dingwall is you shouldn't lose much initial investment if you decide to sell it to get a more or less expensive model.
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Thanks for the welcome and the quick replies! I think the Super J would be great, but cost is definately a factor... Even if I could find a used one, I think that it would more than a new ABZ.
11 years ago
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Would a Super J or Super P/J not fit the bill better? It'll cost double what a ABZ would, but there's a reason for that I imagine. Welcome to the forum.
11 years ago
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They cost more, but you may want to consider the Super J. I believe you can get P/J style pickups as an option.
11 years ago
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I've been think about getting a Dingwall bass for awhile. (I just have to talk the wife in to it...) I'm after a classic P / J sound, strong on the P side. It sounds like the ABZ (or AB I) might fit the bill. Would you guys agree?
11 years ago
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Sheldon, I'm going to stop by Wednesday shortly after 4 if thats ok with you. I'm jamming in the evening and I have to haul a bunch of stuff and would feel better if the ABZ is in a case. If thats a problem please email me at work: excaliburto@sasktel.net Thanks Tyler
11 years ago
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[quote="Tyler":3vyhl9k3][quote:3vyhl9k3]We have cases I can trade you for the gigbag. [/quote:3vyhl9k3] That would be great Sheldon, when can we meet? I work on 47th, so I can bring it to work and come by anytime, let me know what works best for you. Before Thursday night if thats cool, we're playing that night and I'd much rather have a hard case by then.[/quote:3vyhl9k3] Drop by after 4:00 PM.
11 years ago
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[quote:2ekfuqox]We have cases I can trade you for the gigbag. [/quote:2ekfuqox] That would be great Sheldon, when can we meet? I work on 47th, so I can bring it to work and come by anytime, let me know what works best for you. Before Thursday night if thats cool, we're playing that night and I'd much rather have a hard case by then.
11 years ago
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[quote="Tyler":8kerdho5]If you're in the right angle in the right light you can see the purple better.[/quote:8kerdho5] My blackburst Afterburner turns purple in bright light. My black '76 Thunderbird bass turns deep green in the sunlight. Very strange. Mark
11 years ago
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Oh, come on, guys. Quit holding back. I'm jones-ing to see a shot of an ABZ-4. It just might generate another 4 string ABZ sale, hint hint wink wink. :o Mark
11 years ago
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[quote="Tyler":3vw62v4t]Thats kind of what I thought was the reason for the really dark finish. But either way, it still looks awesome. What hard shell case works well with the ABZ's, or the AB's for that matter, anyone know? Gig bag is nice, but I'd much rather have mine in a hard shell during transport. Thought about making my own, we make custom aluminum toolboxes for pickups and semi's at work, so I have the resources, but not cost effective.[/quote:3vw62v4t] We have cases I can trade you for the gigbag. Otherwise, SKB. Just check the neck support carefully for any hard bits under the fuzzy cloth. They can dent the neck.
11 years ago
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[quote="Tyler":v5m90irv]What hard shell case works well with the ABZ's, or the AB's for that matter, anyone know?[/quote:v5m90irv] My old AB1 came in an SKB Freedom case that fit pretty well.
11 years ago
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Thats kind of what I thought was the reason for the really dark finish. But either way, it still looks awesome. What hard shell case works well with the ABZ's, or the AB's for that matter, anyone know? Gig bag is nice, but I'd much rather have mine in a hard shell during transport. Thought about making my own, we make custom aluminum toolboxes for pickups and semi's at work, so I have the resources, but not cost effective.
11 years ago
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[quote="Tyler":3t25bd1d]Ya I'm game, don't know how much time I'll have around Easter though with all the church and family and stuff. Keep me posted though. Jammed last night, amazingly light (7lbs 4oz), still getting used to the longer scale and the fanned frets. This is only my second bass, I've never had to get used to a different one. Pickups sound awesome, really clean and crisp, and I can really get the tone I've been looking for out of my amp. I'm running the pickups both in series. Love the sound. I thought I ordered Blackburst, but it looks more like just black, sticker says "Trans Black". If you're in the right angle in the right light you can see the purple better. Not that I'm complaining, it looks badass. Looks like that matt black Combustion w/ maple fingerboard Jjango drew up. I love it.[/quote:3t25bd1d] Glad to hear you liking the new bass. We don't get a chance to experience many 4-strings out of this shop. They are always a treat when we do. Sometimes the color of the wood clashes with the trans black and I have to go a little darker to make it look right.
11 years ago
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Ya I'm game, don't know how much time I'll have around Easter though with all the church and family and stuff. Keep me posted though. Jammed last night, amazingly light (7lbs 4oz), still getting used to the longer scale and the fanned frets. This is only my second bass, I've never had to get used to a different one. Pickups sound awesome, really clean and crisp, and I can really get the tone I've been looking for out of my amp. I'm running the pickups both in series. Love the sound. I thought I ordered Blackburst, but it looks more like just black, sticker says "Trans Black". If you're in the right angle in the right light you can see the purple better. Not that I'm complaining, it looks badass. Looks like that matt black Combustion w/ maple fingerboard Jjango drew up. I love it.
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Great to hear! 5-str? What finish? Give us some stats! Cheamo, do you have time off around easter? I smell a Saskatoon get-together coming very shortly. Are you game Tyler? :) Edit: I read your old post. 4 string blackburst. Can't wait to see it!
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