Wednesday, 23 April 2008
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Am I out of my mind? :shock: :oops: I just bought a Z2 4 string off the Evil Bay. It is not anywhere near as fancy as some that I've seen going out the door lately. And clearly it's somewhat vintage given the Barts. It doesn't even have the "D" decal on the head stock. A few pics: [img:3tbawhs8]http://i15.ebayimg.com/06/i/000/eb/b0/8211_1.JPG[/img:3tbawhs8] [img:3tbawhs8]http://i19.ebayimg.com/03/i/000/eb/b0/8256_1.JPG[/img:3tbawhs8] [img:3tbawhs8]http://i24.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/eb/b0/8374_1.JPG[/img:3tbawhs8] Looks like Serial No. 5016. Anybody know how old it is? Looks like a Pau Ferro board, but hard to tell for sure. And I know, it's only a 4 string, but I love my ABII-5 with the FD1s in it and the mahogany body. So I wanted something different (no competition) and I wanted a four banger for slapping and for a bit more ease of getting around on it while singing. I recently bought an ABI-4 in WPB which is a very nice bass, but when I saw this, I couldn't help but think, here's my chance to move up in the world for what seemed like a reasonable price. Lord knows I am a long ways off from affording some of those masterpieces I've seen on this board lately!! So here is the linky: [url:3tbawhs8]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSAA:US:11&Item=230245846726[/url:3tbawhs8] Did I pay too much? Did I do OK? I figure I can upgrade the PUPS to Mach 3s down the road. I just couldn't help but think if I didn't pull the trigger and go for it, somebody was going to (probably Fullie! :lol:). If I like this as much as I think I will, I can always sell the ABI, as it is in virtually new condition. I'd love to keep them both, but I don't think I can afford to. OK, I am now officially in need of rehab! :twisted:
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Bob-- I'm glad she arrived safe and sound and was too baddly beat up. AS I had said earlier the bass was sitting for along time (prolly yrs), as JoeyGs got it off of Dingwall Sales years back. He told me that a lot of "top" players played the Dingwall basses at his store but none of them ever were bought (he also EBAY'd the Blue Z2 last yr). If you had dealt w/ Mr G you'd be shaking your head. Back in 04, he wanted the sales price of that bass to be the same price as what it sold for the day it was made, and refused to budge. I had emails to him (the same time I was starting to contact sheldon about making the SuperJ)going back years and he refused extremely generous offers. ENJOY This is from the "frank "file-- an original official photo of the bass. Hope its not too big
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14 years ago
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Hey, thanks for all of the info and pics Frank. This bass has a huge tonal range. I am really loving it. And it plays like a dream. I am a happy man! :wink:
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I was looking for a Z2 for a long time before I found my first one and I never looked back. It is not a very common Dingwall model but I rank my OMT Z2 being as great as my avatar Z1. Very versatile bass at all levels and I am sure that this 4str is fantastic sounding and playing bass. I am sure that the dents made you sad but as long as you got a fair price and structure-wise is ok I would not feel blue about it. My Villex-loaded Voodoo came with few dents (seller told me everything) and I am most happy with it
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Now you guys are getting me excited. I pick up my new Z2 on Monday. My Z1 plays phenomenal, but i can't wait to play the new one. What i am really looking forward to is the difference in tone. I love my Z1 and ABII but i really dig the stingray tone of the Z2.
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[quote="fullrangebass":1os3rr2a]I was looking for a Z2 for a long time before I found my first one and I never looked back. It is not a very common Dingwall model but I rank my OMT Z2 being as great as my avatar Z1. Very versatile bass at all levels and I am sure that this 4str is fantastic sounding and playing bass. I am sure that the dents made you sad but as long as you got a fair price and structure-wise is ok I would not feel blue about it. My Villex-loaded Voodoo came with few dents (seller told me everything) and I am most happy with it[/quote:1os3rr2a] I agree Fullie, the Z2s are very versatile. I put a new set of Dingwall strings on her and gave her a nice set-up with medium-low action and took her to rehearsal yesterday. I LOVE the tonal pallette of this bass. The tone I settled on was very ABII-esque but with a slightly more traditional upper end, which I think will be a perfect compliment to my ABII-5 with the very upper mid-aggressive FD1s. Otherwise, just as punchy and and growly on the low end. And playability is just outstanding. I think Sheldon's four strings should get a little more love on this forum than they typically do. They are a joy to play! As for the dingies, they only make me sad from the perspective that Sheldon's basses are works of art and you hate to see them anything but perfect cosmetically. But at the same time, the dingies are not visible from more than a foot away, and mostly on the backside. The bass is still gorgeous!
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The other day I was traveling with a bassplayer of mine and we were listening to a recording of mine with my OMT Z2. He had no idea that I was using the Z2. So he asked me if I was using the neck pickup cause it definitely sounded like a P pickup and I told him that I was using the Neck setting of the Z2. Today I read the info sheet that went out with the Z2 and it says that the setting I was using has the P sound!!!!! Yep!!! I am a P man but with the clarity and definition that only a Dingwall can give me!!!
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