Monday, 30 June 2008
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I'd love to see a list of the different materials used for bar inlays with photos... so far I think I've seen 4 kinds: Plain white (plastic?), plain black, pearl white abalone and the fancy blue/green ones. I'm also wondering about the blue/green, are they more difficult to see on a dark stage? Which would you prefer? Thanks!
13 years ago
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Hey Dragonlord how are you? Don't do this to me. I need to check all my Dingwalls and see which one looks better on stage (we are talking about bar inlays :wink: ). My OMT Z2 has the blue/green IIRC (too many Dingwalls.....) Are you asking about the player's or the audience's difficulty to see the in bars (on a dark stage, that is)?
13 years ago
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hey fullie, life's busy with the upcoming festival, lots of rehearsals. I know you're only happy to have another excuse to check all your dingwalls :P I'm talking about the player's point of view, my plain white bar inlays are very easy to see on a dark stage and I was wondering if that's the case with the blue/green ones as well, which seem relatively darker.
13 years ago
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If you look in the Prima Artist and Z2 galleries you'll see samples of both pearl and abalone bars. For dark stages Pearl is best.
13 years ago
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So, abalone is the blue/green one, right? So the options are pearl white and abalone. Were you using a different material than on the newer pearl white ones in the past? Because I'm pretty sure my old prima is something very simple like plastic and that I've seen some fancier white ones made after that. I had already guessed that the pearl white will be better, I'm just wondering if anyone with the abalone ones has ever had a problem - like thinking "I wish I had chosen pearl inlays". I mean I know it will be less visible, just looking for opinions on how much.
13 years ago
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Also, do you have different shades of abalone? Could I get abalone inlays that are relatively closer to white?
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[quote="Dragonlord":1zuesfyi]Also, do you have different shades of abalone? Could I get abalone inlays that are relatively closer to white?[/quote:1zuesfyi] All abalone is pretty much the same. Dominated by green, but with blue, purple and red mixed in.
13 years ago
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So, am I correct that the older (10 years ago) white bar inlays are different than today's pearl ones? The ones on mine look like plastic, I'm pretty sure that the white pearl ones I've seen are much fancier, I'm just not 100% positive on that.
13 years ago
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[quote="Dragonlord":39gexlmp]So, am I correct that the older (10 years ago) white bar inlays are different than today's pearl ones? The ones on mine look like plastic, I'm pretty sure that the white pearl ones I've seen are much fancier, I'm just not 100% positive on that.[/quote:39gexlmp] The bars you are referring to are plastic. They are no longer an option. The bars have evolved over the years. The very first ones were maple either plain or dyed red. They were designed to function as both side and face markers by being extended out the side of the fingerboard. The red ones were of course hard to see. The next version were cast out of white plastic and had round bottoms. These were much easier to see, but were really tough to pull off, which led to the version you're familiar with.
13 years ago
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Sheldon is that second picture a scalloped neck??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
13 years ago
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Wow - Sheldon, the first ones are awesome. It's funny, because when I was first considering a fanned fret bass (a full custom from another builder because of the long waiting list - glad I ended up with a used Prima instead) I had come up with this design as an improvement to your bar inlays, without knowing that this is the way you were doing them too in the past... Anyway, thanks for the photos, very interesting!
13 years ago
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I meant to post this pic before, but forgot. It's my graphite Stick with linear markers, very practical and look great. I wonder if full width markers would also look good on a Dingwall? Cheers, EG
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13 years ago
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Interesting look. Don't you get confused at a quick glance thinking it's another fret?
13 years ago
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":3497izs3]Interesting look. Don't you get confused at a quick glance thinking it's another fret?[/quote:3497izs3]Hehehe, not really. The Fret Rails on the Stick are quite large (especially compared to Dingwall frets!), so the visual difference is far more obvious in real life. :) I wonder if Emmett (or co.) got the idea from seeing one of Sheldon's basses, or whether it was an independent idea borne out of similar thinking? Both are amazing pioneers in their own way, IMHO, have come up with so many new and unique ideas to make their instruments the best of their kind. :) Cheers, EG
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