Saturday, 22 September 2012
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Hi, I am fortunate to own an ABII 5 ([url=http://www.dingwallguitars.com/wp-content/gallery/afterburner-2-gallery/abii5-burlburst-vintage-burst-body.jpg:s1eonwco]#44/45 in the gallery[/url:s1eonwco]) and I am in the planning stage of adding a sixer. I've decided to get another ABII and I'm debating options. I really like the look of the burled walnut tops I've seen. I see this often paired with a walnut neck. However, I'm not sure about the walnut neck. On my AB II, I really like the feel, look, and durability of the bubinga neck. The vintageburst finish matches the reddish bubinga neck very well . So I'm wondering: 1. Can a bubinga neck work with/match a burled walnut top with a natural finish? 2. Is there that much difference in tone between the walnut and bubinga neck? 3. Will a walnut neck equal a bubinga in terms of durability? From what I've read bubinga is twice as hard as walnut. 4. If I decide to go with a bubinga neck, would I be better off picking a different/matching top? A matching bubinga or redwood top might make sense, but to my eye the burled tops I've seen look more interesting.
9 years ago
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I really like the ABII with a maple neck and fingerboard. I realize that wasn't on your list, but I really prefer the clarity of my AB II to the ones I've played with walnut necks and non-maple boards. I have the blue one that is shown in the Recently Shipped part of the forum (shipped to Guitar X). If that is a look you like, is sure worth considering in terms of tone.
9 years ago
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I recently bought an ABII with walnut body and bubinga top, with bubinga neck. I was torn between a maple top and neck and bubinga top and neck with walnut body. Apart from the sound being just as I expected , powerful, smooth and thick; the look and colour is just about perfect. I chose the bubinga because I liked the feel of it on the Warwick thumb BO that I had owned previously and the finish which is amazing under bright lights. Also, most importantly. It's easy to play. See photos below. It's just about perfect. Go bubinga neck, bubinga top. This is trans red finish. Think Ric fireglo - but better. [img:1sew8oti]http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg520/bassman344/BASSES/DSC_0426_zpse5c790ea.jpg[/img:1sew8oti] [img:1sew8oti]http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg520/bassman344/BASSES/DSC_0424_zps712342cc.jpg[/img:1sew8oti] [img:1sew8oti]http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg520/bassman344/BASSES/ABIIbubback_zps9c6666c6.jpg[/img:1sew8oti] Enjoy
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We are working on a new price list with some new options. What's your time frame on this order?
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Thanks for the input guys. Both your basses look great. I thought about going to maple, but in that case I'd probably go with an AB I (or Ia) like some of the more recent shipments. I really like the AB II sound though, and I am thinking of natural finish combined with some really great looking wood. Sheldon, I'm not in a hurry, and would be very interested to see the new options. Ironically the suggestions on the thread so far include options that aren't on the list I have from Dingwall Sales (trans red finish, maple neck, maple fretboard). How can I get notified when the updated list is available? If there is an update to your web site I will notice that. You/Dingwall Sales can always PM me of course.
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