Thursday, 22 May 2014
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I am really enjoying my ash/maple ABZ-5. I had the bridge FD-3 pickup wired series and series/parallel switching installed for the neck pickup. The tone, harmonics, and playability are amazing. I also have a traditional alder/rosewood reverse-P/J5 with Nordstrand pickups and an Aguilar OBP-2 preamp which I'm quite fond of. It has that classic P grunt with enough J blended in to give it some bite but I find the solo J pickup sound (even in the 60's position) too thin to be useful. In determining the Dingwall Super PJ bridge pickup position, I read that the bridge FD-3 was moved up toward the neck until it balanced and blended properly with the P pickup and that this distance was farther away from the bridge than expected. I like this approach and the FD-3, when soloed, has a more balanced and substantial tone than a traditional bridge J pickup. With the 4-position rotary switch this pickup combination should have a wider range of useful voices. I have someone who might be interested in my PJ5 and was thinking of ordering a Dingwall Reverse-P/J5 with alder body and wenge/wenge neck/fretboard to replace it but don't want to duplicate my ABZ-5. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the tone and mojo of a bass. The ABZ-5 and Super P/J5 have a lot in common but would these differences in wood, pickups, and scale length be enough that they sound, and play like two different instruments so there is not too much overlap (wenge not quite as bright as maple, reverse-P versus FD-3 at neck position, different mid character & low end focus, etc)? I'd be interested in your thoughts and what the price and wait time would be for a Super P/J5 with this configuration?
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As you own an ABZ (long scale) and a SJ (medium scale) you are aware of the tonal difference caused by the scale length which I believe is the biggest factor. With the addition of different body woods (Ash vs Alder), necks (Maple vs Wenge), and pup placement, I would say you're getting about as much tonal distance between 2 of our basses as is possible with minimal tonal overlap. Send me an email at sales@dingwallguitars.com, let me know where you live and I'll forward the appropriate price list showing your available options (colours, pickguards, fret markers, etc) Once you have decided on all options and I will give you a detailed price quote. Delivery will be 7-8 months from the time of receiving a confirmed order.
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