Saturday, 28 November 2015
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Hi Sheldon and co, how would you best describe the differences between the 2 preamps and are they both going to be offered in future ? As well when comparing maple neck and fb vs wenge neck and fb how would you best describe the differences ? Very interested in the insights thanks
6 years ago
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Hi fj, The bass control on the Darkglass sounds a lot bigger when boosted. The mids are pretty similar. The highs on the Glock are voiced very high - almost above the noise which makes boosting the highs more subtle and clicky but also less noisy. The Darkglass high mid can be too in your face when you boost if you have a horn in your cab. But if that's the case, you probably don't need to boost anyway. It's a a great frequency to cut through the mix. Rolled down, the high mid sounds like an old-school tone control but without losing definition in the highs. Set flat, the Glock changes the tone the least. The Darkglass affects the tone pretty noticeably. All in all the Glock is a very transparent subtle hi-fi pre-amp with a beautifully simple passive treble cut. The Darkglass is more in your face with everything. Both are available now on all of our domestic production. The Darkglass requires a lot more hand assembly so is priced higher. Maple neck vs wenge neck is a little less definitive. Wenge has a more snappy response. Tone wise maple always sounds like maple, wenge interacts with swamp ash and sounds a little different with each bass. I don't like being so vague but after several years of building basses with it we still haven't figured it out 100%.
6 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3h6pc3f8]Hi fj, Rolled down, the high mid sounds like an old-school tone control but without losing definition in the highs. The Darkglass is more in your face with everything. [/quote:3h6pc3f8] Not that you need another +1 after the master has chimed in but…yes, I feel/hear the same thing with my DG equipped AB1 3X. In active mode the high mid control sounds just like a passive tone control on a passive bass. This, to me, is a good thing. I don't run tweeters and go for more of an old school vibe and the high mid control rarely needs to be boosted but when I do it's pretty mix slicing good. The mid control on the DG TC (500 hz) is the one I find magical. Cut, it can give you a nice, scooped Jazz-esque tone and boosted it can give lower notes the body and definition they need in a mix especially if you use overdrive/distortion. Love this pre with the long scale Dingwall's.
6 years ago
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Thanks to both for the insights
6 years ago
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Ps 1 simple question, would you say wenge is as articulate as maple ? (I love the sizzle and hard attack I get with maple FB
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