Tuesday, 27 October 2009
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Ok, I think the Dingwall basses are the coolest damn thing I've ever seen. Thats the problem I've only seen pictures. Kind of the old Playboy under the mattress thing, the photo's get you goin it's just not the real thing. There is a gorgeous ABII that is about to be available thru a local dealer. Are these basses that great that you would buy one prior to playing it? Are they love and first sight and the sparks fly when you pick one up?
12 years ago
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Never played one before but I always love the way they looked. I was selling my Alembic Excel 5 and was just looking on ebay and saw the Combustion at the same price I was selling my so I got it and very happy I got it.
12 years ago
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There were no Dingwall dealers around here so I was 'forced' to take a leap of faith. The design(s) make so much sense and the consistent quality is legendary, I figured it would be hard to go wrong. I ordered my AB-1 five string through Bass Northwest. There was a communication breakdown somewhere though. When they called to tell me my new transparent black bass had arrived and was a real beauty, I had to tell them it wasn't mine because I had ordered Indigo burst. It is a fantastic instrument. That was about three years ago. Amazing but true, it still looks brand new. The clear coat is so tough, it hasn't accumulated all those little micro-scratches and swirls that a typical clear coat gets. I consider my Super P/J-4 to be the best jazz bass on the planet. Leo would have been amazed and proud!
12 years ago
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I was admiring the AB series from afar - was on my short list for a "serious" 5-string. I could have probably pulled the trigger, sight unseen. But about a year ago a guy let me play his AB-1 6-string for a set and based on that, I knew I could definitely do this. So far, I couldn't be happier with mine. :D
12 years ago
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[quote="Evolver":2my34gut][quote="theothertimh":2my34gut]Thanks for everyones input. I've made a commitment to Gary @ GuitarX to purchase an ABII that is just being finished up. I can't wait.[/quote:2my34gut] The only Dingwall I've ever played was the Buckeye ABII I ordered from Gary. I love mine and I really enjoyed doing business with Gary![/quote:2my34gut] I bought my ABII-5 second hand from the original owner who bought from Gary!! :)
12 years ago
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[quote="theothertimh":3bwq5ca1]Thanks for everyones input. I've made a commitment to Gary @ GuitarX to purchase an ABII that is just being finished up. I can't wait.[/quote:3bwq5ca1] The only Dingwall I've ever played was the Buckeye ABII I ordered from Gary. I love mine and I really enjoyed doing business with Gary!
12 years ago
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I traded for my first Dingwall... an ABI. That confirmed my suspicions, which lead to my buying my second, an ABII (used, from a very nice fellow on here). I simply can't put these basses down. Perhaps, most interestingly, the other guys in the band have all been saying "you've finally found [i:3h76h9ql]your[/i:3h76h9ql] instrument!".
12 years ago
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I bought my Afterburner II 6-string s/h off eBay. Prior to this I had never tried one. All my information was through various forums and reviews. Let me tell you, the instrument didn't disappoint one bit. It's now my main bass and my next will be a Z2...
12 years ago
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I bought mine on faith and it keeps finding new ways to impress me. Today I have my first gig with the Super J. So, I want to change the batteries just to be safe and because I've got a big box of 9 volts from Costco. Its a P/J, older model with the battery compartment under the pick guard. Do I find a rats nest of wire under a pickguard held down by cheap, soft woodscrews? Nope, everything is detailed out to the nth degree! I was super impressed to find machine screws into brass inserts were used to hold on the pickguard. No stripped and loose screws in my future. The magnetic battery cover on the new basses looks to be genius. Maybe my next Dingwall will have one of those! Anybody have a fretless Super P/J they would care to comment on? Or part with? The craftsmanship that this bass exhibits is simply top notch, kudos to the shop crew. I can't wait to lay the Pbass phat on tonight's patrons. I expect to move some rumps. 8)
12 years ago
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I'm pretty sure you could dig around these forums and find a number of people who haven't responded here, yet did the same thing.
12 years ago
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I found the sound of Dingwall here: http://www.basstasters.com/basses/ From this while I knew, what bass I need and I bought my Voodoo Zebra without any test and without the fear :D
12 years ago
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I'm guilty, also. After reading all the reviews and chatter from the guys on here, I took the plunge without plucking a string and have had no regrets. Congrats on your purchase Tim, I'm sure you will LOVE it!
12 years ago
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Post pictures when you get it!
12 years ago
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It's a Buckeye Burl. I've only seen one photo of it, the unfinished body. Got an email from Gary late lastnight dounds like it's ready to ship.
12 years ago
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[quote="theothertimh":wootf0bx]Thanks for everyones input. I've made a commitment to Gary @ GuitarX to purchase an ABII that is just being finished up. I can't wait.[/quote:wootf0bx] That's where I bought my ABII as well. Gary is awesome! Good choice. I assume you are getting one of the limited edition ones too? What color did you decide on?
12 years ago
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I played a few Dingwalls in stores before buying one a few years ago so I already knew that [b:140qeq07]they appeal greatly to me[/b:140qeq07]. From researching a bit online I found out that [b:140qeq07]Sheldon's work is very consistant[/b:140qeq07]. These are the two factors that have removed 99% of my concerns with buying Dingwalls sight unseen.
12 years ago
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Thanks for everyones input. I've made a commitment to Gary @ GuitarX to purchase an ABII that is just being finished up. I can't wait.
12 years ago
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[quote="marton":5phaozhf] Never regretted any 3 of them, although I never owned a vintage instrument, which I could have bought instead of my Prima. Do any of you DW owners own one or more nice vintage pieces? If so, do you combine them with your DW during a gig or do you prefer to play just the DW and if so, why?[/quote:5phaozhf] I was lucky enough to have a chance to try my Voodoo before purchasing, it was new sitting on the wall of a tiny music store in my fairly small town.I liked it but wasn't emmediately taken by it, after going back a few times it really grew on me and seeing the reduced price I had to have it(I'm glad I bought it when I did!). Years later when I retrofitted to FD-3's the ability to solo the neck pup and get a great P-Bass vibe was inspiring. I had never liked P-basses but having a "5 string P-bass on steriods" in my back pocket so to speak, with tones ranging from mellow, to thunderous, to agressive actually led me to buy and old P-bass. Predictably, I rarely play the P bass as the Voodoo covers that tone too well, along with every other tone and vibe I need spanning 5 decades of material I may find myself digging into throught the course of an average evening. That and the extra string! One important thing, if you do end-up disliking the Dingwall it shouldn't be too hard to flip and you won't take a bath financially, far less than many other makes anyway. If I could afford a second Dingwall I would have no concerns buying without playing first. The chances of getting a dud are nill and if there do happen to be any issues you can be confident they will be addressed in a way that will bring complete satisfaction, period!
12 years ago
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I was in the same boat... shopping... very curious... compelled by the sound physics behind it all... but couldn't find one to play. I e-mailed Dingwall Sales and he suggested I join the forum and find an owner near me. The lovely and talented BurningSkies let me try his, and I KNEW. I bought my own (online) without trying it, but haven't regretted it for a second.
12 years ago
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I played a similar ABII before buying mine. Then I ended up getting an ABI and SJ5 without having played either and a Combustion is on the way. I love my Dingwalls!
12 years ago
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All three of mine were bought "blind". All three are awesome.
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