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I played a 5 string Dingwall today at Axe music and the bridge pickup sounded a lot better than mine. It was a new afterburner II with the tone chamber, is this the Mach 2 pickup? The store computer said it was FD-1 pickups.


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[quote="metalstorm":yvce8hq4]I played a 5 string Dingwall today at Axe music and the bridge pickup sounded a lot better than mine. It was a new afterburner II with the tone chamber, is this the Mach 2 pickup? The store computer said it was FD-1 pickups.


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The store computer is dumb. It's a Mach II FD3.
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Yeah, that is what i figured. I would just like to say that it is a great improvement on the the old one and is now on my GAS list.
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[quote="metalstorm":1yeafi5r]I played a 5 string Dingwall today at Axe music and the bridge pickup sounded a lot better than mine. It was a new afterburner II with the tone chamber, is this the Mach 2 pickup? The store computer said it was FD-1 pickups.


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Mike- in what way did it sound better? Just curious, cause I have an older AB-II.
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I wish we could hear a sample of the difference between the FD3 and the MachII.
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Personally, ive always found that the bridge pickup sounded thin and practically unusable without eq, however, with the Mach II, the bridge pickup is not thin or trebely at all. I will be purchasing the upgrade when i can gather the funds.
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[quote="metalstorm":18stvkc3]Personally, ive always found that the bridge pickup sounded thin and practically unusable without eq, however, with the Mach II, the bridge pickup is not thin or trebely at all. I will be purchasing the upgrade when i can gather the funds.[/quote:18stvkc3]

The one thing I really enjoy about this forum is the diversity of ideas and experiences> My AB1 has FD1's and I use the bridge PU almost exclusively for playing finger style and find it anything but thin. In fact when I play finger style I bypass the EQ on my amp entirely, I only use EQ for slapping to tone down the high and low mids a tad. It just goes to show that the gear we choose to play through and the way we use our basses results in a myriad of tones from what are remarkably consistent basses. On another note, the computer system at Axe is somewhat vague, luckily the staff are on the ball and they usually dont believe the system anyway AND we have the advantage of being able to ask Sheldon for the real skinny which is worth a great deal IMHO.
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