Sunday, 05 August 2007
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I found this post on Talkbass.com [quote:3i8tc849]I have a Dingwall ABII coming next week and Sheldon (the maker) wrote to me explaining it's one of the first basses off his line with a Mach II bridge pickup. I'm guessing that's an upgraded FD-3. Anyone have any experience with these yet?[/quote:3i8tc849] Please, enlighten me, is Mach II a completely new (alternative) line of Dingwall pickups or is it an upgrade?
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[quote="dsokoll":1avkbmf7]Will these work in a Z1 or does the Z1 already get this type of tone?[/quote:1avkbmf7] It's a new replacement pickup that apparently fits Zs, Primas, and ABs. As for the tone, it is supposed to sound punchier than the Barts or the FD3s. Mark
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Will these work in a Z1 or does the Z1 already get this type of tone?
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I hope I don't muddy these waters already clouded with the blood and chum of new hardware. I bought the Afterburner II 5 string from Bass Northwest which started, in cahoots with John H. who played BassNW's ABII6, this conversation around the Mach II's. I don't have another Dingwall bass to form any comparative opinion. What I can say is this instrument delivers unambiguous 'bark'. Big dog bark. Using the bridge pickup alone, the fundamental is suppressed as one would expect, yet the overtones give a lower midrange fullness some have described as a burp, squawk or fart. No wonder more men than women play bass with metafors like that. But then... how would a lady say it? In my case, getting deeper bass means blending in the neck pickup or active boost via the tone controls. Even without boost the sound is even and powerful across all 5 strings. That active boost, by the way, doesn't encompass much of the fundamental (a good thing) but does it ever give weight and throw to all 5 strings. In the end, my suspicion is the Mach II pickup increases definition more than the volume of the fundamental. Not having prior experience I'm sticking my neck out here, so firsthand corroboration is very welcome. For you guys in Greece, don't even read this. The Canadian economy is dependent on your unquestioning belief in Sheldon and his men. Cheers,
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Put me on the list for some Mach II pickups. One 5-string One 6-string and one 4-string J pickup when they become available. I love the sound of the P-pickup on my Super J. I always play it passive. Like most of you, I find the current bridge pickup sounds better with a little bass boost. I think the wood of the AB II helps the bridge pick-up because I like it in passive or active. The new pick-up will probably help my 6-string AB I the most. I can't wait to here the difference. Paul Morrow
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The slap tone becomes more bridge weighted. Leaning slightly in the direction of a Sting Ray or one of our Z2's.
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[quote="John H.":t8n9emo1] Mark, I'll be curious how you think the slap tone is affected by the new pup. John[/quote:t8n9emo1] Me too, but wait, Sheldon should be abe to give us an idea how the new pup slaps. Sheldon? Any comments? Mark
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[quote="lomo":237j2rbm]I'm happy with my FD-3s........waiting for reviews and A/B comparison sound clips B4 rushing to fix what don't seem broke......[/quote:237j2rbm] I get what you're saying, Morris. I really love the sound of my FD-3s, too, but figure I'll give the new pickup a try as I've wanted to roll back the neck pup a bit as a permanent setting. The Cocobolo 6 I happened to try with the new pickup just about took my head off (that's a good thing), but I'll need to get one on my bass to see how it all plays out. Mark, I'll be curious how you think the slap tone is affected by the new pup. John
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[quote="lomo":30xmlbnz]I'm happy with my FD-3s........waiting for reviews and A/B comparison sound clips B4 rushing to fix what don't seem broke......[/quote:30xmlbnz] The FD3s are indeed great, but if I had one niggle with my Dingwalls, it would be that the bridge pickups don't have the mid-range bark and spank that I like when you solo them, so -1 on that point. I'm hoping the Mach IIs get my Dingwalls farting a bit more. :) That said, the Dingwalls with FD3s have the best slap sound of any bass I've ever owned, and people comment nearly every gig about how amazing the Dingwalls sound, so +1 on that point. All of this = I still love my Dingwalls, whether it farts or not. :D Mark
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I'm happy with my FD-3s........waiting for reviews and A/B comparison sound clips B4 rushing to fix what don't seem broke......
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":1ogb4or3]Have you tried putting the Mach II in the neck position?[/quote:1ogb4or3] Beat me to it Small Mouth. Bump.
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Have you tried putting the Mach II in the neck position?
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Maybe I can "PICKUP" :lol: a few cheap and put them on my non-Dingwall axes. I still have a few for nostalgic reasons.
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There's going to be a flood of FD-3's on Ebay soon.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":meu3xlm6][quote="amodeo@mitre.org":meu3xlm6]Is it fair to assume that new basses will use the Mach II?[/quote:meu3xlm6] From this point forward all FD-3 equiped basses will have the Mach II bridge pickup. We're still working on the Super J version. [quote="amodeo@mitre.org":meu3xlm6]Uh-oh, if Fullrangebass is going to retrofit his collection, that should wipe out any surplus at the factory. :D[/quote:meu3xlm6] I put a help wanted add under pickup-makers in the classifieds today :wink:[/quote:meu3xlm6] I am only asking to retrofit the whole herd (Dingwalls or not) with the Mach II pickup. I suppose it's a good start. No need to wait for customers to come knocking at your door for the new pickups :wink:
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Looks like I've just secured a Mach II for my Voodoo Zebra pimp-out project. :D Can't wait to hear it. Hopefully I'll be posting the FD3 from my ABI-5 for sale ASAP. And then it's the SJ's turn! Mark
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":ymx12510]Is it fair to assume that new basses will use the Mach II?[/quote:ymx12510] From this point forward all FD-3 equiped basses will have the Mach II bridge pickup. We're still working on the Super J version. [quote="amodeo@mitre.org":ymx12510]Uh-oh, if Fullrangebass is going to retrofit his collection, that should wipe out any surplus at the factory. :D[/quote:ymx12510] I put a help wanted add under pickup-makers in the classifieds today :wink:
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This is what I've always wanted for my Dingwalls! Oh no, the GAS!!! Let's see... Mark
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Is it fair to assume that new basses will use the Mach II? Uh-oh, if Fullrangebass is going to retrofit his collection, that should wipe out any surplus at the factory. :D
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Just placed my order too
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Very cool mod Sheldon. I find I like the same thing in the bridge setting on both my fretless and fretted, a little bass boost.
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