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Hi Sheldon, I recently purchased one of the Limited Edition Afterburner IIs from GuitarX. (The #4 of 12 green-burst one specifically). It was advertised as a walnut with dual carbon fiber neck. When I look at the neck, it seems that it is ALL walnut. Does the carbon-fiber match the walnut wood grain? or is the carbon-fiber on the inside of the neck? I'm not upset or anything, just curious what the exact construction is. I enjoy the bass daily and am completely happy with the look and sound of the bass. Thanks!
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Rich-- if you go on talkbass you can see how luthiers insert carbon fiber reinforcement into the neck. They are inside the neck in their own special grooves. So they should be invisible from the outside. Important- how does an all walnut ABII sound? I've been in discussions w/ Sheldon about a new bass, and he talks up walnut as the current magic wood- necks, body -everything. Does you bass have more of a mahogany-type sounds-warm, rich, and low mids, or more of a ash type sound-brighter, high mids thanks
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[quote="FrankM":1gugpfym]Rich-- if you go on talkbass you can see how luthiers insert carbon fiber reinforcement into the neck. They are inside the neck in their own special grooves. So they should be invisible from the outside. Important- how does an all walnut ABII sound? I've been in discussions w/ Sheldon about a new bass, and he talks up walnut as the current magic wood- necks, body -everything. Does you bass have more of a mahogany-type sounds-warm, rich, and low mids, or more of a ash type sound-brighter, high mids thanks[/quote:1gugpfym] Thanks for the info. I'll check out talkbass and see what I can find. The walnut ABII sounds REALLY good! I'm really happy with it. It just has a real good all around sound. Somewhere right in between the mahogany and ash. The Glockenklang electronics really offer a wide array of tone shaping with the instrument as well. When all controls are flat, the sound is warm and punchy with good clear treble and mid overtones to it. With the passive/active pickup selections and tone knobs, you can push and pull the tone quite a bit in all directions. I would say that Sheldon is pretty right on with the Walnut selection. Not only does it sound awesome, but the bass is the lightest bass I have ever picked up. I believe it is only like 7 pounds or something! All of my other basses feel like bricks now.
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Rich-- here is a photo that addresses your question. you can see the carbon fiber stiffing rods in the neck , they flank the truss rod (in the center) http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=448508
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Hey thanks! That makes sense. I've never owned a bass with any carbon fiber in it before and was very interested on how they do that. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Or, closer to home, here's one of our own... [img:ichj6qb3]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/images/img_neckcarve_lg.jpg[/img:ichj6qb3]
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