Thursday, 05 February 2009
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Hi! i got some questions... Could anybody tell me what is better? The FD-3 Pickups or the Super-Fatties? Would be really cool if you could tell me what is the really difference between these pickups... :D In the Tread "The pick up story?" I read that the Super-Fatties would sound more like they would run trough a tube-preamp, warmer, fatter... I read that Sheldon invested much time in the Pickups. But could anybody tell me, what is the differnce in detail? What do you like more? I have an order of an Z-2 with FD-3, but at the moment i think whether i should change to superphatties. And I think whether i should change to Z-3, maybe the neck-pickup is important for bassplaying? Are there any Soundsamples? Really good soundsamples would be great, that is more significant as only words. Is it possible to play the middle Pickup-Solo with the Z-3? http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/vi ... c&start=15 Are this all possible combinations or can you have more? Ohh so much questions!! Sorry! :D I would be really happy, if you answer me. :D best regards Eric PS: sorry for the bad english :D
13 years ago
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Well, there is no "best". IME, FD-3s are more analytical and modern, super fatties are more old-school, with a little less definition at the low B. However, Sheldon said he's done a few improvements to the super fatties, so I don't know if the definition thingie still applies. I went for FD-3s, but it's a matter of taste really, I can see why many people would prefer the fatties.
13 years ago
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I have to agree with Dragonlord The FD3's (and the PA pickups) are more analytical while the SF's are more mid-oriented Different strokes for different blokes I think there is a pdf showing the available coil combinations of the Z3
13 years ago
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Hi Eric, Your English is really, really good. I wish I could speak/write a 2nd language well. I've now got the FD-3/Mach IIs (AB II) and the Super Fattys (Z3). They are different. The current version of the SFs have incredibly clear B and E strings, so no need to be concerned about that. Basically, the SFs are more upper mid oriented. They bark and squawk like nothing I've ever played. They are very responsive, clear and clean in all ranges. The FD-3s (now with parallel/series switching) are a bit more lower mid oriented with what I would describe as a bit more complexity in tone. I got the Z3 because I wanted the option to do a Z1 or Z2 with the flip of a switch. If you do a little bit of custom wiring on your own (say, use one of the toggles as a neck or mid pup selector), then you can solo the middle pup, which gives a darn good P-bass imitation). Hope that helps. John
13 years ago
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John, I think what you're hearing could be, at least partly, because of the different woods. Ash, which is used in Zs, is indeed bark-y.
13 years ago
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[quote="Dragonlord":ky0u6ap2]John, I think what you're hearing could be, at least partly, because of the different woods. Ash, which is used in Zs, is indeed bark-y.[/quote:ky0u6ap2] Yeah, that might be. I wonder how much of the high-mid voicing is also attributable to the ash?
13 years ago
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[quote="John H.":j2g1vite]Yeah, that might be. I wonder how much of the high-mid voicing is also attributable to the ash?[/quote:j2g1vite]I would say not much. :) In my experience, basses with ash bodies usually have a wide, clear sound, with a fairly even frequency response. I would say the high mid-voice is coming primarily from the Phatties, not the ash. Cheers, EG
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