Sunday, 11 April 2010
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Hi Dingwall Sales, Can you provide me clarification on what models a fretless would be available. I currently own a ABZ5 and would be interested in a fretless version if it's available. Also, you can PM me general "ballpark" pricing. I would order it through Bass San Diego. Thanks in advance, Loungesurfer
11 years ago
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I hate to bear the bad news, but the ABZ is not available in fretless guise according to Sheldon: [quote:1j5ltuzd]No plans for a fretless Combustion or ABZ for that matter. We can do them on ABI's and up.[/quote:1j5ltuzd] http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/vi ... combustion I wanted a fretless Combustion, but I'm not too concerned. See if you can find a used ABI or ABII.
11 years ago
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Hi Loungesurfer, Available fretless basses from Dingwall are ABI, ABII, SJ, Z1, Z2, Z3, and Prima Artist. Pricing ranges from $2018.00 (ABI 4-string) to over $12,000 (Prima Artist 4-string) Please contact Chris or George at Bass San Diego for further pricing. Best regards, Dingwall Sales Lamb
11 years ago
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Thanks - I will talk to Chris or George when I get past the IRS siphoning my bank account ;) Loungesurfer
11 years ago
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You can always pull the frets out.....
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[quote="Erwin":j9ete33f]You can always pull the frets out.....[/quote:j9ete33f] Just pulling the frets out will leave you with a thinner feeling neck, and a nut to replace. Besides, Sheldon does some magic with the fretboard - it's durable as stone; and needless to say, sounds jaw-dropping, can do much more than what you can expect from a fretless. The fretless fingerboard is just as thick as a fretted fingerboard+frets so you have absolutely the same feel when switching from one bass to another.. or so I've been told. Word of precaution: I don't know if it's the norm, but on my fretless (lined, every fretless Dingwall to date is lined), the side markers are between the lines - just like where they would be on a fretted - and not where the lines are, like on an unlined. It really messes me up in the dark, when I can only see the side markers. I believe I'm not alone with this, I think I recall others having the same problem. It would be great if the side markers could be where the lines are; add white plastic markers on the fretboard between the D and G strings (again where the lines are) and even an unlined fanned fret wouldn't be much trouble.
11 years ago
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You wouldn't need another nut, you'd just have to cut the existing one deeper. Without the epoxy coating the issue becomes will the G saddle go low enough? You could shim, from above, the saddle base to get it low enough.
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[quote="Bocete":1bngnao3]Word of precaution: I don't know if it's the norm, but on my fretless (lined, every fretless Dingwall to date is lined), the side markers are between the lines - just like where they would be on a fretted - and not where the lines are, like on an unlined.[/quote:1bngnao3] Really? I'm very surprised to hear that. I don't understand why the dots wouldn't be placed on the fret line. If I ever get a fretless Dingwall, I'll know now to specify that the dots line up with the frets. Mark
11 years ago
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I think that's standard with most manufacturers when there are fret lines.
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":30ke5e38]I think that's standard with most manufacturers when there are fret lines.[/quote:30ke5e38] I never knew that. I've only owned unlined fretless basses. Mark
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