Tuesday, 18 October 2011
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So now that I've gotten the Dingwall infection I'm saving up for one of the higher end models. But the more I read, the more I can't decide between a Z3 or an ABII. I play mostly metal and like a fair amount of dirt in my tone. For my current band I'm tuned down to G#. The stock pickup on the Combustion that I own couldn't translate the G# very well (i use Circle Ks) which is the main reason as to why I swapped the FD3As out. Can anybody offer a short comparison/contrast between the 2 models or is it completely apples and oranges? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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#21973
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[quote="johnnydingle":2jowxufl]So now that I've gotten the Dingwall infection I'm saving up for one of the higher end models. But the more I read, the more I can't decide between a Z3 or an ABII. I play mostly metal and like a fair amount of dirt in my tone. For my current band I'm tuned down to G#. The stock pickup on the Combustion that I own couldn't translate the G# very well (i use Circle Ks) which is the main reason as to why I swapped the FD3As out. Can anybody offer a short comparison/contrast between the 2 models or is it completely apples and oranges? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks![/quote:2jowxufl] My Z3 can get pretty gritty if I need it to. The Fattys are easy to overdrive. Some of us on the forum wanted a more aggressive pickup, and Sheldon delivered. It's a very powerful bass, and quite unlike any of my other Dingwalls tone-wise. It's like trying to control an elephant on stage at times. I think it would be the perfect choice for metal as far as the tone, but an aggressive playing technique may be a problem due to the B and G strings residing very close to the edge of the board. I don't have an ABII, but I do have an ABI w/ FD3s. It won't get grit like the Z3, but it has a glorious tone all its own.
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That's interesting. I have never had a chance to touch a Z3 but I have an ABII. Going by Michael Braun's video demo, I would have thought that the Z3 had a smoother tone than the ABII. The ABII can get raunchy, too. For a long time I felt the same way about my ABII that you do about your Z3 - like controlling an elephant - but I was able to tame it by adjusting the pickup heights relative to each other and to the strings. If I could afford any of the higher-tier Dingwalls, a Z3 is what I would go for. But I still love my ABII.
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I got the price list from Dingwall Sales the other day and it looks like a Z3 is waayyyy out of my price range for now so it will have to just be the ABII. Thanks for your comments!
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We are also opening up the ABI line to include an active option. I think an ABIa would be more aggressive sounding than an ABII.
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[quote="johnnydingle":3apkel3j]I got the price list from Dingwall Sales the other day and it looks like a Z3 is waayyyy out of my price range for now so it will have to just be the ABII. Thanks for your comments![/quote:3apkel3j] If you like the Z3 and considering a Super J has the same super fatty p/ups you might want to try a Super J too just in case it might be more to your preference.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":38kr6bv5]We are also opening up the ABI line to include an active option. I think an ABIa would be more aggressive sounding than an ABII.[/quote:38kr6bv5] On the price list for the Afterburner series that I received, it had an option for the AB1 to have an EMG 2 band push/pull active/passive option. Is this what you are talking about?
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That's correct. We've also added a Glockenklang upgrade too. It's a little more money but gives you the passive tone cut in passive mode.
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That sounds very, very tasty. Can the Glockenklang be a 3 band pre-amp?
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Actually, now that I think about it, I don't have any experience with Glockenklang pre-amps. I've used mostly Aguilar OB3s in my basses. I tune pretty low and when I get my 6 string Afterburned, I'll be tuning it to F# using Circle K Strings. I've always liked the Aguilar because it seems to do a good job of handling those low notes really well. If you any of you have any experience, how well can the Glock handle notes that low?
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2-band only
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