Monday, 19 November 2012
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What were the differences between the early Prima (not prima artist) from the Z1? Was it just the body shape? I have a 2001 6 string (serial 3335) with a Voodoo Prima body. Hopefully some of you Dingwall historians have the answers. [img:1zpcmi0n]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-O2MRWyPiX1s/UKmILNdTMuI/AAAAAAAAA8I/4gVfbuVxNoU/s1041/IMG_1817.jpg[/img:1zpcmi0n] It also has the contrasting cutout between the quilted top and the body wood leading to the top horn, which I think are only found on Prima's. As seen on the lower part of the body of this picture. The bass side body core wood also looks darker (which make me believe it's walnut) than my Z3. [img:1zpcmi0n]https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-whKDYR6M4q4/UKmISCXvYQI/AAAAAAAAA8Q/4et2HFnYvwQ/s1041/IMG_1821.jpg[/img:1zpcmi0n] Also the contour at the bottom of the neck is a little different. [img:1zpcmi0n]https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-PdMxey_sNyw/UKmIX-dgAvI/AAAAAAAAA8w/2sQGVEIDmZo/s1041/IMG_1816.jpg[/img:1zpcmi0n] I also would like to know what upgrades are possible with the pickups and pre amp. Though the Bart pickup and pre sound nice, I really want to go with some more modern Dingwall equipment but I am not sure what will fit and is compatible. Have any one made upgrades to this vintage bass? Thanks
9 years ago
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Nice bass. Reminds me of my '99. Sheldon is the authority, but it looks like you have a 22 fret Voodoo there, not a Prima. A Prima should have wood knobs, wood control and battery covers, and wood pickup covers. I'll post some pix of my Voodoo that Sheldon pimped into an Artist, sort of. I also had the Barts replaced w/ FD3s, and I dont recall which preamp Sheldon installed.
9 years ago
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That what i thought too but in this early website capture, it show a prima without wood pickup covers. If fact the wood knobs and pickup covers were options, which confuses me more about my guitar. [url:3gbc9w4y]http://web.archive.org/web/20030414103037/http://www.dingwallguitars.com/html/products.html[/url:3gbc9w4y] [url:3gbc9w4y]http://web.archive.org/web/20030414144257/http://www.dingwallguitars.com/html/products_prima.html[/url:3gbc9w4y] And in this 2003 capture there is a listing for a Prima and a Prima Artist. [url:3gbc9w4y]http://web.archive.org/web/20051202022702/http://www.dingwallguitars.com/html/products.html[/url:3gbc9w4y] Really confused
9 years ago
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I used to have a pre-fire Voodoo Prima. That is what is what it was called on the spec sheet for my guitar, though here they call them Voodoo because it confuses people. My Voodoo Prima also had an exotic front and back. But I didn't have that little scallop at the bottom of the fretboard. Right now I'm thinking you have a Z1. In fact on the old site link you have there, it looks like your Z1...
9 years ago
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Maybe I'm thinking Prima Artist that has all the wood trimmings. I'm confused now as we'll. I'm pretty sure this would be considered a Voodoo because of the body shape. I think the z1 name came in when the body changed.
9 years ago
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Forgot about the body shape.
9 years ago
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Hey Nah, Did your Voodoo have the scallop on the back of the body by the top horn?
9 years ago
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Thats a Prima. We no longer make a pickup that would fit that bass. The Bartolini pre-amps are among the best so my recommendation would be to leave that alone too. If it starts causing problems an Aguilar would be the easiest retrofit. Glockenklang uses smaller pots which require VERY careful replacement with custom nuts to keep them in place without risking them shorting out on the shielding. Voodoo was the original name when we only had one model. When we brought out the Prima, the Voodoo name had already gained so much traction that we made it the umbrella name with Prima and Zebra being the sub models. Internally we still refer to these as Voodoos because they are constructed differently than the AB's and SJ's Primas have always had a matching top and back. Their body cores started out as mahogany and transitioned to walnut, then to walnut/maple with the Prima Artist.
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Incidentally, the original Dingwall website can be found here: http://web.archive.org/web/199710132126 ... /dingwall/ which might be helpful for early model research. Sheldon posted me a brochure in 1996 after an email conversation (I nearly wrote conversion - maybe that too), I wonder if I could still find that. I do have a pic from the website around 1999 which shows the Prima with only 3 knobs, like an AB1.
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[quote="spacer":rk9nce90]Hey Nah, Did your Voodoo have the scallop on the back of the body by the top horn?[/quote:rk9nce90] Yes.
9 years ago
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[quote="callum":1tmyo705] Sheldon posted me a brochure in 1996 after an email conversation (I nearly wrote conversion - maybe that too), I wonder if I could still find that. I do have a pic from the website around 1999 which shows the Prima with only 3 knobs, like an AB1.[/quote:1tmyo705] I've got a few of those brochures. One look at those and you see how much Dingwalls have changed.
9 years ago
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Just for reference, here is my New-to-Me '93 Voodoo Prima. Has the walnut core. The bridge is different and doesn't anchor through the body. No fret board scallop. Interestingly, the neck feels very much like my ABII and less like a Z. [attachment=2:11xsdvsx]$(KGrHqJ,!iQE+qvY5etSBQKrwjWln!~~60_57.jpg[/attachment:11xsdvsx]
8 years ago
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The contrasting layers used on a Prima Artist are almost as nice as the top. We just choose the grain to look best on the edge instead of the face.
8 years ago
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Say BuffaloBob, where'd you find that old Prima?
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":24hb1k6k]Say BuffaloBob, where'd you find that old Prima?[/quote:24hb1k6k] Gosh Sheldon, Sorry I didn't see your question before now. I've been trying to stay away from this forum for a while. It distracts me and makes me want to spend money I don't have! :lol: I purchased this Prima from Henry J. Mioduszewski Jr. It was previously owned by Fernand Bos, who had played it live when performing with John Klemmer. Fernand Bos is apparently a very in demand audio editor for movies in Hollywood these days, as well as a session bassist. http://www.avid.com/US/about-avid/custo ... ernand-Bos I absolutely LOVE this bass. It has just a minor bit of neck sprout, but I rarely notice it any more. It also has slight rattle when I play in certain areas of the neck on the A string mainly, but it doesn't seem to come through the amp. I only notice it when playing unplugged and dig in. I am pretty good with set-ups, so I have tried to dial it out and can't. After all these years, it could probably use a fret leveling. I will get that done eventually, But I DON'T CARE!! I wouldn't give this bass up if my life depended on it. It just feels right on me, like no bass has before. It seems to sit perfectly in any mix, from rock to blues to country. It is an extension of me when I play it. It's the first bass I have played that I can confidently not look at the fingerboard when I play it, because my left hand seems to know exactly where it should be. It makes singing lead and playing bass while interacting with the audience actually doable for me for the first time. And it is nearly mint condition. Here are links to two songs from a live performance Fernand Bos did with John Klemmer, playing MY bass. Damn, videos are no longer available. :evil: Oh well. Hah FOUND EM! Just about 30 seconds in, Dingwall Voodoo Prima sighting! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQd4gBhv ... J4KBUI-bMp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zWPvvVn ... J4KBUI-bMp Did I say I LOVE THIS BASS? I guess I did! :lol: :mrgreen:
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