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I found this pic in my disc drive from a music show in London a few years ago...

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That looks like a Blackmachine from the UK. I've never played one but I've seen their site and it looks like we approach the instrument very similarly.
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Okay, so I'm saving up to purchase a Dingwall ABZ and I have some concerns about potential mods I might want to do to it. While I may find the bass fine the way that it is, I was thinking about adding a pre-amp to it. Preferrably a Bartolini NTMB 3 band, or even an Aguilar OBP3. My question is whether or not there is enough room in the control cavity to accomodate the pre-amp and battery(ies). I'm not picky about 9V vs. 18V. I also know that for an extra $300 Dingwall will put in a seperate cavity for a battery and install an EMG BT pre-amp. However, I don't really care for the EMG pre-amp so I wouldn't want to drop $300 on something that I would just remove. So anyway, do any of you have any experience with adding pre-amps to an ABZ? Is there enough room for the pre-amp modules and battery? Or do you think I could convince Dingwall to just route out the battery cavity and let me do the rest? Thanks for any input!
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You may want to consider just saving a little more for either an active option ABI or an ABII. That way, all the routes will be there. It may end up being cheaper in the long run. However, the ABZ (and "regular" ABI's) are so hot, they almost sound active. My older ABI and ABII have higher outputs than many of my active basses.
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I have an ABZ-4 and was wondering the same thing so Sheldon invited me in to talk to a few of his guys at the shop. The reason I was curious was because I played an active Combustion at Long and McQuade in Saskatoon and was thinking I might need a change. The guys convinced me otherwise, explaining that my pickups used in series sound very hot and very close to the active pickups on the combustion. They also talked about getting a rack mount or pedal pre-amp, or a dirt box/distortion pedal to add some grit around the edges. Specifically a dirt box that has a "blend" so you can blend it with the tone you've already dialed in on your amp. If the dirt box does not have the "blend" or "mix" control, then you can use your effects parallel loop hoping your amp has an "effects mix" control. This way you can keep whatever tone you like without sacrifice while adding the grit around the edges for a ore complete tone.

I'm also going in today to havemy neck pickup changed out for a P-Tone pickup to give it more punch and mids. Should cut much better.

After I do the pickup, I'm going to go into Long and McQuade and spend a considerable amount of time with my bass trying different dirt boxes. I can keep you posted on what I find.
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