Monday, 09 April 2007
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I've been a bad boy the past year or so in that I havn't spent much time with my bass. (AB1-5) :cry: But I have been reading on a few other forums and one thing that often comes up is, how some players need to do a set-up every month or so, and that is actually very common for many others as well... That made it really hit home. I am thoroughly amazed at how well this bass of mine has stayed in tune and remained trouble free. I'm not exactly sure how old it is; ( 2 1/2+ yrs. min.) but in all that time, I have not had to do a single set-up job. In fact, it still has the original strings on it! It still has the same action as when I acquired it and rarely needs more than minor tuning to return it to standard pitch. I'm not a fanboy in any sense and it is rare that I give my "endorsement" ( not that it counts for anything. :P ) to any piece of gear unless it very much deserves it. I wish I could state this in a more eloquent manner but... To Sheldon, and all of those at Dingwall, I say thank you, thank you, thank you! Maximum respect due. 8)
15 years ago
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Hey EJ, I have found that anytime I have had a quality instrument, It never needs a periodic readjustment. My Dingwall ABII, NSD "Bass Cello", 70's Gibson EB3, and Peavey "Foundation S" have never needed adjustment except when I adjusted them for my taste when I first got them. In fact, when I got my DW, it surprised me that my ABII was adjusted exactly like my Peavey and Gibson. I assumed that the string height would need to be adjusted close to the fretboard like the Peavey, but it was perfect. Having a quality handmade DW to compare the Peavey to, showed me that the Peavey was a lot better quality instrument than I realized. With Rotosound strings, the Peavey almost sounds as good as my DW. BUT.....it's a 4 banger. So my advice is to always spend the extra money for a quality instrument and don't waste your money on cheap made stuff. You'll be happier in the long run. Oh Yeah, buy you a Dingwall and you'll never be as happy with anything else! TB
15 years ago
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Will be going on 14 years soon since I've had my Prima 5 and I've never had to touch the truss rod once! I've been tempted to give it a spin just to exercise it but I've decided to leave well enough alone.No doubt they are a hearty breed. I've come to the conclusion that my bass will outlast me by a long ways!
15 years ago
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What strings do you use? Have you used the same ones all those years? No adjustment if you changed strings?
15 years ago
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[quote="dsincjr":26pmn0x4]What strings do you use? Have you used the same ones all those years? No adjustment if you changed strings?[/quote:26pmn0x4] I've only used Dingwall strings. While there have been subtle changes in them over the years they have been outstanding. Seems in the last 2-3 years the break-in time has become minimal and string life extended even longer which is great, but they've always been great, and most importantly...Consistent!! I've always kept a dead set(psuedo flat-wounds) for studio stuff and I've noticed I have to work them a bit longer now to get them REALLY dull. I've probably been through 50+ sets, it's difficult to say because there were a couple years where I was playing Upright bass almost exclusively and some downtime while I was retro-fitting. I play pretty aggressively but like a fairly clean sound so my action isn't super low, I also live near the ocean which yields a pretty constant humidity and temperature. I'm not sure what you mean when you say "adjustments" but a simple string change shouldn't require any adjustments as far as I know. I set my intonation from time to time as needed and have had the frets touched-up(my bass has large frets, not the Banjo or Mando frets), that's it.
15 years ago
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[quote="Texas Bred":2pivnxxb] Oh Yeah, buy you a Dingwall and you'll never be as happy with anything else! [/quote:2pivnxxb] Yeah, I''ve come to the same conclusion. I've played some very nice, ( even much more expensive;) basses, but nothing fits me like my DW. DW has become my cure for bass G.A.S. 8) I just need to figure out how to afford a fretless twin and I will be set. Now if only I could cure myself of being a pedal junky. :lol:
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