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This doesn't affect the sound as far as i can tell. The bass sounds and plays fine but I can feel the wood laminate joints in the neck. i think this is a 3 piece neck and at each part i can feel the separate pieces of wood. kind of odd considering the price of these basses. would this be caused by the sanding on the neck not being done correctly or possibly from the previous owner not keeping it climate controlled possibly or what?
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No need to worry. It is very normal to feel the seams of the 3 pieces of woods compiling the neck. There is no issue. After almost 30 Dingwalls (owning the whole gamut) I think I know a thing or two. But I am quite sure we'll hear from Mr Dingwall very soon
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[quote="Crucified":39u5ma29]This doesn't affect the sound as far as i can tell. The bass sounds and plays fine but I can feel the wood laminate joints in the neck. i think this is a 3 piece neck and at each part i can feel the separate pieces of wood. kind of odd considering the price of these basses. would this be caused by the sanding on the neck not being done correctly or possibly from the previous owner not keeping it climate controlled possibly or what?[/quote:39u5ma29] While it may look like a 3 piece, it's actually a 5...(check down by the neck joint and you'll see more neck laminates). This is typical on AB's...due to the fact that this is not a poly finished neck, the wood does swell a touch at the seams. Mine did it within the first few months of owning it, but hasn't gotten worse or had any trouble since. I also asked Sheldon about it, just to be sure. He did tell me that it can be sanded back, carefully or that you could have someone do a finish coating on it if you'd rather. But of course, then you wouldn't have the oil/wax balanced neck finish!
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[quote="BurningSkies":1bmkhat9][quote="Crucified":1bmkhat9]This doesn't affect the sound as far as i can tell. The bass sounds and plays fine but I can feel the wood laminate joints in the neck. i think this is a 3 piece neck and at each part i can feel the separate pieces of wood. kind of odd considering the price of these basses. would this be caused by the sanding on the neck not being done correctly or possibly from the previous owner not keeping it climate controlled possibly or what?[/quote:1bmkhat9] While it may look like a 3 piece, it's actually a 5...(check down by the neck joint and you'll see more neck laminates). This is typical on AB's...due to the fact that this is not a poly finished neck, the wood does swell a touch at the seams. Mine did it within the first few months of owning it, but hasn't gotten worse or had any trouble since. I also asked Sheldon about it, just to be sure. He did tell me that it can be sanded back, carefully or that you could have someone do a finish coating on it if you'd rather. But of course, then you wouldn't have the oil/wax balanced neck finish![/quote:1bmkhat9] yes, i see the other pieces now, as long as it's not a big deal i'll leave it alone. The bass itself is very resonant and loud when it's unplugged, i won't get to try it through my live rig for a few hours but i can only imagine what it's going to sound like plugged in.
13 years ago
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[quote="Crucified":1zjhski7]This doesn't affect the sound as far as i can tell. The bass sounds and plays fine but I can feel the wood laminate joints in the neck. i think this is a 3 piece neck and at each part i can feel the separate pieces of wood. kind of odd considering the price of these basses. would this be caused by the sanding on the neck not being done correctly or possibly from the previous owner not keeping it climate controlled possibly or what?[/quote:1zjhski7] It's on my AB1 as well. I'd defer to Fullie's advice on this, as mine is the only one I've ever played. It bothered me for about two hours until I found a thread on this forum and was assured it was the norm. I think someone on the forum has sanded and sealed theirs with good results, but my advice is to leave it alone, you'll get used to it in no time, and it is by design to leave the finish between the neck and fretboard open and balanced.
13 years ago
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Leave it. The only way to "fix" it would be to finish it with poly or something similar...yuck. As long as it's a wax finish, the different pieces of the neck will always swell a different amount, so you'll never get rid of the ridge. I rarely notice it on my AB, and even less so, it seems, on my Z's and SJ. Mark
13 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":1idp6g03]Leave it. The only way to "fix" it would be to finish it with poly or something similar...yuck. As long as it's a wax finish, the different pieces of the neck will always swell a different amount, so you'll never get rid of the ridge. I rarely notice it on my AB, and even less so, it seems, on my Z's and SJ. Mark[/quote:1idp6g03] As a quick note, my Z, which has a maple board has a finished neck, and is anything but 'yuck'. It's thin and smooth and fast and I have no complaints (or neck seams).
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Not dissing your Z, I just don't find a finished neck to be as fast as a waxed one. Mark
13 years ago
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Finished and waxed necks fall equally fast. It's physics.
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[quote="davio":37kys20n]Finished and waxed necks fall equally fast. It's physics.[/quote:37kys20n] Groan :roll: Mark
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[quote="guitarded":1xppobth]Not dissing your Z, I just don't find a finished neck to be as fast as a waxed one. Mark[/quote:1xppobth] I'm not sure that the finish on my Z is anything like any of the other finished bass necks I have. It certainly has no more drag than my unfinished AB. and in the long run is proving smoother.
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Hi Crucified, what you are noticing is normal. Especially on the coast. Burning, your finish is our standard hand rubbed polyurethane gel. We've refined the process over the years though.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":n3h68sik]Hi Crucified, what you are noticing is normal. Especially on the coast. Burning, your finish is our standard hand rubbed polyurethane gel. We've refined the process over the years though.[/quote:n3h68sik] So it's not a gloss finish like a clear-coated neck like a Ric, for example? Mark
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[quote="guitarded":2sd3xr26][quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2sd3xr26]Hi Crucified, what you are noticing is normal. Especially on the coast. Burning, your finish is our standard hand rubbed polyurethane gel. We've refined the process over the years though.[/quote:2sd3xr26] So it's not a gloss finish like a clear-coated neck like a Ric, for example? Mark[/quote:2sd3xr26] Nowhere close...it's very thin, smooth and it's a satin/flat finish that really doesn't feel like anything to my hands.
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