Thursday, 03 February 2011
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Hi all - Thought I'd share my experience where I've decided there's no better bass than my ABZ5. I was recently thinking of downsizing my gear to better suit my playing objectives and environment. Given that I live in a 3 bedroom condo with neighbors on each side of me I really never get a chance to crank it up or play as a bass should be played. Furthermore, I'm more of a hobbyist player with only moderate objectives. So, I was considering purchasing a Rick Turner Renaissance 5 fretless bass, selling by ABZ5 and reducing my stack to something more portable. Well, I went to visit my local bass store - Bass San Diego - an excellent source and crew there to help. This is where I purchased my ABZ5 and went today to play the Renaissance. I played it for a while, then played a ABZ5 they had in stock. Immediately I knew my hands and ears were at home on the ABZ5. There was no changing - no downsizing! I must add though I played a AB-II 5 with Spalted/Flamed Maple X-Top and Walnut Neck while there. It was like sex - luscious, sweet and hard to let go! I've now started collecting my change for a AB-II or better. Bottomline - I was impressed with the Dingwall ABZ5 when I purchased it a year ago and this little exercise only reaffirmed it was the right choice. So, a big thanks to Sheldon for a great instrument - great craftsmenship and artistry. Thanks - Loungesurfer
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Safe decision. The ABZ 5 is a bass difficult to beat by the competition and perhaps a much underrated monster. To this day I still find it hard to believe it's a passive bass. When I took it home, I thought... Sheldon who are you kidding? I've had to open the back plate to verify that there was no battery inside. Respect! And hey the weight, mine is 7.12lbs / 3.50Kg - lighter than my son's Ibanez wafer thin guitar! :D Before the ABZ 5 I owned 4 different MusicMan 5 strings basses, after the ABZ 5 I have sold them all. fact!
10 years ago
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Thanks for the post Loungesurfer. Glad to hear you're still part of the family.
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