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Hi all, I recently got an AB I 5 string. I'm overwhelmed with the different tones that this bass has to offer. :shock: Can you guys give me suggestions and comparisons that I can understand. Like...this setting is good for hard rock, this one for slap, etc. I currently play in a sorta heavy, hardrock/prog band where I need cut and growl. But, I also slap a little and play some mellow chords too. I wanna start using my onboard controls to accomodate my playing-style changes in our songs. I also, after reading in these forums, sold my Ampeg SVT-4 to get a more transparent Carvin B1500 (1900 watt bad-boy). I haven't shipped the SVT yet and haven't received the Carvin either. Honestly, the SVT sounds pretty darn good with my 2 Ampeg SVT 4X10 HLFs (they're ported and go deeper than 18's). I keep the EQ on and smiley faced (mids scooped). I plan on setting the Carvin flat, and seeing what I can get out of the bass itself, with the help I get from you guys. The cabs are always gonna be bassier than typical 4X10's, but I like that. I'm considering getting a SWR Henry 8x8, and biamping thru my Line6 bass pod, to get more mids and highs. But, I prefer simplicity and will probably save the bass pod for use w/ my Variax only. Thanks for all help and suggestions, Jody
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IMHO the Dingwalls are the most touch responsive basses. Many sounds can be produced just by changing your touch on the strings. As far as using certain settings under certain situations, it all depends on the sonic frame you are allowed to occupy within the band, meaning: listen to the frequencies the rest of the instruments allow you to roam through (then again, there are no rules set in stone; try and if you all like then it's probably good)

I use mostly neck for fingerstyle work. Series for growly rock, pick work (once in a blue moon) and progressive. Parallel for softer numbers and bridge for complex passages full of clarity). then again it's my touch too in the equation
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FRB...you again HAHA! Thanks!! Yes, I've begun to notice how sensitive the AB is to my touch. It is very responsive, more so than any of my other basses ! I do switch dynamically a lot, in and between songs, move my picking hand around for diff tones, play higher on the neck on lower strings for fatter tone, etc. And, the AB responds so well !! I'll be checking out your settings next time I practice. Thanks again, Jody
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[quote="fullrangebass":1q5nw4kp]I use mostly neck for fingerstyle work. Series for growly rock, pick work (once in a blue moon) and progressive. Parallel for softer numbers and bridge for complex passages full of clarity). then again it's my touch too in the equation[/quote:1q5nw4kp]

+1. This is almost exactly the response you would have gotten from me.
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Thanks again guys! I'll be writing these down and twisting knobs at practice tomorrow.
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