Friday, 15 January 2016
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Well, I am completely sold on Dingwall basses... (Do you say so in English...?) There is a possibility I can free some money to get a five string also. When looking at the different models the Leland Sklar model and Z2 are the two that catch my eye. I really dig that barking gnarly close-to-the-bridge tone. To my question: What is the biggest difference between the two, if the Z2 is built with (almost) the same materials and no fancy top? Tone wise? "Switchability"? I am not that much into twiddling with the knobs, but I see some switches on the Z that ain't there on the Sklar... //Roger crouching under the somewhat arctic winter...
6 years ago
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I know that the rotary switch on the Lee Sklar is set differently than on the Z2 (ie, a different order of settings from fully CW to fully CCW). I think the wood might be different too, but I don't know. This is actually a question on my mind as well. I'd like to hear Sheldon's answer.
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Sorry I missed this. Thanks for chiming in GE. The Sklar body woods are Northern Ash/Alder, the pickups are Super-Fatties, the Glockenklang mid is voiced lower at 250 Hz and the frets are smaller (mando size). The Sklar is only available with hot-rod metallic finishes. The Z2 body is dual-density swamp ash, the pickups are FD3s run through series/parallel toggles before heading to the rotary switch. As GE mentioned the Z2 has our traditional rotary switch wiring while the Sklar has the neck and series positions reversed for a more even transition of tones. They're both sonically similar. The Sklar feels more sleek due to the smaller frets. It has a more powerful voice due to the body woods. The Z2 has a little more range of tones due to the toggles. Either way you can miss.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3emktd1c]...They're both sonically similar. The Sklar feels more sleek due to the smaller frets. It has a more powerful voice due to the body woods. The Z2 has a little more range of tones due to the toggles. Either way you can miss.[/quote:3emktd1c] Well, that was just about what I needed to know. My Voodoo Prima has that extra tone range, so a "slightly more brutal" bass like the Sklar is the one I tend to lean towards. The basses I compare to are my 70's Fender J and my Lakland 55-94, where I tend to go for the bridge pickup tone. The "twin bridge pups config" on the Sklar is close to my tone ideal, single or in combination. Thanx for the input! //Roger
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