Friday, 27 February 2009
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Hey Sheldon, I noticed that Mike Lull has launched a t-bird that closely resembles the 64 Thunderbird. The bass has an improved bolt on neck, but the pickups are very accurate renditions of the 64 t-bird. This may be fantasy, but what if you could make these available with your jazz neck (upside down with a super t imprint) and the Dingwall chrome jazz bass bridge??? If you were using Lull's body assembly, this could be cost prohibitive, but I had to ask. You can see the bass on Mike's website if you have not seen it already at NAMM. Thanks! mitch
6 years ago
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Sheldon has been teasing the D-bird model over on the Facebook page... https://www.facebook.com/dingwallguitar ... 88812536:0
6 years ago
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I took my liberty to toy around a bit with Sheldon's CAD drawings. I fancy a D-Bird, but would rather see a somewhat slimmer shape with better access to upper frets and a body with "lesser material" behind the bridge. Also a longer "upper horn"... [img:1x5uuxtv]http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd169/bassmayhem/D-Bird%20Bassmayhem%20Edition_zps93yxdabn.jpg[/img:1x5uuxtv] I hope you don't mind... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
8 years ago
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I would buy one. With a union Jack paint :D
8 years ago
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Oh well. Thanks for the swift response :)
8 years ago
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Hey Bocete, I've been tied up re-drawing every curve and surface on the existing models to transfer them to a new CNC machine. This has been going on for over two years and I'm still not done. D-bird is going to be a while. Sorry.
8 years ago
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Many new developments have happened with Dingwalls since this question was originally asked years ago. Is the D-Bird still on the todo list, and has it progressed a bit higher on it? Thanks :)
9 years ago
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[quote="Grand Wazoo":16b57vtc]Sheldon... http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2013/02/15 ... bird-bass/ Don't you see what I see? Fanned frets, slanted pickups and bridge? The world needs a Ding-Bird man![/quote:16b57vtc] Yes, but not one like that; it's UGLY! The Thunderbirds and Mockingbirds should definitely have been kept in separate cages here. I vote for adherence to the original T-Bird body shape, to the extent legal immunity permits. The non-reverse shape might mitigate the neck-dive problem, but it just looks wrong to me.
9 years ago
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Sheldon... http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2013/02/15 ... bird-bass/ Don't you see what I see? Fanned frets, slanted pickups and bridge? The world needs a Ding-Bird man!
9 years ago
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I would actually be very interested in this, if, one, it had the thundering sound of the original Thunderbird, and two, it did not have the extreme neck dive Thunderbirds are notorious for. I tested a Thunderbird a while ago, and the neck dive was the dealbreaker.
11 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":29ju3nfx][quote="fff-bass":29ju3nfx] Availability: Is "about five projects down the list" a question of years or months? If the latter, would deposits at this point be a welcome impetus or a premature accounting nuisance?.[/quote:29ju3nfx] Most likely years as every project has an unpredictable time load.[/quote:29ju3nfx] That's a fair answer I like the idea of "years to wait" cause that way I'll have more time saving ££££, but Sheldon would you ever consider making a fanned Tele bass 5 strings replica of a vintage blonde 51 Precision maple neck & fingerboard? like this? [img:29ju3nfx]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/marchone/1951Precison_xl.jpg[/img:29ju3nfx]
11 years ago
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[quote="fff-bass":2uh5yrow] Availability: Is "about five projects down the list" a question of years or months? If the latter, would deposits at this point be a welcome impetus or a premature accounting nuisance?.[/quote:2uh5yrow] Most likely years as every project has an unpredictable time load.
11 years ago
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You're right, and especially in light of the SuperJ and SuperP/J precedents. I hadn't thought of that, though I should have; I used to have a mint, blonde '68 that went to finance my SJ-5 "Geddy Special."
11 years ago
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SuperT sounds like a tele bass more than a T-bird. But you got a point regarding rights. I'm all for MM-P pickups; and please, when designing the MM pickup, try to make it fit into the larger FD-3 shell as replacement for Combustions and ABZs.
11 years ago
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Indeed it does! Here's my US$0.02 worth on other aspects of the design: Pickups: One, two, or a choice would be great, in standard rectangular shells, as the original T-Bird was available either way. Headstock: Reverse SuperJ all the way! While T-Birds didn't have reverse headstocks, reverse Firebirds did, so tradition would be indirectly observed. Also, the two small points on the SJ's headstock would echo the little "pruning hook" on the T-Bird's. Colors: Standard/traditional rock 'n' roll, including a natural/transparent/burst. However, I confess to jonesing for Corvette/Ferrari yellow, too. Pickguard: Could this be optional, as on Combustions? That huge slab of (blah black or white) plastic on T-Birds has never done anything for me. However, the pearloids or tortoises from the Combustions and SuperJs might be REALLY cool, if not entirely traditional. Availability: Is "about five projects down the list" a question of years or months? If the latter, would deposits at this point be a welcome impetus or a premature accounting nuisance? Name: D-Bird is cool, but so is SuperT, and might be less of a hassle, Brand G being as notoriously litigious as it is.
11 years ago
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Mahogany makes the most sense.
11 years ago
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Any thoughts on body wood(s) yet?
11 years ago
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[quote="Bocete":39lq6own]Okay, so not anytime soon. Thanks for the reply! Oh, and which price range are you aiming at? If you've given it thought.[/quote:39lq6own] We were aiming for between the ABZ and AB1.
11 years ago
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Cause I'm bored, I'll give my opinion Keep close to the original: - two pickup, passive - reverse headstock - black, white, sunburst or natural with pickguard I could finally be like my hero, with balanced tone! [img:a1sv9dqp]http://0.tqn.com/d/animatedtv/1/0/Z/y/metal_Playing_Guitar.jpg[/img:a1sv9dqp]
11 years ago
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Okay, so not anytime soon. Thanks for the reply! Oh, and which price range are you aiming at? If you've given it thought.
11 years ago
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It's about 5 projects down on the list.
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