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
13 years ago
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[quote="Jjango":3mkfb71z] I'm here, buddy. :) [/quote:3mkfb71z] Whew! I was getting concerned that maybe you'd found other pursuits more important (can't imagine that could be possible, but you never know). :D
13 years ago
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New guy on the block here. I got wind of this, and had to join. If you were to do a 4-string model, I'd be raiding my savings for it in a heartbeat! 8) I don't have a Dingwall yet (tried a AB 4-string that I loved), but my main bass is my fanfret Precision project bass.
13 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3gr7algu]Hi Davio, At the time we were looking at who the potential player would be for this type of bass. Obviously a Rock guy. It seemed that a lot of the younger Rock bassists, at least in Canada were playing Stingrays so this became a marriage of a T-bird and a Stingray.[/quote:3gr7algu] This is a killer body design! I like it a lot. But, please note that not all rock guys are StingRay players. To be honest, I have tried to love the StingRay (several times), but it just isn't my tone. I prefer either a single pickup in the Precision location, or else dual pickups.
13 years ago
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Needs two pickups, IMO. Mark
13 years ago
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How about MM/P? That might be tough to do since those pickups are quite different, but those two sounds are the sounds of rock. It might be a very versatile instrument.
12 years ago
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What would be the scale on this beast?
12 years ago
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It's designed as a 32" to 35" 5-string
12 years ago
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Nice. Thanks. The D-Bird would hang low on most people, and longer would get uncomforable. Too bad for the killer B, though.
11 years ago
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I just see this tread, D-bird totally blew me away. If this model could come off with entry level price, with solid rock (black, red, white..) I would be so nice. I love the Dingwall reversed headstock design. Imho 1 pickups with series/parallel switch would be nice. :D
11 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":vjc74j1z]Well, I can see that the Dingwall GAS will never end with everybody wanting new models. What about the SuperP I mentioned, Sheldon? :) Love the D-Bird. I had a '76 TBird long ago and I still miss it. :cry:...what a neck! Mark[/quote:vjc74j1z] Well, I got my Tbird back, but I'm still curious about this so-called Dbird? Any update, Sheldon? Mark
11 years ago
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Anything new bump?
11 years ago
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It's about 5 projects down on the list.
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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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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[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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Any thoughts on body wood(s) yet?
11 years ago
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Mahogany makes the most sense.
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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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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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."
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