Tuesday, 02 February 2010
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Here's the scoop: Since buying my second AB1 (I no longer have the 1st, unfortunately) I've been using the neck pickup soloed about 90-95% of the time in my funk/disco band. Between amp, tone knob and my hands I can get a decent approximation of a P tone and it works wonders for most of the music in this group. Mostly I'll switch to series mode for particularly slap-heavy songs if I need it to really cut through the 12-piece band. Other than that, though, I have had no use for the bridge pickup. Other than noodling around at home I don't do any solo playing and I'm not particularly fond of the soloed bridge pickup sound anyway. The shell on my bridge pickup is all scratched up so I was hoping to replace it which lead me to the idea of a whole new pickup with a new, upgraded, useable (for me) sound. I enjoyed DeepHeepBass's recent review on the pickups and preamps he tried out with his pre-fire Voodoo and I've been shooting some emails back and forth with Kent Armstrong to see about possibly getting a similar MM5 pickup squeezed into a Dingwall-sized shell but I started wondering about existing Dingwall pickups and if I might be able to get what I want from one of them. Mind you, I don't expect to get something that sounds exactly like a MM. The pickup is in the wrong place and it's a passive bass, etc. I'd just like something that can approximate that sort of punchy, clear and powerful kind of sound. Any suggestions? Or is the Kent Armstrong probably the best bet?
11 years ago
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Without having recieved mine yet, use the bridge PU?
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[quote="Erlend":c5oayxkv]Without having recieved mine yet, use the bridge PU?[/quote:c5oayxkv] The current bridge pickup is the problem. I'm not a fan of its tone and the shell is all beat up so I'd like to replace it with something I'll use.
11 years ago
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Oh, sorry... I read "neck"... I could have been more thorough, to be honest. My bad. :mrgreen:
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Seriously? Nothing? Come on guys...help a brother out! :)
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Seriously? Nothing? Come on guys...help a brother out! :)
11 years ago
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Do you know if your AB1 has the newer pickup design with the bridge pickup wired (internally) in series, or is it the older (parallel) design? I find on my Z1 (each pickup is switchable between series and parallel) that the series setting sounds much better when the bridge pickup is soloed. That is, the bridge pickup internally wired in parallel sounds rather thin, but in series it is a much thicker sound. However, when I use both pickups (either series or parallel), the difference is less dramatic, since the neck pickup adds enough "thickness". Good luck.
11 years ago
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My advice? Buy the Kent Armstrong MM and post clips so I can see if I should get one in the future :D
11 years ago
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It's a 2002 model so both pickups are parallel. I've been thinking about a new 4L and if I can't find a way to get a sudo-MM sound, I'll gladly settle for something different but useable (like the 4L or Mach II). Since both of my AB1s have been parallel pickup models, I don't have any experience with the other pickups that Dingwall offers. Would the Super Fatties possibly come closer than FD-3s?
11 years ago
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Speaking of which... Is there a list somewhere of currently available Dingwall pickups and prices? Maybe even descriptions? I think that would be a good addition to the new website (if and when...).
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[quote="davio":3pj4qklf]Would the Super Fatties possibly come closer than FD-3s?[/quote:3pj4qklf] Don't the Super Fatties come in a different shell? Longer and narrower? I'm not sure it would fit. Sounds like something to look into anyway.
11 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":28usd748]Don't the Super Fatties come in a different shell? Longer and narrower? I'm not sure it would fit. Sounds like something to look into anyway.[/quote:28usd748] That would be another great bit of info to add to this hypothetical list...dimensions!
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Don't forget the site doesn't even list that FD-3 pickups exist, yet alone the switching options. Many [i:klfirhfw]models[/i:klfirhfw] are missing, like the Z3, SJ5, ABZ. The Combustion is mentioned on a separate page, it's not in the "products" page. With it, the FD-3A pickups. There are no options published, and that would also be neat. You know maple/rosewood/wenge, 2-band/3-band, pickups specs, sound samples etc. Personally, I've had a few people look up AB-II after they've seen mine, only to come across old info. The next time we meet they would throw that old info at me, and I'd talk for minutes about what's really inside, leaving a bitter taste in both their and my mouth. It'd be much easier to say "yeah", smile and thump the low B just once again, only to see others smile as well. An old site is not something to put aside, it actually might do damage, if it already didn't. Of course updating the site is not primary, and it should never be, but hiring a student to update specs once a year wouldn't be too hard. Of course it would take some time off the workbench, to provide the new specs to the web-dude, but might be worth it, I don't know.
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