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Hi, Sheldon. Fullrange has recently mentioned that the necks on his two Z2's are of different thickness because they are handbuilt? Is it so? Are older necks thinner?


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The Ruby Red Z2 has a marginally slimmer neck compared to my first Z2. I need to provide serial numbers but I think that each neck is handmade within certain tolerances. I have to add though, that all my Dingwalls have great necks :lol:
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[quote="fullrangebass":218jdo11]The Ruby Red Z2 has a marginally slimmer neck compared to my first Z2. I need to provide serial numbers but I think that each neck is handmade within certain tolerances. I have to add though, that all my Dingwalls have great necks :lol:[/quote:218jdo11]

Of course, the necks are amazing. The neck is the heart and soul of a Dingwall, IMO. I knew the second I wrapped my left hand around the neck of my first Dingwall that this was the neck I'd been searching out for years (however, now that I think about it, my old Hagstrom 8 string came close to feeling like that, but what did I know, 32 years ago? :) )

I wanted to get the dope directly from Sheldon on differences and exact dimensions of the Z necks.

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Hi Mark,

We do our best to hold tight tolerances on everything. On neck shapes though slight changes make a huge difference in feel. So if we need to sand a little more off the fingerboard in order to get the specified amount of relief the neck will be slightly thinner. If the neck doesn't feel right after a typical sanding, we keep sanding until it does. Even though we CNC carve the Afterburner and Super J necks, there's a ton of sanding done by hand.
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Thanks for the info, Sheldon. I didn't realize that so much was left to manual sanding. FYI for future projects, I like 'em as thin as possible! :D


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