Friday, 18 May 2007
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Wow my new ABII-5 fretless is beautiful and sounds awesome! In the bridge position w/a little bass boost it's a mwah factory. I never could get good consistent mwah on my parallel fretlesses. I no longer own any parallel fretted or fretless basses. ["I've got him where I want him now", thinks Sheldon as he wrings his hands] :D
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Funk Awesome------ twin brothers from different mothers. Can't wait to hear them in person. You might post this thread on talkbass just to rile up the crowd and let em know- fanned fretless is no issue. right now to 99.99% of them its conjecture and hearsay
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Nice! I'd love to hear sound clips. I just can't get used to the F holes. Maybe it's because I am so used to seeing mine without them that it looks so weird to me. I bet it sounds fantastic though.
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":8j7a3jkb]Nice! I'd love to hear sound clips. I just can't get used to the F holes. Maybe it's because I am so used to seeing mine without them that it looks so weird to me. I bet it sounds fantastic though.[/quote:8j7a3jkb] One cool thing about the scroll holes is that it's not just a route cut out of the walnut and the bubinga precut glued on. The walnut actually has the scroll hole design in it too and is twice as thick as the bubinga at the opening, but the chamber is bigger than the scroll hole. If you were to ask Sheldon he would say it's proprietary :wink: I have no issues playing Sheldon's FF fretless. It's pretty intuitive to me.
14 years ago
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Absolutely delicious!!!
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I should also mention and thank Terry @ Cabs Unlimited in Louisiana for such great communication and patience through both purchases. He has an SJ in stock ready to play if anyone's interested. If you want to contact him PM me and I'll give you his info. Excellent customer service.
14 years ago
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That scroll design is perfect! I may have missed this in a previous post, but what is the board wood? Is it epoxied?
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Very nice pair, Funk. I'm the last one that should be jealous of someone elses Dingwalls, but I again feel the faint and distant rumblings of Dingwall G.A.S.- my SJ cured them for a while, but I feel myself weakening. No regular basses at all? I get it, but that's still radical. I have a few ordinary basses left, but now I'm wondering for how long? :wink: Mark
14 years ago
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Lovely pair of basses. And the f-holes look lovely in person My GAS has been hybernating ever since I placed the order for an Artist Prima, but this pair have had some effect on awaken it again. Funkshwey I will hold you and Sheldon directly responsible if I end up with a fretless ABII :P (if I end up with other Dingwalls I will hold other people responsible; I am just a Ding-aholic :wink: )
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VERY nice! Good to hear the f-hole is deep/strong enough. I'd be afraid I would bust a piece out cleaning the top. Enjoy. Let's hear sound clips! Dear Santa, I would like a fretless, matching Dingwall AB-II for Christmas this year...I think Sheldon should provide those for all his customers. :lol:
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Hey Funk- I wont hijack or derail the thread, but here is my pair Black(03)=fretless (FD1, V-V-T), Amber(01)= fretted #042-1 piece neck) [img:1n8szne5]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/files/abi_pair-fretless___fretted_138.jpg[/img:1n8szne5] Now back to your F holes
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You can hijack my thread all you want with pics like that Frank. 8) Frank's going teach me how to slap like Mark White ya'll. One thing I'm feeling strongly about is that I think the dots on the side of the neck should be on the lines with a small dot in the middle on the 3rd 5th 7th 12th... frets on different "lines". Sheldon agreed to install more dots for a slight upcharge and just send the neck only, but what I think I'm going to do is buy some adhesive dots the same size and do some more low lighting experimenting to make certain that's what I want. Guys I have to say that in low lighting the white dots are so bright and visible against the dark wood they almost look glow in the dark. Your reaction is to shoot for the dots in low light but the right note's not there. The maple lines are barely visible in medium light, which is not a problem for me. Basically in med light I'm playing an unlined fanned fretless. :) If you've never played a DW FF and want to start on fretless I would take Sheldon's high recommendation a get white lines instead of the maple. I don't look at the lines low on the neck and in the middle but up high I'll lean over a little to make sure my intonation doesn't go random on me. Just wow on the tone of the ABII-5 fretless, amazing. [quote="FrankM":7l4vkfup]Hey Funk- I wont hijack or derail the thread, but here is my pair Black(03)=fretless (FD1, V-V-T), Amber(01)= fretted #042-1 piece neck) [img:7l4vkfup]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/files/abi_pair-fretless___fretted_138.jpg[/img:7l4vkfup] Now back to your F holes[/quote:7l4vkfup]
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I've always used fretless side dots ON the line positions for an unlined board-I favor using either thick aluminum or copper wire, depending on the colour of the bass. However, if the board is lined, I'm not sure how my little brain would react. Your idea of a temporary stick-on trial sounds very smart!
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The side dots on my Z-2 are pearloid and are really hard to see under stage lighting as they aren't really reflective and gets drowned in the light. Conversely, in low light situations they don't show up either. I've had to paint over the dots with white paint and now its fine.
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Nice pair Funk! I would like one of the same, maybe +1 string. I had a six string fretted ABII for a while. I was planning to send it to Sheldon to have it defretted, but fell into financial troubles and had to let it go. Never found much use for the high C on a fretted bass, but I love playing my buddy's six-string fretless Dean(Yes I know, Dean. It's actually a pretty nice bass). I think the F-holes are a nice touch on the fretless. Don't know if I'd want them on a fretted bass though.
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Does anyone no where to get 3mm white adhesive dots? I did a quick search last night with no results.
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I did these side dots with blank bumper sticker material and a 1/8" hand punch. I was going to do it with a 1/16" hand punch but it would have been nano surgery. Helps with the low light situations.
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Wow, Funk, I can appreciate the work that it took to do that, but that would confuse the hell out of me. I play a bastard unlined fretless with normal dots at the 3, 5, 7, etc frets and it's enough for me. That's tons of dots. Did the bass come with the normal fretless side dots? Mark
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[quote="guitarded":3vn2e86c]Wow, Funk, I can appreciate the work that it took to do that, but that would confuse the hell out of me. I play a bastard unlined fretless with normal dots at the 3, 5, 7, etc frets and it's enough for me. That's tons of dots. Did the bass come with the normal fretless side dots? Mark[/quote:3vn2e86c] It was surprisingly very tedius to do this. I had to use an exacto blade to separate the vinyl from the backing material, then gently lay the blade on the neck and push down. The side is marked with maple fret lines. In low med light the maple disappears. The 3rd 5th 7th... dots were so visible that your reaction is to play on the dots. I would have used smaller dots but it was impossible to work with. If I decided to have permanent dots installed I would go with 1/16th" however instead of the 1/8" I used. I don't look at the front of the fretboard, just up high sometimes. The fanning is pretty intuitive to me. I also played a fretted ABII-5 for a year before this purchase, so that helps. This completely fixes the extreme low light situations. :D The fretless pictured below was my main player for 1.5 years. The dots were on most the lines.
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