Friday, 11 January 2008
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This is the last project we've been working on for NAMM. It's a little brother to the Afterburner. There are a few details to be worked out and financing to be sourced but the goal is to put this into production at a really attractive street price.
13 years ago
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Well, as has already been said, I like them too - but many players (including myself) have connected chrome hardware with their first $200 bass. It's something you'd usually see on a cheap bass, and if I were Sheldon I wouldn't want even my budget line to be seen as cheap - especially when it isn't, because we all know that even $1200 is too much for most players. So, if they are buying a boutique, high end bass according to their budget, I'd want them to see the bass like that and not have them remind them of their squier and leave them drooling over the $4000 dingwalls they can't afford. Which will happen, but I'd prefer to have it happen for things that actually do cost more to produce like fancy tops than for tuners. Still, no big deal if it has chrome tuners, I'll probably buy one anyway for the fun of it (and maybe to put some villex pickups in it, as I was debating between villex and fd-3s for a long time and recently decided on fd-3s, or even defret it), I'm just sharing thoughts.
13 years ago
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I think the chrome hardware looks nice myself, especially the tuners. The knobs could be an easy change after the fact.
13 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1vagjc3q]I need to point out that matching headstocks will not likely be available, but is this what you were thinking of?[/quote:1vagjc3q] YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES A more closely matching pick guard would seal the deal! And a matching headstock would be sweet if possible. Thanks for the vision of my next axe, Sheldon.
13 years ago
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Wow...both of the last ones... and I'm lovin the Tort guards.
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[quote="bassplayinbill":34stjdhs]I would like to see this color and texture concept in a medium or bright blue. If you build it, I will buy it!! :shock: :lol:[/quote:34stjdhs] I need to point out that matching headstocks will not likely be available, but is this what you were thinking of?
13 years ago
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I would like to see this color and texture concept in a medium or bright blue. If you build it, I will buy it!! :shock: :lol:
13 years ago
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Outstanding! Builld it already! Mark
13 years ago
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Seriously, it's looking GORGEOUS - well done. I'd still get rid of chrome hardware though.
13 years ago
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Wow!!! Just WOW!!!
13 years ago
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Me like.
13 years ago
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Done deal. That' awesome.
13 years ago
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Man that's sharp.
13 years ago
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Keep in mind we haven't committed to colors yet. Here's an idea for a metallic.
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13 years ago
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[quote="fullrangebass":21if80hm]Most of my Dingwalls were bought sight unseen and untouched. Never regretted a single one[/quote:21if80hm] +1
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Most of my Dingwalls were bought sight unseen and untouched. Never regretted a single one
13 years ago
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[quote="Funkshwey":m4hav2th]AK Rev I bought my 1st ABII-5 fretted sight unseen. A year later I bought an ABII-5 fretless sight unseen. You won't be disappointed[/quote:m4hav2th] I ordered my AB-II sight unseen as well. I'm lreally ooking forward to seeing it!
13 years ago
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Late fall...I will have to seriously consider waiting or at least think hard about it. I can't recall if these are going to all be 5 strings or if there will be 4's or 6's available? If there were going to be any 4's, I would consider picking up a used ABI 5 sooner and one of these in 4 later. I want a 5 of course but would consider a 4 if they were available at the mentioned pricepoint of $900-1200.
13 years ago
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Thanks for the update Sheldon!
13 years ago
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We'll be shipping off another sample this week. I expect the first models to be in production in late fall.
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[quote="AK Rev":2g8l8w30] Any rough idea what kind of timeframe we are looking at here? I'm considering buying a used ABI 5 string if the right one comes along. Maybe I want to wait a bit to have this option?[/quote:2g8l8w30] What AK Rev asked. When will the "prototype" be roughly available? I was also considering an AB1, but like the shape of the new prototype much better! Looks are important :)
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