Thursday, 07 March 2013
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What's going on, everyone? :D I got my first Dingwall over the weekend, and have already found myself on this forum researching a few tech questions, so I figured I might as well sign up and say hi. My name's Drew, I live in the Boston area, I'm primarily a guitarist (bluesy instrumental rock stuff, mostly seven strings) but I picked up a bass a number of years ago to record with and have slowly been moving up to nicer and nicer stuff since then. This is my Dingwall. Sorry for the rough picture, my camera takes awful pictures indoors: [img:n1a2i285]http://www.drewpeterson.org/dingwall%20005.jpg[/img:n1a2i285] You guys probably know a lot more about the specs than I do, but 5-string Afterburner, rosewood board (with an interesting grain pattern - very even and linear), what looks like an alder body, Dingwall pickups, and whatever that EQ switch is. I'm still dialing in the setup and whatnot, but so far I'm really digging how this thing plays and sounds (especially the two pickups series position, which is seriously punchy). This is my first fanned fret instrument, and for the most part the fan is pretty easy to get used to, though I've actually had some trouble in the first few positions jumping between the low B and higher notes on the same fret. It's coming though. I'm actually a pretty awful bassist (I'm a guitarist, and play bass like a guitarist) so I'm taking this as a good excuse to teach myself how to play bass properly - I'm just starting to get calluses on my fretting hand. :D One of the things I'd ended up here looking for was information on strings that work with a Dingwall's longer scale (it's funny, my last bass was a 35" with an unusually long body and headstock so finding strings was a problem and I never found a case that would fit - I vowed if I ever replaced it it'd be for a 34" P-Bass or something easy; clearly the problem here is I just have kind of esoteric taste in gear, haha, because I certainly screwed that one up). I've currently got a set of D'Addario Super Long EXPs on it, and the D'Addarios aren't QUITE long enough: [img:n1a2i285]http://www.drewpeterson.org/dingwall%20015.jpg[/img:n1a2i285] ...however I'm getting zero fret buzz on the open B on an otherwise very low setup, so they seem to work anyway. The Elixirs I'd just pulled off my last bass looked like they would be JUST long enough, but for a guy who spends most of his time with a 25.5" guitar with either a 46 low E or a 68 low B, a 37" .130 is pretty damned tight so I'd like to find a coated string a little lighter. Anyway, pleasure to be here, fellas, and so far I'm really happy with this bass. :mrgreen:
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Ok, the Dingwall has a case, it was the bass before it that I couldn't find anything it'd fit in. Thanks for the welcome! :)
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Welcome to the forum. I love the color. Congrats. If you lay a 4 string P bass on top of your Afterburner, the AB nearly disappears. The dimensions are very close, so you shouldnt have trouble finding a case to fit your Dingwall. That's a testament to Sheldons brilliant design. He once stated the the Fender bass was the benchmark for the Dingwall design, but you cant tell that at first glance. Thats the genius behind it all. The switch on your bass is the discontinued bluEQube. Flip it up to engage the mid-cut feature. Between Sheldon, Dingwall Sales, and the forum members, there is a wealth of information here, so dont hesitate to ask, and in just a fews days you will be planning your next Dingwall.
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Oh, interesting, that explains rather a lot, actually - I thought it was the strangest looking rosewood board I've ever seen. Thanks guys!
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Welcome aboard! A third option for strings is Circle K. That's a nice burst! I don't think Sheldon has ever made an ugly instrument. 8)
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from your description the fingerboard isn't rosewood.. It's wenge... if you contact Sheldon Dingwall and give him your serial number he will tell you everything about that Bass. you can buy strings for the Afterburner from Dingwall..
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Nice bass and welcome to the forum. The fretboard is actually wenge and not rosewood (hence the pattern and porous texture). The body is indeed alder. The toggle switch is the BlueEQube circuit, which is a mid scoop. You may not be able to find strings for it at every store, but if you plan a pack in advance you should be okay. The Dingwall strings are great and Payson makes strings specifically to fit as well. There are several others that fit too. Head over to the string section and there is a lot of discussions about the various strings that will fit. I don't know if I recall seeing anything about a coated string that fits though.
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