Saturday, 25 April 2009
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We were looking to fill the hole between the upcoming Combustions and the AB1. The new model will be the ABZ. The specs are: Swamp Ash ABI style body with a satin finish ABI neck with a maple fingerboard and satin finish FD-3A pickups from the Combustion. Passive Street price of just under $1800 US. This should be one fun bass. I'll have photos later next week. The second model we are very proud to officially unveil is the Lee Sklar signature model Z2. The specs are: Northern Ash/Alder dual density body 5 pc maple neck with wenge fingerboard and matching headstock. 24 Mando frets Z2 Super-Fatty pickups Gockenklang 3-band EQ Rotary switch wired how Lee likes it - B, P, N, S. Here's a photo of Lee's Z2 that we are basing this on.
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Awesome!
12 years ago
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Cool. Will it have a hidden neck heal like on the Z's and Combustion's?
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Awesome news- a Lee Sklar bass- too cool. the ABZ --can you give an idea of its tone? more towards a musicman-ish or ABI-ish sound. and here i was hoping to hear about the SPYKER bass, guess it will have to be later.... gosh.
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That blue Sklar is really nice. Is that a metallic blue?
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Wow, interesting. The ABZ will be entirely made in Canada? Since both are models are slight variations or existing models, I guess that they might become available by the end of this year? Have you considered an alternative pickup configuration for the ABZ? Either a single "boosted" 4L pickup in the sweet spot, or two pups a-la Z2. That might increase the popularity of the AB series. The alternate pup configuration would make a fine excuse to buy another AB, for those that play a single AB already at least.
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Adding a signature model from such an acclaimed player as Lee Sklar should be a great move for the company. Serious basses for serious bassists! I want one! :)
12 years ago
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Wow, can hardly wait to see that ABZ!
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I can see a spot for an ABZ in my herd. As well as a Lee Sklar Dingwall, I will hold my horses for the time being (couple of other projects should be completed before I order that one); unless I offer my professional services to either Sheldon or Mr Sklar as an exchange for such a noble fine bass: gardening or cooking :wink: :wink: :wink:
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I know Lee Sklar does not consider himself a gear head. He likes to keep it simple. It appears that on his signature model there may not be the series/parallel internal pup switching as on other current Z and Prima models.
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[quote="John H.":ru0i2gxv]I know Lee Sklar does not consider himself a gear head. He likes to keep it simple. It appears that on his signature model there may not be the series/parallel internal pup switching as on other current Z and Prima models.[/quote:ru0i2gxv] He reverses the N and S positions.
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[quote="Funkshwey":70702rmz][quote="John H.":70702rmz]I know Lee Sklar does not consider himself a gear head. He likes to keep it simple. It appears that on his signature model there may not be the series/parallel internal pup switching as on other current Z and Prima models.[/quote:70702rmz] He reverses the N and S positions.[/quote:70702rmz] Right. But I don't see any toggles for internal series/parallel coils.
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Does anyone know if some of the pots on the Sklar Sig are push/pull for different purposes(active/passive, coil taps etc.)?
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There are no switches for series/parallel switching on the LS. The pickups are both wired for series output.
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[quote="Funkshwey":1jmnq4zt]Cool. Will it have a hidden neck heal like on the Z's and Combustion's?[/quote:1jmnq4zt] No, but because of the maple fingerboard, there should be a little more visual flow from the neck into the body.
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[quote="Beepo":1f9f5irw]Does anyone know if some of the pots on the Sklar Sig are push/pull for different purposes(active/passive, coil taps etc.)?[/quote:1f9f5irw] Typically the Glock has a push/pull pre on/off switch. There wouldn't be any coil taps because the pickups are not single coil, but the pup internal series/parallel selection is usually handled by a couple of toggle switches. The bass, mid and treble controls are usually single function pots. The last pot is the pickup selector.
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[quote="Bocete":2k6x1rr0]Wow, interesting. The ABZ will be entirely made in Canada? Since both are models are slight variations or existing models, I guess that they might become available by the end of this year? Have you considered an alternative pickup configuration for the ABZ? Either a single "boosted" 4L pickup in the sweet spot, or two pups a-la Z2. That might increase the popularity of the AB series. The alternate pup configuration would make a fine excuse to buy another AB, for those that play a single AB already at least.[/quote:2k6x1rr0] We ran those scenarios, but our goal was to be as value oriented as possible. This configuration provides a nice variation on the AB line and keeps the cost on target.
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[quote="John H.":37t14gvg] Typically the Glock has a push/pull pre on/off switch. There wouldn't be any coil taps because the pickups are not single coil, but the pup internal series/parallel selection is usually handled by a couple of toggle switches. The bass, mid and treble controls are usually single function pots. The last pot is the pickup selector.[/quote:37t14gvg] Right, thanks John!
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1bzu49ur][quote="Bocete":1bzu49ur]Wow, interesting. The ABZ will be entirely made in Canada? Since both are models are slight variations or existing models, I guess that they might become available by the end of this year? Have you considered an alternative pickup configuration for the ABZ? Either a single "boosted" 4L pickup in the sweet spot, or two pups a-la Z2. That might increase the popularity of the AB series. The alternate pup configuration would make a fine excuse to buy another AB, for those that play a single AB already at least.[/quote:1bzu49ur] We ran those scenarios, but our goal was to be as value oriented as possible. This configuration provides a nice variation on the AB line and keeps the cost on target.[/quote:1bzu49ur] That's good to know. Thans for the reply :)
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":o1fxgn4p][quote="Funkshwey":o1fxgn4p]Cool. Will it have a hidden neck heal like on the Z's and Combustion's?[/quote:o1fxgn4p] No, but because of the maple fingerboard, there should be a little more visual flow from the neck into the body.[/quote:o1fxgn4p] Nice, like an ABII but with all lighter wood. Please post pics when you can.
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Here is the first ABZ. This is also the last bass to be assembled in our Broadway Ave. shop. It will be on it's way to Bass Central sometime next week. I should mention that we used a birdseye fingerboard on this one which is NOT standard, but we are considering as an option.
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