Tuesday, 21 January 2014
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Hi all, I ordered the AB1 a good couple of months ago, I can't wait to be able to get my hands on it in a couple of months. Ever since I first tried a Dingwall, I've always wished I owned one. I'm going for a Alder body with a white finish, Wenge neck/fretboard with Luminlay side/face dots. and also I'll be having the 3 pickup option as well with Glockenklang 3-band eq active/passive volume pot. I can't wait!
7 years ago
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Nice! You don't often see Afterburners in white. I look forward to seeing the pictures when you get it.
7 years ago
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I'll be interested in what you have to say about its sound. For a long time I played an AB2 with a walnut body, bubinga neck and wenge fretboard. It has a very punchy solid sound - even in passive mode. Then I switched to an alder AB1 with a maple neck and wenge fretboard. It's not as punchy but its tone is richer. More "woody." More like a Fender than a Warwick (but better, of course). I'm curious to know if that rich tone comes more from the alder body or from the maple neck. I ask this because I eventually want to get a Z3 six-string and I often see photos with a wood combination similar to yours - alder or ash body with a wenge neck. And I wonder if these basses sound closer to my AB1 or my AB2.
7 years ago
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You're similar to me Dingbat, only my ABII has a mahogany body (bubinga neck, wedge fingerboard). I started on it first, then picked up an ABI with an alder body. I would agree that the sound opens up a bit more on the ABI (woody). I find that the ABII records really well. Both are stellar instruments. I have been playing the SuperJ (P/J) and SuperP most these days though.
7 years ago
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Hey Dingbat. I've had several AB's and a Z3. The Z3 was very different than any of the AB's. The Z3 was much more modern and clearer sounding than the AB's. The AB's were more organic and had more sustain and overtones. Darker and rich. I also moved to the Super P and P/J. These are different again. The scale works better for me. Tone fits between the AB and Z. Maybe. I think the pickups make the biggest difference in tone. Then the wood combinations. I miss every Dingwall that I sold.
7 years ago
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None of my basses have Super-Fatty pickups. I thought they were supposed to have a more "vintage" tone, not more modern. I agree pickups make a difference but my AB's have the same pickups (although one is a 5-string and the other is a six). Still the two basses do sound different. Plus, if and when I get a Z it will probably have the same pickups again (Super-Fattys aren't available for 6-strings). So the wood is the main factor in my case. The bridges on the AB's and Z's are very different, too. That can also contribute to the difference in tone. I also have a Super PJ4 with the original PJ pickups from before the Fatty's were developed. It's another sound due to the pickups, the wood and especially the shorter scale length.
7 years ago
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I've played a AB1 which had a Swamp ash body with a Wenge neck/fretboard and compared it to another AB1 (played them a couple of months ago last year) Which had the same body only with a maple neck/fretboard. I must say the Wenge one had a kinda compressed sound to it compared to Maple one. If that's any help of describing what character wenge neck/board has imo.
7 years ago
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That is interesting. And it seems to confirm my speculation about the wood. Neverthess, the bass you have on order is going to be a killer. I'm envious already. :mrgreen: Congratulations.
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Since I own several Dingwalls and have played several more (I am fortunate to live near Jive Sound), let me weigh in on this. When I got my first Dingwall back around January 2006, I played both an ABI (alder body, maple neck, wenge board) and an ABII (walnut body, bubinga neck, wenge board); both with FD3 pickups. I found the ABI to be much brighter and zingier than the ABII, which was noticeably darker/punchier. I went with the ABII, which gave me more of the sound I was looking for, and immediately got in line for a Z1. The Z1 (which arrived not quite 3 years later) has the FD3-4L pickups (same pickups as the AB but internally switchable between series/parallel), dual density swamp ash body, maple neck and maple board. As mentioned by others, it is a more modern, brighter sounding bass, although not quite as zingy as I recall the AB1 (that I had played back in early 2006) being. My Z3, with Superfatties in similar locations as the Z1, has a walnut neck and ziracote board. The Z3 sounds moderately darker than the Z1 with maple neck and board. Hope this helps.
7 years ago
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Can I sum this up by saying I've never played or even seen an ugly Dingwall. I'm sure this bass of yours will be all you hope for.
7 years ago
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The good ol' overtime and extra work is sure gonna pay off when it arrives. I've already got plans for another Dingwall.
7 years ago
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Oh my......... It's coming in 7-14 days! :D
7 years ago
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[quote="R.J Kershaw":319mn1ke]I've played a AB1 which had a Swamp ash body with a Wenge neck/fretboard and compared it to another AB1 (played them a couple of months ago last year) Which had the same body only with a maple neck/fretboard. I must say the Wenge one had a kinda compressed sound to it compared to Maple one. If that's any help of describing what character wenge neck/board has imo.[/quote:319mn1ke] I hope that you form a strong and permanent bond with your new Afterburner!!! My AB-1 was alder/maple/wenge. I have wondered at times if I may have liked its tone better with a maple or morado fret board. Quite moot at this point, as I sold the AB-1 to fund my SJ/P-5. The medium scales are a perfect fit for me. :D
7 years ago
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[quote="Spiritbass":3lidtvre][quote="R.J Kershaw":3lidtvre]I've played a AB1 which had a Swamp ash body with a Wenge neck/fretboard and compared it to another AB1 (played them a couple of months ago last year) Which had the same body only with a maple neck/fretboard. I must say the Wenge one had a kinda compressed sound to it compared to Maple one. If that's any help of describing what character wenge neck/board has imo.[/quote:3lidtvre] I hope that you form a strong and permanent bond with your new Afterburner!!! My AB-1 was alder/maple/wenge. I have wondered at times if I may have liked its tone better with a maple or morado fret board. Quite moot at this point, as I sold the AB-1 to fund my SJ/P-5. The medium scales are a perfect fit for me. :D[/quote:3lidtvre] I plan very much to have a strong and permanent bond with it. :D I've just started thinking about getting another Dingwall, either a AB 6 string or the SJ. Definitely with a maple neck/FB, I can't make my mind up about the body wood ( I've narrowed it down to 2 woods.)
7 years ago
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One of the maple-necked beauties that Sheldon & crew crafted for me: [url=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/spiritbass/media/Stormy_zps78c67aa4.jpg.html:ht7w4l84][img:ht7w4l84]http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g421/spiritbass/Stormy_zps78c67aa4.jpg[/img:ht7w4l84][/url:ht7w4l84]
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[quote="Spiritbass":ptmeetor]One of the maple-necked beauties that Sheldon & crew crafted for me: [url=http://s1101.photobucket.com/user/spiritbass/media/Stormy_zps78c67aa4.jpg.html:ptmeetor][img:ptmeetor]http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g421/spiritbass/Stormy_zps78c67aa4.jpg[/img:ptmeetor][/url:ptmeetor][/quote:ptmeetor] Very nice!!!!
7 years ago
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Hey RJ! Has it been 7-14 days yet?? By timelines, you and I may have un-identical twins! Looking forward to your announcement. Jeremy
7 years ago
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[quote="Formula":3c69f59m]Hey RJ! Has it been 7-14 days yet?? By timelines, you and I may have un-identical twins! Looking forward to your announcement. Jeremy[/quote:3c69f59m] If all is good, I should be picking it up on Saturday. :D
7 years ago
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Darn it, I've just been told its been delayed and won't arrive at the shop until Tuesday.
7 years ago
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[quote="R.J Kershaw":xiv7hsns]Darn it, I've just been told its been delayed and won't arrive at the shop until Tuesday.[/quote:xiv7hsns] I hate it when that happens!! :evil: :lol: But think about how awesome TUESDAY is going to be! 8)
7 years ago
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It may have been delayed, but I received some pics of it from Sheldon today. It looks stunning, I'll put them up once I'm back home. :D
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