Monday, 13 July 2009
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We all love our Dingwalls, but I figure I'm not the only one who has basses coming and going all the time. How would you feel about a thread where we could show off our non-Dingwall basses that we feel are special? (which some aren't, let's face it. :cry: ) I'm always interested in the ordinary basses people have lying around. I'd hate to gobble up precious server space with too many non-Dingwall musings, though. Thoughts? Mark
12 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":34or98r6]Mark, let's see that chair.[/quote:34or98r6] Really? OK, but I have to post pix of my latest basses first. This thread may already be getting out of control. Since it is a topic about wooden things, here you go - The Bronze Whaler Shark, a first-place winner for style in the 2007 Pinewood Derby, and a second-place trophy for speed, to boot. The inspiration? My SJ, of course :wink:. Mark
12 years ago
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Yes Guitarded... thats back when "they" smoked everything...LOL (and every shirt looked tie dyed whether it was or not) I still have the basses... the Lady bass was stolen and I watched "The Reader" (weekly mag) every week for three years and it finally showed up for sale. I met with the guy (small repair shop... he wasn't the one that stole it) I got it back, but it was gutted electronically, scarred up really badly and they had sprayed some black paint on the headstock up by the carving of the lady. Totally unplayable... I don't think I'll ever have the money to repair it and put it back in action. The silver buttons on the lady bass are the result of dealing with an unscrupulous individual (who shall remain anonymous) who made (obtained?) and installed the Alembic pickups. The pickups were supposed to be hexaphonic... they sounded like eggs were being fried at the local Denny's... I finally had to go to someone else to get them to be monophonic and not so noisy. It originally had controls for each string (I know... overkill... big time! LOL) So after that, until I had the time and money to get the top redone, the buttons were there to fill the holes. I can still setup the Lion bass to play... strings are waaaay old... Rotosounds... "Back in the day when everyone was smoking everything" I ran Freddie through a small graphic EQ into a Crown DC 300A and then into a cabinet they used to make here in San Diego... Ducted Port JBL ... about half as tall as a refrigerator... Sounded great~ the notes came out like Jaco gold balls... They say as you get older your equipment gets smaller... :lol: so now for some small gigs I use a Phil Jones briefcase and larger gigs I use an EA iAmp 800 and the trusty Dingwall Afterburner II 6-string. (Looove it!) If I am on a gig where I can use the Phil Jones, half the time the sound guy is looking around and says "where's your amp?" and no matter what amp... when he hears the Dingwall he goes nuts. (in a good way). When a bass player comes up and asks about the bass I usually tell him I got a really good deal on it because the frets are crooked...LOL Then I give him the Dingwall web site address... Incidentally, the guy that made the sort of reverse setup that made the strings themselves pickups with a blended octave for tone is the Son of G Robert Hall who made Versatone amps (Carol Kaye used them and recommended them). His dad had done some experiments with a guitar setup that way (strings as pickups) with Howard Roberts. The clown who did that lousy pickup job on the Lady bass saw that setup when I was in San Francisco to see him about doing the lady pickup job. A year later he had a couple of basses made with that "reverse string is the pickup setup" and was saying that he invented it. It really sucked and went nowhere... I will say no more about that guy. When I was a young guy, I was going crazy... I was doing that tapping thing and I had visions of using some sort of pedal setup and having six amps... the notes coming out all over the place etc. effects on melody strings... Waaaay beyond just making music... I was playing bass and bebop/fusion trombone. I was a sad case my friends...LOL Now I just want to try to get a good sound and hopefully get the bass to sing a melody... (There are so many really good, good bass players around now!) Anyway, I think maybe this is a little too much info... but you know how us old geezers have to rattle on...
12 years ago
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PS Dear Santa... Please bring me a Dingwall 5-string fretless for Christmas. Amen
12 years ago
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Just snagged this Lakland.... [img:1krbc3ms]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100359/IMG_1223/web.jpg[/img:1krbc3ms] [img:1krbc3ms]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100359/IMG_1225/web.jpg[/img:1krbc3ms]
12 years ago
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A buddy of mine sent me this in April for my birthday. I did some recording with it on one of his projects many years ago. It was just sitting in a corner collecting dust, so he decided to give it to me. I offered to buy it, even paypal'ed him some money, but he sent it back. It's somewhat beat up, but what a neck! These are great short-scale basses. This makes two Univox Hi-Fliers for me now. Mark
12 years ago
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[quote="Brim":3kszlrmk]Just snagged this Lakland.... [i:3kszlrmk]Snip[/i:3kszlrmk] [/quote:3kszlrmk] That Lakland looks great. That model reminds of a Wal for some reason.
12 years ago
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Here's one I like a lot. My design and build. Dimarzio pickups, Hipshot hardware. I call it the RicOdyne :wink: Ack! Gotta shoot some more pics I guess. The three knob setup is current and that pickguard sits nice and flush with the body. [img:1mciwzuq]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/Wademeister/DSCN2413.jpg[/img:1mciwzuq] [img:1mciwzuq]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/Wademeister/DSCN2353.jpg[/img:1mciwzuq]
12 years ago
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Nice work, Wade. 8) Is it neck-through? What is your neck pickup? Ken
12 years ago
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[quote="Spiritbass":1dzjuak5]Nice work, Wade. 8) Is it neck-through? What is your neck pickup? Ken[/quote:1dzjuak5] Thanks Ken, Yep, it's neck through, I was especially proud of the quality of glue joints I ended up with and how well quartered I got the three neck strips. Pickups are a Split P at the neck and Ultra Jazz at the bridge. Both wired in parallel, series wiring on that Split P was just too thick sounding for me! Hope you guys don't mind one more pic... [img:1dzjuak5]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v440/Wademeister/DSCN0367.jpg[/img:1dzjuak5]
12 years ago
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[img:3msnvxg1]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/Phoncible/gear/basses.jpg[/img:3msnvxg1] the ric still gets use for what its good for, and the moses has a band. the warwick is gone, and i barely play any fretless these days :? (the zon's still amazing tho)
12 years ago
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Picked up this Lakland Darryl Jones 4 at Sam Ash this past Saturday. It was a good price that I couldn't refuse! I've not owned a passive 4-string jazz in over 8 years. [img:3ga28vcn]http://gallery.me.com/ninzanstudio/100359/IMG_1234/web.jpg[/img:3ga28vcn]
12 years ago
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It's been a busy year as far as basses go. Here's just 3 of them. I could have had another Dingwall when you add it all up. Oh, well. Mark
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