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Hi there.

I don't know how many people buys Dingwall pickups directly from your site, and puts them on other basses, since those with rounded edges won't fit on that many other basses.

But I would like the dimensions listed on the purchase site of yours, so one can tell if it'll fit or not. It's important if one should change out old Dingwall pickups to new ones or "E size" ones. Whether it's listed in inch or millimeters I don't care. But I think "E size" equal those soapbars of EMG pickups I am not sure. But would still see dimensions, as most other pickup manufacturers has this on their sites.

Anyway, would this be possible, or you have those dimensions listed in a post here in the forum?

I've tried to search.
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The thing I wonder about is mainly which pickups of yours will be a replacement on a ABI bass like this, which seems to have the old pickups (I don't know). Can this one - say - take any "E-size" pickup?

[img:y5fnqv89]http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Dingwall_ABI_4_Blue_files/AbTop.jpg[/img:y5fnqv89]
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Have look at these: http://nordstrandpickups.com/products/d ... ordstrand/ which have the old-style shell.
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I wish I could find one last P-Tone for a 5 string in that pickup shell. I keep searching to find one. xD
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[quote="callum":6qgw718g]Have look at these: http://nordstrandpickups.com/products/d ... ordstrand/ which have the old-style shell.[/quote:6qgw718g]

Still don't know what the "old-style shell" corresponds to on Nordstrands site. Is it the "Bartolini" size listed there?

Also, on that site, it says [i:6qgw718g]"intended for parallel fret basses, designed for 18mm to 19mm bridge spacing[/i:6qgw718g]". I am not sure I can slant it and count on that the rails (or poles) align up perfectly with the string. It seems that those Nordstrand pickups are intented just for pararell fret basses, and thus, can't be set slanted, or slightly "askew". And on top of this, Nordstrand has less info of these. Ceramic? Neodymium? Alnico? Rails or pole pieces? Which basses does it fit? Seems not to be any Dingwalls, as far as I can tell (they don't have any rounded edges). So it's not direct replacement pickups as far as I can tell.

But by and large, the dimensions are listed there anyway. Don't know if the dimensions are for pararell frets basses (the pickups should be set up pararell to the strings) or fanned frets, or if it doesn't matter.

Still a bit of confusion. If Dingwall has dodged pickups altogether and left it over entirely to Nordstrands, it would be appropriate to have links on the purchase sections around here, on the pickup page, since most of them seems out of stock at the moment.
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Hi Mats,

I just started my second build, a multi scale 6 string (36" - 33") and today received my set of Nordstrand FD3s. They're the EMG size so a little narrower and longer than the Bart size which are stubbier altogether.
The plan is definitely to slant them, and since I will have a slightly narrower string spacing (17 mm) I'm pretty sure it'll work fine. They'll be in the "Stingray" position at a 28 degree angle.

In my first build (35" standard) I used a second-hand set of Bart MkIs which were never intended to be slanted but put them in on an angle and they work brilliantly.

The FD3s are fairly light so I'd say neodymium.

Not sure that's in any way helpful. I'm "blogging" what I intend to do, and actually do, here: http://www.ozbassforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=17894

Regards,
Michael
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OK thanks drBass.
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The pickups we sell are designed to be mounted at an angle. The FD3's that Nordstrand sells are designed to be mounted perpendicular to the centerline. We don't recommend our pickups for use in a traditional bass with perpendicular mounting.
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Ok, thanks, all set and done then. Nordstrands are not direct replacement. Yours are. Finally that is settled. Then we know. But still, no dimensions listed.
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The pickups are meant as a direct replacement for existing pickups in our basses that are the same size, there is no need to list their dimensions.

If you're looking to install them in something else and you're going to install them at the same angle they were designed for, feel free to send and email for the dimensions of the size you're looking at.
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