Tuesday, 21 July 2009
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Hello fellow Ding-aholics I plan to attend a guitar clinic for couple of days. I am aware that my guitar playing has been strictly confined to my own compositions (more chordal/rhythmic challenges than soloing) so I intend to carry a Dingwall with me at the seminar. I want to listen and adjust to different music and soloing styles, as a bass player, than learn extreme techniques per se. So the question is: Which Dingwall do you think I should take with me? Or what are the questions I need to ask myself in order to identify which Dingwall to choose. All Dingwalls are great but I'd rather go the 5str fretted route (most comfortable for me). Please help me choose a Dingwall (All Dingwalls owned can be seen on this thread http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/vi ... .php?t=664 Your help is appreciated
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I think I have tendinitis in my wrist after scrolling through all of your basses I'd have to take the OMT Z1 and the Trans Prima...
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How about the Fullrange Z3 and the Amberburst Z2 (my favourite of your ones :) )?
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The FRB Z3 is indeed a great bass (the SF II 's made this bass a top 5 Dingwall). With more than 8 combination (Dingwall fanatics may remember the exact number of coil combinations :wink: ) So we do have a serious contender here: the FRB Z3 The Z2 and OMT Z1 are very versatile, but not AS versatile as the Z3, and while the Z3 may partially approximate the Z1 and Z2, the latter two are not as middy as the Z3 I am waiting for everybody to chime in and let me know what they think, which one to choose
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[quote="fullrangebass":6pyb994y]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=664[/quote:6pyb994y] Good God, that post brings a whole new meaning to the word GAS. :shock: Such beautiful basses. I'm particularly fond of the first ever Artist Prima 6str and the Prima fiver. Just magnificent.
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Hey Jjiango if we place aside the DAS (Dingwall ACQUISITION Syndrome) which is the natural sequence of Dingwall-itis (Just ask Guitarded, BurningSkies and several few others), I am only humbled that Sheldon has been able to offer so much tonal diversity in his models (yet all models carry a Dingwall tonal genetic imprint; trust me, I know what I am talking about) So Jjiango, what would you look in a bass for a crowd that may be as diverse as extreme metal, jazz and ethnic? every Dingwall has it's own identity, that's why I need help to choose. And I only got less that a week to decide
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[quote="fullrangebass":1hugwlbq]So the question is: Which Dingwall do you think I should take with me? Or what are the questions I need to ask myself in order to identify which Dingwall to choose. Your help is appreciated[/quote:1hugwlbq] Help? I think you are [i:1hugwlbq]beyond help[/i:1hugwlbq], Dr. Fullrange. :wink: How do you know when you have too many Dingwalls? When you have to ask advice on which one to play. :P I struggle with keeping just 4 Dingwalls in rotation, soon to be 5....I don't see how you do it, Ed. I swear someday I'm going to surrender my handle to you :D But seriously, I would take the Z3. That's what I usually grab when I consider the choices. Hope this helps. Mark
12 years ago
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Put your basses in a circle on the floor and play spin the bottle...
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FRB doesn't live in a large warehouse so he won't have enough floor space for that ;) Eddy, I've been looking through your thread for half an hour and can't find a picture of your Z3, so I've decided I must be blind. Anyone got any pics of it to post?
12 years ago
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Indeed! LOL :lol:
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The Villex equipped Afterburner GL can probably sound unlike your Z3? How about "transparency" - I'm not sure which bass it was, but it had the extraordinary ability to be heard in any mix?
12 years ago
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Seriously FRB? Does it really matter or are you just trying to get us to look at your basses?
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[quote:ci3gae1j]My Transparent Prima 5str 02.JPG[/quote:ci3gae1j] This one from page 1 of your thread. I liked your description of it sonically later in that thread too. Sort of says "I'm here to take care of business, not to show off" 8)
12 years ago
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What about the Uber Alles, Tom Bowlus' old Prima, the Arbutus burl ABII or the Z3?
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[quote="lowphatbass":xx8e5loi]Seriously FRB? Does it really matter or are you just trying to get us to look at your basses?[/quote:xx8e5loi] Awww, come on, you know you want to. :wink: Mark
12 years ago
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LOL... what is this... a bass porn site???
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[quote="Stonebone":15h4putv]LOL... what is this... a bass porn site???[/quote:15h4putv] You didn't know?
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I didn't look through the list - but - my fav right now is the Z2 with the FD-3's. I'm digging using the single neck (if you can call it that) pickup. As I posted elsewhere, it seems to sound like Abraham Laboriel's tone he gets out of his Tyler. Not quite P, not quite Jazz, not quite Musicman - but a combination of all of them. Rich, punchy. Works for funk as well as rock. It's weird but I find that I go crazy over one tone for 6 months - playing mostly one kind - then moving on the next. If Fullie did that it would take 80 years so he's got to move quickly! That's why he needs help from this forum. I always appreciate Fullie's thoughtful technical input and opinion. Fullie, what's your opinion of where the Z2 sounds fit?
12 years ago
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Take the SuperJ5.
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It's very hard for me to put down in words the sonic imprint of each and every Dingwall I have sort of short listed some Dingwalls that will be able to perform from Dub to hi-fi hi-energy fusion, and everything in between The Z3: super fantastic sounding Dingwall and the most versatile Dingwall so far :wink: (Sheldon's voice "oh, ohh!!! I can feel more trouble coming my way") [img:10103ro6]http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee282/EEF16011967/Z3/fullrange_z3_full_shot_312.jpg[/img:10103ro6] The GL: huge sounding very balaced tone, big warm bass with amazing clarity (able to do the ultra low Reggae and Dub thing) [img:10103ro6]http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee282/EEF16011967/Combustion%20GL/DSC03222.jpg[/img:10103ro6] The Emerald Green: the most "active" of passive basses (in the best sense of both worlds); has all the Dingwall tone juiced up by the Villex NVT pickups and Passive 3-band EQ electronics. It's not as extreme as an OBP-3 preamp, but very versatile and musical (even in the most extreme settings) [img:10103ro6]http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee282/EEF16011967/Emerald%20Green/DSC01306-1.jpg[/img:10103ro6] The AB II: the Cross-over between a Prima and a warm Z with a unique voice of its own [img:10103ro6]http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee282/EEF16011967/AB%20II%20scroll/topclose1.jpg[/img:10103ro6] Tom Bowlus' Prima: looks that match the tonal elegance [img:10103ro6]http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee282/EEF16011967/Aura%20Prima%20Artist/DSC01711.jpg[/img:10103ro6] or Prima Artist 5: another tonal teaser from Sheldon (do I need to mention that it's drop dead gorgeous too? :wink: ) [img:10103ro6]http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee282/EEF16011967/Prima%20Artist%205/DSC01740.jpg[/img:10103ro6] A Z1 is mostly quite growly and upfront to fit quietly in some music (loud and clear, as a bell, but no whistles), while the Z2 has a thicker and growly bridge tone without the neck pillow-y comfort (not much for a plug and play laid back bass; both basses command the attention of the audience and my playing style does not help either :wink: ) The Super J has a great J vibe but not the authority of the 37"-34" scale
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[quote="fullrangebass":3gnas4bn]Hey Jjiango if we place aside the DAS (Dingwall ACQUISITION Syndrome) which is the natural sequence of Dingwall-itis (Just ask Guitarded, BurningSkies and several few others), I am only humbled that Sheldon has been able to offer so much tonal diversity in his models (yet all models carry a Dingwall tonal genetic imprint; trust me, I know what I am talking about) So Jjiango, what would you look in a bass for a crowd that may be as diverse as extreme metal, jazz and ethnic? every Dingwall has it's own identity, that's why I need help to choose. And I only got less that a week to decide[/quote:3gnas4bn] That's hard to say, as I've never actually heard the basses in question
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