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Hello,

I am new, so please be gentle.

I recently bought a 2nd hand ABII, serial #4000. The documentation indicates it's the 500th bass built.

I'd like to know some tech details about my bass. First of all, of course date of birth. Also which pickups it has? What is the wood (it has a figured top, probably bubinga pomele?). And since the seller couldn't provide allen keys, please tell me the necessary allen key sizes.

Speaking of allen keys; I've already figured the one for truss rod adjustment. Since I changed the strings immediately, I needed to adjust the rod, the key's short end would fit in the cavity but it was impossible to turn it since the long end was touching the side of the cavity hole. Neither I could insert the long end of the key, because the neck pickup was preventing having a correct angle. At the end I had to remove the neck. I am a little bit puzzled. Can you tell me the correct procedure to do this?

Thanks
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That's awesome that you have #4000....even steven number!
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[quote="Brim":3kcmxxlc]That's awesome that you have #4000....even steven number![/quote:3kcmxxlc]
Yeah! First time ever happened to me.. :D
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Congratulations on the new to you bass.

It was assembled on 12/12/03.

The body is Walnut, top and neck are Bubinga. FD3 pickups, Aguilar OBP-1 pre.
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Many thanks. And the allen sizes???
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[quote="basadam":1sijrfpn]Many thanks. And the allen sizes???[/quote:1sijrfpn]

Whoops, I missed that. 4 mm, 9/64", 7/64", 5/64" and 1/16". The truss-rod wrench is a ball-ended wrench blade that we custom bend in-house. With this wrench there is no need to remove the neck.

A replacement set is fairly inexpensive even with postage to Turkey. Contact Dingwall Sales if you'd like one.
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December 12, 2003?

I thought we were just coming close to the number 4000 now. My Dingwalls are all under #4000 and the newest one is only about 3 months old.
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I was a bit surprised too, considering my 36XX dingwall is from 2005!
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Fingers crossed! My ABII will turn out to be something very special I guess... :D
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At the time I figured I'd give it a special serial #. It seemed like it would take forever to reach 4000. Well, forever is getting pretty close. We should be at the 1000th this month.
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