Sunday, 22 July 2007
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Morning... Okay, my gas is almost unbearable now. Still trying to move a couple 'primitive' basses to free up some cash for another DW, but in the meantime I'm wondering... My Super J is perfect! Is a AB going to feel quite different to me because of the longer scale? And being a four string player, should I be looking at an AB five string to make my 'stable' a little more rounded or will a four string AB give me another bass with unique qualities? Or should I be waiting to grab a Super J fiver when they are available? I've never really had any desire for a fiver before but I'd sure be willing to give a AB or Super J fiver a try... Sorry for all the questions... Thoughts? Regards, Al.
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It's all up to you and it's all good. Here's my .02 based on my experience. I initially feared not only the longer scale but also alternating between scales......after reselling (and regretting it BADLY) my longer scale 37" basses I bought another AB11-5. I've only been playing a liitle over 5 years and I now go back and 4th between scales easily. The longer scale basses have a more slappable, clearer B with no mud, even when detuned a whole step. The shorter scale has its' own sound and provides for a slicker fretting hand (for me, at least). I switched from 4 to 5 3 years ago and sold all my 4s. Anything I can do, I can do on a 5. Many others (perhaps most) still use a 4. I'd "break on through to the other side" and get an Afterburner 5-the sound will blow you (and those who play with you) away.
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thanks morris :-)
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[quote="BassGreaser":236iit19]Morning... Okay, my gas is almost unbearable now. Still trying to move a couple 'primitive' basses to free up some cash for another DW, but in the meantime I'm wondering... My Super J is perfect! Is a AB going to feel quite different to me because of the longer scale? And being a four string player, should I be looking at an AB five string to make my 'stable' a little more rounded or will a four string AB give me another bass with unique qualities? Or should I be waiting to grab a Super J fiver when they are available? I've never really had any desire for a fiver before but I'd sure be willing to give a AB or Super J fiver a try... Sorry for all the questions... Thoughts? regards, Al.[/quote:236iit19] Hey, fellas - Greaser's GAS is progressing as expected. :) Don't worry about the longer scale on the AB. If you are jumping from a 34" scale to the 37"B on the AB, remember the scale is only 1.5 inches longer in either direction, it's not a 3 inch longer reach on the AB. The AB is a different guitar all together in feel and sound when compared to the SJ. I love my SJ, but my AB is my main working bass and I could not imagine gigging without it. It's an amazing design. Thanks, Sheldon!! :D Mark
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I don't think it will be an issue Bassgreaser. Once you feel and hear an ABII-5 you might not pick the SJ up as much. Speaking of GAS, man, my 1st ABII-5 quenched my gas for about 10 months. I tried playing my parallel 34" 5str fretlesses and it just wasn't happenin'. I practice sometimes through a Fender SS Harvard Reverb '80 guitar amp (20 watts 10" speaker) and the DW's sound really good even though it's a guitar speaker. The 34" basses sounded really muddy through this amp and speaker sounded like it was going to blow. So, I sold both 34" 5 string fretlesses and a bass amp to fund an ABII-5 fretless. 2 months after I got the fretless I'm already gasin' for another DW.
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[quote="Funkshwey":2pqu2763] So, I sold both 34" 5 string fretlesses and a bass amp to fund an ABII-5 fretless. 2 months after I got the fretless I'm already gasin' for another DW.[/quote:2pqu2763] 12 step program anyone? :-)
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I took the 12 step program and I ended up with 12 Dingwalls 8) I am wondering if that is the direction I was supposed to head!!! :wink:
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I think you end up noticing the difference more when going back to a 34" scale after having played the 37" - 34" of the AB. 34" sort-of feels like a toy. I do most of my playing in the 4th to 7th fret positions, so it really isn't that bad. If you stay down low long, you might notice the longer stretch a little but it is not that drastic.
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Having owned a ABI and current owner of a SuperJ, they are totally different animals. As a Fender guy, I am more partial to the more traditional jazz sound, but would hesitate to recommend an AB. I wouldn't worry about the scale length. To me, my ABI was a "playable" as any 34-35" scale 5er, but with better string to string tension feel.
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Thought I'd throw in my opinion as I gig switching between an ABI-5 and a SJ P/J several times during any given show. I really enjoy each for their own attributes, but I have small hands which make the SJ feel more comfortable and faster for me. So while I love the AB, I play the SJ more and feel I play faster/better on it. Anyone know where I can pick up a larger set of hands?!? :lol:
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I play AB1-4 string and a SJ and do not have any difficulity in switching between them because of scale lenght. The feel is different, but you get used within one minute. However, I agree that the SJ is easier to play when you have small hands. Both basses have their own specific character. My AB is of the first series with FD1 pickups (I think..). I find it more usefull for playing heavier stuff. If I were you, I'd go for a AB1-5 instead of a 4 string.
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[quote="marton":31rska9z] If I were you, I'd go for a AB1-5 instead of a 4 string.[/quote:31rska9z] Yep. If you have to ask the question whether to go 4 or 5 you got to go 5. With Sheldon's design and build there's little debate ANYWHERE, even among strait-fretters that his basses have the best B's in the Bidness.
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thanks guys... going 5.... :shock:
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okay, just went for an ABII 5'er. damn this dingwall gas is bad. i'll post pics when she arrives. :lol:
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[quote="BassGreaser":172y1qiq]okay, just went for an ABII 5'er. damn this dingwall gas is bad. i'll post pics when she arrives. :lol:[/quote:172y1qiq] Welcome :-) Lookin' forward to hearing your 1st impressions and seeing pics of your new tone staff.
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here's the ABII... i like painted basses but these scrolls / tone chambers i love.
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I absolutely love that bass...congrats and enjoy!!
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I'm also a sucker for hollow/semihollow instruments-bet it sounds even nicer than it looks.
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thanks guys.... played my first gig out last night with the SJ and it was heaven. these fanned frets were soooo easy to get used to and are sooo comfortable. funny how guitarists don't even notice the fanned frets, maybe cause they're too busy showing off? :)
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super happy that i ended up choosing the abII-5 for my second dingwall. absolutely amazing bass! the low b, c and d moves mountains... not being a five string player before, i have found the transition quite easy. :mrgreen:
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[quote="BassGreaser":33lemirv]super happy that i ended up choosing the abII-5 for my second dingwall. absolutely amazing bass! the low b, c and d moves mountains... not being a five string player before, i have found the transition quite easy. :mrgreen:[/quote:33lemirv] Be careful not to get addicted to those lows. Remember that there are some sweet-sounding highs there too. You've got one of the best basses in the industry!
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