Wednesday, 04 June 2008
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sorry if this has been posted already. i was just at BNW a couple weeks ago and i don't believe they had this yet. i would have loved to have tried it. http://www.bassnw.com/New%20Exotic%20%2 ... exotic.htm not sure i could let go of my AB-II to justify it, but what are the sonic differences between the AB-II and the Super J-5? Substantial? i'm guessing it's a super J-4 with the extra string verses sounding anything like the AB-II?
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[quote="BassGreaser":2nty6zei]not sure i could let go of my AB-II to justify it, but what are the sonic differences between the AB-II and the Super J-5? Substantial? i'm guessing it's a super J-4 with the extra string verses sounding anything like the AB-II?[/quote:2nty6zei] I can't speak about the SJ5, but my SJ4, while a very nice bass, doesn't pretend to be anything like my longer scale Dingwalls. Indeed, it's not designed to do the same thing by virtue of the shorter scale length. While the SJ5 is tempting, I'm not gassing for one at the moment. The ABs and Zs are so amazing that I just can't see going to a shorter scale again. My guess is that the SJ5 is more like the F-style bass it's patterned after. It's a ground breaking instrument that is masterfully executed, and it's going to make many people very happy, but I can't see one in my future. Now, a mesquite topped Z ?...that's a whole other story. :o Mark
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I noticed that the "dual carbon spars" can actually be seen on the back of the neck. Are they used like pieces of wood throughout the length of the neck? I thought they'd be in the neck, but not visible.
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":7x3izp5f]I noticed that the "dual carbon spars" can actually be seen on the back of the neck. Are they used like pieces of wood throughout the length of the neck? I thought they'd be in the neck, but not visible.[/quote:7x3izp5f] Those stripes are actually wood, like the skunk stripes that you would see on especially one piece maple necks, used to open a route for the truss rod. Similar idea here for the carbon spars. BTW I have received my SJ5 today and it is simply unbelievable, the neck is to die for, very well balanced and the tone is superb! My quest for the best J style 5 string stops right here! Did I mention that pearloid on maple board is stunning :lol:
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[quote="guitarded":3qvt5nqv][quote="BassGreaser":3qvt5nqv]not sure i could let go of my AB-II to justify it, but what are the sonic differences between the AB-II and the Super J-5? Substantial? i'm guessing it's a super J-4 with the extra string verses sounding anything like the AB-II?[/quote:3qvt5nqv] I can't speak about the SJ5, but my SJ4, while a very nice bass, doesn't pretend to be anything like my longer scale Dingwalls. Indeed, it's not designed to do the same thing by virtue of the shorter scale length. While the SJ5 is tempting, I'm not gassing for one at the moment. The ABs and Zs are so amazing that I just can't see going to a shorter scale again. My guess is that the SJ5 is more like the F-style bass it's patterned after. It's a ground breaking instrument that is masterfully executed, and it's going to make many people very happy, but I can't see one in my future. Now, a mesquite topped Z ?...that's a whole other story. :o Mark[/quote:3qvt5nqv] I too have no GAS for an SJ-5. While I find them quite beautiful, I too am sold on the longer scale length of the AB and Z series. My band is sold on them too. I guess unless I were to join a band that required me to have a 'traditional' bass design, I'll just enjoy them from afar.
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As funkaholic says, they are walnut splines covering the carbon fiber slots. It's way more of a PIA to install them this way, but I like the look. Kind of a nod to the Fender skunk stripe, but since we have two, we're twice as skunky - YEAH!
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Cool. I like the look of them too. So, when is the next batch of SJ5s due? :wink:
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