1. Mark L
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I've been away from my SJ for a while since Sheldon pimped my Voodoo, and since my AB has been my main gigging bass for so long. In fact, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit it, but my SJ has seen very little stage use since I got it. Well, I did a sub gig recently and got a wild hair- I took only the SuperJ. OMG! :shock: I know this has to be [i:j5018fpc][b:j5018fpc]the most[/b:j5018fpc][/i:j5018fpc] amazing four string F-style bass ever designed. What tone, what action, what looks. I was totally blown away by my SJ, and the band I subbed with was very complementary of the sound and the looks, as well as my playing. I'm not boasting with that last statement - I credit the amazing design of the SJ, and all of my Dingwalls, for bringing out the best I have to offer as a bass player. Thank you, thank you, Sheldon, for these amazing instruments. I'm still stoked about my Dingwalls years later, and I continue to be floored by them every time I play them. I've never owned basses that made me feel more in love with them as time goes on. Dingwalls rule! :D

Mark
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I hear ya... There's so many days I just want to post here simply to restate how amazing these basses are. Congrats on the gig and on rediscovering your Super P/J. :)
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when i read this "kind of "stories", i begin to think about "some kind of f-like instrument"... something, what didn't happen for a long time... it seems that it could be a very interesting outlook... i regret more and more, that there seems to be no possibility to check out this kind of instrument in germany :cry:
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Gosh mark, that is gorgeous. If I could afford one, that would be the exact color/wood/PUP combo I would want for mine.
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Once I've strung my Super PJ it projects the 60's thump effortlessly.

I am waiting for the Super J5 reviews!!!
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BTW, I highly recommend all SJ owners try D'Addario Chrome Flats on their bass. The SJs tone and playability are indeed amazing with round wounds, but the vintage tone is greatly enhanced with the Chromes, and the feel is so much smoother and faster. The flats will blow you away!

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I must string up my AB I with Chrome flats too (to get more vintage within the Dingwall magic)
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That really is a beautiful bass. And, I too, join in thanking Sheldon for such wonderful aesthetic/musical creations.

John
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nice post mark!

I ordered the flats, thanks again for your help

lafaro: if you want, you can try my SJ. I live near Utrecht, Holland.

to all: great 2008 with lots of DW :D
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I just returned from a weekend in Dallas with my wife to celebrate our 21st anniversary. Who knew a bass player could make a marriage work that long? Well, doing it part-time and having a "real job" helps, IMO :wink: Anyway, I tortured her for a few minutes by visiting Guitar Center, just to browse (frankly, the Dallas Museum of Art, was much more interesting.) As you probably know GC only deals in ordinary basses, mostly- Fender, ESP, Gibson, Epiphone, etc., but they do sell Tobias, Warwick and Modulus, as well. So, I plunked around on a few of these high-end basses. It's really a horrible place to test out an instrument- none of the basses are set-up well, so you can't tell how well they might really play, but, despite that, I came away with an even greater appreciation of how amazing a Dingwall bass is. After a few minutes with these high-dollar basses I realized that if I was ever lucky enough to be given one, I would immediately sell it to fund another DDG product. The necks on these basses seemed very chunky, and they weigh a ton. They are apparently very well crafted and have what many players need , so I'm not dissing them. They just lack the qualities that make a Dingwall such a pleasure to play. Thanks again, Sheldon!!


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I agree. Whenever I go to music stores and try stuff out, I am happy to know that I own the best basses I have ever played. It's very rare that anything piques my interest.
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In November last year, I placed my order for a Z2-6, having read of the merits and heard the amazing tones of Dingwall basses; in particular the ability to retain clarity at very low notes.

So, yesterday, I was woken up by my phone ringing. It was the mailman, who couldn't find my house.

So I went outside to meet him, sign his electronic signature machine, and receive the box he had for me. I then brought it inside, and opened it up.

I have read claims such as "it takes only five minutes to get used to the fanned frets" and "the extra string is harder to adjust to than the fan". Bullshit. Having never touched a multiscale, or spent any time with a six-string bass, before, I immediately found the Z2 to be the most comfortable and natural-feeling instrument I have ever played.

I have so far only played it through headphones, and I am really looking forward to using it with my band. That subcontra F# sounds amazing.

Thank you, Sheldon, Dingwall Sales and the crew, and congratulations; you have earned yourself a devoted fan (pun somewhat intended).

Now, Sheldon; you did say that you would send pictures of it "tomorrow"; that was nearly a week ago now. If I had a camera, I would take some myself. I'll just say that, in addition to being the best playing bass I have ever come across, it is also the most beautiful. I'll try to get some pictures taken later.
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Congrats! The love can be felt through the screen :)
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...And half an hour after making that post, the pictures appear in my inbox. Here they are. They don't really do the flame of the top wood justice; it's just too beautiful.
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Classy.
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Nice bass. Contrats!
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[quote="Bocete":247o66w6]Congrats! The love can be felt through the screen :)[/quote:247o66w6][quote="NaH":247o66w6]Classy.[/quote:247o66w6][quote="Smallmouth_Bass":247o66w6]Nice bass. Contrats![/quote:247o66w6]Thanks^^
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Wow, She's gorgeous. Congrats!!!
Now start saving for another one!!!! :D
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[quote="aqsw":1w5eeo46]Wow, She's gorgeous. Congrats!!!
Now start saving for another one!!!! :D[/quote:1w5eeo46]I'll do that eventually :wink:

For now, I'm really happy with this one.
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Wow wee! That's a beauty. Congrats.
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G.ad to hear you got it and are a happy guy. As mentioned this was tuned to low F# using CircleK strings. It's quite a combination!
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