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My ABII is on it's way from Toronto and I hope to have it in my hands by Friday. Needless to say, I am VERY excited. :lol:

These are the pics from the web site. I'll have a photoshoot of my own once she arrives. Sort of a vintage ABII, with FD1s, Push/Pull pots for A/P and BluEQube, Mahogany body.

[img:grou6ek1]http://www.clubbass.ca/images/basses/ABII_L.jpg[/img:grou6ek1]

[img:grou6ek1]http://www.clubbass.ca/images/basses/ABII_F.jpg[/img:grou6ek1]

[img:grou6ek1]http://www.clubbass.ca/images/basses/ABII_B.jpg[/img:grou6ek1]
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Contratulations Buffalo. Looking forward to your thoughts on the massive tone.

You might want to think about installing Sheldon's hybrid treble pot. :wink:
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[quote="Funkshwey":6rv28kmz]Contratulations Buffalo. Looking forward to your thoughts on the massive tone.

You might want to think about installing Sheldon's hybrid treble pot. :wink:[/quote:6rv28kmz]

Thanks dude, and yes, I am so looking forward to hearing it for the first time. Especially through an Aggie DB659 to a Crest CA9 and then into Schroeder 210212! I think I should be able to do it some justice with that rig!

I do plan to add that mod for the hybrid treble. I guess it should benefit an FD1 equipped ABII as well it does the FD3 equipped version.

I also look forward to experimenting with the Pups. I will probably order a single FD3, so I can AB the two types. Of course, their different locations will make a direct AB comparison impossible, but I can interchange them and see which like better (or whether I might put the FD3 in at the bridge and leave an FD1 at the neck).
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[quote="BuffaloBob":3lq8fwhg][quote="Funkshwey":3lq8fwhg]Contratulations Buffalo. Looking forward to your thoughts on the massive tone.

You might want to think about installing Sheldon's hybrid treble pot. :wink:[/quote:3lq8fwhg]

Thanks dude, and yes, I am so looking forward to hearing it for the first time. Especially through an Aggie DB659 to a Crest CA9 and then into Schroeder 210212! I think I should be able to do it some justice with that rig!

I do plan to add that mod for the hybrid treble. I guess it should benefit an FD1 equipped ABII as well it does the FD3 equipped version.

I also look forward to experimenting with the Pups. I will probably order a single FD3, so I can AB the two types. Of course, their different locations will make a direct AB comparison impossible, but I can interchange them and see which like better (or whether I might put the FD3 in at the bridge and leave an FD1 at the neck).[/quote:3lq8fwhg]

Cool. 8) You could always record a sample and compare.

You might want to put the FD3 in the neck since it has extended treble response. Ask the question in the Ask Sheldon section of the forum and see what he recommends.
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Ya done good-I can't fathom you ever missing the Lakland! Looking fwd to your impressions, both tonal and ergonomic.
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Nice going, Robert. Have fun and keep us posted.
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[quote="lomo":1ex5fh0d]Ya done good-I can't fathom you ever missing the Lakland! Looking fwd to your impressions, both tonal and ergonomic.[/quote:1ex5fh0d]

Actually, I was concerned that I might miss the Lakland AND the extra $650 this one cost me over even a brand new Lakie 55-02 at about $1150 shipped (or about $900 over a really nice used 55-02), but I'm pretty sure I won't. 8)
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That's a nice bass! I prefer the mahogany look over walnut too. My hybrid treble is being installed now and I should have it on Friday or Monday.
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Nice score!!

[quote:1klgt9sb]Especially through an Aggie DB659 to a Crest CA9 and then into Schroeder 210212! [/quote:1klgt9sb]

I think that the Schroeder 21012 is especially suited to the massive low notes of the Dingwall, and certainly the CA-9 puts out enough juice to move some serious air.

How about a Schroeder 410 for the other channel of the Crest! :D
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":ql0peysf]That's a nice bass! I prefer the mahogany look over walnut too. My hybrid treble is being installed now and I should have it on Friday or Monday.[/quote:ql0peysf]

Let me know what you think about it when you get it. I'm not sure if I will attempt the install myself or not, but I'm thinking about it.

Also, do you have FD3s or FD1s. I'd be curious to know how the hybrid treble works with the FD1s.

BTW, I just checked UPS tracking and the bass is scheduled for delivery tomorrow!! :mrgreen:
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":3s4r0bbm]Nice score!!

[quote:3s4r0bbm]Especially through an Aggie DB659 to a Crest CA9 and then into Schroeder 210212! [/quote:3s4r0bbm]

I think that the Schroeder 21012 is especially suited to the massive low notes of the Dingwall, and certainly the CA-9 puts out enough juice to move some serious air.

How about a Schroeder 410 for the other channel of the Crest! :D[/quote:3s4r0bbm]

I agree. The 210212 has really fat and clear lows, at least when playing my Sad P-Bass through it. I can only imagine right now the uber fatness of a 37" B string through that monster.

To be honest, I can't imagine adding another cab right now! I have never had my amp anywhere near the power limits of the 210212, because I'm afraid of the potential law suits that would undoubtedly engender!! Can you be sued for scrambling someone's innnards at a gig?? :twisted:
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I just tried a new ABII (tone chambered bubinga top, IIRC) and I was blown away by the sound and quality of that instrument. I have been convinced of Sheldon's dedication to self-respect and perfection a long time ago, and the AB line is a line of custom made basses living up to the highest of expectations. I believed that the AB's were great basses, but now I know for myself this is true. I tried the AB through an iAmp combo and there was nothing but great sounds coming out of the speakers.

Thanks for spoiling us with great basses
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[quote="fullrangebass":1mepccrb]I just tried a new ABII (tone chambered bubinga top, IIRC) and I was blown away by the sound and quality of that instrument. I have been convinced of Sheldon's dedication to self-respect and perfection a long time ago, and the AB line is a line of custom made basses living up to the highest of expectations. I believed that the AB's were great basses, but now I know for myself this is true. I tried the AB through an iAmp combo and there was nothing but great sounds coming out of the speakers.[/quote:1mepccrb]
Ok, that's not helping, I just talked myself down from putting myself even further in debt by buying one of the new ABII's with the tone chambers after taking initial steps to buy one....must....control....urges...... :lol:
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I felt that my GAS had died since I placed my order for a Prima Artist, but this ABII really got me close to ignite my GAS again. Blame it on Sheldon 8)
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[quote="BuffaloBob":36nidm72][quote="Smallmouth_Bass":36nidm72]That's a nice bass! I prefer the mahogany look over walnut too. My hybrid treble is being installed now and I should have it on Friday or Monday.[/quote:36nidm72]

Let me know what you think about it when you get it. I'm not sure if I will attempt the install myself or not, but I'm thinking about it.

Also, do you have FD3s or FD1s. I'd be curious to know how the hybrid treble works with the FD1s.
[/quote:36nidm72]

Both of my Afterburners have FD-3s and they sound great.
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[quote:1n7n5feb]To be honest, I can't imagine adding another cab right now![/quote:1n7n5feb]

To help tweak your imagination:

[url:1n7n5feb]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15[/url:1n7n5feb]
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":2huak8ka][quote:2huak8ka]To be honest, I can't imagine adding another cab right now![/quote:2huak8ka]

To help tweak your imagination:

[url:2huak8ka]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15[/url:2huak8ka][/quote:2huak8ka]

Every time I see that huge Schroeder rig I can't help but think how stupidly loud that must be on stage. My little 1212 is a sledgehammer of a cab and once I added a HT115 underneath it to get more lows it sounds like an amp 3x the size...
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[quote:1dajhfuq]Every time I see that huge Schroeder rig I can't help but think how stupidly loud that must be on stage. [/quote:1dajhfuq]

That's what the volume control is for.

Yeah it can go way too loud for stage volume, but I find that the tone of that stack is nicer than either cab used alone. Perhaps because there are drivers at ear level as well as down near the floor, but the DW lows really breath with that setup.

But that setup is definitely a large-room rig, or in this case, an outdoor gig on the river shore. For smaller rooms I use just one of the Schroeders or more commonly a pair of Eden 210s, and often a different amp.
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":yp7i7dlw][quote:yp7i7dlw]To be honest, I can't imagine adding another cab right now![/quote:yp7i7dlw]

To help tweak your imagination:

[url:yp7i7dlw]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15[/url:yp7i7dlw][/quote:yp7i7dlw]

Hee, heeee!!!

Now I remember you. We've traded some PMs on the Dudepit on these very same subjects!!

Well, I've finally joined the family, and BTW, I believe great minds do think alike!! :lol:
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I received my ABII on Friday afternoon, and I've been barely able to put it down.

First, I must say that this bass is really beautiful. I've seen a few bubinga topped basses and thought they were OK. This one has an orange-red color mixed in with the the general brown tones of the wood, and it is subtely gorgeous. Plus, the mahogony really blends well with the bubinga. The bubinga veneer on the headstock is really sweet. I don't normally like matching headstocks, but this bass is meant to have one.

When I picked it up, I was immediately struck by how light it is. This one is lighter than my Sadowsky P-Bass, which is 8.4 pounds. The next thing I noticed was the neck profile. It is somewhat similar to my formally owned Modulus Q5, except it is made of bubinga and is even thinner, which really amazed me. When people say Dingwalls are superb instruments, that is bordering on a gross understatement. The fit, finish, and engineering just screams attention to detail and utmost in quality. I am most pleased and supremely impressed!

And this bass is dead mint as represented by David at Club Bass in Toronto.

OK, now for some pics to back up these mere words!

[img:2xajztng]http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/BuffaloBob4343/NewPics4-21-07092.jpg[/img:2xajztng]

[img:2xajztng]http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/BuffaloBob4343/NewPics4-21-07062.jpg[/img:2xajztng]

[img:2xajztng]http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/BuffaloBob4343/NewPics4-21-07073.jpg[/img:2xajztng]

[img:2xajztng]http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/BuffaloBob4343/NewPics4-21-07043.jpg[/img:2xajztng]

[img:2xajztng]http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c295/BuffaloBob4343/NewPics4-21-07065.jpg[/img:2xajztng]

I've got some mo betta ones to upload, but just meeting my ogligations regarding proof of existence.

Now for playability -

This bass plays like butta, even though the action is way too high for my tastes. I believe all it needs is to have the saddles lowered, as it seems pretty good until you get past the twelfth fret and then it just gets way too high. The fanned frets are no biggee. In fact, I found myself more hung up with playing a fiver again for the first time in several months, and the fact that the string spacing is slightly smaller than my P-bass at 18mm. Still very comfortable though.

More impressions to come on Monday. And perhaps a few better pics!!
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What a good looking bass you have.
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