Wednesday, 03 October 2007
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I am the new guy here. I was never interested in Dingwall or the fanned fret concept. Then I was offered an even trade for one of my basses that hardly got any use, and I thought why not, at worst I'll sell it or it just sits there just like the one I traded did! That's how I got my ABII. When I gave it a try, I found that in the first octave the fanned frets is easy to use and it's actually better that 35" basses. Just like the manual suggested I closed my eyes and everything was under my left hand. But past 13th, 14th fret, it gets complicated. I keep hitting the wrong notes, I guess some face-markers would help. Anyway, please tell me that it'll get easier in time. I think I like this bass (too early for a final verdict) but I also want to keep playing my "normal-fret" basses. Any suggestions are welcome. BTW, I noticed people are asking which strings to use with Dingwall. When I got the bass the strings were quite dead. I put on a set of Lakland Nickels I have around; the B string's silk end protruded a bit into the fretboard, but shaving it solved the problem. Also non-silk part of G string wraps a bit around the post but thats okay. So, you can add Lakland to the list.
14 years ago
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I find the 34-37" fan very easy up to around 9th position. It's tricky higher up, but it DOES get easier with time. I have to focus more in that part of the fretboard. If I'm doing a lot around 12th fret or higher (like chords), I usually pick up a "normal" bass. There are others in these parts, however, who virtually never play a parellel fretted bass :-) For me it's about 10% of my playing time. No hassle going back and forth for me at this point.
14 years ago
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you get used to it, I promise. It gave me trouble at first but doesn't any more. Here's the proof--this clip was recorded entirely with my ABI V, all above the 12th fret. It has the head of the tune in chord melody style, then a solo over comping, all on the bass above the 12th fret [url:pmi5j5v6]http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/leafy.mp3[/url:pmi5j5v6]
14 years ago
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i have had my ABII for about 2 and a half years (my first fanned fret instrument) and i still hit wrong notes above the 12th fret every so often. the only design change that i would do on any dingwall (or any fanned fret bass) is put additional fret markers between the d and the g string to make tracking easier. now that i think of it i think i am going to get a wax pen and mark them myself.
14 years ago
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:shock: :shock: That must have been a pretty nice bass you had just sitting around for an even trade on an ABII.
14 years ago
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It was a mint Sadowsky Metro Standard 5 with original case and everything. My new-to-me Dingwall has no case, the allen keys are missing, and it has oh-so-slight wear.
14 years ago
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[quote="basadam":1okt86tf]It was a mint Sadowsky Metro Standard 5 with original case and everything. My new-to-me Dingwall has no case, the allen keys are missing, and it has oh-so-slight wear.[/quote:1okt86tf] An upgrade on your part IMHO :-)
14 years ago
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[quote="basadam":ho4dpk06]It was a mint Sadowsky Metro Standard 5 with original case and everything. My new-to-me Dingwall has no case, the allen keys are missing, and it has oh-so-slight wear.[/quote:ho4dpk06] The 4th Dingwall I bought is the Voodoo one. It was heavily used (not abused though), some dings and dents, had a re-fret too, no original case or anything but I love it and I use it a lot!!! (in that case lies the "Uber Alles" now). If the bass is in good shape with no damage that affects integrity, stability or sound, then it's a bass worth having. On the plus side, you worry less if any ding happens (God forbid!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: ).
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[quote="basadam":ntyxyol3]... past 13th, 14th fret, it gets complicated. I keep hitting the wrong notes, I guess some face-markers would help. Anyway, please tell me that it'll get easier in time. I think I like this bass (too early for a final verdict) but I also want to keep playing my "normal-fret" basses. Any suggestions are welcome.[/quote:ntyxyol3] Yes, it gets easaier with time. That said, I'll be shipping my AB neck to Sheldon soon for him to add MOP dots to the front treble side. It will help with things above the 12th fret and will help with visibility on dark stages. Mark
14 years ago
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[quote="lomo":14r2iz0t][quote="basadam":14r2iz0t]It was a mint Sadowsky Metro Standard 5 with original case and everything. My new-to-me Dingwall has no case, the allen keys are missing, and it has oh-so-slight wear.[/quote:14r2iz0t] An upgrade on your part IMHO :-)[/quote:14r2iz0t] No doubt 8)
14 years ago
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The wear is nothing to mention about. It was looked after nicely but it shows that it was played. As for the trade, in this part of the world (Istanbul,TR) it is quite difficult to sell an instrument >$1500. Also, unfortunately, Dingwall is not known widely :roll: . I guess the guy needed cash and wanted to have something more sellable, a more known brand. And about me giving up the Sad: I won't miss it, because I have a few of them around :P 8)
14 years ago
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[quote="basadam":b2r1pvju]And about me giving up the Sad: I won't miss it, because I have a few of them around :P 8)[/quote:b2r1pvju] If the typical pattern holds true, you won't have your regular basses for long. At the least, you won't play them nearly as much as you used to, pre-Dingwall. I never gig with my ordinary basses now. But they do make great decorations. :) Mark
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14 years ago
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[quote="maxvintage":1lem46pt]you get used to it, I promise. It gave me trouble at first but doesn't any more. Here's the proof--this clip was recorded entirely with my ABI V, all above the 12th fret. It has the head of the tune in chord melody style, then a solo over comping, all on the bass above the 12th fret [url:1lem46pt]http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/leafy.mp3[/url:1lem46pt][/quote:1lem46pt] Nice arrangement, Max. I like playing Mike Dimin's arrangement of Autumn Leaves. Do you have written music for any chordal bass stuff without overdub? I can't do much of this but i'd love to learn some more.
14 years ago
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lomo--thanks!. Normally I do all the chord melody stuff on guitar, but I really should do more on bass--it's just that the extended voicings, the 13s and +11s etc. are hard to do on a five, I find
14 years ago
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I've always made a big point about how amazing a DW's highs are too. IMO, it's got the best C-string I've ever played.
14 years ago
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[quote="maxvintage":b71850tv]you get used to it, I promise. It gave me trouble at first but doesn't any more. Here's the proof--this clip was recorded entirely with my ABI V, all above the 12th fret. It has the head of the tune in chord melody style, then a solo over comping, all on the bass above the 12th fret [url:b71850tv]http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/leafy.mp3[/url:b71850tv][/quote:b71850tv] I have wanted to learn that chord melody style for a long time. I heard a guitarist playing Autumn Leaves and I thought it would be a good place to start. Now here you are, already doing it on a Dingwall, no less. Just so I'm clear about it, are you playing solo (without over dubbing) right up until the drums come in?
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