Tuesday, 22 May 2012
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Dear Sheldon, it's been a month and a half since I am playing the Z2 6 strings and neck has been very stable, notwithstanding a strange weather alternating cold rain and hottest sun here in Italy. As my previous bass had a dancing neck de-tuning up to 1 entire semitone and sometimes more than that (non need of Hipshot, lol) because of temperatue neck moves, I am wondering: how Mr. Dingwall achieves a high degree of predictability of the outcome (stability wise)? I mean: how You can be sure that Your necks are very stable? Are You ageing maple in slices, so that You discart slices that tend to move and glue 5 good ones to make a necK? something like that? You carefully select Your Maple supplierso that You know that You get only premium quality wood? In case, are You able to detect a "moving too much" neck while You are building a new bass? Sorry for the inquiry, but I am really curious to understand how You achieve constant results where other important builders don't (at least not always). Another question, different subject: how Your Z and AB instruments (37") compare with the FODERA Jackson Presentation model? Did You try one of those "rarities", or someone in the forum did in order to compare? Thanks a lot for the knowledge You may be willing to share with us on the subject. Alberto :P
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[quote="AlbiMax":2tne8int]Dear Sheldon, it's been a month and a half since I am playing the Z2 6 strings and neck has been very stable, notwithstanding a strange weather alternating cold rain and hottest sun here in Italy. As my previous bass had a dancing neck de-tuning up to 1 entire semitone and sometimes more than that (non need of Hipshot, lol) because of temperatue neck moves, I am wondering: how Mr. Dingwall achieves a high degree of predictability of the outcome (stability wise)? I mean: how You can be sure that Your necks are very stable? Are You ageing maple in slices, so that You discart slices that tend to move and glue 5 good ones to make a necK? something like that? You carefully select Your Maple supplierso that You know that You get only premium quality wood? In case, are You able to detect a "moving too much" neck while You are building a new bass? Sorry for the inquiry, but I am really curious to understand how You achieve constant results where other important builders don't (at least not always).[/quote:2tne8int] Neck stability is a combination of truss-rod design, wood choices and finish choices. We live in an area with a pretty varied climate so we've experienced humidity and temperature related problems that coastal builders would likely never see. If you follow most traditional guitar design practices you will see greater movement due to temperature and humidity. [quote="AlbiMax":2tne8int] Another question, different subject: how Your Z and AB instruments (37") compare with the FODERA Jackson Presentation model? Did You try one of those "rarities", or someone in the forum did in order to compare? Thanks a lot for the knowledge You may be willing to share with us on the subject. Alberto :P[/quote:2tne8int] I haven't done a direct comparison. I've played an Anthony Jackson Fodera briefly in a store once. Other than it was really heavy I thought it was very well made and sounded very nice.
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