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  Sunday, 13 November 2011
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We've machined one prototype body to test out the tool paths, here are some photos of the second body. This will be the first one machined on the new CNC.
10 years ago
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What price range will the Super P be?
10 years ago
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Photo must have gotten corrupted. I've reposted it above. No price yet, we're working on it. The East pre-amp is really trick. It features two stacked concentric controls with multiple functions. Stack one: Master volume (pull for active), Passive tone (ring) Stack two: Mid boost (center detent to 10), Bass/Treble boost (center detent to 1), pull for bass boost (frequency selectable internally), variable mid frequency (ring) As P's have even less room in the control cavity than J's the battery is a custom Lipo with an included charger. There's a relay that automatically defaults to passive mode if the battery starts running low. We're fans of toggles too but it's not likely that we'll use them on this particular model.
10 years ago
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But couldn't a battery be in a separate trademark Dingwall battery compartment? The John East EBMM preamp doesn't require the battery to be located with the controls. Or is it to reduce costs?
10 years ago
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Looks better than a real P, if you ask me.
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WANT! Passive though.
10 years ago
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Passive will be the standard configuration. Regarding using a separate 9V battery compartment. I checked with John. It could be ordered without the battery system. I'll have to compare costs to see which way works out best. I like the idea of being able to ad a pre-amp at will or change you mind and take it out with out any hassles though.
10 years ago
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Is there 4 strings model as well? as a fan of Precision bass for so long. Super P look absolutely right! and it will be absolutely my next bass!!!!!
10 years ago
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The 4 will come in a couple of months.
10 years ago
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How did the weight come out on the prototype? Was there any more thought to chambering the body to keep the weight down?
10 years ago
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Wow - Dave is going to love this - the East P Retro is a great pre-amp and Dave has them on all his P basses! I getting an order in for one of these for the shop asap!! Mark
10 years ago
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[quote="Smallmouth_Bass":l1muibfz]How did the weight come out on the prototype? Was there any more thought to chambering the body to keep the weight down?[/quote:l1muibfz] 8lbs 7oz. A passive version would be about 4oz lighter. Thinning the body did exactly what I'd hoped. Reduced the weight, increased the punch.
10 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2d4xq09j][quote="Smallmouth_Bass":2d4xq09j]How did the weight come out on the prototype? Was there any more thought to chambering the body to keep the weight down?[/quote:2d4xq09j] 8lbs 7oz. A passive version would be about 4oz lighter. Thinning the body did exactly what I'd hoped. Reduced the weight, increased the punch.[/quote:2d4xq09j] Oh yeah, I forgot about thinning the body. Nice, that's a good weight!
10 years ago
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Any plans for a PJ on this body (or, on the extreme side, P-JJ? Prec-StingRay blend) A PJ might look funny as the J would probably cut into the pickguard. Or maybe it'd be awesome and exotic, I don't know :)
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[quote="Bocete":21ecnrfo]Any plans for a PJ on this body (or, on the extreme side, P-JJ? Prec-StingRay blend) A PJ might look funny as the J would probably cut into the pickguard. Or maybe it'd be awesome and exotic, I don't know :)[/quote:21ecnrfo] Presently the theme of this thread is the Super P, I am sure Sheldon & Co. will consider variants at a later stage once the prime prototype has been rolled into full production. For what I have seen in the last 2 years in this forum, Dingwall is a young company that listens to his clients and their demand is usually met with surprising accuracy and their dedication to accomodate most needs is second to none. I am enjoying the moment and I am sure the future will bring more flavours to this "project" but for the time being I would just sit still and watch it unfold. I can honestly say we've never had it this good with this company. Well done Sheldon and team!
10 years ago
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Sheldon, will the neckprofile and nut width of the 4 string be p-like = FAT? :D
10 years ago
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Hey GW, thanks for the kind words. No plans for a PJ at the mo. We are considering a Swamp Ash open grained satin finish version like an ABZ as well as a gloss version. I'd like to hear some thoughts on that.
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I already have a couple of solid colours that I am dreaming about that would require a gloss version. It sounds like it might be an interesting option, but I don't know how popular it would be. I am guessing that all the previous models of Fender Ps were either nitro or poly bodies of some sort so I imagine that's what the traditionalists would seek.
10 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":1zhcfho4]Hey GW, thanks for the kind words. No plans for a PJ at the mo. We are considering a Swamp Ash open grained satin finish version like an ABZ as well as a gloss version. I'd like to hear some thoughts on that.[/quote:1zhcfho4] I don't see why not, actually, I figure it would work well provided you manage to achieve some very interesting paint jobs like red burst, or tobacco / caramel burst, something that complements the swamp ash whilst remaining subtle. Sheldon now is the time to try and experiment with "roasted maple" necks, they go so well with classic shape instruments like P basses and J basses. You know how much I am longing to be the first guinee pig to have one of those... (oh yeah I am still waiting, and... waiting, and.... more waiting :D haha)
10 years ago
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Candy apple red with pearloid and flakes, maybe ghost flames, too. Hot rod it like a Sklar. Can we get a picture on the reflective black background? These basses look so cool floating over their own reflection! Play it like you stole it!
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Gloss, please! I'm buying an expensive instrument here, and no offense to anybody with different tastes, but I don't want to feel like a cheapo, and I would if my dream Super P came with a satin finish. With a bass as beautiful as this will be, why would you want to scrimp on the finish? GLF
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