Dingwall passive or active?
Hey guys, I'm about to order my first Dingwall. Still thinking if it's gonna be an ABZ6 in Natural finish or an AB1-5 string in Ferrari yellow, both would come with a wenge/wenge fretboard-neck combo. Both would have almost the same price tag. The thing is that I'm considering adding a Glockenklang 2 band pre amp, but it costs $300 more, and my budget is kinda tight, let's say that I would like to keep this around the $2.5 mark, and with the preamp my budget would be considerably surpassed, so my question to all Dingwall AB owners out there is this:
Does the preamp make a huge difference tone and permorfance-wise? Is it worth it?
I own passive and active basses, I'm aware of the differences between one and another, I just would like to know the opinion on this particular pre from those that have been using it on their AB Dingwalls for a while.
I've heard and read that passive AB's don't even sound that "passive" as one could think.
Hope I can get some input from the TB Dingwall community.
Thanks a lot!
You can always add an aftermarket preamp, often for significantly less than $300; the 4-way switch on the ABZ provides a LOT of tonal possibilities too, it's more than likely you won't miss having a preamp at all ;)
I've got preamps in both of my Super P/J's. Aguilar in one, Glockenklang in the other. Both are super nice preamps, and Sheldon does a killer job integrating them into the basses. That said, I almost never turn them on. The passive sound is very good.
I bought both the Super P/J's used so I didn't have to make a choice about whether to go active or passive. I'd been a dedicated active J bass player for many years so getting a passive P was a revelation. I messed with the preamp quite a bit and finally found I liked the passive mode better. I dial the preamps to give a little bass boost if I want to kick in something different, and to keep any sudden changes to a minimum if I should accidentally engage the pre amp by pushing the volume knob down, or hitting the little switch.
On my AB six string it's passive and I love it. I do had the blueqube switch and that adds quite a bit of range on the tone knob, but I mostly play without the blueqube engaged and with some tone rolled off. There's a huge range of tone.
I'm really into the six string at the moment but I think the AB five string is just the sweetest bass. Very light, super easy to play, killer B string and a perfect neck.
The Ferrari yellow kills.
Looks like your toughest choice is five or six string.
mexibass, we had similiar dilemma about dingwall, I was also considering about 6str ABZ (natural ash) or 5str AB1 (ferrari yellow alder) with wenge-wenge neck setup :eek:
I prefer passive for dingwall, just to keep my tight budget, and +1 to MDbass, you can always add an aftermarket preamp when you had more budget to spend..
But I'm happy to confirm that most Dingwallers I've talked to say that passive Dingwalls sound just about right and punchy!
On a related note, I'm sorry you haven't sold your Combustion man, it's a good looking bass and I'm sure that the mods you performed on it are killer. GLWYS!
So, I'm guessing you got the ABZ6 in natural, is this right? you got any photos to share? I'm trying to picture in my mind what a natural finish, wenge/wenge combo neck would look like, but an actual picture would definitely make this way easier ;)
The ferrari yellow, on the other hand, has already been used and it definitely looks gorgeous, although I've never feen a fan of solid colors, but this combination is amazing!
Nevertheless, I've gotta always pay attention to the bugdet issue. Is as simple (or complicated, depending on your point of view) as this: if I want a 6'er, then it can't be a AB1, if I want the Ferrari yellow (since this colour can't be applied to ABZs), then I have to settle for a 5 string.
God, I can't seem to make up my mind LOL!
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