Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Oct 3, 2013.
Continued from http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/dingwall-owners-club-part-5-a-976965/
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Dingwall party goes on to Part 6!
Dingwall nickels arrived. Looks like US customers can order from some US dealers and save in postage. Cool deal.
Love 'em slanty frets!
Man, these threads are turning over fast!
Everybody in this house prefers Dingwall:
So what do you think of the nickels?
I'm really enjoying the throaty tone, although at the one gig I've used them for, it seemed like they might be a little less even-sounding than the SS.
I spent a couple of hours at Bass Central last week and played a slew of basses including a bunch of Dingwalls: ABZ4, ABII, Prima ($12.5k!!) and a SJ. I was particularly smitten with the ABII, though I like the Prima's neck profile a bit better, I think.
One of the things that was really noticeable about all of the Dingwall 5 strings is how the B-string stays together even way up the neck. On most 34 or 35" scale basses the B gets warbly and funny sounding past the 7th fret or so. Not these.
After playing all those Dingwalls, everything else I played there seemed kinda crappy. Even the Sadowsky, MTD535 and US Laklands and Spectors I played.
Think I'm going to have to try to save my pennies and get an ABII, though I am curious about the ABZ5 (they didn't have one). Maybe one of you can answer this question: Is the neck profile/feel of the ABZ close to that of the ABII? I ask because the neck on the 4 string ABZ I played seemed fat (front to back) and round compared to the ABII. Not sure if that was a 4 vs 5 thing or not.
Anyway, I was super impressed and I foresee a Dingwall or 2 in my future.
As far as I know, all ABs share the same neck profile
I can. I have both and I can confirm that it is as if both necks blanks are shaped by the same jig. No difference between profile, depth, width, just the wood changes. Frets are the same too. I could (if I would but I don't feel the need for) swap necks between the two basses, and they would fit on either bass no problemo!
Anymore questions officer?
Here's a pic fo'ya!
Thanks and holy crap what a gorgeous trio of basses!
I guess it was just the delta between the 4 and 5 string necks that gave me that impression.
I'm not sure. I have an older 5-string Afterburner II and the neck feels a bit slimmer, front to back, than the one ABZ that I have tried.
I wish the stores in my area could stock a selection of high end Dingwalls. I've never even seen a Z or a Prima, or even an ABII since they went hollow and got the glossy finish.
Yeah, the 4 string necks are a bit more traditional, Jazz like in feel, whereas the 5's have a more modern profile.
The 5 string profile on the Super J's (and I am assuming the Super P's since specs are identical) are nothing short of amazing. Best profile and string spacing that I have ever played on a fiver.
I'm tuned in. Got some nickels and will report. Thanks.
Tell me, that picture on your avatar, was it taken near St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy with you looking on the seaside where the Gondola's are moored facing the Island of St. George?
I think there may be a little bit of variance from neck to neck. My older ABII has a thicker neck (back to front) than my ABI. In general, it is the same dimensions and I attribute the difference in thickness to the hand shaping.
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