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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by two fingers, Jun 1, 2021.
I don't know what I like more, dude's playing or how much fun he's having.
Please post all you like.
-First Root Shock album here. Dingwall Z1 with Jule Amp's Monique:
-Followup EP here: Dingwall Z1 w/Monique again, except for Ripple which has Kern IP-777 preamp (same recording as video)
-The Waves single (above previously linked video) is Dingwall NG3 with Monique.
-Ripple, Live (NG3-Monique):
-Rebel March, Live (NG3-Monique)
-Time-Breathe-Great Gig in the Sky, Live (Halloween surprise mini-set)
And for something different;
'acoustic live' a sold-out one-off, Fretless Combustion (audio multitrack, 2 sets):
03-16-19 Nelson Odeon in Cazenovia - Google Drive
Sage live in Ithaca NY:
Congratulations on the new bass!
As for the youtube clip; great playing, but I hope this is not an example of something Fender like, tone wise? To me, this is an example of generic and un-involving bass tone, compressed and with little of modulation and resonance. Got the same feeling when I tried the Combustion and NG model. Could have been virtually anything solidbody, with soap bars or mini humbuckers. And I can hear how it will not have enough transient and attack to really carry the bottom end of the band, just like some neck through, coffee table basses. Been there, done that. Not impressed. And I might be wrong.
For sparse, smooth music, probably fine. Or with loads of OD, and played with a pick, sure thing for metal.
But I will give the ABZ in Malmö a shot, hoping to get surprised.
From a sound perspective it seems like you could play any style on a dingwall, and do it well. I had a combustion 5 and it's pretty much all they say it is.
One thing to note: I do a good bit of singing. Playing the bass and getting used to the fan and scale length was not that bad. But singing and playing it at the same time was going to take more effort than I felt like putting in. That's more of a knock on me than the bass but if you're a singing player it's something to consider.
As soon as a Dingwall shows up, its not a bar band any longer.
How much is the tone from the model vs. pup and preamp selection? It seems like all models can cover a lot of ground with the right electronics. BTW, I am old school for this. I having been playing EMG PJ setup for 30 years. Everything is wide open on my bass. I make most adjustments on my pedal board.
I'm not going to say much about transient response because I don't necessarily find it different from other basses. I will say what you do gain is a certain presence and clarity that at least allows me to push lows without losing intelligibility in a live mix, something that audio engineers often comment. The longer strings mean more present harmonics on lower notes so that it DOES work well in a mix. My original AB1 (alder/maple/wenge) had more punch than I'd been getting from my P-Bass or previous Jazz basses.
I’m in a 6 piece band (3 piece horn section) that does a hybrid mix of ska/funk/rock/punk/reggae you name it. I’m all in on Dingwall Supers and have no desire to play anything else since I switched about 2 1/2 years ago. There are no limits with these basses.
Just FYI... the Super J and Super P are considered "Medium scale".
Ranging from 35" (low B) to 32" (on the G string).
That's the primary reason I picked that model, to see if it would give me a great tone while also helping alleviate some tendonitis issues I have in my wrist.
Want on that. Wow.
To get in below 8 lbs on a 4 string Super series is possible. I recently requested this on a Super P and they suggested light weight swamp ash and maple for the neck. The bass ended up at 7.7 lbs. This was a PJ, so if I had requested just a P pickup version it would have been even lighter.
I am being severely tempted by an NG2 at my local shop. I have always loved the look of Dingwall basses, but never owned a fanned fret bass or a five string, and this one is both. I'm sure I can adjust to the fanned frets, it felt weird messing around in the higher register but I don't play up there much anyway. I'm just not sure about making the leap to a five-string, since I've always played fours and own several great ones that aren't going anywhere. I'm seriously torn at the moment.
My first 5 was also my first fanned fret instrument. I got my AB1 on a Thursday evening...and played it out on Saturday. The 5th string was the big adjustment; getting used to the fact that the anchor string was no longer E but is B. A week later it was sorted.
Thanks, that’s helpful. I don’t expect to get comfortable with it for a few weeks - Thursday to Saturday is amazing. I do feel like I’m motivated to do the work though. If I make the move on Saturday I’ll post a pic.
I play a combustion 5 w/ the three pickups in a bar band, we do 80s metal (Van Halen, Rush, Dio, GnR, Judas, etc...) and it sounds great.
You might find the sound of the neck/bridge in parallel as the sound for you then. The combustion has the EMG pre amp vs the NG which has the darkglass pre amp. For 80s stuff the EMG pre amp might be your way to go as the darkglass pre amp is more modern sounding.
Im running it through a DG AO900, B7KU, and T21 BDDI. Surely the Dingwall will sound great through whatever gear you run it through.
Thanks for that tip. I like the idea of a Dingwall 5, but was unsure about this.
As promised. So nice to have a high end bass store (and Dingwall dealer) less than 10 minutes from my house. I went in last weekend to see if Jong had an NG to check out, and he had three. Jive Sound is awesome.
Dig that color!
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