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Dingwall Afterburner II

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by the_faceless666, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. the_faceless666


    Mar 3, 2003
    I would like to have some reviews or opinions about the Dingwall Afterburner II.
    I'm searching for a new bass and I play in a prog. Metal, jam band.....with funk parts....
    Well, let's say it has to growl, and I want it to have a very good slap tone.
    Please tell me about it if you know you can help. Thanks
  2. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    tf666: man, it's hard to describe, but, in a word, GET IT. In several more words, get it if your hands can handle the 37" scale of the B (the *only* reason I don't still have mine). The fret fanning takes nearly nothing to get used to.

    All the tone just speaks loudly and clearly - the only thing I could find to really replace it, to my ears, was going graphite/composite with Zon and later Modulus. Hottest output in Series mode on the pup selector, IIRC, equals extra grrrrowl. Since the strings are nice and tight, the slap tone is fantastic too. Spacing was good for me, YMMV. I played it in a rock/metal audition the day after I got it, and it sat in perfectly, playing everything from Faith No More, to System of a Down, to Van Halen-style stuff.
  3. the_faceless666


    Mar 3, 2003
    Thanks man for the help.
    I really think I'm gonna get it soon...but I,ms till not too sure about the fanned frets. Also, is the fact that's it a passive bas bad for cutting through?
  4. Ozzyman


    Jul 21, 2004
    Haha, just get it. They kick ass.
  5. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Passives cut through the exact same as actives. Only crappy basses don't cut. The Dingy is a great little bass. Don't ever shy away from one because of the fanned fretting. They're easy to get used to. I had a Z2 a couple of years ago and enjoyed it quite a bit.
  6. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Don't worry about the fanned frets. They are hard on the eyes only, easy on the hands. Actually... I think they look nice... hmmm....

  7. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Totally off topic.
    Nice Avatar. Not going to be using that here after the hailstorm we had last night. My R1 was sitting outside when it started. Lets just say I braved the ice balls long enough to get my baby in the house.
  8. the_faceless666


    Mar 3, 2003
  9. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    hehe, do a search on my user name and you can see how much I love my bass hehe. I cant say enough good things about them, and like the others said....dont even worry about the fanned frets unless your hands are just really small.

    to hear what a new one will sound like: http://www.dingwallguitars.com/FD3/
  10. martens-koop


    Oct 10, 2002

    Actually the Dingwall Afterburner II comes stock with an 18volt Aguilar 2 band preamp. it really rocks.

  11. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Yeah, the AB I is passive, but the AB II is active.
  12. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    We're up to 4 people from Saskatoon I think.

    Geoff soon.

    And that pre does kick some serious bootay