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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FroggyOne2, Jan 7, 2008.
Does your Z3-6 have FD3 or FDV pickups? I have FDVs in my Z and FD3s in my AB1-6. The Dingwall website describes the FDV as having a more classic tone while the FD3 is more modern. I find the opposite to be true. I’m always taming the highs on the FDVs and boosting low mids. But on the FD3s I always use a buffer to bring out the clarity in the top end while the low mid is already perfect. I considered buying a set of FD3s for my Z but I’m slowly learning how to get what I want from the FDVs.
And now a gratuitous photo of my Z
mine has FD3s. What preamps do you have in both?
6-strings Zs might be the best looking Dingwalls. I'm a 4-string Super Jazz guy, but this one and Umansky's are kind of flipping me.
Nice! Welcome! Let us know if you have any quandaries.
No, it sleeps in it's case and I am super careful putting it in the car. I need to look at it, worst case a quick call to Dingwall for a pot is all I would need to do.
Hoping to get opinions on this...
The D-Bird I got off Reverb arrived just now and I'm less than impressed with the seller - primarily because the 'mint' condition instrument has clear damage around the nut. It looks like they used a pliers or something to tear the nut out on the bass end, and in the process damaged some of the finish on the fretboard above the nut. My biggest concern is that they may have filed out the nut slot itself, but I won't know until I get home and am able to pop the nut out.
From first impression, would you return this bass? The other option on mind is to request a partial refund, $100-$200, and take the bass to a skilled local luthier to have it all fixed up.
Wow, I'm not a super stickler on stuff, but that's ugly, especially from the bass side of the neck. Looks like someone tried to remove the nut, had a hard time at getting it out and made a mess of the job.
I’d request a substantial refund to repair the finish around the nut as well. That’s a major piss off if it was advertised as mint. Not to mention even if it wasn’t, that should have been clearly shown.
I’d be more inclined to return it.
I’d be returning that on principle alone.
Not mint. Return it. If the seller offers a discount, then it's your decision.
So far the seller has already ordered a replacement nut from Fret Nation, without me asking. They also have offered partial refund to cover the cost around getting this damage around the nut repaired.
I sent an email with these pictures to my luthier asking for a ballpark quote on repairs. I'll see what he says.
If the seller will cover the cost of the repairs I'm inclined to keep it. The rest of the bass is 'mint', as described.
Better be a NICE discount. I'd be inclined to return that. I've been known to cheap out and take a discount, but I'd be really leary about what was done and how the rest of the instrument was treated. Who knows what else you'll find later.
Hi, me again ... please excuse my ignorance in these matters, but suppose I want my Super J5 to sound more modern and aggressive, like an NG-2; is there a mod that will get me there? Is the Darkglass preamp compatible with the Super J?
your super J has super Fatty pick ups. To make it more modern I’d think you’d want to go to FD3s and they are not compatible IIRC with those pick up shells. You could possibly look into some Nordstrand pick ups to retro fit in those shells.
The DGTC is 3 band so you’d have to do some pretty heavy modding As I don’t believe they have a stackable pot option.
You could put in a 2 band glockenklang or a stackable 3 band glockenklang
or you could sell it and buy a more modern version.
Agreed! My first 6er(that I've actually owned, I've played a few over the years)should be here in the next couple of weeks! I hope I love it, but that could mean another round of basses, and after being subjected to @AB Nate 's amazing collection of Z 6ers and being completely infatuated with Jacob Umansky's Z, I'm fighting the urge to order a Z 6er...
Yo, Nate, can you post your Z's again, to help with research, and stuff...
Just get a darkglass pedal and see if that does what you’re looking for. No mods required and you can sell it if it’s not what you want.
Might also be worth looking at other strings, the Super J you have doesn’t really lend itself to what you want from it but stainless steel strings and a pedal in your chain might get you close.
I’m an avid fan of SS strings BUT...... I love them on my long scale but found they fell short on the SJ and to my surprise gravitated towards nickels.
I think the pedal option would be a super valid option though. Especially this one if your just trying to modernize a clean tone.
My Z3-6 has Darkglass Tone Capsule. My AB1-6 is passive but I added a series/parallel switch for both pickups. I have an AB2-5 with an Aguilar pre-amp and an SJ4 that was originally Aguilar but I recently put in a 2-band Glockenklang.