Hi all: I wanted to show off and review my new bass, incase others are curious. I have been in the market for my first 5-string bass. i was hoping to find a niced bass under $1500 which had a tight punchy B string, a fast neck, and great pickups. About 8yrs ago I had the opportunity to play a Dingwall Zebra bass. I recall that this bass had the most incredible B string I had ever played but it cost over 3 grand. Approx 1yr ago I read that Sheldon Dingwall was making a "budget model" of his zebra bass called an "Afterburner". This bass used many of his signature parts (a novax fanned fret board, aluminum bridges, custom Bartolini soapbars), but w/ some cost savings. Until last week I had not seen any of these Afterburners for sale. Then when it rains it pours. I find one on Ebay, then 2 at an online store in the US, then a 4th on Ebay, a final one at an online store in Canada. I called around an ordered an amber stained Afterburner. First impression- Wow . 3 things jumped right out. 1) how well made this bass is, the craftsmanship is incredible, 2) how small this bass looks (since I knew it had a extra long scale I assumed this bass would be really long) and 3) the fanned frets. The neck is 24 frets and the frets really begin to angle past the 12 fret. Also frets one and three look really far apart. This angling allows the string to be at a correct length. (37"-B, 36.5" E, 35"- A,The body is composed of lightly figured maple overlays over rock maple body according to Sheldon this bass is "solid sounding", w/ open strings ringing like piano strings. The body shape is small and lightweight, the whole bass weighs under 8lbs. The neck is really fast feeling. The shape of the neck is very flat, according to Mr. Dingwall the neck and headstock is quarter-sawn maple w/ truss rods and a pau fero or wenge fingerboard. The width at the nut is 1.75 across. The headstock is not angled back, its slightly stepped down from the level of the fret board, where the headstock meets the neck there is a 1" thick taper of wood which I assume supports this junction, this thick part narrows to the neck thickness about 1/2" thick. The nut appears to be dark nylon or hard plastic. The bridge is unique looking. It is made of aluminum and bolts to the body thru each string well. Each string saddle looks like a gum drop shape of aluminum which slides in the string well. On the top of each gumdrop is 2 round top screws sitting side-by-side. The passing string actually rides on top of the indent between the 2 screws (picture an upside down UU) and secures in a restricting slot at the back of the bridge. The string space at the bridge is 0.75".