Question for Dingwall Owners

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PseudoSpaceman, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. PseudoSpaceman


    Jul 5, 2009

    I'm planning on ordering a Dingwall ABZ in the next few days and I am having some last minute decisions regarding the available options:

    1) Is the preamp upgrade worth it (2-band and/or 3-band)? I played an ABII and the passive pickups sounded awesome but was unable to test the active pickups.

    2) Also, same situation with the Hipshot D-Tuner option. I'm going with the 5-string so I'm wondering how well the Hipshot cooperates with the B-string.

    I'd be fine with just a standard model but also think it might be worth it to make the bass a little more "unique."

    Thank you in advance,

  2. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    You will have better luck if you post this in the Dingwall Owner's thread.

    I have a Super J5 that I love and a Super P5 scheduled to arrive November. In my case, I was told that most run the pre amps in passive mode almost all of the time and therefore pre amps were unnecessary. I do not know if this same info applies to the ABx owners. Kind of comparing apples to oranges here.

    I have no idea about the hipshot on the B.

    Post this in the thread. I am certain that a few people with step up with an opinion.
  3. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I have never owned either model you tested/are purchasing. My first Dingwall was a passive AB-I. I never felt the need for a preamp when playing it. I usually play my Super J's in active mode with the bass/treble controls on the detent, no boost or cut. The exception is my five string with P/J pickups - I cut the bass a little. No personal experience, but every report I've read from others is that the B strings detune well. Looking forward to pics of your new Dingwall!
  4. PseudoSpaceman


    Jul 5, 2009
    Thanks, I think I've decided against the preamp (mostly because I can get a Darkglass B7K for the same price as the 3-band one), but I definitely will check out the owners group!
  5. SemiDriven

    SemiDriven Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    I've got an ABZ 5'er and it just works in passive (no active).

    Don't know about the Hipshot D-tuner option.

    Fire off an email to Dingwall -- they will respond.

    See what they say.