NGD - Dingwall Afterburner I 6 String

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  1. Radau

    Radau Bongoloid

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    A wenge shortage and a snowstorm later, I ordered this in April 2019 and it's awesome.

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    Afterburner I 3X
    Alder Body
    Wenge neck and fretboard
    Darkglass tone capsule
    Satin vintage white
     
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    Nice! F#?
     
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    Grindspine likes pointy things

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    Nice find! How does it feel with that extra long neck?
     
  4. Radau

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    A Standard

    It's not really much bigger than a Bongo or Jazz bass despite how it looks haha
     
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    LordIronSpatula A series of interconnected fortune cookies.

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    Niiiice! I think I saw this over at TB.

    I love the simple aesthetic. It’s a nice departure from some of the almost Kissel-like finishes they’ve been putting out lately.

    If/when I get an Afterburner, it will likely be a five string exactly like your bass or in gunmetal instead of white.
     
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    I agree. With the matte white and the dark FB, it's really a modern Ritter-esque looking instrument. I think it's much harder to spec out a minimalistic instrument that still looks cool - as opposed to boring and normal - than it is to throw a bunch of different woods and colors at it. Not to take this off topic, but if Kiesel did some really cool minimalistic instruments I think it would get them quite a bit more customers. There's a rather thick line between good specs and I'm-going-to-use-every-crayon-I-own, yet a lot of companies/people step well over that line.

    I say this as someone who owns a hot pink NG2. :lol: But seriously - if I were to order custom I'd want to copy this exactly!
     
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    LordIronSpatula A series of interconnected fortune cookies.

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    Yep. I’ve seen a few relatively classy, simple Kiesels here and there but I don’t anticipate them becoming proponents of a minimalist aesthetic since those “extra crayons” are disproportionately profitable. I see fewer gaudy-looking Dingwalls, though they seem to be making more and more of them. Don’t know if that’s driven by their taste or their customers’.

    I can’t fault Dingwall or Kiesel for wanting to make money by selling people options they want to pay for, I guess. But my personal preferences aside, I think burl reverse bursts etc will look very dated in a decade or so. Basses like the OP’s probably won’t.
     
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    I've never been a fan of basses with flashy wood tops or any fade/swirl/burst finish, I think they look tacky haha
     
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    LordIronSpatula A series of interconnected fortune cookies.

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    Yeah, “violin-like” finishes like brown or sunburst over figured maple is about where I max out. But those seem better-suited to more “classic” designs.

    I did like the satin bubinga tops on the OG AB-IIs though.
     
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    I have 2 ABZ6 basses and they are great. Nice bass!
     
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    That is gorgeous
     
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    Chanson SS.org Regular

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    You have the best looking basses. Dang.
     
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    Thanks dude!
     
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    That’s a big guitar. Having zero experience with even a 4 string bass that looks the perfect amount of alien to me! Also loving the color scheme.
     
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    Short playthrough of our track Orwellian Times
     
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    Gorgeous
     
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