So, why do I need fanned frets?
Well, if you have ever played a 5 or 6 string bass, you have probably noticed that the low B-string often sounds more dull than the E-string, and the high C-string sounds brighter and thinner than the G-string.
This is because they use the same scale length across the entire fretboard, when in reality, the B-string needs a longer scale length and the C-string should have a shorter scale length to sound its best. Dingwall’s fret design combats exactly this pitfall by varying the scale length across the fretboard.
The Afterburner II has a semi-hollow Walnut body, which gives it some of the tonal qualities of Alder – but with more clarity, sustain and punch.
The internal tone chamber also adds a subtle, yet rich, flavour to the almighty tone already present.
Please take moment to dwell at this Turquoise To Natural Reverse Burst Yellow Buckeye top… Come on man, it’s just so stunning!
The fingerbord is Wenge, which in may ways represents the best of both worlds, combining the detailed treble sound of Ebony and the warm tone and feel of Rosewood. In short, this bass simply manages to mix fast and warm, which is quite an achievement for any bass. On top of that – or rather below it – the Afterburner II also has a Wenge neck, which gives it an incredible tight sound.