Dingwall ABI 5/3 Metallic Charcoal Dingwall Bass Guitars:: ABI 5 five string bass, fan fret, alder body, Candy Purple neodymium pickups, maple neck: for sale, UK EU On offer, London, Manchester, Birmingham, USA


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Dingwall ABI 5/3 Metallic Charcoal

  1. Export price outside EU: £3208

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Lightweight, easy to play, massive array of tones - this bass will take you to a new level of playability and tone. Dingwall bass are hand made using properly seasoned, instrument grade woods that are highly resonant and light in weight. This bass features an upgraded 3 x pickups, Glockenklang preamp, Pearl Bocks, Charcoal Metallic finish, Hipshot Xtender key

Weight - 3.6kgs/8lb 0oz

Actual instrument show - please click on images to enlarge;

Time after time players are amazed at how easy and intuitive fan frets feel to play - most admit that it is actually easier and more natural. With the ABI Dingwall set out to create the ultimate passive bass. It’s lightweight and perfectly balanced. On stage or in the studio, perfect tone is as simple as plugging in and playing. Every stings rings true and the B string is part of a perfectly balanced set of strings that is playable in all positions which really opens up the bass and makes having a five string bass a joy.


  2. Dingwall made in Canada FDV pickups x 3 option

  3. Glockenklang 3 band eq volume (active/passive push/pull), pickup selector (see below), treble (becomes passive tone control in passive mode), mid, bass (£365 option)

  1. Dingwall USA strings - buy HERE

  2. Two piece Alder body*

  3. Charcoal Metallic gloss finish (£300 option)

  4. Maple Fingerboard - £240 option

  5. Black Pearloid Bock inlays - £260 option

  6. Pearl side dots (£95)

  7. Banjo frets

  8. Novax® Fanned -Fret System™

  9. Maple neck - black satin finish, 34 - 37"

  10. Hipshot ultralight tuners (black)

  11. Xtender key on B string - £120 option

  12. Optional rear strap button - £40 (allows to bass to hang 4 - 5 inches over to your right for easier access to 1st fret)

  13. Custom Dingwall Bridge (Black finish)

  14. Weight - 3.6kgs/8lb 0oz

  15. Manufactured in Canada


Alder is the traditional wood for the electric bass. It can’t be beat for a traditional warm tone with strong mids, damped highs and warm but not overpowering lows.



We take neck construction very seriously due to our extensive experience in guitar repairs coupled with our geographic location and corresponding extreme climate.  In my years in the guitar repair business I constantly had to deal with humidity related problems made worse by the huge temperature and humidity swings of our local climate. Many of these problems could have been minimised through simple design changes and materials choices.

Touring musicians are constantly amazed at how stable Dingwall instruments are.  Many state that their Dingwall necks are as stable as their graphite necked instruments.

We’ve experimented with many different laminations and have found a 5-piece maple construction to be among the best. Years of experience have proven this design to be extremely stable and reliable while minimising dead spots.


We use 18% hard nickel silver fretwire.  Lee Sklar turned us onto the benefits of small frets. The advantages are a more woody, less metallic tone, smoother glissandos and a faster feel.  Our standard size is “banjo” size.  This is the same size as you’d find on most guitars from the 50’s and 60’s. Although its size is smaller than standard bass fretwire, its service life is about the same.


Wenge (Wen-gay) on Lee Sklar Signature, Z Series, Afterburner I and Afterburner II
This is an interesting fretboard wood due to the alternating layers of hard and soft wood (early and late wood).  The hard grain gives the tone a nice top end similar to ebony and the soft grain adds the warmth of Rosewood.  It’s a great all around fingerboard wood.

Submitted on the 21st January 2011 by Matt Cohen who purchased a Dingwall ABI 6 string bass

Following a trip to Bass Direct, I was introduced to a beautiful Dingwall AB1 Blackout 6 string bass. It was immediately obvious to me that this was a bass that was unique in many ways, and I wasn’t sure how quickly I could adapt to it. Quite honestly, however, after tentatively playing just a few notes in the shop, I was hooked! The deal was done then 4 weeks later, I was on tour and WOW!! This bass is light, versatile, and stunningly beautiful to play, whilst also being breathtaking to look at and a conversation point to boot. I sold my remaining basses straight away and ordered an ABZ 6 string.

After all this time, I have finally arrived at a place where I get excited about opening the case and pulling out the bass, and I now plug it into my studio or on into my amp onstage and hear and feel exactly what I have been looking for. If I could buy the company I would but, for now, owning two of these incredible instruments is more than enough. So - to Dingwall - thank you so much for making what I consider to be the best and most forward thinking instruments out there. I have found my home. To Mark and Bass Direct - thanks so much for helping me start my new and exciting journey with sound and honest advice.

Matt Cohen


Tel: 01926 886433

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