Dingwall Bass Guitars:: Combustion, NG2  5 string nolly, getgood, Adam, fan fret, active eq, long scale, warwick


Since the 1990s Dingwall guitars have been at the forefront of custom bass design and are the leading users of "fan fret" technology, now considered to be the one of the best ways of getting an improved low B sound from a bass guitar. By having a shorter length of scale for the higher strings and a longer scale for the lower strings you get a more even string tension and thus a tighter overall sound. Dingwall basses are normally custom made, with the new Combustion basses offer a more affordable package as the bass body and neck is made in the far east to the same exacting standards of Sheldon Dingwall. The Combustion is a break-through in terms of performance per dollar. By combining North American sourced materials and components with Chinese manufacturing we now offer many of the Dingwall tone and performance advantages at an extremely affordable price. Final set up, fret dress and inspection is done in the Dingwall shop in Canada so you know the basses will play great right out of the box.

The next batch of Combustions are here, current order times are 12+ months.


Whalepoolburst over Quilted Maple

Two Tone Blackburst over Quilted Maple

New Vintageburst

New Limited Edition Amethyst Burst 10th Anniversary 5 model - £175 upcharge

Natural gloss

Gloss White

Gloss Black


Trans White


Dingwall in Gator Progo case.

Dingwall in Hiscox Hard Case


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


           After years of building basses mostly using the Novax® Fanned-Fret System™, but also some with standard parallel frets, Dingwall came to the conclusion that the use of this technology makes basses better - period. The tension and tone from string to string is more even and low note definition is greatly improved. EQing a bass whose strings are all of a similar tonal character is so much easier than when the low strings have a darker quality and the higher strings have a brighter quality.


Tel: 01926 886433

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2019 Combustion series - new Deluxe Gig bag included!

4 string: £1450, 5 string: £1500, 6 string: £1550

Neck: 5 pc maple with Carbon fibre reinforcement and dual action truss rod

Fretboard: 24 fret Maple, white dots

Body: 2-3 pc Ash body

Pickguard: BWB or WBW

Hardware: Smoked chrome, Hipshot designed

Electronics: EMG 3-band

Pickups: FD-3n Neodymium

Controls: Volume, rotary pickup selector (Bridge, both parallel, both series, Neck), Bass, Mid, Treble, Active/Passive switch



Maple fretboard standard on all basses

Pau Ferro £55

Performance options;

3 x Pickup option - £230

Lefthanded option: £170

Hipshot Extender Key: £130 - only available in satin black

Hipshot Ultralite Keys in satin black installed for a set of 5: £125 or for 4: £100

F# setup and tuning with Dingwall strings: £110

Custom setup and tuning with Kalium strings: £220

B E A D tuning for NG2 4 and Combustion 4 with Dingwall strings: £60

Pickguard Options;

Buy pickguards here

White Pearloid £15 (£45 if ordered separately)

Black Pearloid £15 (£45 if ordered separately)

BlackWhiteBlack or WhiteBlackWhite  £0 (to order as spare £40)

2019 Combustion colours;

Natural (Ash body only) £0

2 tone Blackburst (includes Quilt Maple top) £155

Vintage burst (includes Quilt Maple top) £155

Indigoburst (includes Quilt Maple top) £155

Whalepoolburst (includes Quilt Maple top) £155

10th Anniversary Amethystburst (includes Quilt Maple top) £175

New Deluxe gig bag

Hard Cases

TGI Pathfinder Hardshell, ATA case - £89

Hiscox Dingwall Logo case - £119

Other cases and gig bags here