Dingwall Bass Guitars:: Super J, 4/5/6 string :: Custom hand made basses, Fan Frets at Bassdirect, London, Manchester, Birmingham, EU




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The Super J is our interpretation of the Classic J style bass. We deconstructed the original design, kept what worked and improved on everything else. The look and feel lean toward the traditional, but the tone and performance are everything you’d expect from a Dingwall. We downsized the scale 2” from our standard scale range for a faster attack and quicker, punchier decay. The results are great clarity on the B and E-strings with a big and warm quality to the D and G-strings. The Standard features a pick guard and top mounted controls.

Dingwall Super J Standard specifications

  1. 5 piece maple neck

  2. Morado fingerboard, 22 frets, face and side dots

  3. Dual carbon fibre spars

  4. 2 or 3 piece Alder body with tone chambers, high gloss finish

  5. Electronics;

  6. Passive - Super Fatty pickups, master volume, rotary pickup selector, master tone

  7. Active - Super Fatty pickups, master volume, Master tone, rotary pickups selector, Glockenklang 2 band eq with active/passive treble

  8. Case - Dingwall logo gig bag


  1. 4 - string passive standard £2790

  2. 5 - string passive standard £2895

  3. 3 x FD3 pickups £225

  1. Options

  2. Top

  3. Flame £405

  4. X top package - highly figured exotic top with contrasting laminate £775

  5. Contrasting laminate £245

  1. Fretboard

  2. Pau Ferro - £135

  3. Ziracote fingerboard - £260

  4. Maple fingerboard - £260

  5. Bird's eye maple fingerboard - £510

  6. Macassar Ebony - £370

  7. Fretless Mac Ebony - £485

  8. Neck

  9. Wenge neck - £440

  10. Matching headtsock finish (SJ/SP) £450

  11. Blacked out head and heel - £310

  1. Inlays

  2. Speedo bars with D £260

  3. Blocks £260

  4. Exotic Blocks £370

  5. Contrasting borders for blocks £250

  6. Luminlay side dots (3mm green or blue) £95

  7. Luminlay face dots (3mm green or blue) £95

  8. Luminlay face dots on SP/SH (6mm green or blue) £120

  9. Luminlay face dots and D12 on Z (3mm green or blue) £215

  10. Luminlay Speedo bars green or blue £505

  11. Luminlay Fretless lines green or blue £370

  12. Luminlay D on headstock £95

  13. Luminlay D on 12th fret £120


  1. Black Xtender key £140

  2. Chrome hardware on SP/SJ £60

  3. F# setup and tuning with Dingwall strings £110

  4. F# setup and tuning with Kalium strings £220

  5. 2 x Series/Parallel switches - £115

  6. 3 x Series/Parallel switches - £135

  1. Preamps Pickups

  2. Glockenklang 3 band bass/mid/treble eq, active/passive switching, including magnetic battery cover - £365

  3. Darkglass 3 band bass/mid/treble eq, active/passive switching, including magnetic battery cover - £480

  4. ABx3 (3 FD3s in AB series - no S/P switches) £230

  5. FD3 P-tone (AB, Z, SJ) £95

  6. FD3 or Super-fatty II pickups (AB/SJ/Z) £30


  1. Solid Colours

  2. Black

  3. Vintage White

  4. Ferrari Yellow

  5. Ferrari Green

  6. Fiesta Red

  7. Metallic colours (No extra cost on Sklar or D Bird)

  8. Metallic Blueberry £365

  9. Candy Black Cherry £365

  10. Candy Dark Purple £365

  11. Candy Red £365

  12. Chrome Blue £365

  13. Pelham Blue £365

  14. Burgundy Mist £365

  15. Candy Tangerine £365

  16. Black Gold £365

  17. Gold £365

  18. Bronze Age £365

  19. Transparent Colours

  20. Trans Black - £105

  21. Natural

  22. Natural to Edgeburst (Darker colour on edge) - £105

  23. Trans White - Only on Swamp ash - £105

  24. Pre-bleaching recommended for bright colours £170

  25. Pre-dye (enhances grain and colour) £155

  26. 2-tone burst (any combination of standard colours, light to dark) £210

  27. 3-tone burst (any combination of standard colours, light to dark) £310

  28. Custom colour - candy and burst to match photo - £295

  29. Dyed top with Matte Pearl back - £555

  30. Reverseburst (add to cost of burst) - £155

Pickguard options - all are custom fitted during assembly.

Replacement guards will need to bee custom fit by qualified person.

  1. White/Black/White

  2. Black/White/Black

  3. Tortoise - £25

  4. Ivory/White/Ivory - £15

  5. White Pearloid - £25

  6. Black Pearl - £25

  7. Baltic Amber - £25

•Traditional look and feel with modern quality and features.

•Shorter scale length for a quicker, punchier note decay

•Next generation pickups that are powerful, hum cancel and retain a vintage single coil tone

•Remove weight from the headstock for better balance

•Simple but powerful controls


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.


The Afterburner I and ABZ basses feature passive electronics with powerful tone shaping capability. The controls are a simple, no nonsense master volume, a rotary pickup selector and a master tone.  The rotary pickup selector doesn’t load down the pickups like a blend or second volume control.  The resulting tone has great dynamic range with lots of punch. The tone gets really growly with the bridge pickup soloed. Switch to both pickups in parallel for a nicely “produced” sounding tone with scooped mids that’s great for sitting back in the mix with lots of detail to the note, or for a perfect slap tone. Need more power? Switch to series for a heavy, full sounding humbucker tone that cuts, make that pounds through a mix. Looking for a deep mellow tone reminiscent of a 50’s P? Solo the neck pickup, dial down the tone a bit and you’re there.


Rotary switch
All Dingwall basses (except Combustion) feature a 4-position rotary pickup selector. The pickup combinations are bridge pickup soloed, both in parallel, both in series, neck pickup soloed.


In the past we’ve used Bartolini, Aguilar and now Glockenklang pre-amps.  These are all top-notch, high-quality pre-amps. What we like about the Glockenklang pre-amps is the smooth and subtle tone shaping and the Active/Passive treble control. We’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the natural tone of our basses so that they don’t need a lot of tone adjustment. The Glockenklang really fits well with this philosophy. The Active treble boosts and cuts as expected in active mode but when the pre-amp is switched to passive mode, the control is switched to a passive cut control. This is essentially like having two basses with two distinct characters. One active and one passive.


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.


Alder is the traditional wood for the J style bass. It can’t be beat for a traditional warm tone. Due to the internal tone chambers of in the Super J body we add a bookmatched Alder top. This gives the natural finishes a nicer look too.

Optional upgrade – Swamp Ash

Swamp Ash is a great option for those who would like a little less mid presence in their tone. It has a very distinctive grain pattern. Due to internal tone chambers in the Super J body we add a bookmatched Northern Ash top specially cut for maximum grain pattern. Northern Ash has a stronger grain pattern than Swamp Ash guaranteeing a stunning looking top.


Tel: 01926 886433

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