Bass Player Magazine January 1996

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Dingwall Voodoo Prima Bass 5-String By Scott Malandrone

The “wet noodle” effect – it’s a common complaint about the feel and sound of the B string on many 5-string basses. The problem is derived from the laws of physics: a string with a lower pitch requires a longer scale length (the distance between the nut and the bridge) for correct tension and intonation, which is why a B string with a standard 34” scale can feel “loose” compared to the neighboring E string.

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5-string Shootout by Scott Malandrone

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Bass Player Magazine January 1997

Sine Qua non. It means “The finest.” That Latin phrase could be used to describe a bass built of the most lavish woods. It could also define one with extra rich tone. Or it could describe a 5- string with an astounding B. What’s your description of the consummate axe? Have you found your S.Q.N. instrument?

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Dingwall Voodoo Prima 5 By Roger Newell

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Bassist Magazine Christmas 1998

One particular instrument at the USA’s NAMM show earlier this year made a big impact on me, and thanks to the Bass Centre, it’s become available in the UK. The bass in question is the mysterious Voodoo Prima 5-string by Dingwall, immediately noticeable by its “Novax” fanned-fret system.

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The 10 most Important Gear Ideas

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Bass Player Magazine Jan. 1999 (p.68)

Canadian Luthier Sheldon Dingwall was the first manufacturer to apply Ralph Novax's fanned fret system to bass. Dingwall's Voodoo 5-string features a 37' scale length on the b string and 34' for the G; this gives the B amazing depth and clarity while keeping the familiar tension on the G. the Voodoo Bass makes our list for its innovation and great Bstring sound.

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Getting To First Bass

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Bass Player Magazine Oct. 2001 (p.96)

On October 18, 1996, a fire engulfed the shop of Dingwall Designer guitars in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Instruments, tools, wood, hardware, office equipment, and all of the company's business records were destroyed--"right down to the last pencil."

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