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Sheldon, any update on the Combustion 4 string?

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Hey Mark-
As you know I asked this question back in the earlier "combustion thread"
Sheldon response was "We won't have time to get the 4-string in the next batch, but we'll have them in the run after that."

he followed up w/ an email that suggested prototyped combustion 4 strings this spring and production late summer 2010
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[quote="FrankM":2jhuasvm]Hey Mark-
As you know I asked this question back in the earlier "combustion thread"
Sheldon response was "We won't have time to get the 4-string in the next batch, but we'll have them in the run after that."

he followed up w/ an email that suggested prototyped combustion 4 strings this spring and production late summer 2010[/quote:2jhuasvm]

Thanks, Frank. How are you liking the C bass?

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Hi Mark-
I'm just waiting to see what the 4 banger C bass will look like as well
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Hello sorry for this question again, but I would like to hear it from Sheldon himself. Is there any plans to put out a Combustion 4-string? If so when? If not why?:)
Thank you Brian
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Blong-
clearly Im not Sheldon, but if you go back thru the combustion threads, you'll see that infact Sheldon has said there will be a 4-string combustion, and that it was expected late summer. I'm not sure what that date translates into, but there is/was plans for a 4-banger.
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Thanks FrankM just wanted to get an update before I make my purchase decision
thanks Brian
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What else are you looking at?
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hi, i've been looking at a sadowsky for a long time. I'm a little concerned about dingwall because I play hard and like low action so I use bigger gauge strings.Any input from anybody would help
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[quote="blong":2xbcxfsc]hi, i've been looking at a sadowsky for a long time. I'm a little concerned about dingwall because I play hard and like low action so I use bigger gauge strings.Any input from anybody would help
thanks[/quote:2xbcxfsc]

I don't know if this will help or not, but before I became a Dingwall convert I too played very aggresively. I preferred the largest gage strings I could find, which coupled with my heavy playing style more times than not required a higher action. It took me some time to unlearn some bad technique and play on the lighter gage strings that came on my Dingwall, but IME it was well worth it. I can still "dig in" when needed, and get rewarded with a substantial growl, but these days I tend not to "overplay" if that makes sense.

Again, I don't know if that's any use to you at all, but that was my experience. Another great quality about a Dingwall is if you try it and it's not what you want, somebody is always standing in line to take it off your hands! Usually someone who already owns a Dingwall, they seem to be addictive.

Where do you live? Most everyone on the board here is more than happy to let a newcomer try a Dingwall. If you live anywhere near Washington DC, PM me, there will be a talkbass GTG in that area on the 19th, there will be several Dingwaller's in attendance.
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I think rollerberg2000 makes some great points, I sometimes like to play aggressively as well.
I've found that the evenness in string tension combined with the amazing neck profile makes it possible to run higher action than I generally would on other basses. When it comes down to Dingwall necks you mostly hear about the fanned fretting. If you take that away you still have one of the best necks in the business, period.
Again, you need to get a Dingwall in your hands to see if it's a good fit.
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I'm late to the party here.

The Combustion 4 is still in development so will be a while yet. If you need something right away I'd look into the ABZ. It's not a whole lot more money and it's available now.
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Any update on the C-4 Sheldon?

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Bump. Got some money burning a hole in my pocket for an ABZ4 or a Combustion 4. Any news on the C-4?

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Hi Mark, We're not seeing enough interest in the C4 to fast track it. The ABZ 4 is available now. We also have a P-tone neck pickup available for it that sounds killer in all three solo and combination positions. Lastly I re-programed the neck carve to give it a slightly rounder more traditional feel and an asymetric shaft/head transition to try and reduce the visual bulk when viewed from the bass side.

There's a thread here somewhere with people saying they didn't like the look of that area. I'm too tired to look it up. I'd say the carve is a 100% success, the asymetric transition will help if your thumb has been banging into the old style one but is only so-so effective in reducing the bulky look in that area.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":2n6m4rdm]Hi Mark, We're not seeing enough interest in the C4 to fast track it. The ABZ 4 is available now. We also have a P-tone neck pickup available for it that sounds killer in all three solo and combination positions. Lastly I re-programed the neck carve to give it a slightly rounder more traditional feel and an asymetric shaft/head transition to try and reduce the visual bulk when viewed from the bass side.

There's a thread here somewhere with people saying they didn't like the look of that area. I'm too tired to look it up. I'd say the carve is a 100% success, the asymetric transition will help if your thumb has been banging into the old style one but is only so-so effective in reducing the bulky look in that area.[/quote:2n6m4rdm]

That looks nice, Sheldon. I hope you didn't go to all that work on account of us. :(
While the difference is subtle, it still works better.

By the way, I wore my Dingwall T-shirt (Mach II) at our show last night and got a bunch of people who commented on it, were amused by it and had nothing but good stuff to say about it. It even led to a couple conversations about my bass and the hows and whys.
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