Wednesday, 15 February 2012
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Hi everyone. Been a lurker here for a while now, reading all the Dinger love on here and on BC in the UK has got me selling some stuff in order to buy my first Dingwall... :) I have a few questions to ask in order that i go for the right bass first time though... I have always been a big EBMM fan, really for the big humbucker punchy sound, to my ears at least a 4 string Stingray or Sabre is basically unbeatable (for my preference) For 5 strings though I just can't find the right combination of "that sound" + a really good B. (I tried a Lakland but the B was good unplugged but to me the whole bass just got lost in a band situation) So I have really just gone for the compramise of a SR5 of late because at least the "Sound" is there you know? So anyway to try a Dingwall..... my budget is firmly in Combustion or Combustion with a few Mods type territory...(+ I love the look of the combustions, they look like a really modern take on a 5 string sabre to me!) What pickups are gonna get me closest to the sound i want? I see you can get upgraded Neo pickups, will these be the answer or is it best to try it stock first? Any input would be welcome. :) Thanks Tom
10 years ago
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Hi Tom, welcome to the forums! Having had the combustion P/J pickup upgrade [url:2wv23cjx]http://www.dingwallguitars.com/purchase/shop/fd3-pj-pickup-replacement-set-for-combustion-5/[/url:2wv23cjx] I can tell you it brings a barnload more sound than the stock combustion pickups, especially in the neck pickup on the B and E strings. :D However a) I don't know how it compares to the sound of what you're looking for, and b) budget wise I'm told the price of the upgraded bass is comparable to the price of the entry-level Pure-Canadian Dingwalls, and maybe those stock might already have the sound you're looking for.
10 years ago
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Here's a MM type mod on a Combustion, done by a forum member. There was talk of the shop doing the mod in-house, IIRC. Contact Sheldon for more details. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1948
10 years ago
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Yeah, ask Sheldon about doing the woodwork for your Combustion. I know he offered that months ago, though I don't think anyone pulled the trigger. The good news is, if you're on a budget, you don't have to do the mod all at once. I got the John East EBMM preamp later. The bad news is, that preamp made "that" sound so much closer. FD-3 pickups also made the bass "wake up". However, those two in conjunction cost a lot; my modded C2 was probably as costly as an ABZ in the end. So if you decide to go this route, and I certainly recommend it, plan to (eventually, as soon as possible) get the entire mod. One more note: even though I was skeptical at first, I would recommend the 3 band version of the preamp. Having that sweepable mid control helps to nail that sound, I use it to slightly diminish a very specific frequency and it makes all the difference. I'll only tell you that I heartily agree on the StingRay sound being [i:1wnahmhm]that[/i:1wnahmhm] sound, and that my Combustion makes me smile.
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Wow. Thanks for all the helpful replies, really constructive and just what i was after. I see there is a CAG Combustion up for sale here at the moment so might just make enquiries about it and then e-mail Mr Dingwall to see what can be done... :D Loving the look and sound of your C2 Bocete, looks like my perfect Bass!! Cheers Tom
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The really nice thing is if you can do a deal on the CAG Combustion, I believe it is located in Saskatoon which is where Sheldon's shop is. Wouldn't have to deal with shipping to get it to him if you wanted him to do any mod's to it.
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