Tuesday, 26 April 2011
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As much as I hate it when people directly copy and paste thier post of the same exact question from different forum, especially when the said copy and post is their very first post in the said new forum... I've got the opportunity to buy a used Dingwall Combustion (Natural finish/no pickgaurd) for a pretty decent price with a soft case. Case shape not a traditional bag. The bass is in great shape and has no scratches. Thier asking price was $1000 and I've got them down to $850. For me the case is next to useless as I can't travel with it, so I'm not figuring that into the price and I'll probably have to buy a new one unless one of my spare hard cases will work. It is fairly intonated- good but not great. It will need a trip to my guitar guy sooner than later. I played it for about a half an hour today and have determined that the fanned frets pose absolutely no problem for me. Is this a good price for used? Are there any gotchas, anything special to watch out for? I had some other questions, but a couple hours reading through this forum answered most of them. Thanks to Shizoid75 and Burningskies for the invite to this forum.
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Hi there, that is a great price,I've had mine a month now and it's so much better then my peavey cirrus, fender jazz ,and lakland skyline.The playability is tighter and much more even and the sound is really great, I still can decide if I like the neck or bridge pu sound better they both are great. After setting up the bass to my liking I'm hooked and would only consider a dingwall if I were to buy another bass.So go for it you won't be disappointed.
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It is a very good price for a used one, and there are no gotcha-s I know of. The Combustion line is the budget line, but remember it's not a $300 knock-off. It's certainly fit for Dingwall standards, which are very high. Inspected by Sheldon and the company etc etc, you probably know all that. In my opinion, you should grab it.
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That's a good price and you'd be hard pressed to find something better in that range (even if it was new, which would be considerably more).
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I bought the first Combustion. I took it to Sheldon to get the action adjusted (after a cold winter and my poor upkeep :( ) and he APOLOGIZED for the inconvenience! When I said it wasn't his fault, he replied "yes it is, and this is why," and pointed to the Dingwall logo on the headstock. THAT is the Dedication Sheldon has to his guitars and his customers. THAT is what you get for $850! GO FOR IT!! That is a good price. The only complaint I've heard about them is that they don't have as nice of a neck profile as Sheldon's $5000 basses. :roll:
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I own the exact Combustion you are looking at. Bought mine used and paid more than that but really don't care. To me it is worth every penny I paid for it. I've had mine since early December and I'm still finding different combination's of EQ & p/up settings that I like. Jump in you won't be disappointed. The only problem I see on the horizon is the same one I have, terminal Dingwall GAS.
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The deed is done! It's nice to actually have it here at home. I've been playing it for the last couple of hours and I really like it, especially the way the B and the E feel. Which I suppose is the point. I thought it would have more mass to it though. So far I've just been playing it either unplugged or through a small practice amp. I can't wait to get it on my Bag End system. A Bonus is that one of my spare hard cases will work with this bass. I am surprised at the lack of any real learning curve (at least for me) when playing on fanned frets. I'd been thinking of getting a longer scale bass, but this is the best of several! Thanks for the encouragement and good advice.
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[quote="trevcda":girsn581]The deed is done! It's nice to actually have it here at home. I've been playing it for the last couple of hours and I really like it, especially the way the B and the E feel. Which I suppose is the point. I thought it would have more mass to it though. So far I've just been playing it either unplugged or through a small practice amp. I can't wait to get it on my Bag End system. A Bonus is that one of my spare hard cases will work with this bass. I am surprised at the lack of any real learning curve (at least for me) when playing on fanned frets. I'd been thinking of getting a longer scale bass, but this is the best of several! Thanks for the encouragement and good advice.[/quote:girsn581] Welcome to the Dingwall Club. Everyone seems to get nervous about the fanned frets until they actually play a Dingwall. After playing a couple of minutes you don't even notice that they are fanned. I found my hand position is much more natural feeling with them. Congratulations on your purchase.
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[quote="trevcda":37iaycl2]I thought it would have more mass to it though.[/quote:37iaycl2] More mass to the note or weight? Our goal for the note is clarity more than fatness. Our goal for weight is as light as possible without sacrificing sustain or balance.
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AMEN!
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":35bj76jz] Clarity more than fatness. As light as possible without sacrificing sustain or balance.[/quote:35bj76jz] And that about sums it up, doesn't it, Dingwall fans?
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":3djsy8b3][quote="trevcda":3djsy8b3]I thought it would have more mass to it though.[/quote:3djsy8b3] More mass to the note or weight? Our goal for the note is clarity more than fatness. Our goal for weight is as light as possible without sacrificing sustain or balance.[/quote:3djsy8b3] Given the scale, I was expecting substantially more weight to get the sustain out of it. In fact I dug up an elastic-ish padded strap I had tucked away, expecting it to be heavy. I'm more than happy to find that it's lighter than most of my other basses. I much prefer sustain and clarity over tubbiness or fatness in a bass. It's what brought me to Dingwall.
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":b93ss97g][quote="trevcda":b93ss97g]I thought it would have more mass to it though.[/quote:b93ss97g] Our goal for the note is clarity more than fatness. [/quote:b93ss97g] Probably the best string-to-string tonal balance I've encountered...and I've been through virtually everything including multi-lams, 35-36" scales, composites, you name it. I took all three (Combustion, ABZ 5, and ABI 5) to a TalkBass get-together. The guys had a blast. FWIW, Roger (our drummer) always asks pre-gig "did you bring the [b:b93ss97g]white[/b:b93ss97g] one?" indicating the Combustion 5. Riis
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