Monday, 12 January 2009
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At long last, here are the first 6 Combustions. These will be at NAMM next week.
12 years ago
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Notice the yet :wink:
12 years ago
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I did notice the "not yet" part. I've heard not yet alot, its being noncomittal. when i hear a available now, then it means yes Sheldon must have a reason (potentially costs related hard to source inexpensive quality maple) or the fact that maple boards require more work . I dunno- but he clearly has a reason why maple was a "no- not yet" FUNK- my last conversation with Sheldon implied- a April/tax time finish for my bass and yes your more than welcome to play it
12 years ago
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Hmmmmm.....April huh? I guess I can wait for that. Anyone go to NAMM and give these a test drive? I would love to have a go with one.
12 years ago
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[quote="chris.gotfunk":2xs83s25]Hmmmmm.....April huh? I guess I can wait for that. Anyone go to NAMM and give these a test drive? I would love to have a go with one.[/quote:2xs83s25] +1 we need video clip or sound clip, please? :roll:
12 years ago
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[quote="SPYD3R #9":21nq2cv9][quote="chris.gotfunk":21nq2cv9]Hmmmmm.....April huh? I guess I can wait for that. Anyone go to NAMM and give these a test drive? I would love to have a go with one.[/quote:21nq2cv9] +1 we need video clip or sound clip, please? :roll:[/quote:21nq2cv9] There are clips on the DDG homepage: http://www.dingwallguitars.com/hear-it/ Mark
12 years ago
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[quote="Funkshwey":21yx175f]Wasn't it 2 or 3 years ago that you could get an all Canadian ABI-5 for $1350?[/quote:21yx175f] I think I got my ABI-5 used in 2006 or early 2007 for $1k with case and an extra set of strings. I'll never be able to duplicate that kind of deal. However, that white Combustion is singing to me in my sleep.
12 years ago
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[quote="guitarded":1jx7ijo1][quote="SPYD3R #9":1jx7ijo1][quote="chris.gotfunk":1jx7ijo1]Hmmmmm.....April huh? I guess I can wait for that. Anyone go to NAMM and give these a test drive? I would love to have a go with one.[/quote:1jx7ijo1] +1 we need video clip or sound clip, please? :roll:[/quote:1jx7ijo1] There are clips on the DDG homepage: http://www.dingwallguitars.com/hear-it/ Mark[/quote:1jx7ijo1] nice info gan!! thanx.. :D
12 years ago
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Is this available in a 5 string fretless? If not will it be in the future?
12 years ago
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I don't think so. I think Sheldon is sticking to 5 fretted for now. I am sure if demand is high enough, he may offer other models. On another note, has there been a fretless fanned fret bass? I do not think I have seen one. Peace, Chris
12 years ago
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Yes there have been several but not many. Check out this page. www.dingwallguitars.com/FD3/)
12 years ago
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Has there been an unlined fanned fretless?
12 years ago
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[quote="chris.gotfunk":2zt5kb3v]I don't think so. I think Sheldon is sticking to 5 fretted for now. I am sure if demand is high enough, he may offer other models. On another note, has there been a fretless fanned fret bass? I do not think I have seen one. Peace, Chris[/quote:2zt5kb3v] Sure, there are a few dingwalls around.
12 years ago
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Chris-- Sheldon does make a fretless, as a custom order of course and its we tried to coin the term "fanned fretless" persay, but it didnn't fly. There are a handful of fretless Afterburner I & IIs, as well as a couple fretless SuperJs. I believe FRB has a retrofitted fretless Z bass. But i have never seen an unlined fanned fretless, my personal opinion would be- no way -no how, your nuts. However after having my ABI fretless for 6 yrs, i can pretty much say-- it shouldnt be a big deal. Just not sure if I would try it cold frank
12 years ago
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Wow, I would love to get my hands on one of those fanned fretless'. Now that would take some training. Thank you for the info. I think once I get my Combustion, if I ever feel brave I may just have to order a fanned fretless....lined of course. Peace, Chris
12 years ago
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Here's a couple snapshots from NAMM: [img:19hmyrv7]http://xs435.xs.to/xs435/09045/002822.jpg[/img:19hmyrv7] [img:19hmyrv7]http://xs435.xs.to/xs435/09045/003493.jpg[/img:19hmyrv7] The white was my favorite, just beautiful in person (the photography makes the white look a little too blinding) [img:19hmyrv7]http://xs435.xs.to/xs435/09045/013583.jpg[/img:19hmyrv7] These Combustions were [i:19hmyrv7]really[/i:19hmyrv7] nice. They might be a "budget" series, but only in the same way that Skylines are budget basses, not like some Squiers or Epiphones. There is nothing cheap about these instruments. I thought the prototypes were superb as-is, but Sheldon explained some other features he would be adding or refining on the production-run instruments. Once these changes are made, the Combustions (IMO) will be one of the best bargains out there. I didn't play much at the Dingwall booth, but I can say that I didn't really find the fan-fret aspect of the instruments all that disorienting (I've never played a Dingwall before). What [i:19hmyrv7]really[/i:19hmyrv7] screwed me up was the fact that I haven't played a fiver in a couple of years :lol: . I kept going to play parts and thinking "what's this string doing in the middle?" :roll: All the Combustions were much lighter in weight than I expected. Not in a cheap, flimsy way, but in the just-right sort of way. I hate hanging a boat anchor around my neck. I handled every Combustion at the show, and the weight seemed remarkably consistent between basses. If I recall correctly, Sheldon said that the bodies were some variety of mahogany, which is odd, because I usually think of mahogany as being heavy. NAMM was really loud, and I'm not the kind of guy who likes to get into a volume war, so I only played through the amp at modest levels. So while listening conditions were far from ideal, I can say a few things about the sound. First off, I really like the sound of this bass. I was able to get an approximation of a Jazz Bass bridge pickup sound, which pleased me, because I love the way that kind of tone cuts through a band. The preamp struck me as being very musical, and didn't seem to get too-harsh-trebly or too-woofy-bassy. All tones seemed usable. To play the Dingwall B-string was a revelation
12 years ago
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Great review!!! Thank you very much for the info. It just solidified my desire to have one of these. I am surprised about the mahogany. That is a very pleasant surprise!!!!! Question, was the blend knob like a 5 position thing or was it actually a blend? Peace, Chris
12 years ago
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[quote="chris.gotfunk":3inaw2wg]On another note, has there been a fretless fanned fret bass? I do not think I have seen one.[/quote:3inaw2wg] I played a fretless SJ4 at BassNW several years ago and was blown away at how easy it was to play without staring at my fingers the whole time.
12 years ago
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[quote="Jjango"]To play the Dingwall B-string was a revelation
12 years ago
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I'll add my $0.02 worth...I checked the Combustion basses out at NAMM and was totally impressed. A great bass at the price point, best value at NAMM this year IMHO.
12 years ago
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The neck-to-body alignment seems a bit off on these Combustions, especially on the red one? As if the G string could barely be fretted at all. Or is it the camera angle? Thanks for the review :) Can't wait to get my Combustion so I could agree with you :D
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