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We’re working on our second run of Combustions. I’m looking for feedback from current customers or for that matter anyone who has tried a Combustion long enough to develop an opinion. What are we doing right? What could we do better? Thanks for your input. Sheldon
11 years ago
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It has been mentioned elsewhere the volume and tone knobs can be improved in look/quality. Also I personally didn't feel at home with the lacquered neck and finally imho, due to the fact that the machineheads are not countersank like on the more expensive models, there is a tug bar holding the strings down, which spoils the look of the headstock and it's a pain to string up the instrument having to feed the strings under it.
11 years ago
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There's not a whole lot about the bass I don't like, but that string retainer is one of them. The knobs are another, but I was going to replace those myself eventually. I don't have much else to say, and what I have said has been said before. I like the bass a lot. I'll let you know if I think of anything.
11 years ago
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The main couple of improvements I would consider are: - Removing the headstock string bar. I am not sure the bass needs it as only the centre three strings barely touch it. - Maybe slim the neck profile (back to front thickness) a bit. It's a little on the chunky side. Things I like: - The pickups and electronics really suit this bass well. The full range of the active EQ is usable. - It balances well. - The weight is good (low to mid 9 lb range). - The Candy Apple Green looks great!
11 years ago
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I tried it shortly in a store. I liked it much and gave me GAS (DAS) for an ABZ as I really want a passive bass, and black hardware, and a 6 string, ... I liked the tone a great deal, but not when the EQ was flat. Does that matter? No. Improvements: Important: - B string booster as standard Minor: - Slimmer neck Just for looks: - Black hardware, although with a pickguard chrome looks better - Black or matching headstock with rosewood boards only
11 years ago
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Black hardware option would be nice, and a passive/active switch.
11 years ago
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I'd be really interested in a combustion 4 string.Also an active passive switch.
11 years ago
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I have my Combustion now since June and i love it, but, and it's much the same as the rest of the guys, the string bar, and i was going to change the knobs as well and was wondering if the knobs used on the Z series will fit it,they look a lot classier, and a gig bag option would have been nice, instead of being excluded completely, and the uncontrollable need to sell all my other basses to buy more Dingwalls, or am i just a unique case, but it's the most comfortable bass i have ever played, so well done. Ps happy new year guys.
11 years ago
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Another comment on the Combustion: I like the fact that it is not a cheaper copy of an existing model. While it shares some of the same design concepts and [i:2z2fvn6v]general[/i:2z2fvn6v] appearance, it does have a sound of its own.
11 years ago
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Here's my 27 cents. 1) Wire the pickups with quad and add a pullup switch to each volume pot to switch either pickup between series and parallel. 2) Make the pickup covers more form fitting to the pickups, shaped like a one piece pre pup or a G&L Z3 guitar pickup cover which would leave more room for fingers for slappers. The neck profile is excellent for me, and my B does not seem to need a volume boost.
11 years ago
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I think if too many things get added to this guitar it will loose it's best feature --> VALUE! I can't believe there was such a difference between my Combustion to my MTD Kingston. They are roughly the same price, but now why would anyone buy a Kingston? The Dingwall Sounds better, it plays better, it has all the features I need, with none that I don't (string retainer not withstanding). I'll admit the Kingston looks better overall, but I don't want to look flashy I want a great bass, and the combustion is that. If it gets any more expensive it will loose it's value and not help people into the Dingwall community. I say fine tune what you have, and if people want more, then can get the more expensive models.
11 years ago
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The B-string booster is now standard on all Combusions at no extra cost. The kit has not been as requested as I expected. I'm not sure if it's just not needed/wanted or people are reluctant to mess with their pickups. An alternative could be specially priced replacement pickups to Combustion owners.
11 years ago
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":13ypyfsn]There's not a whole lot about the bass I don't like, but that string retainer is one of them. The knobs are another, but I was going to replace those myself eventually. I don't have much else to say, and what I have said has been said before. I like the bass a lot. I'll let you know if I think of anything.[/quote:13ypyfsn] +1. Maybe make the neck a bit thinner, but it doesn't really bother me much since I play a lot of different basses. I very much want a [b:13ypyfsn]4 string Combustion[/b:13ypyfsn]. Any update, Sheldon? I'll even buy the prototype! Sorry to keep asking. :) Mark
11 years ago
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Hi Mark, The 4-string is in the works but projects of this size are unpredictable as there are so many external factors. My recommendation for the short term is an ABZ.
11 years ago
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[quote="Sheldon Dingwall":u24kgno3]Hi Mark, The 4-string is in the works but projects of this size are unpredictable as there are so many external factors. My recommendation for the short term is an ABZ.[/quote:u24kgno3] Yeah, I've been shopping ABZ-4s, in fact. Can't decide on a color, though. :| Thanks for the reply. Mark
11 years ago
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Much as I've wanted to, I haven't been able to play one at all, but I'm planning to get one come tax time. I didn't know the necks were lacquered, I definitely prefer a satin type finish. I'd probably wait if that were going to be an option with the next run. Other than that, I'd love a fretless, although I've lurked on the forums for some time and realize that it isn't in the cards.
11 years ago
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[quote="bozendoka":8q99717l]Much as I've wanted to, I haven't been able to play one at all, but I'm planning to get one come tax time. I didn't know the necks were lacquered, I definitely prefer a satin type finish. I'd probably wait if that were going to be an option with the next run. Other than that, I'd love a fretless, although I've lurked on the forums for some time and realize that it isn't in the cards.[/quote:8q99717l] The neck has a satin finish. Go ahead and get it. You will not be disappointed. Mark
11 years ago
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[quote="Mark L":1tz6d06v] The neck has a satin finish. Go ahead and get it. You will not be disappointed. Mark[/quote:1tz6d06v] Sweet, thanks for the info. I've been gassing for a Dingwall for ten years now.
11 years ago
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[quote="bozendoka":s3ims84x] I've been gassing for a Dingwall for ten years now.[/quote:s3ims84x] That's too long to wait. Be-ware! (shout out to Underdog Lady...Baba Booey...Howard Stern's pen** !!!) You will start gassing for your second Dingwall about two days after you take delivery of your first one. Please forgive the Stern-bombs. Mark
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Hi with the economy being so bad do to shipping our production overseas, I was wondering how much more would a canadian made combustion be? I think if the combustion was a little more expensive but built by your team , creating good canadian jobs I think people would be on board. Just would like to get your thoughts on the subject Sheldon? thank you Brian
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[quote="blong":3fsri83s]Hi with the economy being so bad do to shipping our production overseas, I was wondering how much more would a canadian made combustion be? I think if the combustion was a little more expensive but built by your team , creating good canadian jobs I think people would be on board. Just would like to get your thoughts on the subject Sheldon? thank you Brian[/quote:3fsri83s] Good point Brian. A Combustion made in our shop would cost roughly twice as much. Currently the market for basses in that price range has dried up. At least in the US.
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