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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FroggyOne2, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. johnsonabq

    johnsonabq Watch out where the huskies go... Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
    My D-Bird has all it's pickups wired in series. I'm looking in the Combustion cavity and I see three instances of Green/Black wires taped together. Does that mean they too are all in series? Because the bass sounds different than the Bird. Even in passive mode. I was hoping it would be similar just with a low B.
  2. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    Yes indeed, series.

    Your Combustion has the 3X rotary, correct? If so, it will sound quite different than the D Bird.

    Attached Files:

  3. johnsonabq

    johnsonabq Watch out where the huskies go... Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
    I thought the Combustions had the same rotary switch as the D-Bird and NGs.
  4. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    I don’t think they do but not 100% sure.
  5. johnsonabq

    johnsonabq Watch out where the huskies go... Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
    Looks like it from the website.
  6. johnsonabq

    johnsonabq Watch out where the huskies go... Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
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  7. NoCreativeName


    Sep 6, 2019
    Have an NG3 on the way. Looking for a an amp. Prefer a combo but I'm open. Mostly play by myself but some jamming and small gigging at local bars. Would love something that could cover all three. I like metal, rock, funk, tapping. What will compliment the Dingwall sound most?

    I'm an American expat living in SE Asia, so I was also hoping for something that could handle a range of different voltages.

    I was looking at Markbass 802 as it's one of the few markbass with switchable voltage. Downsides being lack of much onboard control, and will it give me a strong enough low end on a 5 string? Also looking at a TC electronic bg250-208 as a cheaper alternative, it has built in effects as an added bonus but not sure about the voltages or the quality. Don't wanna get great bass then cheap out on the amp. Also had my eye on the Genzler Magellan bass array. It's a bit expensive, especially by the time I get it shipped to where I live. Also seems like it may be more than what I need but seems like a super nice amp. I like the idea of multiple size speakers.

    I have a budget of maybe up to $800 + shipping, but less than that is DEFINITE plus.

    What do you guys all use? What are your suggestions? I'm not hugely knowledgeable about amps.

    Also as a side question, will a Mono gigbag fit an NG or is the extra scale length too much and I need a Dingwall gigbag?
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  8. Bad_tattoo


    Jan 23, 2019
    I'd want it! I'm in EU though, just fyi. And I don't even have a combustion yet :roflmao: got one on order since spring, but no eta yet :sleep: If you still have it by then and don't mind sending overseas, I'm your guy!
  9. Iv@N


    Jun 8, 2008
    Münster, Germany
    I’ve used fender rumbles as backline a few times and they were pretty good for the price.
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  10. Wyvern


    Jul 6, 2019
    Pinellas, FL
    Really like the Heartke with hydrive cones.
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  11. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    The green/black sitch here means that indeed the pickup coils are internally wired in series. They can be in parallel if you wish with some quick modifications (if you're not comfortable doing it yourself, take it to a pro).

    ...The Dingwall shop went 'DBird switch crazy' at some point and implemented that across the 3 pickup import line. And I understand that because lots of people really like what it brings to the table.

    But it's easy enough to get a standard 3X switch should you desire, and not that much trouble to install. I know that the DB switch hits some things (all three pickups, middle only) that you don't get with the standard switch but with the 3X you do get:
    Bridge/Middle series
    Bridge/Neck parallel
    Neck only
    Bridge only

    Depending on what you play, those might be great options for you, or you may find that the DB switching is close enough for government work, and it's a wash. My personal favorites are Bridge/Middle series and Bridge/Neck parallel. On my fretless Combustion the neck only is a great choice too.
  12. Bozendoka


    Mar 13, 2011
    Considering your specific needs you might want to post in the amps forum, lots of good advice to be had there. As far as the gigbag, my Combustion fits in a standard gig bag so I would think the mono should be fine. Dingwall did a great job keeping the size reasonable.
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  13. I have a question for people who've dabbled in rewiring/routing/pickup swapping their Dingwalls; are the pickups encased/sealed in the pickup shell, like with epoxy or similar, or are the magnets exposed from below?

    I'm considering having a custom set of pickups ordered, and would like to know if it's possible to send a pickup shell as a reference for the order. That, or exact measurements/drawings. I have the newer, round style shells.

    Thabks in advance.
  14. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    They are glued in there like this:

    (Anybody need to buy a 5-string P-Tone?)
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  15. Thanks!
  16. AB Nate

    AB Nate Supporting Member

    May 28, 2016

    Congrats on the new Dingy coming your way.

    With the amp search you could get 20 different responses outta this group and most would be on the expensive side of things. Of the options you suggested I would lean to that genzler all the way.

    Edit: something like this.
    SOLD - Price Drop to $725 – Genzler Magellan 350 Bass Combo w/ Gig Bag in Like-New Condition

    There are so many great options out there though. You really should patrol the classifieds and do some research on the amps that spark your interest in there.

    Don’t be afraid of buying used as that can save you a bunch of cash any open a lot more options. If you stick with higher end used gear you can usually recoup most dollars as you upgrade or modify your set up. For a small rig I’m running a Genz Benz 6.2 with a 1 12” and it’s more then capable of covering the smallest to a good size usage.

    Some names to check out of the lower cost/solid quality options(used)would be
    -Genz Benz
    -Dark glass( I believe there is a micro tubes 500 in the classifieds right now which I’m sure would cover everything your looking for)*
    -If you could find a cheap mess D800 series it would be great but probably significant overkill for what you’ve described.
    -perhaps a Phil Jones briefcase would suite your needs.
    - you already mentioned mark bass and they have some solid little combos for this purpose.(I don’t dig MB stuff but I can respect they have good offerings)
    -Aguilar might be another valid option for you.

    Anyways,..... sooo many options to choose from.
    It sounds like 500/600W is probably the most of what you’d need and would most Likely content with a solid 350w.

    Aside from the wall outlet, I think the majority of amps nowadays are coming with a switchable power supply and meant to be used globally.

    Good luck in the search and curious to hear what you end up with

    Yes. Mono bags will fit the combustion’s no problem.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
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  17. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    Another American who is an expat in SE Asia playing a Dingwall uses Phil Jones combo amps and cabs over there. I think he picked them because they are small and easy to travel with, and they have a completely unbelievable sound to size ratio that literally has to be seen to be believed.
  18. NoCreativeName


    Sep 6, 2019
    I didn't mention them in my post, but that's probably the main other brand I'm considering. I'd also love a Bergantino or Darkglass, but I think those are up out of my price range.
  19. johnsonabq

    johnsonabq Watch out where the huskies go... Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
    Thanks for the info!

    I am familiar with the 3x switch from the Z3 I had, and will have in the AB1 build I should be receiving in a month or two. On the Bird I (almost) always use the middle pickup, but when I played the Z3, my go to sound came from the neck pickup soloed.

    As a matter of fact, I still have a 3x rotary switch which I bought from Dingwall back when I had my first Dingo, an NG3 but I never used it. I think I'll have to have my tech install it in the Combustion as I do prefer the choices it offers overall.
  20. ThisYouCanTrust


    Jun 10, 2019
    I just received my strap, I thought I would trust Dingwall for that just as I do for the strings.

    It turns out I'm using a hole around a third down from the highest one (or two-thirds up from the lowest one if you like it better that way) and it's a good height for me.
    The mirror says I should go one hole lower, my wrist says I should go one higher so I guess that's a good compromise in the end :)

    So in any case the DW strap is plenty long enough, at the longest setting the bass is hanging on my thighs.
    It's the racing one if you ask.

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