HELP! Dingwall Combustion bass bridge issues (unscrewing & buzzing)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Manu Dlb, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    Hi everyone,

    I’m having issues with my Dingwall Combustion’s bridge: anytime I play, the B & E strings get lower against the neck as the screws that are supposed to set and maintain the action, unscrew themselves... In addition to that, I hear a buzzing sound coming from the bridge as I play these two strings.

    Any idea how I can solution that? Or if there’s anywhere I can find these Dingwall single string bridge parts? Last solution I could think of is replacing them all to new Hipshot triple lockdown single string bridges but I don’t wanna have to drill new holes in my bass, anyone know anything about that?

    Thanks in advance & y’all stay safe!

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  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Blue 242 Loctite

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  3. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    Looks like an interesting and cheap solution! Thank you :)

    Is that a common issue with Dingwall bridges? If so, I’d prefer a long term solution. Do you know if Hipshot bridges fit the original bridge’s screw holes?
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  4. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    It is a common occurrence with many bridges. There is a procedure I recommend for dealing with it that is pretty well permanent.

    Remove a set screw. Add small drop of Loctite Blue to the threads and re install the screw. Rotate the screw back and forth as the Loctite dries. When it is close to drying it will start to squeak, or at least will tighten up significantly. Continue rotating the screw back and forth for another 30 seconds or so. The you can set the saddle height to your preference and it will stay there.

    This will keep the screw from moving on it's own, but you will still be able to adjust it as needed.
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  5. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    That’s great, thank you very much! I’ll try this ASAP then :)

    First time asking for help on a forum, not disappointed by the support, cheers guys
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  6. Sheldon D.

    Sheldon D. Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 3, 2001
    Blue Loc-tite is a little too strong. We use Loc-tite #222 which is purple. If you can't find any locally, we can send you a small sample size. Just email [email protected] with your details.
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  7. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    Thank you for the precision! I should be able to find that but thanks for the offer :)
    Even though I have this issue with my bass, it's an amazing piece of gear that I can't wait to have fixed now!
  8. Another option is to simply wrap plumbers tape around the entire screw and wind it down. Not permanent, but it will last a long time, is cheap to buy and easily kept in a gig bag.
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  9. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    I'll keep that option in mind, thanks!
  10. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I have had teflon plumbers tape on one bridge screw for about 15 years now with no problems.
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  11. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    Damn, that's a lot of time indeed, looks like that would work too
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  12. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    I know Loctite is likely better, but I've always used clear nail polish for this... A little on the screw and it's set.
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  13. Manu Dlb

    Manu Dlb

    Feb 28, 2021
    That's always good to know in case it happens on tour (whenever that'll be a thing again...) and that I forgot my loctite at home haha
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