I'm very much a traditional style bass guy, but ....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    ...lately i've kind of been itching to try a Dingwall. And that's odd, because I'm a Fender/Music Man/Dano/etc guy typically....

    I must be going crazy.
  2. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    We've only one life to live…
  3. bccbass


    Dec 31, 2010
    Watch out!!! Your wallet is about to get a lot thinner!
  4. reddavid


    Oct 11, 2001
    Wayne, PA
    Out of darkness into light... Many Dingwall's are 'traditional' sounding. Super P, Super J, Super P/J. There are a variety of styles and sounds represented. All are top quality. IMO
  5. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
  6. ctufankjian


    Sep 28, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Unicornbass.se
    Off topic, but I've always wanted to see full shots of your dingwall. I love mojo maple tops!

  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    I wish they made a Combustion 5 with a 35-32 scale length,....

    i love my short scale basses...

    I do like that super j though....
  8. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Like you, I am a Fender fan too.

    I am enjoying my Big Al SSS.

    Works great for Young Country...as do the P-Basses.
  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008

    I guess we all go crazy once in a while ! :)
  10. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I too am a traditional bass guy. I owned a few 35" basses for awhile but went back to 34" because I prefer their more traditional timbre.

    I tried one of the flagship Dingwalls a couple of years ago. The tone was cool, in a modern way... as I expected. I mostly tried it to see if I could play on the fanned frets. As others have said, it's easier than it might seem.... up to the 12th fret, anyway. I'm a guy who looks at the side dots, and had trouble playing in the upper register because the side dots were misaligned compared to the D and G frets. I could certainly adjust if I decided to play Dingwalls regularly, but I prefer my current basses far too much.

    That said: I am extremely interested in the Dingwall Super P! Scale length goes from 35" B to 32" G, which should keep a traditional timbre (the original Dingwalls go from 37" B to 34" G). I love the idea of shorter scales on the skinnier strings, with a 34.5" E and 35" B.
  11. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The Super P and Super J are pretty traditional instruments. Take away the fanned frets and they're just high end Fender clones.


  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    I hear ya !

    Yeah, the Super P and the Super J both have the scale length that I'd prefer as well.

    Your experience with the fanned frets seems to echo most peoples.

    Hopefully I can find someone around here with one that I can test out.
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008

    Yeah, I mentioned that Super J up above. Those are the two that seem like they'd have the best chance of me liking them in the long run...shorter scale, a bit more classic looks. They two you pictured are beauties.
  14. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Don't question your sanity just because you desire to 'get out of the box'. :cool: My first Dingwall was a beautiful five-string Afterburner I. After playing it a couple of years, I invested in a four-string Super J/P and realized that its design/tone/feel was the most perfect (for me) that I'd ever found. As nice as the Afterburner was/is - I managed to let go of it to fund a five-string Super J/P. Then I 'had' to try a five-string J/J, and a four-string Super P. Dingwall Aquisition Syndrome is expensive but extremely satisfying in my book... :)
  15. Agreed. If only they had a more traditional profile to their necks. :p

    I find them waaay too thin.