The Combustion is a break-through in terms of performance per dollar. By combining North American sourced materials and components with Chinese manufacturing we now offer many of the Dingwall tone and performance advantages at an extremely affordable price. Final setup and inspection is done in the Dingwall shop in Canada so you know the basses will play great right out of the box.

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  1. [...] really I’m just impressed by Nolly’s 34-37″ scale, fanned fret, signature modded Dingwall Combustion bass. Those pickups are intentionally spaced so close together because they’re wired in series. [...]

  2. Brian says:

    The combustion is definitely ahead of any other 5 string in its price range. I custom ordered a Super P 5er with FD3 at the bridge. To me the Combustion sounds and plays better. Currently have a Ferrari Red NG-2 on order. Can’t wait!

  3. netssgh says:

    This gear is made in canada?? made in china??

  4. John Constantinide says:

    This model deserves a 6-string version.

  5. sheldon says:

    The Combustion is made in China then shipped to Canada for a full setup and quality check.

  6. sheldon says:

    The 4-string version will be along this year. The closest stocking dealer to you is New Jersey Guitar and Bass in Edison.

  7. Matt says:

    Is there talks of a 6 string version in the works?

  8. sheldon says:

    We’ll do a 4-string first Matt and see what the interest is like on a 6.

  9. John Davis says:

    I currently play a new Fender American Deluxe Jazz 5.
    I’ve found out that it has a vibrating Truss Rod and
    will have to be sent off for repairs. Which Dingwall
    5 string would be the better (cost conscious) bass
    to buy? Thoughts on Combustion?
    Thanks! I can’t wait!

  10. John Davis says:

    Can I order Dingwall after market custom bridges for the Combustion?

  11. sheldon says:

    Hi John, not currently although that’s something we could consider.

  12. John Davis says:

    Thanks. I just wondered if the high end bridge
    Would improve the sound of the Combustion. I know I’m putting the cart before the horse. I can’t wait to have my order placed.
    Thanks again.

  13. Taylor Summerfield says:

    Hey, I was curious how much you sell the % string Combustion basses for and what the process is for ordering one? I live in Portland, Oregon USA.

  14. Shawn Ferguson says:

    The only way to improve on a Combustion would be to pick up an NG2 Combustion.

    Unless you’re Dan Veall, don’t modify your Dingwall! It’s already above and beyond so many other models on the market.

  15. sheldon says:

    Check with our US dealers to see if they have anything in stock. If you don’t find something you like, give Barry a shout at sales@…

  16. Kody Audette says:

    I can’t recommend the Combustion enough. The build quality, playability, and tone are miles above anything else in the price range. I added series/parallel switches for each pickup and a John East Sweepable mid controller and I can go from Reggae to Funk to Metal in a heartbeat, on the fly, mid song. I can’t justify buying any other basses. (except for a 4 string combustion once they’re available!) I have never before been 100% happy with a piece of gear, and for the first time ever I am satisfied. I’m excited to play it every time I pick it up. If you’re considering it, just go ahead and do it. You won’t regret it, I promise.

  17. Travis says:

    What are the chances of getting a flamed or quilt cap in a trans blue type finish on a Combustion?

  18. CALLUM says:

    How do I go about ordering one of these basses and when will Adam “Nolly” Getgood’s 6 string combustion will be available for purchase?

  19. sheldon says:

    That’s not an option currently Travis but I wouldn’t rule it out for the future.

  20. Aleksandr says:

    Is there any chances of adding fretless option?

  21. sheldon says:

    No there isn’t Aleksandr. You would need to have this done by a repair shop.

  22. Bill MacMartin says:

    Jeff from Tech hooked me up post- haste with the control layout Thx

  23. John Davis says:

    I just had to vent. I woke up this morning with the shakes realizing my Combustion won’t be ready until Aug/Sept

  24. Mikey says:

    Still waiting for an NG-2 six string announcement before I jump the gun and purchase! (;
    I must say though, this is a great bass, and Dingwall is a great company. Very glad Nolly came into the equation, because the NG-2 is a dream.

    It’s just missing a string, ahh!!

  25. Anthony says:

    What are the electronic differences between the NG2 and a standard Combustion?

  26. sheldon says:

    The Combustion features an EMG 3 band preamp (bass, mid, treble) while the NG2 features a Darkglass (Bass, low mid, high mid).

  27. John Davis says:

    Any chance you had a cancellation or accidentally made one too many Combustions?

  28. Elliot says:

    Hey Sheldon, what are the chances of a custom pick guard on the NG-2 model? How much would that approximately set me back if possible?

  29. sheldon says:

    Thanks for asking John. All production is sold out until fall. However many of the orders are going to dealers so basses maybe available through them. I recommend call the most local dealer first to see if they have anything on order. Failing that, every now and then one will have a small ding or finish flaw that prevents us from selling them as new. These “B-stock” basses will be posted on our online store.

  30. sheldon says:

    We can make one using currently stocked materials: Matte Black, BWB, WBW, Tortoise shell, Black pearloid or White pearloid. There would be a small upcharge based on material cost. There is no customization available that would involve a different shape or modifications to the shape.

  31. Chris Jennings says:

    I just bought a Combustion bass, serial number 0026 and it’s really great. Can anyone tell me how old this bass is? I don’t see anything on the website that lets you search out serial numbers of Dingwall basses. Thanks.

  32. sheldon says:

    Fall of 2009 Chris. Glad you’re liking it.

  33. Dave in Reno says:

    Hey Sheldon,
    Just wanted to let you know that I have given up on all other brands of basses and will only be playing Dingwalls from now on! Today was my lucky day as I was able to get a new trans black ash Combustion,along with an ABZ that was already on order and scheduled for delivery early next year! Getting 2 Dingwalls in 1 day is a very good day indeed!

  34. John Constantinides says:

    We already know the Combustion is manufactured overseas using American-made parts. Well, why not make the whole line of guitars and basses affordable for the budget and introduce a Canadian-made Combustion in 4, 5 and 6 string formats?

  35. sheldon says:

    We have 8 models of basses made in Canada starting with the ABZ. To get the price of the Combustion to the level it’s at we needed help from a larger manufacturer in the east.

  36. John Constantinides says:

    From what I see you’ve contracted an agreement with Cort to manufacture the Combustion in Korea. There are also other manufacturing facilities in India, Indonesia, Viet-Nam, China and Taiwan in the case you decide to move the production from Korea to another manufacturing source for the Combustion, the ABZ and other models.

    In the meantime you can start an alternative production of the higher-end NG2 signature Combustions in Canada to meet the needs of demanding musicians looking for Canadian-made Combustion having all the higher-end features you’d expect from Dingwall.

  37. sheldon says:

    Thanks for your input John. We’ve looked into every manufacturer in Canada, USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea and China. We’ve put together what we feel is the best combination of quality and price for a company of our size.

  38. Taco says:

    Sheldon knows how to run a company, right down to the smallest degree of Replying to ridiculous comments and firm suggestions in the most polite and perfect way, as perfect as a one of his basses.

    So excited to get a high quality dingy. From wherever it’s made

  39. Jussi says:

    Hey, I’m interested in buying a combustion. But I have decided not to buy instruments made in china, but I might do an expection for this one. That’s why I’d like to know how the general working conditions are where Combustions are made.

  40. Mike says:

    Does the swamp ash combustion come in at the same weight as the alder model? Hoping to pick up an ash model soon but I do long gigs and weight is important.

  41. sheldon says:

    They are very close. Swamp Ash can be slightly heavier though.

  42. sheldon says:

    I appreciate your concern. I’ve spent a lot of time at the factory so have seen things first hand. Working conditions and hours are comparable to our Canadian shop with the exception that there, lunch is provided. There is also a lot of green space for workers to hang out and relax in during breaks. So relative to other Chinese factories, this one is at the top end.

  43. Florian says:

    Hi, what is the total length of the combustion 5? I mean the whole instrument (not only the scale/strings!). I’m wondering whether the bass will fit into my bass case.

  44. Mike says:

    I just wanted to say, how pleased I am with my new combustion. I was in 2 minds about going for the NG2, but I am really glad I went for the swamp ash combustion instead. The body looks really classy and though the NG2′s look amazing I really don’t think I’m just ‘settling’ with the combustion.

    Giving it a baptism of fire on Saturday as I’ll be playing for about 7 hours in 2 bands. great to have a light 5 string at last!

    If you’re English Bassdirect are excellent retailers for the brand!

  45. sheldon says:

    1166 mm from tip to tip.