Combustion

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.

A quick behind the scenes view of the setup and inspection process we do on every NG2 and Combustion bass

Specifications

* While our website is under construction this information is subject to change. *

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Case is available separately. Made in China (using wood and components from Canada and the USA)

Body

 

2-3 pc Swamp Ash body, Matte Black pickguard. Smoked Chrome Hipshot/Dingwall hardware.

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Body Core

The average weight of the Combustion is a low 8.75 lbs.

 

Standard Top
N/A
Tone Chambers
N/A
Standard Top
N/A
Top Options
N/A
Exotic wood contrasting layer option
N/A
Matching Wood Cover Plates
N/A
Finish
The Gloss and satin Combustion finishes are a polyester base topped with polyurethane color and top coats. This industry standard finish is long-wearing and beautiful for years of service life.
Colors
Natural (Ash)
2 tone Blackburst (Quilt maple top)
Vintageburst (Quilt maple top)
Indigoburst (Quilt maple top)
Whalepoolburst (Quilt maple top)
Pickguard Options
Matte Black

Neck

We take neck construction very seriously due to our extensive experience in guitar repairs coupled with our geographic location and corresponding extreme climate. We’ve experimented with many different lamination and have found a 5-piece maple construction to be among the best.

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Neck Construction

We take neck construction very seriously due to our extensive experience in guitar repairs coupled with our geographic location and corresponding extreme climate.  In my years in the guitar repair business I constantly had to deal with humidity related problems made worse by the huge temperature and humidity swings of our local climate.  Many of these problems could have been minimized through simple design changes and materials choices.

Touring musicians are constantly amazed at how stable Dingwall instruments are.  Many state that their Dingwall necks are as stable as their graphite necked instruments.

We’ve experimented with many different laminations and have found a 5-piece maple construction to be among the best. Years of experience have proven this design to be extremely stable and reliable while minimizing dead spots.

Neck Carve
Medium thin C shape
Neck Reinforcement
Dingwall heavy duty truss-rod
Headstock

Headstock design – Flat, string retaining bar.

We combined the minimalist shape of the Afterburner headstock with the lightest import tuners we could find. The results are excellent balance and solid performance.

Headstock options
N/A
Standard Fingerboard

Maple

Fingerboard Radius

Combustion Fingerboard radius – 240 mm (9.45”)

You can build bass fingerboard with either a single radius (cylindrical) or a compound radius (conical). We offer both types.

The Combustion bass features a single radius (240 mm) fingerboard. This makes for a very comfortable playing experience.

Fingerboard Options
Pau Ferro
Fretless Option
N/A
Fret Options
We use 18% hard nickel silver fretwire. Lee Sklar turned us onto the benefits of small frets. The advantages are a more woody, less metallic tone, smoother glissandos and a faster feel. Our standard size is “banjo” size. This is the same size as you’d find on most guitars from the 50’s and 60’s. Although its size is smaller than standard bass fretwire, its service life is about the same.
Position Markers and Inlays
3 mm plastic face dots, 2 mm plastic side dots.

Electronics

The FD-3N pickups are made to our specifications.

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Pickups
The FD-3N pickups are made to our specifications. They feature Neodymium magnets which offer high output and a smooth but aggressive tone.
Pickup Options
2 pickup neck/bridge  3 pickup neck/middle/bridge
Exotic wood shells, matching wood shells
N/A
Standard Electronics
EMG 3-band, FD-3n pickups, Vol, rotary pickup selector, Bass, Mid, Treble, Active/Passive switch
Pre-amp Option
N/A
Pickup Switching
Rotary pickup selector.
Knobs
The Combustion now features Chrome knurled dome style knobs with a set-screw.
Jack

The jack is one of the most critical electronic components of a bass. It’s the most likely to suffer abuse so needs to be rugged in order to be reliable. We wanted the Combustion to be as reliable as it is great sounding and looking so we install the amazing socket style jack plate with a Switchcraft brand jack.

This is the most reliable system you will find in this price range.

Hardware

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Hardware color
Chrome
Tuners
We tested a lot of tuners when designing the Combustion. We were able to find an open-back tuner that met our requirements of light-weight and smooth feel. These tuners will provide years of trouble free performance. We also chose them to have the exact same hole specifications as both Gotoh and Hipshot tuners so replacement or upgrades down the road are a simple process.
Bridge
We started with an available bridge/saddle system that met our requirements for lock-down solid performance and great tone. Then we improved on it by designing a custom riser system to provide increased range of action adjustability.
Strap Pins
Standard

Scale Lengths and Dimensions

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Scale Lengths

B
37″
E
36.25″
A
35.5″
D
34.75″
G
34″
C
N/A

Dimensions

Bridge Spacing 4
19 mm – .748″
Bridge spacing 5
18 mm – .709″
Bridge spacing 6
18 mm – .709″
Nut width 4
42 mm – 1.65″
Nut width 5
45.5 mm – 1.8″
Nut width 6
55 mm – 2.2″
Heel width 4
63 mm – 2.5″
Heel width 5
75 mm – 2.95″
Heel width 6
89 mm – 3.5″
Neck thickness @ 1st fret
21 mm – .827″
Neck thickness @ 12th fret
24 mm – .945″

FROM THE BLOG

This is one of the colors we thought of originally for the Lee Sklar model. It took a few tries to get it right but I think we’ve got it down now. We’ll also try this color on some Combustions in the near future. Check out the photos here at the bottom of the LS Gallery page.

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Dingwall wins 2 of the 3 Outstanding Tone Awards given out by Bass Gear Magazine at the 2009 winter NAMM show

It was a tight race with over 100 manufacturers showing their latest and greatest products competing for the 3 Outstanding Tone Awards. In the end, Dingwall won one for the

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