"The best 5-string bass I've ever played."
Jon has toured and recorded with many great jazz masters, including Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, Hank Jones, Art Farmer, Stephane Grappelli (from 1986-1997), Sir Roland Hanna, Dorothy Donegan, and Buddy Rich. From 1980 – 1985 he toured with Tony Bennett; he has also worked with Lainie Kazan, Rita Moreno, Barbara Cook, Eartha Kitt, among others. Jon has played a Dingwall Voodoo Prima since 1996.
(The James Gang)
Patrick is one of the most in demand rock bassists in Brazil. Patrick gets all the cool gigs. Check out some of his photos.
Nashville session bassist and artist.
Bassist for one of the greatest bands to come out of Canada in the last decade: Wide Mouth Mason. Earl has been using Dingwall basses exclusively since 1999.
“When I use the Dingwall live I can feel the floor move, the energy of the crowd just skyrockets!”
Bassist for The Commitments (yes the movie!) Al has been a Dingwall endorser since 2001.”Thanks again for a beautiful bass and for looking after me when I called in. I must tell you, I just love the Dingwall, Its so in tune that at first I thought it was out……seriously……. At the moment I am enjoying how easy the bass is to play.”
Ex-bassist for Brian McKnight, Carl currently plays for Spin Doctors, Jiro Yoshida, Chuck Loeb among others. Carl has been a Dingwall endorser since 1999. He has a great solo CD called “This Day” and is touring extensively.
Arlington is a talented Bay Area player who has been playing a Dingwall Z1 5-string since 2000. Check out Arlington’s outstanding Jazz CD “Cool Casual”.”I am really enjoying the new Dingwall FD-3 pickups, they make play in the style of my early 70’s funk and soul fusion days. These pickups have that vintage “Throwback” style of the very early Marcus Miller Fender jazz tone.”
(Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn)
Scott takes bass where it’s never been before on his CD “Sbass Music:. Textural, emotional, spatial, at times even eerie.
Dingwall basses are the finest instruments I have.
“I was introduced to Dingwall, luckily, by my bass intructor John Reid early in my career. Ever since then I have never wanted to play another bass.”
“The most in-tune bass I’ve ever played…I love it!”
“I’ve been playing Dingwall basses for more years now than I can count. They’re the best out there in my opinion. Many of my students have become Dingwall devotees from seeing and hearing mine in their lessons. My new Super J 5 is a masterful combination of old school vibe and new school technology. It sounds, feels, looks, and plays great! Sheldon and the team’s workmanship is impeccable on every bass they make.”
“I have been playing bass for the last 10 years or so in everything from the high school Jazz band to a Strings Ensemble and an Orchestra; from Rock and Roll worship at youth events to the Pop music of today.
"Someone said: "It's a long way to the top". Well, if you get a Dingwall it's not! Low B (and A!!) to DIE FOR, perfect balance between the strings, unbelievable sustain, HUGE tone... and the Fanned Fret System is so cool.. I got used to it in 5 minutes! Now I can play much better and faster than on a standard bass! Dingwall is the best bass I've ever had and I'm proud to be the first italian endorser! Thanks for making them,
When I first picked up a Dingwall, I was absolutely stunned at the craftsmanship and found the intuitive fanned fret design to be incredibly comfortable. I loved the bright tone and I was instantly hooked. I have yet to play a 5 string that could live up to the standards, quality, comfortable, playability, and tone that a Dingwall has to offer. To sum it up, I would say they are the most comfortable 5 string bass I have ever played. I'm very proud to be the youngest endorser for Dingwall and I'm very happy I discovered their basses.
The B - string definitely lives up to the hype, but I think my favorite part of these instruments is how even the tone is string to string and through out the whole neck. I'm playing areas of the neck now that I used to avoid due to the muddy sound. The wide range of tones allows me to play this bass on any style of gig and the weight and balance make it very easy to play night after night.
"The Z Series basses are simply the most natural feeling basses I have ever played... a perfect fit."
"The Dingwall Z2 is definitely the greatest bass I've ever played. I can use it in all situations (stage, recording studio) and for all styles of music (from progressive rock to jazz fusion, blues, funk, etc...). The sound is always perfect and well balanced."
The dynamic range, definition and even response of my Dingwall allows me to feel in control of my basses' presence in any musical situation, I can be confident that I will cut through the mix with a balanced punchy tone, just how I like it.
The Dingwall concept is quite frankly a clear solution to any reservations one might have about owning a bass with a B string; think deep, detailed & functional to the highest position on the fretboard. & then there's the true allure of proprietary hardware, sensible design & magnificent, versatile sound.
Adam “Nolly” Getgood
"My Dingwalls breezed through a real trial-by-fire as their first live test, going from the UK's cold to extreme heat and humidity in the Philippines: not even a hint of neck movement and the live tone was absolutely jaw-dropping - now I know how good those low strings sound I feel embarrassed about all the shows I've played prior to having them! If you're playing downtuned music, you owe it to yourself to try them out - I guarantee you'll be blown away"
Bassist and back-up vocalist for Mishka.
I found Dingwall several years ago and since then I have played nothing else. Their combustion basses never cease to impress. Whatever genre you play in, the combustion delivers the goods. They are the ultimate in clarity, flexibility, tone and looks. They are how basses should be.
"Sheldon & Co. have created a truly unique bass design over at Dingwall, the most obvious aspect of which is their use of the Novax fanned-fret system; in addition to being visually striking it creates perfectly even and light string tension with uncannily accurate intonation throughout the neck.
The moment I had my hands on my ABZ5 I knew my means of expression had just been increased, the feeling was immediate!
I've been playing my Dingwall Afterburner II exclusively now for 12 years. Ambush plays over 150 Live shows a year so you know it's built to last. My Afterburner II has seen 14 countries and 7 provinces across Canada. It never lets me down. Your music is art and your instrument should be too. Bring the passion and excitement back to your playing. Play the best bass guitars in the world. Play Dingwall.
Zachary Moll of Colossus
Every 5-string bass I’ve played falls short of my Dingwall. The fanned frets and increased scale length allow me to play at extremely low tunings, but still retain a clear and precise note. Dingwall basses have a unique character to their sound; a solid, metallic tone that adds an entirely new element to the low end in our live performances and recordings. Also, the playability is incredible. It feels natural playing on fanned frets. If you tune low, play a Dingwall.
I have been playing bass for a long time and nothing compares to Dingwall Basses. From the minute I played my first Dingwall I knew I had found the Answer to my tone quest. Flawless craftsmanship and jaw dropping tone are just two of the many qualities you will love in Dingwall Basses.
Lu - qbo - Mexico
(Musician - Audio Engineer)
When I first discovered Dingwall basses , I was extremely blown away by their great designs and beautiful esthetics and remember saying, “ I need to definitely try one of these incredible basses.” When I finally had one of these jewels in my hands, I felt hooked instantly ; The shape and its components are beautiful and comfortable, but that was not all - I was amazed because it gave me an aggressive and powerful tone. It's high quality sound was exactly what I was looking for years. Without a doubt getting one of the Dingwall Basses was one of my best decisions to date.
Andy Seward is an electric/double bass player, record producer and recording engineer from the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire, England. Probably best know for his work with folk superstar Kate Rusby, recording and mixing her seminal records, including her mercury nominated album Sleepless and as the double bass/banjo player in her live band. He has also worked extensively with virtuoso guitarist Martin Simpson, producing his critically acclaimed albums True Stories (2007), Purpose and Grace (2011) and playing bass in his trio and big band. Other people Andy has worked with include Eddi Reader, John Tams, Phillip Selway (Radiohead), John McCusker (Mark Knopfler), Richard Thompson, Roddy Woomble, Ade & Ella Edmondson, Billy Connolly, Kris Drever, Chris Wood, Andy Cutting, Jonny Dickinson, Maggie Boyle, Coope,Boyes & Simpson, Tim O’Brien, Danny Thompson, Heidi Talbot, Patrick Street, Breabach, Barrule, Ewen Caruthers and many others.
Henny Vrienten is the bass player of Doe Maar (which is Dutch for ‘go right ahead’ or ‘you do that’), the most popular band in Holland in the early eighties. Often referred to as the Dutch Beatles, the group disbanded in 1984, fallen victim to its own success. A few band reunions have followed since, after the first one in 2000. Henny Vrienten has played Dingwall basses since 2008.
As a session player and sideman from Sao Paulo, Claudio is best known as the bassist for the "Brazilian Idol” TV show and for touring with Disney Brazil's High School Musical - A Seleção. His studio work can be found in the records of top brazilian artists including Claudia Leitte, Daniel, and many others.
DINGWALL has drastically changed my perception towards bass instruments. It has a LowB/clear sound, and when playing it, it leaves behind a ring similar to that of a piano.
Bassist for Wolfheart