Super P

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Specifications

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The Super P comes with a Dingwall branded Levys Gigbag

Scale Lengths and Dimensions

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Scale Lengths

4 string model - E A D G
5 string model - B E A D G

B
35″
E
34.25″
A
33.5″
D
32.75″
G
32″
C
N/A

Dimensions

Bridge Spacing 4
19 mm – .748″
Bridge spacing 5
19 mm – .748″
Bridge spacing 6
N/A
Nut width 4
42 mm – 1.65″
Nut width 5
45.5 mm – 1.8″
Nut width 6
N/A
Heel width 4
60 mm – 2.36″
Heel width 5
77mm – 3″
Heel width 6
N/A
Neck thickness @ 1st fret
21 mm – .787″
Neck thickness @ 12th fret
24 mm – .906″

Body

The standard body wood for the Super P is Alder. 2-piece contruction is standard for transparent finishes and 2 or 3 piece is standard for solid finishes

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Body Core

Alder provides a traditional warm tone. We build the body slightly thinner than standard to reduce weight and provide a bit more resonance.

Optional upgrade – Swamp Ash

Swamp Ash is a great option for those who would like a little less mid presence in their tone. It has a very distinctive grain pattern.

Standard Top
N/A
Tone Chambers
N/A
Top Options
Yes
Exotic wood contrasting layer option
Yes
Matching Wood Cover Plates
N/A
Finish

We use a special polyester that’s been formulated for electric guitars. It not only looks great, but it sounds great too. The bodies almost look like they’ve been dipped in glass, yet the finish is extremely thin allowing it to be acoustically transparent.

Colors

We have a huge range of available colors. Please refer to our photo galleries and price list for available colors and styles.

Pickguard Options

Matte Black is the standard pickguard. The following pickguard options are available: White/Black/ White, Black/White/ Black, Tortoiseshell, White Pearloid, Black Pearl

Neck

5-piece laminated maple - Wenge optional.

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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 most reliable. Years of experience have proven this design to be extremely stable and reliable while minimizing dead spots.

We offer a 5 piece laminated wenge neck as an option. Wenge is also very stable. A wenge neck will be roughly 50 grams heavier than maple with an open grain feel. The tone is similar to maple but with a slightly snappier response.

Neck Carve
Medium thin C shape
Neck Reinforcement

The double expanding truss-rod style is one of the industry standards. However, our method of installation – taught to us by Glenn McDougall of Fury Guitars, involves gluing the truss rod into the neck under almost 1000-LB of pressure. This creates a coupling of steel to wood, minimizing dead spots and increasing both sustain and harmonic content.

“While repairing guitars, I found that many guitars had either stripped or missing truss rod cover plate screws.  I found it frustrating that it usually took longer to remove and replace the cover plate than it did to do the actual adjustment.”
The truss rod is the most commonly adjusted component on most guitars, so access to the truss rod adjustment should be as easy as possible.

All Dingwall basses feature easy to access truss-rod adjustments.

Headstock

Flat, counterbored, scalloped. 

I watched an endorser receive a bass from another company once. His tech brought it to him, he strapped it on, took his hands off of it and jumped up and down a bit then said, “It’s too heavy, send it back.” He never played a note.

Not everyone is this extreme, but it taught me a good lesson on the importance of balance.

The Super J headstock was designed to not only look great and fit with the body design, but to be the lightest traditional design headstock available.

The most distinctive feature of the Super J headstock is the scallop. The scallop serves two functions. 1. It reduces headstock mass slightly. 2. It defines a three dimensional Hot Rod style flame on the bottom edge of the headstock. The Super J follows the spirit of the original American Hot Rods. Strip it down to its raw components and build it back up to perform better than the original designers could have ever envisioned.

Building on the success of the shortened and counter bored Afterburner tuners, I designed a traditional meets modern boutique headstock for the Super J. Because the longer traditional headstock caused a reduction in downward string angle on the furthest tuner, we designed and manufactured our own custom string tree. It's milled from aluminum billet and features smooth and rounded string paths for snag-free tuning.

The end result of all this effort was weight savings of approximately 100 grams. That’s approximately the weight of one tuner.

Headstock options

Matching finish (solid finishes only). We don't offer matching woods on the Super series headstocks.

Standard Fingerboard

Wenge is an interesting fretboard wood due to the alternating layers of hard and soft grain (early and late wood). The hard grain gives the tone a nice top end similar to ebony and the soft grain adds the warmth of Rosewood. It’s a great all around fingerboard wood.

 

Fingerboard Radius

Fingerboard radius – compound, 7-1/2” (at the nut) to 25” (at the bridge)

On our Canadian made basses we do the more complicated compound radius. We like it for a few reasons:
- We can have a very vintage feeling 7-1/2” radius at the nut for comfortable play in the lower frets.
- We can also have a much flatter radius at the bridge to make play easier for the plucking hand.
- The flatter radius at the bridge keeps the strings a more consistent distance from the pickups for more even response.

Fingerboard Options
Maple, Birdseye Maple, Pau Ferro, Macassar Ebony, Ziricote
Fretless Option

Macassar Ebony with edge lines.

We prefer the warmth of tone and beautiful look of Macassar Ebony for a fretless fingerboard. To guaranty buzz-free performance regardless of temperature and humidity changes, we install short fretlines on the edge of the fingerboard only. Thereby eliminating any chance of buzzing caused by the fretlines shrinking or expanding from the fingerboard surface.

Fret Options

Vintage small size 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
White or Black Pearloid side and face dots. Optional Pearloid or Black blocks. Speedo Bars.

Electronics

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Pickups
Super P
Pickup Options
FD3 in the bridge position. FDV and Super-Fatty II optional in the bridge position.
Exotic wood shells, matching wood shells
N/A
Standard Electronics
Passive, Master Volume, Passive Tone-Fusion.
Pre-amp Option
N/A. The Super P is available in passive only.
Pickup Switching
4 position rotary switch included with bridge pickup option.
Knobs
We looked for years to find a control knob we were happy with. We eventually decided to design and manufacture our own control knobs in house. These knobs are exclusive to Dingwall guitars and feature a sleek design that blends perfectly with the overall design language of our basses and match the pickup shells perfectly. They feature a soft-touch forumla for extra comfort and grip.
Jack
We chose to use to use a traditional jack on the Super P to fit with the more traditional vibe of the design. We use only Switchcraft brand which has been the standard of the industry since the 1950’s.

Hardware

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Hardware color
Black (as of 2018), Chrome optional.
Tuners

We’ve tweaked the design of the venerable Hipshot Ultra-lite tuners to make them even lighter.  We’ve designed new posts to guide the string toward the headstock face. This allows proper downward angle at the nut for maximum sustain on a flat-style headstock minimizing the use of string trees. As we couldn't find a string tree design that we were happy with, we designed and manufactured our own. They are milled from billet aluminum and feature smooth and rounded string paths for hang-up free tuning.

“While repairing guitars, I found that many guitars had either stripped or missing truss rod cover plate screws. I found it frustrating that it usually took longer to remove and replace the cover plate than it did to do the actual adjustment.”

The truss rod is the most commonly adjusted component on most guitars, so access to the truss rod adjustment should be as easy as possible.

Bridge

Designed to be “set & forget” simple as well as featuring a slotted string anchor system for fast and simple string changes.

The Super P bridge borrows the simple, yet great sounding stainless steel riser screw system used in our high-end bridges. We reduced the complexity of the saddles to a minimum and then designed a unique base plate system to hold them rigidly in place. By using stainless steel riser screws and a tough Teflon coating on the bridge long-term corrosion free performance is ensured.

Strap Pins
Dunlop locking

FROM THE BLOG

We’re very proud to announce our newest dealer: Music World Brilon in Germany www.musicworldbrilon.de/

They’ve got some really sweet Super J’s and a Super P on their way to them

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We don’t do a lot of green basses but when this customer requested Dark Candy Green we jumped at the chance. Our inspiration was the Green used on Fury Guitars. Our friend Glenn McDougall from Fury has always had a great eye for color. Our painter Paul came up with his own version and

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Kev Sanders does an outstanding job of reviewing the new Super P 4-string pj in this month’s Bass Guitar Magazine. BGM is based out of the UK but there is distribution in North America too. It’s a great magazine. Well worth picking up.