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.
Combustion Fingerboard radius – 240 mm (9.45”)
The Combustion bass features a single radius (240 mm) fingerboard. This makes for a very comfortable playing experience.
4 string model – E A D G
5 string model – B E A D G
6 string model – B E A D G C
B37″ E36.25″ A35.5″ D34.75″ G34″ C33.25
2-3 pc Swamp Ash body, Matte Black pickguard. Smoked Chrome Hipshot/Dingwall hardware.
The average weight of the Combustion is a low 8.75 lbs.
FinishThe Gloss 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.
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.
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.
Neck CarveMedium thin C shape
Neck ReinforcementHeavy duty truss-rod
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.
Fingerboard OptionsPau Ferro
Fret OptionsWe 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 Inlays3 mm plastic face dots, 2 mm plastic side dots.
PickupsThe FD-3N pickups are made to our specifications. They feature Neodymium magnets which offer high output and a smooth but aggressive tone.
Pickup Options2 pickup neck/bridge 3 pickup neck/middle/bridge
Standard ElectronicsEMG 3-band, FD-3n pickups, Vol, rotary pickup selector, Bass, Mid, Treble, Active/Passive switch
Pickup SwitchingRotary pickup selector.
KnobsThe Combustion now features Smoked Chrome knurled push-on knobs.
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 colorSmoked Chrome
TunersWe 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.
BridgeWe 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.