Dingwall NAMM 2018 Reveals!

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  1. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Dingwall Player

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    Sheldon put a tremendous amount of effort into getting Dingwall quality cheaper. The Combustion, NG, and now Standard Bird series’ are all made in China, but get a full fretjob, nut filing, and setup in the Canadian Shop.

    Combustion’s start at around $1600, the cheapest ABZ is well over $2000, and a long wait.

    Apparently the new Combustion/ NG neck profile is very similar to the AB neck profile.
     
  2. Vyn

    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire Contributor

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    The question is whether or not to get a NG2 on close-out or wait for the NG3. #firstworldproblems haha
     
  3. cardinal

    cardinal Strat 7 Guy

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    I’ve not played the MIC Dingwalls but the MIC Warwicks are fantastic. Honestly other than for ego, I’d recommend a new MIC Warwick over a used German one if buying sight unseen. They are very nicely made and playing, and I dare say more consistent than some of the German ones...

    I assume the Dingwall MIC stuff is also pretty darn nice.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It's amazing to see how far the MIC Warwick stuff has come. I remember when they were garbage. The Korean ones were great too.
     
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    xwmucradiox sweep.tap.sweep

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    I don't know the situation now but when I got my NG2 it was almost a year wait. The demand is so high that they don't need to close them out. They rarely sit around for long enough.
     
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    Maybe I missed it but where did you see that the NG2 was being closed out?
     
  7. Vyn

    Vyn Not a Sparkly Vampire Contributor

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    I haven't seen one, I'm being a bit presumptuous in assuming that there will be a closeout. However if there is I'm so on it.
     
  8. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    Yeah, I'd be surprised if they close out the NG2. And even if they did, I doubt they'd discount price. People will pay retail for them even if the NG3 is an option. They just get snapped up even before they hit the stores. I bought mine as soon as the store knew one would be incoming. And personally, I don't mind just having the two pickups. The 3rd would be nice, but, like guitars, it's hardly a deal breaker.

    Sheldon was smart with the swirls, though. I want one of those!
     
  9. Mwoit

    Mwoit SS.org Regular

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    When you guys say order them, are they spec ordered or off the shelf?
     
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    If they make the NG-3 slightly more expensive than the NG-2 they'll never have to discount the NG-2.

    Plus, it looks like the NG-2 hasn't been discontinued.
     
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    xwmucradiox sweep.tap.sweep

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    Aside from color there are no options and most NG2s are sold before they arrive at the shop. When they first came out the wait was about a year so I paid a 50% deposit in the Fall and got the bass late the next summer. Seems like there are a few available in stores on reverb now that they've been out for a few years. But say you want a different finish than what's in stock somewhere, you'll probably wait 8-12 months after placing your order.
     
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    Ah, I understand. That seems like a long wait. In my experience with Dingwall, I've bought a ABZ6 off the shelf, then ordered another ABZ6 but with a different finish, neck wood and pickup config (which is now the triple pickup selection), but had to wait about a year for it. Sounds like the NG series are more in demand though!
     
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    xwmucradiox sweep.tap.sweep

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    The NG series are just a bass regular folks can afford and for a while were the only option if you wanted a longer scale bass for tuning low. Now there are others but the NG2 is still top of the heap tonally to me. I'd love to have a really nice Dingwall but Im just never going to spend $4000 on one.
     
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    Wow, I thought Dingwall had stopped doing lefties altogether... Man, my wallet is glaring at me now.
     
  15. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Dingwall Player

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    They ever did lefties, now they do. Or they will by the end of the year.
     
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    Gotcha, wow. I've gotta seriously consider them now. I've always wanted one :yum:
     
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    I have to say I am a bit confused by the NG3 control layout. The one you posted makes a lot of sense (bridge, bridge+middle series, bridge+neck parallel, and neck), but it does not correspond to the official layout on the Dingwall website (attached).

    Would you mind shedding light on this, Nolly? Thank you in advance.
     

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    LordIronSpatula Indeed.

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    It looks like they've decided to use the pickup settings from the D-Bird bass instead of the normal 3x in the NG-3. The D-bird uses a different version of the 4-way pickup selector than the other Canadian basses. If you prefer the normal 3x, Dingwall will sell you that version of the switch. They are interchangeable.
     
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    Interchangeable? How?

    I admit I bought it from an online shop without knowing this detail, and now I am more than tempted to replace the switch on order to have a bridge+middle series configuration. That's the sound I was aiming at, and I must say I am surprised by the lack of clarity from Dingwall on this matter.
     
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    LordIronSpatula Indeed.

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    Interchangeable as in they are essentially the same except for the pickup selections. They drop in and connect to the pickups the same way.

    I'm surprised too, honestly. The bridge+middle series setting seems to be the quintessential tone of the NG-2, and is my favorite of the settings in every demo. Maybe they feel the "all three" combined parallel/series setting covers that same ground. I intend to get one of the six string NG-3s when they come out, and though I'll give the D-bird switch a chance if it comes stock, I anticipate bridge+middle series and bridge+neck parallel being the most useful combinations for my needs.

    I may even wire up a custom 6-way switch.

    1 - bridge solo
    2 - bridge and middle parallel
    3 - bridge and middle series
    4 - middle solo
    5 - bridge and neck parallel
    6 - neck solo
     

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