NBD: Dingwall NG3-5

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  1. TheBloodstained

    TheBloodstained Casual music entusiast

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    So... this happened! (Please excuse my sucky camera skills)

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    I've been in love with the NG Dingwalls ever since Nollys signature was released, but they're kind of a novelty item here in Denmark, so I was never able to try one out. I thought about buying one every now and then, but I kind of convinced myself that it would never happen based on partly the pricetag and my concern that the multiscale would be too much to handle for my small hands.

    Having joined a band as a bassist last year made me momentarily revisit the thought about buying a Dingwall, but I chose a different direction and ended up buying another Ibanez instead (https://www.sevenstring.org/threads/nbd-nad-my-new-rig.342976/).
    I made due with that for a while, but I couldn't let go of the thought about going multiscale and trying to get closer to that signature Nolly sound. The new Ibanez just didn't quite do it for me. Sure, the Ibanez is a fine instrument, but... it just wasn't a Dingwall, you know?

    So... I started looking for Dingwalls. Mostly just for the heck of it. This had me using every lunchbreak at work to search for Dingwalls in Europe for a couple of months. I still wasn't sure if I would actually buy one, but I enjoyed the search.
    By a complete fluke I discovered a danish bass specialist store located not that far from me, and in their inventory they had a beautiful Dingwall NG3-5 Metalflake Aquamarine - the very bass I posted here - and I just kind of... fell in love, I guess?
    For the better part of 3 weeks the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning, when I had 5mins to myself and just before I went to bed in the evening was to check if the bass was still available on the website.
    Then I finally caved and ordered it!

    At this point in time I've had the bass for about 5 days. In that time I have played it and recorded with it, and my overall experience so far can be summed up with these words:
    ...FUCK I LOVE THIS BASS! :wub:

    It plays amazing and is easy to handle even with my tiny hands. My first thought about the neck was that it felt a little fat to me (probably because I'm used to Ibanez neck profiles), but it's super comfortable and moving around the fretboard feels effortless. Even the big stretches on the B string feels more comfortable than one the aforementioned Ibanez.
    The multiscale is kind of strange. It's there but... it kind of disappears when I play it! :lol:
    It's only when I go beyond the 12th fret that I start to notice it.

    When it comes to the sound... well, it's a Dingwall. I plugged it into my Darkglass Alpha Omega head and pretty much instantly achieved a tone none of my previous basses have been able to produce in any capacity. The lows are tight and controlled while the low and high mids are defined and ferocious.
    I've done a bit of recording with it, and I'm simply blown away by it so far. Amazing bass sound without having to drag it through multiple EQs and compressors.

    The only "bad" stuff I have to say about it thus far is this:
    - The location of the jack input makes it impossible for me to play it in classical position when I sit without squashing the jack.
    - I have a bad habit of fretting the first fret with my middlefinger. Because of the nut angle I can't do that comfortably on this bass, so that'll take some getting used to.

    I'm pretty sure this will be my primary bass from now on. I'm super happy with my purchase and will be looking forward to bringing it to band practice. I still have to pinch myself a bit, because I never thought that I would ever get a Dingwall in my collection. This has been - and still is - my dream bass ever since its inception.

    ...I want more! :lol:

    - TheBloodstained

    Oh btw, I better include a family photo of the current collection :)
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  2. BMFan30

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    Amazing bass & family photo! Congrats on your new Dingwall Bass! I love 6 string Ibanez basses too!
     
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    Very nice! Congrats! :)
    That would be too sparkly for my own liking but other than that: Great score and nice to read how happy you are with it! :)
     
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    Dig the sparkle. Congrats!
     
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    Thank you guys :)

    The blue 6-string is a beast. It's one of those "I would never get rid of this" kind of instruments :)

    When I started my search for a Dingwall I originally had my eye on the matte gold finished ones. I like flashy colors, but the sparkle was admittedly a bit too much for my taste as well. However, it was the one I kept coming back to, and in hindsight I'm really glad that I chose it over the other colors available.
    The color is nearly impossible to capture on a picture. In person it's much more vibrant, deep and saturated :)

    Yeah dude! It's basically like having a reflector hanging in the living room. There's always a handful of flakes throwing light in your direction. I love it! :D
     
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    hehe cool! :)
    I think I'd like a bright white bass some time. That would look cool.
     
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    I also just ordered one of these in ducati matte white. Well I should say I wanted the NG3 but got a good deal on an NG2 such that I can upgrade with the NG3 kit later and still end up paying a bit less.

    My first bass was also a 5-string but the 35" scale just wasn't doing it for me at Ab so that one will be for drop C + extra string, I guess.
     
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    This sounds so similar to my experience. When I got my Combustion, every other bass became trash instantly. It became my primary bass as well. Actually it is the only bass I have left these days. I never had a bass that sounded or played better.
     
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    Great picture of your collection. I chuckled a bit at how the Explorer with its 24.75" scale appears roughly the same length overall as the Dingwall with its extra long scale.

    I've always wanted to try a multiscale 5 string to see how the b string is. Do you find it has significantly better clarity than your 34" scale b strings?
     
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    Clarity and feel is WAY different from my 34" scale basses, but I can't really tell if it's because of the 37" scale, the Dingwall pickups or the Darkglass preamp. The sound is a lot more balanced across the strings than on any of other basses. I've often been dealing with boomy lowend and lifeless high notes, but the Dingwall sounds good on any string. It's just controlled and defined :)
    The first time I plugged it in I basically set all the settings on the preamp to 12 o'clock and bridge PU, and straight out of the box I got the best bass sound I've ever had. Currently working on dialing in a Nolly inspired distorted tone on my Darkglass Alpha Omega 500 amp.

    This is where I'm at currently with my tone (please excuse the lackluster phone recording and sucky random noodling):
    Signal chain: Dingwall -> Darkglass Alpha Omega 500 -> Scarlett 4i4 -> Behringer Truth studio monitors


    Side note: My band starts practicing again this weekend after having been on a long corona break. Can't wait to see how the Dingwall performs in that setting :)
     
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    So... yesterday my band finally got back together after being on standby since November because of the covid situation, so I finally got to test drive the Dingwall and Darkglass Alpha Omega (through a Gallien Kruger 8x10") setup in a band setting, and all I can say is...
    I'M IN LOVE! :wub:

    The tone I'm getting at our rehearsal space is straight up ridiculous! It's aggressive, tight and defined. Very Nolly inspired, making good use of the amps built in compressor and distortion circuit. All my bandmates was super impressed too and welcomed my new tone. I now cut through the mix and makes my presence known both in the low and high register, but it's without being intrusive. The Dingwall/Darkglass combo just seems to "slide in" and nestle comfortable in "the pocket" of the soundscape, effectively making the sum of us all sound way better than before.
    Nolly is always talking about a "throaty" quality of the Dingwall bass, and I totally get what he means. It just has a certain mid-tone growl that is very pleasing and fun to play with - all without being unpleasantly clanky! It just has an incredibly balanced sound :)

    And speaking of playing... that damn Dingwall bass is so comfortable to play! :lol: I'm really starting to connect with it. It just felt so natural throwing it around while we were jamming. I almost feel silly now when I think of all the worries I had about being able to handle the instrument with my small fat digits. It's only big stretches that's a challenge still, but it's not something that appears regularly in any of the music I play, so it's not really a concern of mine at this point.

    So to sum it up:
    The Dingwall is super amazing! Not much else to say :)
    It's fun to play. It's comfortable. It produces AMAZING sounds (with a pretty much neutral EQ throughout the system!).
    I'm SO so happy with my purchase :wub:

    ...I want more Dingys! :lol:
     
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    Could you take a picture of the neck joint. I got an NG3 and there seem to be some tolerance issues - wondering if yours is the same?
     
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    Sorry to hear that :(
    Mine seems to have a pretty clean and snug fit. Hope you can see it properly in these pictures.
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    That finish is sick. That's gotta be the surf-rockin'est djentstick I've ever laid my eyes on *Miserlou Intensifies* HA! HA! HAAAAAA!

    Congrats dood!
     
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    I got mine from bassbuddha.com. It's a danish shop, but I think he ships abroad too. He just got a delivery of Ferrari green Dingwalls recently. Might be worth checking out? :)
     
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    Thanks, I have an order from Andertons UK which will arrive start of July :) Was set on white :D
     
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