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Dingwall ABI 5/3 five string (List £3159) SOLD

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  1. Export price £ - Shipping costs (from): USA £85, Australia £135, Mainland EU £30

Lightweight, easy to play, massive array of tones - this bass will take you to a new level of playability and tone. This Dingwall bass is hand made using properly seasoned, instrument grade alder that is highly resonant and light in weight. This bass features an upgraded bird's eye maple fingerboard and 3 band Glockenklang preamp with active/passive switching.

Time after time players are amazed at how easy and intuitive fan frets feel to play - most admit that it is actually easier and more natural. With the ABI Dingwall set out to create the ultimate passive bass. It’s lightweight and perfectly balanced. On stage or in the studio, perfect tone is as simple as plugging in and playing.

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  2. Dingwall made in Canada FD3-A, MACH II 4 L pickups (3 x pickups £220 option)

  3. Controls, volume, Glockenklang 3 band eq (£320 option) , pickup selector:

  4. 1. bridge pickup soloed. (in parallel)

  5. 2. Bridge and middle in series with each other.

  6. 3. Neck (series) in parallel with bridge (parallel) similar to a PJ

  7. 4. Neck (series) P-like without being a P clone 3 pickups

  8. Dingwall USA strings

  9. Two piece Alder body*

  10. Ferrari Yellow

  11. Three piece select maple neck

  12. Bird's eye maple Fingerboard - satin finish, 34 - 37", Ivoroid side dots £320 option

  13. Banjo frets

  14. Novax® Fanned -Fret System™

  15. 5 piece Maple neck

  16. Hipshot ultralight tuners (black)

  17. Extra strap lock on rear of bass - £45 option

  18. Custom Dingwall Bridge (Black finish)

  19. Weight - 8lb 9oz/3.9kg

  20. Manufactured in Canada


Alder is the traditional wood for the electric bass. It can’t be beat for a traditional warm tone with strong mids, damped highs and warm but not overpowering lows.


The FD-3 line of pickups are the direct decendents of the (F)ury (D)ingwall-1 pickups originally co-developed by Glenn MacDougall of Fury Guitar and Sheldon Dingwall. Glenn has a 40+ year career designing and building guitar and bass pickups.  We take pride in our close association with both Bartolini in the past and Fury as they are among the greatest pickup designers and makers on the planet.

The FD-3 pickups feature powerful neodymium magnets, humcancelling matched-pair coils, hardened steel pole pieces and are fully shielded for ultra quiet performance. Their tone can best be described as a blend between a J and a P but with more highs, more lows and more dynamic response. The most current versions feature 4-lead wiring which enables the internal coils to be wired in either series for strong mids and high output or parallel for scooped mids and normal output.


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 minimised 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 while minimising dead spots.


Wenge (Wen-gay) on Lee Sklar Signature, Z Series, Afterburner I and Afterburner II
This is an interesting fretboard wood due to the alternating layers of hard and soft wood (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.


Unit 12, Rigby Close

Heathcote Ind Est

Warwick, CV34 6TH

Tel: 01926 886433


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