Dingwall Combustion, NG2 3 4  5 string nolly, getgood, Adam, fan fret, active eq, long scale, warwick, London, Birmingham, Manchester, USA


Since the 1990s Dingwall guitars have been at the forefront of custom bass design and are the leading users of "fan fret" technology, now considered to be the one of the best ways of getting an improved low B sound from a bass guitar. By having a shorter length of scale for the higher strings and a longer scale for the lower strings you get a more even string tension and thus a tighter overall sound. Dingwall basses are normally custom made, with the new Combustion basses offer a more affordable package as the bass body and neck is made in the far east to the same exacting standards of Sheldon Dingwall. 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 set up, fret dress and inspection is done in the Dingwall shop in Canada so you know the basses will play great right out of the box.

The next batch of NG2 + Combustions will be available, current order times are eight months. - see here

New Aquaflake for 2019 NG bass

NG Left handed

New NG3

NG2 Lamborghini Orange with Black Swirl

NG2 Satin SECA BLUE - new for 2017

Add Swirls to NG2 (except black) New for 2017

Mopar Purple - new for 2017

NG2 Ferrari Yellow

NG2 Metallic BLACK - new for 2016

Custom NG2 Pink Edition

Dingwall NG2 in Gator Progo case.

Dingwall in Hiscox Hard Case

New Nolly NG-2  5 Combustion

New Nolly NG-2  5 (shown in Lamborghini Orange)

NG2 Ferrari Green

Shown with optional black Hipshot tuners

NG2 Ferrari Red


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 average weight of the Combustion is a low 8.75 lbs.


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.


We 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


           After years of building basses mostly using the Novax® Fanned-Fret System™, but also some with standard parallel frets, Dingwall came to the conclusion that the use of this technology makes basses better - period. The tension and tone from string to string is more even and low note definition is greatly improved. EQing a bass whose strings are all of a similar tonal character is so much easier than when the low strings have a darker quality and the higher strings have a brighter quality.

Review in Premier Guitar July 2015

Welcome to Thunderdome: Five 5-Strings Under $1,500


Since the 1990s Sheldon Dingwall has forged his own instrument-design path, inspired in part by the Novax fanned-fret system. Periphery bassist Adam “Nolly” Getgood considers Dingwall’s designs the ideal tool for preserving his sonic footprint within his band’s ultra-dense instrumentation, so he and Dingwall collaborated on the NG-2.

Within the Periphery
The NG-2 looks like the bass equivalent of an Italian sports car. A sleek, gloss-black finish protects our review model’s two-piece alder body. The sporty look carries over to the pickguard’s unique shape and carbon-fiber-like patterning. A rigid five-piece maple neck supports a maple fretboard. Fanning across the ’board are 24 banjo frets that deliver a fast feel. Thanks to the fanned-fret arrangement, each string has its own scale length, ranging from 34" for the 1st string to a mighty 37" for the 5th.

My fellow musicians lauded the NG-2’s strong voice, especially the sound of the 5th string. Its consistency and power punched

through the ensemble.

The NG-2’s engine combines Dingwall and Darkglass electronics. Two Dingwall FD-3N pickups are positioned close together to maximise punch and note definition. Instead of a blend control, Dingwall employs a 4-way rotary selector to engage different pickup combinations. The first setting solos the neck pickup. The second puts both pickups in series for a fat, aggressive sound. The third position configures the pickups in parallel, and the fourth solos the bridge. Despite the pickups’ proximity to each other, they reveal noticeably different character with each turn of the selector switch.

The NG-2 also houses a Darkglass preamp with 3-band EQ. The preamp’s design is the result of a three-way collaboration between Dingwall, Nolly, and Darkglass that pushes the frequencies Nolly likes for growl and girth. The bass frequency is set higher than most bass EQs (at around 70 Hz). Mids are centred at a familiar 500 Hz. There’s no treble attenuator, but a hi-mid control with a 2.8 kHz cutoff. An active/passive switch lets you bypass the preamp.


Great tones. Inspiring playability. Fantastic 5th string.

Hard-to-reach notes high on the fretboard. Limited options for 37"-scale 5th strings.

Tones: 4.5/5

Playability: 4/5

Build/Design: 4.5/5

Value: 4.5/5


Dingwall Combustion NG-2

Canadian Power
The NG-2 feels incredibly comfortable and balanced. The neck is fast and smooth, with a radius that lets the fretting hand maintain a natural position while shifting along the fanned frets. Making the transition to fanned frets is a relatively seamless affair. My only ding (no pun intended) is the somewhat limited access to all the strings when playing at the top of the fretboard.

Tones are deep, punchy, and aggressive. While position 1 doesn’t quite transform the NG-2 into a P-style machine, it conveys similar characteristics. The second position provides a monstrous sound with loads of punch and top end that could make StingRay loyalists do a double take. The fourth setting nails the burpy bridge sound, particularly with a boost in the bass and mid controls.

The NG-2 excels onstage. Using the rotary switch’s second position, the bass’s strong voice cuts through the loudest performers while supporting the band with just the right amount of definition. The preamp is voiced perfectly, whether boosting the bottom for big, blooming lows, or turning up the mids for more assertiveness. Highs are abundant, and the hi-mid control is effective for mellowing them out or adding extra bite.

My fellow musicians lauded the NG-2’s strong voice, especially the sound of the 5th string. Its consistency and power punched through the ensemble, particularly on tunes like the Time’s “Jungle Love.” For gentler jams, cutting hi-mids and soloing the neck pickup produced a deep, articulate tone that was spot-on for songs like “Let’s Stay Together.” Be it slapping or 16th-note bass lines, the NG-2 was responsive and a joy to play overall.

The Verdict
The NG-2’s playability, tone, and 5th-string power outperform some basses that cost two or three times as much. It’s more than just a rock bass—while its timbres may not cater to all old-school preferences, it can handle almost every musical situation with authority. If you haven’t yet found your ideal 5-string, I recommend taking the NG-2 for a test drive.


Tel: 01926 886433

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2022 Adam "Nolly" Getgood NG3 Model

Now includes deluxe gig bag

4 string: £2099, 5 string: £2199, 6 string: £2299

Neck: 5 pc maple neck (now has carbon fibre rods in neck and dual action truss rod)

Fretboard: 24 fret Maple fretboard, Black dots

Body: 2-3 pc Alder

Matching Headstock

Pickguard: Carbon Fibre print (Darklgass lim edition has etched aluminium plate)

Hardware: Black

Electronics: Darkglass 3-band

Pickups: FD-3n pickups

Controls: Vol, rotary pickup selector (Bridge, both parallel, both series, Neck), Bass, Lo- Mid, Hi-Mid, Active/Passive switch


Performance options;

Lefthanded option: £185

Hipshot Extender Key: £140 - only available in satin black

Hipshot Ultralite Keys in satin black installed for a set of 5: £125 or for 4: £100

F# setup and tuning with Dingwall strings: £130

Custom setup and tuning with Kalium strings: £220

B E A D tuning for NG 4 and Combustion 4 with Dingwall strings: £65

2022 NG2 colours;

Gloss Metallic Black  £0

Ducati Matte pearl White £0

Matte Gold  £0

Matte Forest Green £0

New Deluxe gig bag

Hard Cases

TGI Pathfinder Hardshell, ATA case - £89

Hiscox Dingwall Logo case - £119