I must say, that although in my mid-forties I am really an
old school bass player. I normally play a Fender Jazz or Precision
bass, used to have a Gibson SG Bass for a while and have played
Rickenbacker and other such instruments before. In my 20s
I used to have a modern looking Washburn Bantam bass which
played well, but gave way to my current Jazz Bass. Also most recently I bought an Ibanez SR600 as I needed a light
instrument due to back issues that unfortunately didn’t turn
out well as you can read in my previous review.
that in mind I will reviewing this bass with an open mind,
but obviously rooted in my own style and preferences.
The model name of this bass refers to its four strings and
three pickups, these are Dingwall’s own FD3 humbucker. The
lower two are wired in parallel, whilst the neck one is wired
in series. As to electronics it sports the optional Darkglass pre amp and a clever Neutrik
jack to avoid your cable falling out mid gig.
fingerboard are made from maple and satin for a smooth feel,
the body is swamp ash which is resonant but light. It shows
tighter grain on the bass side and looser grain on the treble
side which is known as dual density. Frets are nickel banjo
size frets. The scale is 34-36.25 inches. Hip shot ultralight
tuners are used with no strings tees. The bridge is the Dingwall
Afterburner Bridge which is Teflon coated for durability.
feature of this bass however, are the fanned frets (also known
as a multiscale bass) which in theory allows for better intonation
across the fretboard.
is definitely well made and put together and no discernible
flaws can be found. The neck is smooth and fast and the third
pickup seems to act as a natural ramp to aid right hand playability.
The matt finish seems to hold up well to use and is resistant
to finger prints and is well executed. At this price point
perhaps some more exotic woods or a gloss finish could have
been used although I do understand than some are available
as extra options.
I have never
played a fanned fret instrument before and to be honest I
thought it would be an issue. But it wasn’t, within a few
minutes I was perfectly comfortable without having to think
where I had to place my fingers. I did have to setup the bass
to iron out a little buzzing and then re-intonate it. After
this it played really well and as advertised it does indeed
play in tune all over the fretboard. The bridge as well is
quite interestingly setup as the string sit directly on onto
a pair of bolts making height adjustments very easy to make
out YouTube Video for a Sound Demo.
(Levy’s) Premium gig bag was included with the bass as well
as colour coded Allen keys to cover all adjustments.
A very playable
bass definitely one that should be on your radar if looking
at fanned fret basses.