Dingwall Guitars, the brainchild of master luthier Sheldon Dingwall, is a manufacturer of bass guitars based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It employs the fanned-fret system started by Novax Guitars for manufacturing basses, increasing the scale length of the strings on the bass side of the neck compared to the treble side. This design is more akin to a piano or harp, giving the lower strings length that increases the sustain.
Scale lengths vary between models, with a standard 5 string boasting a 34"-37" scale (from G to low B) across the Prima, Z, Lee Sklar signature, Afterburner, NG signature and Combustion models, compared with a 32"-35" scale across the Super P and Super J five string models. The four string versions, including the D-Bird models (which are currently only four strings), serve up a 34"-36.25" scale length.
The question most often posed by people new to the fanned fret system on Dingwall basses: Is a multiscale bass difficult to get used to? And a vast majority of owners and players will give you a resounding NO! As with any new instrument, it always takes a short while to 'get in the groove' with fanned frets but usually, within a few minutes, all of your doubts and preconceptions will have melted away, leaving you with a comfortable bass that feels great, looks amazing and sounds even better!