Dingwall D-Roc Standard 3-Pickup 4-String Bass - Matte Metallic Black

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Brand: Dingwall
Dingwall D-ROC Standard Multi-Scale 4-String Bass - Matte Metallic Black

Dingwall basses have been synonymous with great tone and definition. When bass players purchase or switch to a Dingwall they hear nothing but praise from the sound engineers both live and in the studio. The reason being that they naturally sit in the mix.


Because of the fan fret system. It’s all about the great fundamental tone it produces.

- Equalized tension from string to string.
- Strong fundament tones without bad harmonics or overtones.

If you look in a grand piano you’ll see that the low strings are longer and the high strings are shorter. This produces the right tension and proper length for each of the notes to ring true.

Now look at the Dingwall fan fret bass. Notice how the lowest, thickest strings are longer and the higher thinner strings are shorter, just like a grand piano. This string length produces the clarity and definition Dingwall is known for.

The D-ROC Standard is a cost-effective modified version of this classic design using a mahogany body with smoked nickel Hipshot/Dingwall hardware. Choose from four stunning finishes.


Scale Lengths and Dimensions

Fingerboard Radius

• D-ROC Standard Fingerboard radius – 240 mm (9.45”) The D-ROC Standard bass features a single radius (240 mm) fingerboard. This makes for a very comfortable playing experience.

Scale Lengths

• 4 string model - Tuned: E A D G
• E - 36.25"
• A - 35.5"
• D - 34.75"
• G - 34"


• Bridge Spacing 4- string: 19 mm – .748"
• Nut width 4-string: 42 mm – 1.65"
• Heel width 4-string: 60 mm – 2.36"
• Neck thickness @ 1st fret: 21 mm – .827"
• Neck thickness @ 12th fret: 24 mm – .945"


• Mahogany body, smoked nickel Hipshot/Dingwall hardware.
• Body Core: The average weight of the D-ROC Standard is a low 8.5 to 9.5 lbs
• Finish: The Gloss/Matte D-ROC Standard finishes are a polyurethane color and top coats. This industry standard finish is long-wearing and beautiful for years of service life.
• Color: Matte Metallic Black


Neck Construction

• Dingwall takes neck construction very seriously due to their extensive experience in guitar repairs coupled with their geographic location and corresponding extreme climate in Canada. In their years in the guitar repair business they constantly had to deal with humidity related problems made worse by the huge temperature and humidity swings of the local Canadian climate. Many of these problems could have been minimized 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.
• Dingwall has 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.
• Neck Carve: Medium thin C shape
• Neck Reinforcement: Heavy duty truss-rod
• Headstock design: Flat. Dingwall designed a downsized tribute headstock with Hipshot Licenced Ultralite tuners. The results are excellent balance and solid performance.
• Standard Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
• Fret Options: Dingwall uses 18% hard nickel silver fretwire. Lee Sklar turned Dingwall onto the benefits of small frets. The advantages are a more woody, less metallic tone, smoother glissandos and a faster feel. Their 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.
• Position Markers and Inlays: 3 mm plastic face dots, 2 mm plastic side dots.


• The FD-3N pickups are made to Dingwall specifications.
• Pickups: The FD-3N pickups are made to their specifications. They feature Neodymium magnets which offer high output and a smooth but aggressive tone.
• Pickup Options: 3 pickup neck/middle/bridge
• Standard Electronics: Passive, FD-3n pickups, Vol, rotary pickup selector, passive tone
• Pickup Switching: Position 1 - Bridge (CCW); Position 2 - Bridge/Middle (Parallel); Position 3 - Middle; Position 4 - Bridge/Middle/Neck (CW)
• Knobs: The D-ROC Standard now features Smoked Nickel knurled dome style knobs with a set-screw.
• Jack: The jack is one of the most critical electronic components of a bass. It’s the most likely to suffer abuse so needs to be rugged in order to be reliable. Dingwall wanted the D-ROC Standard to be as reliable as it is great sounding and looking so they install the traditional style jack plate with a Switchcraft brand jack.


• Hardware color: Smoked Nickel
• Tuners: Dingwall tested a lot of tuners when designing the D-ROC. They were able to find an open-back tuner that met their requirements of light-weight and smooth feel. These tuners will provide years of trouble free performance. They also chose them to have the exact same hole specifications as both Gotoh and Hipshot tuners so replacement or upgrades down the road are a simple process.