D-Bird Custom

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Scale Length and Dimensions

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Scale Lengths

E
36.25″
A
35.5″
D
34.75″
G
34″

Dimensions

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

Body

Khaya body, matching wood pickguard. Black Hipshot/Dingwall hardware.

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Body Core
The average weight of the D-Bird is a low 8.5 to 9.5 lbs.

 

Standard Top
N/A
Tone Chambers
N/A
Standard Top
N/A
Top Options
N/A
Exotic wood contrasting layer option
N/A
Matching Wood Cover Plates
N/A
Finish
The Matte D-Bird finishes are a polyurethane color and top coat. This industry standard finish is long-wearing and beautiful for years of service life.
Colors
Most colours are available. All finishes are matte. 
Pickguard Options
Wenge only (pickguard matches headstock face)

Neck

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Neck Construction

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 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.

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 minimizing dead spots.

Neck Carve
Medium thin C shape
Neck Reinforcement
Dingwall heavy duty truss-rod
Headstock

Headstock design – Flat.

We designed a downsized tribute headstock with Hipshot ultralite. The results are excellent balance and solid performance.

Headstock options
N/A
Standard Fingerboard

Wenge

Fingerboard Radius

Fingerboard radius –  7-1/2” (at the nut) to 25" (at the bridge)

Fingerboard Options
Pau Ferro, Maple, Macassar Ebony.
Fretless Option
N/A
Fret Options
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.
Position Markers and Inlays
Ellipse face markers, 3 mm pearloid side dots (Standard).
Speedo Bars (Optional) 

Electronics

Passive, 3 FDV pickups, master volume, 4 rotary selector, master tone.

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Pickups
FDV pickups are made in house. They feature Alnico 5 magnets which offer high output and a smooth but aggressive tone.
Pickup Options
        3 pickup neck/middle/bridge
N/A
Standard Electronics
 Passive FDV pickups, Vol, rotary pickup selector, passive tone. 
Pre-amp Option
N/A
Pickup Switching
Position 1 - Bridge (CCW)
Position 2 - Bridge/Middle (Parallel)
Position 3 - Middle
Position 4 - Bridge/Middle/Neck (CW)
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. We wanted the D-Bird to be as reliable as it is great sounding and looking so we install a traditional jack plate with a Switchcraft brand jack.

Hardware

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Hardware color
Black
Tuners
Hipshot Ultralite
Bridge
Hipshot Dingwall Solo
Strap Pins
Dunlop flush mount strap retainers