the best B in the business
At Dingwall they approach craft with a passion that borders on obsession. Somehow the love they have for the instruments as they build them, stays with the instrument when it leaves the shop. Maybe that is what players describe as the "soul" of an instrument.
Dingwall Guitars was founded in 1987 by Sheldon Dingwall in Saskatoon, Canada, and its headquarters has been there ever since. He grew up in a musical family, where his mother taught piano lessons from their home.
When Sheldon was getting multiple requests for building custom 5-string basses back in the early 1990s, he naturally turned to piano design for a solution to the problematic B-string. Piano builders figured this out centuries ago. The solution to the floppy B-string had been sitting there waiting on someone to apply it ever since. Fanned-frets are just a way to accommodate longer bass strings and shorter trebles on the same bass.
For Dingwall Guitars, building instruments is the most fascinating and fulfilling experience imaginable. It is the meeting place between the technical world of physics and engineering and the emotional world of soul and passion. Instruments from centuries ago are today still cherished, passed on from generation to generation. We believe that the instruments we build will share the same legacy. Because of this, they build every instrument with passion and reverence.