Dingwall Unveils Limited Edition John Taylor Rio Dream Bass

John Taylor with Dingwall Rio Dream Bass

Dingwall Guitars is in Anaheim at the NAMM Show to show off some of their work and reveal an incredible new artist model. The Limited Edition John Taylor Rio Dream Bass features a custom finish inspired by Duran Duran’s Rio album cover. Since it is based on the aesthetic of their 1982 album, Dingwall is limiting the bass to 82 pieces.

“Each bass is unique and comes with an individual number, as well as a Hipshot Drop D Xtender key, an onboard Rupert Neve Designs preamp, a special string pack, spare cream pickguard, and a custom gig bag,” the company writes.

Dingwall builds the Rio Dream with the multi-scale Novax Fanned-Fret System. The bass is crafted with a five-piece maple neck, a Nyatoh body, and a Macassar ebony fingerboard. Hardware includes lightweight open-gear Hipshot tuners and Dingwall’s “Minimalist” bridge.

Hear more about it from John Taylor and Sheldon Dingwall:

The Dingwall Limited Edition John Taylor Rio Dream Bass will ship in the third quarter of 2023. It carries a street price of $2830.

Dingwall Guitars Limited Edition John Taylor Rio Dream Bass Specs:

Scale Length:36.25″ – 34″ (920mm – 864mm)
Neck:5-Piece Maple
Fingeboard Radius:9.45″ Radius (240mm)
Frets:Novax Fanned-fret System, 24 “banjo-sized” frets, 0.040″ tall x 0.080″ wide
Pickups:Dingwall FD3n Pickups with Neodymium Magnets
Pickup Wiring:Series/Parallel/Series
Preamp:Rupert Neve Designs 2-Band EQ
Controls:Master Volume, Quad-Tone Rotary Pickup Selector, Master Tone Control, 2-Band Active EQ (Bass, Treble), Active/Passive Toggle Switch
Bridge:“Minimalist” Custom Dingwall 1-Piece Recessed Bridge with Adjustable String Height and Intonation
String Spacing:0.748″ (19mm)
Tuners:Light-weight open-back with Additional Hipshot Extender
Tuner Ratio:20:1 Gear Ratio
Finish:Limited Edition Rio Anniversary Finish
Pickguard:Matte Black, Cream
Case:Custom Rio Dream Dingwall Padded Gigbag Included

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  1. Cool new artist model & video with John and Sheldon in it..thanks!???

  2. Gertjan Van Iersel

    Hi! I’m looking for the Dingwall John Taylor Rio Dream Bass. Can you deliver me one?