NAMM 2023: Dingwall Guitars launches the John Taylor Rio Dream Bass

Dingwall Guitars John Taylor
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Once a walking testimonial to Aria basses, Duran Duran’s John Taylor has been working closely with Dingwall Guitars to create a new signature model inspired by the title track from 1982’s Rio. The series will launch with an individually numbered Cranberry Pearl colored model, the Rio Dream Bass, which will be limited to just 82 instruments.

The Rio Dream Bass will be followed by the release of three other production model colors: Black, Vintage White and Seafoam. “It all started when I was in Toronto about five years ago with a friend,” says Taylor. “He showed me a Dingwall bass on his phone. I loved how it looked and immediately said to Bernie Guerra, my tech, “You’ve got to reach out to these guys!”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.