NBD X54 Fretless

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NBD X54 Fretless

Postby Praiser » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:19 pm

Received this exactly 8 weeks after it was ordered.
Searched high and low for a 5 string Fretless with 19mm spacing and a 34in scale.
Very limited offerings. To be able to order a (semi) custom bass made in the US shipped with a case for under $1350 is really impressive.
For me nothing else comes close.

Was going for a basic clean working instrument so no real bling on this one.
Standard woods are Alder body, Maple neck, and Ebony board.
Was hoping for a mostly black finger board but didn't spring for the upgrade.
Feel fortunate with the one I got.

Nightburst with black burst edge under satin finish.
In bright light it has more teal color than I was expecting.
In normal light it is pretty dark with a subtle appearance which is what I was going for.
Pics are a combination of sunlight and shade to show the difference.

Playability is better than any of my others, and that's saying something!
Tons of tonal options with these pups and preamp.
Really powerful tone shaping capabilities but a great passive voice to boot.
Probably the most lively, resonant bass I have. Something special about this one.

Looking forward to getting to know it for years to come.
Thanks to all of the Kiesel craftsmen and women.
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Re: NBD X54 Fretless

Postby gumbynotpokey » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:20 pm


Ok, John, I'm super happy for you. Seriously.

I JUST NEED TO SAY that we really want tone samples one way or the other. You just HAVE to record samples for us.

I dig the board on this bass. Awesome reality to that board.

OK, so how's the voice on this thing? Gosh I want to hear it!

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Re: NBD X54 Fretless

Postby Koala » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:21 pm

That is sweeeet! 8)
The teal part of the aquaburst really pops on the maple.
And the Xccelerator X54 headstock is wicked as always. It's gotta be my favourite headstock Kiesel offers. LOL :lol:
Enjoy the new bass bro!
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Re: NBD X54 Fretless

Postby skully13a » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:37 am

Wow, man. :shock: That's an amazing bass!
Nicely done. :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Re: NBD X54 Fretless

Postby Catman10 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:51 am

That's absolutely gorgeous!! :applause: Big congrats to you!

I suppose you can attribute that "teal" kind of look from the yellow tint of the alder interacting with the aqua of the night burst color scheme. Still beautiful, though! :coolpics:

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Re: NBD X54 Fretless

Postby Treadplatedual » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:53 pm

skully13a wrote:Wow, man. :shock: That's an amazing bass!
Nicely done. :applause: :applause: :applause:

Couldn't agree more :) congrats!
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Re: NBD X54 Fretless

Postby MikeBass » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:41 pm

Now that's a nice bass! Can't beat an unlined fretless board :applause:
So cool, congrats and enjoy :rockon:
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