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NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby UnexplodedCow » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:31 am

....or New Bass Day.

My first ever Carvin (or Kiesel) bass. Hopped on the run last October, and then waited as Hipshot's subcontractor's building burnt. Chrome hardware eventually arrived (and looks good). It dropped off Fedex's tracking for a bit, and I think was lost in a facility in Chicago, arriving (rather unceremoniously) a day late, yesterday.

Specs:
ZB5
3 piece Walnut and Bloodwood neck
Ebony fretboard (mild color shift/streaking)
Staggered MOP dots
Flamed Maple top
Chambered Ash body
RTF Dragonburst finish
Stainless jumbo frets
Chrome hardware
KRH pickups

A "simple" build compared to some in that run, but the upgrade options were excellent.

It weighs 7.6 pounds; quite svelte for a five string. Action is excellent, though I lowered it just a tad, to my preference. The RTF feels pretty natural, and is comfortable. The neck is slick, and feels thin. The KRH pickups are very even-sounding, excellent clarity, and the 5th string is actually audible (a problem I had with my last 5 string). Great pickups; zero need to swap them. They don't have the same output level as my P-bass with the DiMarzio DP127, but...I've not found any other passive that does, and I think these KRH sound a little bit better.

Some pictures. I should take more, but this was done quickly, as I've been pretty busy. I hope everyone enjoys. The last shot compares it to my now 20-year-old mainstay P bass (still feels like new).

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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby amispy » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:00 pm

UnexplodedCow wrote:Image

And that children is how a new bouncing baby bass is made, :lol:
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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby UnexplodedCow » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:06 pm

:applause:

I think this may be the "safe" position, as the output jacks aren't touching. Besides, both are "innies." I'm sure there's a double-ended male plug-type apparatus around here somewhere.
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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:34 pm

Congrats!

Great photo showing how the RTF works on flamed maple, too.

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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby Toptube » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:40 pm

Nice and tidy flame

Dragonburst looks good on Zeus!

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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby UnexplodedCow » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:23 pm

spudmunkey wrote:Congrats!

Great photo showing how the RTF works on flamed maple, too.


The flame can hide a bit, or be more obvious, depending on the angle, and how light hits it. It'll shift the color very slightly, too.
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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby southdakota » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:58 pm

That thing is gorgeous! Congrats!
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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby MisterP » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:33 pm

Dragonburst + Chrome is a great combo, nice build!

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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby ElfDude » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:37 pm

That thing looks really comfy and fun to play. Congrats!
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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby UnexplodedCow » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:55 am

Took it for its maiden small session at church yesterday. Actually received several compliments on the sound from other players. It sat in the mix better than the P bas I've been using. Great-playing, comfortable, looks good. I'm happy. :mrgreen:
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Re: NBD = No Big Deal!

Postby Catman10 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:04 pm

That’s absolutely beautiful! I wish I could’ve gotten in on that run, but I was busy paying off my first ZB6. Glad you were able to jump in on it. Congrats!


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