Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

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Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Fri May 10, 2019 5:00 am

So after moving from New York to Florida and spending the past four months re-carpeting and generally re-tooling the apartment to our liking, as well as getting used to an entirely new neighborhood and environment... THIS is what my beautiful, generous wife decides I need as a combined Father's Day/anniversary gift: Carvin/Kiesel build # 5, "Fine Espresso".

After telling her how much it would cost, I got the usual response: "Order it before I change my mind."

I will admit to being more than a little inspired by gumbynotpokey’s beautiful LB70 of a few years back. This will be my first fretless.

Expected arrival date: mid- to late-August.

THE SPECS:
Icon Flamed Maple Series 4-String Electric Bass
Right Handed
Fretless Ebony Fingerboard
White Fretless Lines (Must Order F)
Hard As Nails Fretless Fingerboard Finish
Ebony Fingerboard (Less Color Variation)
Bookmatched Figured Claro Walnut Top
Clear Gloss Finish (Standard)
Walnut Neck & Body
5-Piece Walnut Neck w/ 2 Maple Stripes
Neck Covered By Optional Top Wood
Figured Walnut Headstock Matches Body Finish
14in Fretboard Radius (Standard)
Chambered Body (Must Order Optional Top Wood)
Black Hardware
Kiesel Radium Radiused Single Coil Pickups
Black Pickups
Drop Shadow Gold Metallic Logo
Dunlop Super Bright Medium Gauge Roundwound Nickel Plated Strings
Ivory Graph Tech TUSQ Nut
Black Ultimate Soft Bass Case
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Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Black Beauty”

Postby Bob C » Sun May 12, 2019 7:00 am

That is going to be a stunning bass. When I read "Black Beauty", I thought it was going to be painted black. I own a few black guitars, and I'm over that phase. But this - this is rich, strong, bold. Like fine espresso or dark chocolate. The walnut and ebony should look and sound great together.

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Black Beauty”

Postby amispy » Sat May 18, 2019 9:52 am

Bob C wrote:That is going to be a stunning bass. When I read "Black Beauty", I thought it was going to be painted black. I own a few black guitars, and I'm over that phase. But this - this is rich, strong, bold. Like fine espresso or dark chocolate. The walnut and ebony should look and sound great together.


I thought the same as you Bob. I was envisioning a Gibson Black Beauty les paul. :-)

I think you're right. Mike's Icon will have the fine espresso/dark chocolate feel. I can't wait to see it.
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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Wed May 22, 2019 7:45 am

Actually, you guys have convinced me to change the bass’ name to “Fine Espresso”.
Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby Bob C » Mon May 27, 2019 4:26 pm

You're welcome!

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:11 pm

One month in?
Wife: C350, Claro top SH550, Vintage 16
Oldest: DC400M greenburst, C980TMW
Youngest: C750, GK1, CT624M Deep Black Cherry on flame, V3MC Celestion,
SH550 white/white, black binding, gold hardware
Me: LB70P jet black, LB70PF Claro BEM HAN, MB 10

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:18 am

Coming on 8 weeks this Friday. Getting close... I can feel it...
Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby gumbynotpokey » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:02 pm

Status?
Wife: C350, Claro top SH550, Vintage 16
Oldest: DC400M greenburst, C980TMW
Youngest: C750, GK1, CT624M Deep Black Cherry on flame, V3MC Celestion,
SH550 white/white, black binding, gold hardware
Me: LB70P jet black, LB70PF Claro BEM HAN, MB 10

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:54 am

Shipping notice on Wednesday. Right now the bass is somewhere in central Texas, on its way to southern Florida. ETA: Tuesday. Pictures once unboxed, of course.

And, BTW, good show to the Kiesel kids: despite summer NAMM, the bass will come in at the 11 1/2 week mark.
Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby Bob C » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:44 pm

:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:


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