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Zeus basses

Postby marley's ghost » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:43 pm

When will we be learning more about the new Zeus? I'm very interested.

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Postby spudmunkey » Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:15 pm

They have shared a few images on social media of at least the one build shown on this page. It sounds like at least temporarily they want call in orders, so for both the basses and guitars, this is all the information available:
https://www.kieselguitars.com/zeus/

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Postby marley's ghost » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:10 pm

I just sent an email with a VB5 build so let's see what they come back with.

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Postby MikeBass » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:07 pm

marley's ghost wrote:I just sent an email with a VB5 build so let's see what they come back with.


Email orders seem to be getting put on the backburner right now, which is totally understandable given NAMM quickly approaching + xmas orders + the new Zeus stuff. Expect delays, but the Kiesel guys will get back to you. I’m currently in the middle of putting an email order in.
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Re: Zeus basses

Postby marley's ghost » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:05 am

VB5
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1 $1,299.00

-MA - Maple Neck/Alder Body (Standard) $0.00
-CG - Clear Gloss Finish (Standard) $0.00
QDR - Deep Red Quilt $400.00
BMF - Birdseye Maple Fingerboard (Tung-Oiled) $30.00
IB - Block Inlays $70.00
IA - Abalone Inlay Material $50.00
EVOR - Gold Vintage-Size Frets .043" H .080" W $30.00
-R14 - 14in Fretboard Radius (Standard) $0.00
-BLK - Black Pickups $0.00
-BC - Black Hardware (Standard) $0.00
-D50 - Dunlop Super Bright Nickel Roundwound .040 .060 .080 .100 .120 $0.00
WL - White Logo $0.00
SC10B - Black Ultimate Soft Bass Case $60.00
Custom Shop Total: $1,939.00

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby marley's ghost » Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:32 pm

Got a call and an email from Noble but missed the call. Looks like 10 - 12 weeks for a Zeus. I'm going to call tomorrow to discuss the specs.

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby Toptube » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:14 am

+1 for small frets. I don't like playing anything else!

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby chatbass » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:32 am

I'm hoping someone will be posting a demo vid soon. I would consider the Zeus over the Vader as far as headless basses go.

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Re: Zeus basses

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby Toptube » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:09 pm

I have always really liked that Solo guitar with trans white over plain ash. If I built one of these Zeus basses right now, I think that I would do trans white over ash. Probably Zebrawood fretboard. But I might get crazy and try purpleheart or the new bloodwood option. I loved the zebrawood I had on that Vader, though. Felt like a waxed surfboard.

The tempation of Antique Ash is always there, however. And oh boyyyyy does the Zeus look good in AAT!

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby basssalad » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:01 pm

Why do they make the upper horn go to the 15th fret on both of their Headless basses? I guess, they take a guitar design and switch it to bass. I guess if you wear your bass really low it might work! The JB, PB, Icon, Vanquish, BB, LB etc have upper horn to 12th fret. It is much easier to play! Such a bummer!

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby marley's ghost » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:38 am

basssalad wrote:Why do they make the upper horn go to the 15th fret on both of their Headless basses? I guess, they take a guitar design and switch it to bass. I guess if you wear your bass really low it might work! The JB, PB, Icon, Vanquish, BB, LB etc have upper horn to 12th fret. It is much easier to play! Such a bummer!



My Steinberger Spirit 5 and Hohner B2AV have the same design. It's not that hard to get used to.

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:10 am

This is kind of why single cut basses and m aren't super common. The upper bout would need to be pulled up another couple of inches. Other makers so it, not those always looked goofy to me.

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby MikeBass » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:43 am

So sick, such wallynut :shock: :drool:

Something about the Zeus body catches my eye perfectly, especially that look of a dark wood clear back and sides with a brightly colored figured top. It’s been done before, but the way the body’s contours accentuate it looks really nice.
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Re: Zeus basses

Postby Heavyduty » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:40 am

I like my AW5, and a passive fretless Zeus 5 is very tempting...

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby basssalad » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:55 pm

I know that Steinbergers had this issue. I bought one when they first came out. When you have the upper horn only go to the 15th fret, it is harder to play at the first few frets. I want to be able to reach the whole range of the fingerboard without having to physically move the neck. It might look cool, but ergonomically it sucks. Yes, you can get used to it. I play 3 -5 nights a week and comfort is very important to me. I own a Single Cut fretless bass where the upper horn extends to the 12th fret. It's much easier to play than the Vader 5 I purchased when they came out. I think these basses are so close! I want them to exceed. It's a big enough problem for me not to buy it. :^(

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Re: Zeus basses

Postby Greg Emm » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:04 pm

You were dead on, Spud, when you hypothesized at the Zeus launch that these solid finishes would really show off that bevel. This bass and the KRO guitar are pretty sweet.


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