NEW! Vader Series Basses

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NEW! Vader Series Basses

Postby Kevio » Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:56 am

You asked for it, you got it!

The new Kiesel Vader Series headless basses feature an aggressive, compact beveled body, which provide modern looks with comfortable playing. Generous forearm and belly cuts further add to the satisfying ergonomics of the bass. A sculpted lower cutaway further accentuates the styling of the instrument, while allowing easy access high on the 24-fret, 34" scale fingerboard, and a 30" short-scale option is offered on all three models. Our chambered body option further reduces the already light weight of the instrument. The standard body wood is alder, with an Eastern hard rock maple neck-through design. Dual modulus carbon-fiber rods, along with a 2-way fully adjustable truss rod make the neck remarkably stable, and allows you to adjust the action exactly the way you want it, regardless of your playing style.

Other features of the Vader Series basses include a standard Hipshotâ„¢ bridge with exclusive Kiesel locking nut/headpiece assembly, allowing the use of standard bass strings. Radiused-top RADHV humbuckers are standard, with passive electronics and a master volume, master tone and pickup blend controls. Radiused single coil pickups and active electronics are also available. Hundreds of Custom Shop options, including body and neck woods, top woods, fingerboard woods, fretwire, inlays and much more allow you to design your new Vader bass exactly the way you want it. Like all Kiesel and Carvin Guitars, the Vader Series is proudly made in the USA at our southern California facility.

Right here: http://www.carvinguitars.com/vaderbass

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re: NEW! Vader Series Basses

Postby Koshchei » Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:31 am

Well done, Carvin/Kiesel!

Looks like I'm going to have to start saving my pennies up again! :)

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Postby Dometalican » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:49 am

Wow...I was expecting this to be for N'AMM...you guys are popping these models out like rabbits!

Will split P and 35 1/3" scale be available for this thing in the near future?
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Postby spudmunkey » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:38 am

I can't wait to see some of these NBDs, and shots or people holding them (for a sense of proportion).


I wonder if there is a reason that the bridge doesn't have the same angled sides that the revised guitar bridge has. :think:

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Postby truedog » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:39 am

Nice! These will be sweet!
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Postby jmfresh » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:36 am

While I appreciate the onslaught of new models, we see yet again another 5-string bass with wide string spacing. Carvin, you listened well to the mob screaming for a headless bass. Please, oh please, give us a bolt-on 5-string with regular string spacing. Thank you.

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Postby emux2 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:17 am

jmfresh wrote:While I appreciate the onslaught of new models, we see yet again another 5-string bass with wide string spacing. Carvin, you listened well to the mob screaming for a headless bass. Please, oh please, give us a bolt-on 5-string with regular string spacing. Thank you.


Looking at the builder last night the wide neck was an option.

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Postby emux2 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:21 am

emux2 wrote:
jmfresh wrote:While I appreciate the onslaught of new models, we see yet again another 5-string bass with wide string spacing. Carvin, you listened well to the mob screaming for a headless bass. Please, oh please, give us a bolt-on 5-string with regular string spacing. Thank you.


Looking at the builder last night the wide neck was an option.


Nevermind. Looks like that option has been removed

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Postby MickeyD » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:49 am

Hey guys,
Here's a little video with some info on the new Vader Bass!!
NEW VADER BASS VIDEO
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Postby ElfDude » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:12 pm

For some reason, I like this design a lot more as a bass than as a guitar... :think:
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Postby Toptube » Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:27 pm

ElfDude wrote:For some reason, I like this design a lot more as a bass than as a guitar... :think:


I like both pretty equally.

I think the Vader guitar has a bit more of an offeset look between the top and bottom halves, which gives more of a raked or "skeletal" look. Something to do with the relatively shallower cutaways or something. I kind of miss that on the bass version.

The bass version, to me, sort of recalls the un-rounded LB or otherwise looks very much like a "Carvin" bass. I like it a lot. It's a solid design which should appeal to many.

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Postby glennmcjr » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:06 am

Narrow spaced 5 string and I would drop 2 grand right now. Probably would have an xcellerator and vanquish by now too. It's a crying shame

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Postby Randy » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:48 am

Wellll crap...!! :wall:

Now I have three basses I can't choose between:

- Vanquish

- Icon

... and now the Vader

Thanks guys :roll:

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Postby Bredo » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:20 pm

ElfDude wrote:For some reason, I like this design a lot more as a bass than as a guitar... :think:

Me too....... For some reason :think:
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Postby MikeBass » Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:15 am

Never saw myself owning a headless, but overall these do look pretty sick, I really like the body shape and contours. The new pickups have me intruiged, too.

Any side by side shots of the different scale lengths?
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Postby Toptube » Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:55 am

MikeBass wrote:Never saw myself owning a headless, but overall these do look pretty sick, I really like the body shape and contours. The new pickups have me intruiged, too.

Any side by side shots of the different scale lengths?


I could be mistaken, but I believe they have not yet shown a shortscale, at all. A bit strange, since this is their first ever shortscale bass. Seems like they should be showing the crap out of one, right away. That and releasing pickups before they have a name? Still some hiccups with product launches.

Hopefully they put a shortscale in-stock, with the first batch :?:

I would also like to see one of these next to an Xccelerator or something. For size comparison.

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Postby yankeebulldog » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:17 pm

Order placed..... :shock:

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Postby Zooberwerx » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:15 am

Very nice! I have a soft-spot in my heart for headless basses. Hmmm...what color?

While the Vader accommodates conventional strings, can one still use double ball-ends and bypass the clamping system? I like the convenience and have not run across any reference to this feature...or lack thereof.

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Postby yankeebulldog » Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:02 am

Zooberwerx wrote:Very nice! I have a soft-spot in my heart for headless basses. Hmmm...what color?

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STJF Stainless Jumbo Frets .055" H .110" W
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Postby Econsean » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:47 pm

OK, pulled the trigger, can't wait to get my Vader V6!
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