NBD VM49K Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

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NBD VM49K Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby GlassToMouth » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:51 pm

This beauty plays like an absolute masterpiece. Any critiques I have are minor and don't effect my enjoyment in any way.

I'm over the moon with this bass. While tone is subjective, I think it sounds amazing. Whether I want tight, modern punch, or round, growly warmth, or staccato 16th note finger funk, this beauty is up to the task. Very versatile and musical EQ.

Edit 1: Headphone tone and playability are spectacular. Super comfortable and low action. My only (super minor) gripe so far is that the string feeds are black when I ordered gold hardware. The fit, finish, feel, mojo, tone, and sex appeal are all top notch.

I'm somewhat confused that the gold color of the 2 sets of stacked knobs perfectly matching the gold hardware, but the volume and blend knobs are a bit lighter shade of gold. Much more of a chrome/cold complexion.

Edit 2:
Also, the location of the stacked mids and stacked bass/treble are reversed from the other 4 knob, 2 stacked, 3 band EQ I've installed in my other active basses. The bass/treble knob is closest to the output jack as opposed to the mid controls. Edit of Edit 2: I had a local luthier swap the mid and bass/treble knob locations. My brain couldn't switch from 15 years of routine knob placement.

Edit 3:
The weight on it is perfect. 8.5 lbs exactly. Lightest I've ever owned. My imperfect arm test says it's a lb or more less than my much smaller bodied Brubaker Brute with a nato body. Zero neck dive too.


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VM49K
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About a week after ordering, I started second guessing myself and wanted to add some more options, so I did. I opted for the deep natural body binding, trans black over the antique ash, and trans black burst over the deep black flame maple top.


ASH - Maple Neck/Swamp Ash Body
-CG - Clear Gloss Finish (Standard)
FDK - Deep Black Flame
AAT - Antique Ash Treatment (Must Order Swamp Ash Body)
CMB - Chambered Body (Must Order Optional Top Wood)
5WP - 5-Piece Walnut Neck w/ 2 Purple Heart Stripes
-TN - Tung Oil Finish Back Of Neck (Standard)
-IPH - Icon-Style Bass Headstock (Standard)
FPH - Flamed Maple Headstock Matches Body Finish
ZWF - Zebrawood Fingerboard
NIN - No Top Inlays - Side Dots Only
EVO - Gold Med-Jumbo Frets .048" H .103" W
-R14 - 14in Fretboard Radius (Standard)
-BLK - Black Pickups
G - Gold Hardware
-D45 - Dunlop Med-Heavy Super Bright Nickel Roundwound .045 - .105
GL - Gold Metallic Logo
SL - Dunlop Straplocks
BPP - Purpleheart Rear Electronics Cavity Cover
HC8W - Black Tolex Wide Hardshell Bass Case
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VM49K Vanquish multiscale 4 string 4/29/17

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby ilyti » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:56 pm

Wohahahahaooowwww dude! :shock: :applause:

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby spudmunkey » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:58 pm

Sexy AF, dude! :applause:

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby Catman10 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:15 pm

Wow!! That's a beautiful bass! Congrats and enjoy!!!

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby kdawg » Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:30 pm

I wish I had your artistic vision! I don't think I would have picked the options you put together, yet the end result is a waaay cool looking specimen. Every thing works well with the others. Classy, unique and wow are just a few adjectives that immediately hit me. Congrats.

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby GlassToMouth » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:33 am

Thanks everyone. I couldn't be happier.

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VM49K Vanquish multiscale 4 string 4/29/17

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby skully13a » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:11 am

Gorgeous bass, GtoM. Love the trans black. :applause: :applause:
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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby MikeBass » Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:38 pm

So cool, great to start seeing the Vanquish multiscales roll in!
Killer top, all the options fit perfectly. Congrats and enjoy :rockon:
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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby jovsiew » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:34 pm

Absolutely in love with this build! So glad your enjoying it! I like that the ferrules are black BTW. Everything else on the back is black so it works! I love the trans black a lot!

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby GlassToMouth » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:29 pm

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VM49K Vanquish multiscale 4 string 4/29/17

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby rzbk777 » Mon May 01, 2017 4:57 am

That turned out great, congrats!

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Re: NBD Multiscale Vanquish 4 string.

Postby Koala » Mon May 01, 2017 1:20 pm

That deep natural binding looks awesome! Great idea to add that!
Also, that 5-piece walnut and purpleheart neck is wicked! Definitely my favorite neck combo. 8)


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