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Big issues with VB6

Postby Demotico » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:51 am

I have a nig problem with my 6-string bass Vader and his headstock. After asking for technical help (useless) and take it to a luthier on my own, I still finding completely impossible to change the string B. It simply does not fit. It is assumed that the bass came with a caliber 130 in that string, but the fact is that I do not even manage with a 120 and the only advice given to us in Kiesel is trying to crush the string e with a hammer... A bass of $1600 that I can no longer use and I don’t now if it is because it is poorly designed or poorly manufactured (in my case). Anyway Kiesel offers no solution.

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Re: Big issues with VB6

Postby gumbynotpokey » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:40 pm

What technical assistance did Kiesel provide you? What did they say?
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Re: Big issues with VB6

Postby Demotico » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:52 am

They recommended me to use a 120 string or try to flatten it with a hammer. I explained them that with a string of 120 I couldn’t and they did not answer me again. But it’s the same thing they said to my luthier, who called them on his own.

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Re: Big issues with VB6

Postby HarlowTheFish » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:51 am

One thing you can do is measure out the string and unwrap the outermost winding down to just below the headpiece. I do this with guitar strings sometimes when they won't go through the tuners.

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Re: Big issues with VB6

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:52 am

Are there tapered string options available that would work in this scenario?

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Re: Big issues with VB6

Postby SilkyHotLicks » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am

Demotico wrote:I have a nig problem with my 6-string bass Vader and his headstock. After asking for technical help (useless) and take it to a luthier on my own, I still finding completely impossible to change the string B. It simply does not fit. It is assumed that the bass came with a caliber 130 in that string, but the fact is that I do not even manage with a 120 and the only advice given to us in Kiesel is trying to crush the string e with a hammer... A bass of $1600 that I can no longer use and I don’t now if it is because it is poorly designed or poorly manufactured (in my case). Anyway Kiesel offers no solution.

Hmm, I bought this recently. It's a short scale VB6 using the standard 25-125 flatwound strings and tuned up a 4th to E1 standard and I have not had any issues. But I have not tried to change the strings yet. Since I want to use superbrights on this guitar I will attempt to change my strings and I'll let you know if I have the same problem. But even if I do have the same problem I would not characterize this guitar as 'Poorly Designed', if anything I'd believe that it's QC issue.

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Re: Big issues with VB6

Postby Demotico » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:57 am

It is a good instrument with a problem on a string that seems very minor but makes it useless. I’m sure that this isn’t common issue, but another client in this forum had a similar problem and commented that Kiesel sent him another headstock. They did not give me that option. I am a musician, not a luthier, but if a professional luthier can not fix it, it does not seem very simple.


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