Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Black Beauty”

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MadMike23
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Carvin/Kiesel #5 - “Black Beauty”

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, "Black Beauty".

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 clear quilt ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P sunset burst ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K vintage yellow ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F Claro walnut (in the oven)
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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