Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

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Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Fri May 10, 2019 5:09 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, "Fine Espresso".

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
Last edited by MadMike23 on Wed May 22, 2019 7:46 am, edited 1 time in total.
Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Black Beauty”

Postby amispy » Sat May 18, 2019 9:46 am

Hi MadMike. Welcome to SoFlo. I'm in Coral Springs not too far from you.

Sounds like this will be a nice Icon. I have a bunch of Carvin and Kiesel basses. No Icons in my stable (yet). :-)
AE185, 2 x A6H, AB5, Bolt, Cobalt 750T, DC200T, 2 x DC7X, D6H, 2 x D6X, JB200C, JH6, LB75, PB5, V220M, KV6X, 2 x V59K

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby gumbynotpokey » Wed May 22, 2019 6:50 pm

.........and now.........the wait.

PS: this will look incredibly good, and the single coils on HAN? out of this world!
Wife: C350, Claro top SH550, Vintage 16
Oldest: DC400M greenburst, C980TMW
Youngest: C750, GK1, CT624M Deep Black Cherry on flame, V3MC Celestion,
SH550 white/white, black binding, gold hardware
Me: LB70P jet black, LB70PF Claro BEM HAN, MB 10

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:57 am

Bass in transit. ETA: Tuesday.

Pics when unboxed, of course.
Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby gumbynotpokey » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:28 pm

:D
Wife: C350, Claro top SH550, Vintage 16
Oldest: DC400M greenburst, C980TMW
Youngest: C750, GK1, CT624M Deep Black Cherry on flame, V3MC Celestion,
SH550 white/white, black binding, gold hardware
Me: LB70P jet black, LB70PF Claro BEM HAN, MB 10

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby Catman10 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:22 pm

Seriously guys? You've all gone soft. It's disgraceful. I turn my back for a little bit, and now no one "cowbells" anymore? Fine. Someone has to do it!

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby gumbynotpokey » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:20 pm

ah the good old days
Wife: C350, Claro top SH550, Vintage 16
Oldest: DC400M greenburst, C980TMW
Youngest: C750, GK1, CT624M Deep Black Cherry on flame, V3MC Celestion,
SH550 white/white, black binding, gold hardware
Me: LB70P jet black, LB70PF Claro BEM HAN, MB 10

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby MadMike23 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:19 pm

It’s suddenly become impossible for me to post pictures. If you want to see pics, go here:

https://www.talkbass.com/threads/nbd-ki ... o.1414770/
Basses:
2010 IC4P ("White Tiger")
2012 IC5P ("Eternal Flame")
2017 VM59K ("Bumblebee")
2019 IC4F ("Fine Espresso")
Amp: Carvin BX1500, BR210 and BR118 cabinets ("The Stack of Doom")
Effects: Boss ME-50B

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Re: Carvin/Kiesel Build # 5 - “Fine Espresso”

Postby Bob C » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:03 am

Looks sharp. Have you posted a review yet? How does it compare to your other Kiesel basses?


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