NBD: a headless fretless 6er?

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  1. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Oakland
    61DBDB76-2460-4613-BA62-53EDEAF145EA.jpeg Okay, so this came as a bit of a surprise to me. I’ve been in the market for a fretted 6 string with narrow string spacing, but I have long had a preference towards maple/alder/ash tonewoods and doublecut shapes with headstocks. Then I came across this at Guitar Center this evening.

    So now I am the proud owner of a headless fretless Kiesel Zeus 6 string with a walnut body, figured walnut top, walnut and purplehear neck, and what I think is a ziricote fingerboard, though I’m not sure.

    The rear pickup has so much bark and the bass has this huge authoritative voice all over the neck. And the balance is perfect. I love it!

    The neck is a a bit deeper than my ideal (FBass), but I think I can adapt to that. Also, the volume knob seems to have a logarithmic taper instead of linear; I can only hear the instrument in the 20% of the turn. That’s an easy fix though.
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  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Gorgeous! :drool::drool::drool::drool::drool::drool::drool:

    Possibly a Pale Moon Ebony fretboard? :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Bad_tattoo

    Bad_tattoo

    Jan 23, 2019
    Denmark
    Hmm, looks like mac ebony to me!
     
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  4. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Oakland
    Looked at the Kiesel site. They have an option called Royal Ebony. Maybe that’s it? Whatever it is, it sounds good.
     
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  5. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Mac's usually a bit darker - the long contrasting yellowish/black stripes are the giveaway... :)
     
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    fantastic! congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
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  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Beaut! Enjoy!!
     
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  8. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Oakland
    Spent about 6 hours playing it today (and having an awesome lesson with Tony Grey). Woohoo! Now I really want to order a fretted Zeus as well.
     
  9. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Oakland
    Posted a review. Still enjoying it, especially the pickups. I would use them on other basses too.

     
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  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Nice looking axe and good score. It looks (and sounds) like that bass has a coated board. Carvin's "hard as fingernails / HFC" finish was an option 50 for years, probably still is. Nice ramp too, did you make it yourself?
     
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  11. Very nice. Wish I went headless sooner.
     
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  12. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Oakland
    Thanks! The ramp is made by Bonk Products. He gas a store on Reverb. There’s a link in the vid description. Yes, the fingerboard has the “hard as nails” finish.
     
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  13. EmuBass

    EmuBass

    Jan 24, 2018
    Vienna, Austria
    Congrats; really great looking bass with a sweet tone. Very decent playing btw. Have fun & show something more.
     
  14. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Macassary ebony has some lighter streaks in it.
    But not that much.

    Mine.
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  15. bench

    bench

    Dec 28, 2007
    Germany
    i have seen uglier bassed in my life. congrats!
     
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  16. lucas303

    lucas303

    Mar 11, 2019
    Colorado
    I'm at work so I can't watch all of the video, so apologies if you cover this question in the video, but how does it balance with the upper "horn" extending only to the 16th fret or so?
     
  17. andruca

    andruca

    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Congratulations on that NICE instrument. I'm personally 100% into rock stage friendly bass looks, thus naturally not a fan of single cut, headless or bare wood display. Still I find this bass really harmonic looking, definitely aesthetically appealing. Plus, I'm back to fretless (after a 16 year hiatus), therefore that's a big plus for me right now. Will do some searching to hear how these sound. Gnarly bass!
     
  18. Fantastic! Congratulations!
     
  19. Love the fretboard and electronics plate! :) Classy! :)
     
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  20. Congratulations, awesome score! Thanks for the great video too.
     
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