NBD - Kiesel / Carvin PB5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by A-Ro, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    It arrived today!!!

    Kiesel PB5 (passive)
    Candy Red Metallic
    Radium Humbucker at bridge
    MOP diamond inlays
    Ebony board
    Maple neck
    Luminlay side dots
    Stainless vintage frets
    Matching headstock

    ...and flats! :thumbsup:

    I weighed it on my bathroom scale and if it's correct, it's just under 9 lbs!

    It plays like butter and sounds super smooth and sweet. Even the bridge pickup is playable if soloed.

    I'll be GAS-free for some time now. :bassist:

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  2. Ohhh that's purdy! ;)
    Congrats Man! Now go play that thing!
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  3. Rayjay

    Rayjay If that’s even my real name..

    Sep 27, 2014
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
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  4. That IS astounding! I'm not a fan of red basses at all, but that is sweet!

    One of these days. I've been sold on those since Ed Friedland did a review in BP mag.

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  5. anotherhomeysan


    Jan 9, 2015
    Stainless vintage frets and flats sounds like a recipe for gliss!
    What's the scale length?
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  6. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    34" and the B is string is SOLID!
  7. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    That is great looking. Congratulations!
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  8. IanA


    Jul 31, 2011
    Leicester UK
    Beautiful bass, I love the colour, it reminds me of Fender Chrome red.
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  9. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    In need to take more pictures in better light. It pops way more than what the pics show.
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  10. Wolfhound32


    Sep 10, 2013
    WA State
    Sweet bass-- congrats!!!

    Are the flats from Kiesel, or did you install your preferred brand?

    Happy NBD! :bassist:
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  11. telecopy


    Dec 6, 2009
    Dat nice..
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  12. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    The flats are from Kiesel. I'm almost positive they are GHS Precision Flats (which are one of my faves).
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  13. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    Great basses, especially for the money - enjoy.
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  14. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Nice. The Carvin Flats sound really good on that bass.

    Radium Humbucker? That must be new. It looks great on that bass too!
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  15. Zarathustra3


    Aug 21, 2012
    I'm confused, Carvin is called Kiesel now? Nice looking bass.
    I still have a Carvin Bass I bought new in 96.
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  16. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    The original name of Carvin WAS Kiesel. They had to make a change and switched to Carvin.

    The amp and sound side still use the name but the guitar side is back to the original name Kiesel.
  17. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Sort of. Kiesel hasn't been called Carvin since the 40's.

    Here's the wikipedia blurbs that explains the origin

    Lowell Kiesel founded Carvin Corporation in San Diego, California in 1946 as the L. C. Kiesel Company to manufacture guitar pickups.[4] By 1947, the company manufactured steel guitars in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Around 1948, it returned to Southern California—and, in 1949, moved to Baldwin Park, California, where the company name changed to Carvin, after Kiesel's two eldest sons, Carson and Gavin.[5]

    Recently company has split into two separate companies each headed by a different son of Lowell. "Carvin" (Amps and pro-audio) is under Carson Kiesel and "Kiesel" (maker of Kiesel and Carvin Guitars) under Mark Kiesel. Gavin is deceased.

    As for the use of the Kiesel and Carvin names, they seem to be phasing out the use of "Carvin". The website header still says Kiesel and Carvin, but the Carvin name is mostly absent from the website except for the pictures of the older pre-Kiesel models of bases. Also, you can now have the Kiesel name on any bass instead of Carvin for free.
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  18. bonga_rascal


    Sep 9, 2010
    Under 9 lbs? That's rare for a Kiesel bass. Did you specifically request light weight? And what is the body wood?
  19. A-Ro


    Mar 22, 2016
    West Texas
    It's Alder and, I did not pay the $100 to guarantee a light piece of wood. I figured if it came in heavy I could send it back.

    I also have B50 that's Ash and, it's just under 10 lbs. The differences when holding them is minimal and not huge in my opinion.
  20. I think you have that backwards.
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