Got my new IC5 today. I bought it from the Guitars-In-Stock selection. SwampAsh, Walnut top, 5pc Walnut/Maple I’ve been playing for just over 8hrs....can’t find one good sound. I’ve adjusted the pickups to all extremes and then back to factory spec. I believe the problem comes down to 2 elements: 1: StainlessSteel Frets 2: Pickups On paper, stainless steel seems better. Eventually, frets wear out. But if we make frets harder, that must be better. If you like pinging fret noise that is omnipresent even with the Treble lowered all the way, sure. In all the hours of EQ’ing and pickup adjustment, the pinging only goes from worse to worser. No-treble dub was still plagued by the SS fret ping. These pickups have the white dot. So, KRH or RadHV? The neck pickup sounds like a over-nasally bridge pickup and the bridge pickup is not musical at all. The pickups do a great job at amplifying the SS fret ping. They also introduce some odd harmonic overtones to everything. When I mute the note, that makes a loud overtone that makes the muting sound like a harmonic note if the midrange were turned up all the way. Another oddity, it almost seems like the preamp is digital, or at least the pickup knob is. When the pickup knob is at center detent and then adjusted ever so slightly in either direction, there is a cut-out that enters into a weird phase when going further towards either pickup. Maxing either pickup and then rolling a little bit of the other pickup in also does this. And the pickup knob in general is odd in that between full-on and center detent, it sounds like that pickup with just a little difference. What I mean is that the pickups dont play together to make unique tones. Basically its neck pickup, 50/50, and bridge pickup. Blending anywhere between detent and neck is just neck tone with more nasal. Bridge pickup rolling in more neck pickup is still just the nasal bridge sound but a little woofier/darker. Does anybody have a bass with the white-dot Radiums that produces great tones? Anyone else extremely disappointed in the SS frets? I really wanted to like this bass and I regret giving Kiesel a chance, especially when they dont do 10-day return on an RTF, even if its a Showcase /G-I-S purchase and i never asked tgem to build it with RTF. I just assumed they wouldn’t make something this unmusical. To me, thats a defect and ought to be remedied. Why should a returning customer be punished for Kiesel trying to exhibit their options in available finishes. I deeply regret not going with the NS Design CR5 or the Stingray 5 Special. My Ibanez SR505 with non-USA MK1 Barts has better tones, and several of them, than this IC5. I cant believe how different this experience is from my LB70p from 2000/2001. That bass was a dream and always created beaitiful experiences. I have pointed a bunch of musicians towards Kiesel since my experience with my ‘01 LB70. This, though. Im honestly deflated. I have to wonder how this passes QC. Maybe there is no bassplayer who checks the basses to make sure they are musical to the ear and not just pretty to look at. Maybe this is what Kiesel believes is musical. Sincerely, Bunming hard with a $2,200 paper-weight. Update: I swapped strings from my Ibanesz, DR Hibeams. They are darker than the Dunlops and give a better voice, but the tones are still unusable and the steel frets still plague me even with the trble tirned off and the high mids scooped all the way.