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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GlassToMouth, Apr 29, 2017.
How much did the build cost??
I went heavy on options. This build was about $2800 total with hardshell case and shipping. I'm sure I'd still be quite happy if I had one in the $1600 range.
A semi-side issue but...
How easy or difficult is it to play the fanned fretboard? Any major adjustments to your technique that you've had to make in order to articulate the notes cleanly? Is the 36" scale "E" string noticeably tighter-sounding than a 34" scale "E" string?
I may have to splurge on a 5 or 6 string in the not too distant future. Need to try one for a bit to make sure I like the fanned frets. I've always liked Carvin stuff though. I miss my AE 185-12 (Tele Thinline style acoustic electric 12 string with 2 splittable humbuckers and a piezo, with a walnut top and matte finish before everyone else started doing matte finishes).
I feel 95% adjusted to the fanned frets after about a half hour or so. The other 5% of that is my occasional mistake on chords above the 17th fret or so. The E on the 4 string is 35.5" (technically on the 5 string too) while the low B on the fiver is 36". I also used to jump back and forth between 34" and 35" scale basses without a problem. Plus, a lot of that extra scale length is occupied at the bridge.
Edit: The stock Kalium strings are perfectly balanced, but the tension is a bit lighter than I'm used to. Fretting hand likes that, plucking hand doesn't. I usually enjoy Elixirs and have an extra long scale set on order. The 'coated string for multiscale basses' is a rather slim market. I imagine this will improve as all these wonderful companies continue to roll out more multiscale basses.
Beautiful bass, congratulations!
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I've not played a Kiesel Vanquish fanned fret(I'm actually playing Kiesel Vaders right now), but I did play Dingwalls for a while. It took all of 37 seconds to make the adjustment. It's actually a pretty natural feel. The only issue is the one that GlassToMouth mentioned and that is upper fret comping. Chords on a fanned fret bass will take some practice and patience. It's just not as natural as simply playing bass, LOL!
They've said it's not in the works and no plans for one, but I'm REEAALLY hoping for a fanned fret Vader bass. I'm still considering a VM59K, but a VB5*M* would be MY JAM! That'd be a lil' slice of heaven...
Back on topic: G2M, that bass looks AH-MAZING! I hope they got some pics and will use that in the VM49K gallery!
Very easy honestly. To me it's about the same as going from a shortscale to a longscale, honestly it's no big deal.
Updated pics and info for those interested.