Build Options: SM - Flamed Spalted Maple Top SMPH - Spalted Maple Headstock Matches Body Finish ID - Dot Inlays IMP - White Pearl Inlay Material G - Gold Hardware KRJ - Kiesel Radium Radiused Single Coil Pickups BL - Black Logo HC8W - Black Tolex Bass Weight: 9.5 lbs. Before I get to the pictures, here's some thoughts: 1- Great ergonomics and feel. That was one of the main selling points for me. For my 5-string purchase, I've been considering string spacing. Probably over thinking it. This bass is 19mm. It just felt normal with an extra string to me. 2- The pickups seem to be KRJ and KRJ/R, rather than both being KRJ although not listed that way in the build options. KRJ/R is Kiesel's reverse wound PU. Both are single coil, soap bar pickups. The blend knob, when set for full bridge, or full neck, definitely has a single coil vibe (a good one) plus the expected hum. When set at the detent, it turns to a humbucker thump without any hum. What else is interesting is that volume stays the same through the blend knobs range. Setting the blend knob for the neck pickup just right cops a decent pbass split coil sound. 3- Control knobs are volume, blend (with a detent in the middle), stacked mid and sweepable mid, and stacked treble and bass. 4- Volume knob is push/pull... in for active, pull for passive. I cannot perceive a change in volume when switching between active and passive if the tone knobs are set in the middle at their detents. 5- Neck is 14" radius and equipped with Dunlop 45-65-85-105-125 strings from the factory. The B string is a tad too floppy for my taste, and the tension difference between it and the E string is noticeable. These are probably the Dunlop B55 Super Brights listed on Kiesel's website in the accessories area. I don't care too much for these strings as it pronounces finger noise much more than the Boomers and Elixirs on my other basses. I'll give these strings a chance to break in, but in all likelihood will replace them. 6- 18V preamp with separate battery compartments on the back. 7- Realized on Friday night while noodling on it in the dark, the side markers are glow in the dark. Not useful to me, but might be for some? Since it's an ebony fretboard, I cannot tell these are glow in the dark, not normal white markers in daylight, stage light, or normal lighting. 8- Finish on the body is poly urethane, neck is tung oil. Feels similar to my EBMM but without the wax. 10- Fit and finish is better than my EBMM Sterling, and much better than my Fender. In terms of build quality I would put it Kiesel > EBMM > Fender. I would give the EBMM the edge on fret end dressing over the Kiesel, but only slightly. Both are better than my Fender MIA, even the elite I played last year. Kiesel finish in the body and neck are better than my EBMM and holds tuning day to day better so far (the EBMM is not good at holding tuning. Even my MIJ and MIM Fenders are better).