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Kiesel RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish 6-String Bass – Interview with Roy + Bass Review



Carvin:Kiesel RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish 6-String Bass - Interview with Roy + Bass Review

Kiesel RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish 6-String Bass – Interview with Roy + Bass Review…

The latest in the signature line from Kiesel Custom Guitars is the Kiesel RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish 6-String Bass. As bassists, many of us know Roy, and it is now possible to own and play the same model of bass that he uses. No second guessing, the bass can be the same exact as Roy uses, or you can choose from many options including body, neck and fingerboard woods. The first thing that I noticed was that aside from being a 6-string bass was the double P pickup configuration; I don’t recall ever seeing a 6-string bass with this type of pickup configuration. As Kiesel Custom Guitars prides themselves on being 100% American made, they also pride themselves on outstanding quality and workmanship including setup that is second to none, allowing you to play any of their instruments as soon as they arrive on your doorstep; the RV69K is no exception. While I am your typical 4 or 5-string bassist, I found this bass extremely easy to adapt to for playing.

The particular review bass that I was provided by Kiesel Custom Guitars is the same exact as Roy’s current basses, right down to the finish. The body style is the same as the Kiesel Vanquish series basses, and the 34” bolt-on neck is a tung oiled 5 piece maple neck with two walnut stripes, two high strength carbon reinforcing rods with a full adjustable truss rod, with a 14” radius and a 24 fret ebony fingerboard with medium-jumbo frets and pearl inlay dots. The body consist of alder with a 4A flamed maple top. Even being a 6-string, the neck on this bass is very comfortable and the bottom cutaway of the Vanquish body gives you access to all frets in the upper range across all strings.

Roy Vogt Carvin:Kiesel-2TC) What sets the RV69K Roy Vogt signature bass apart from the other 6 string Kiesel basses?

Roy) The combination of the bolt-on neck, alder body and P bass pickups give the option of a very traditional tone, which is sometimes hard to get with 6 string basses.  The wood choice (flamed maple on alder) makes for a light instrument with an inherently lighter tone.  The sweepable midrange also allows you to tailor the midrange frequencies that will let the bass tone “sit in the mix” well live or in the studio.  The 5-piece neck looks nice and has a little bit more stability compared to a slab-sawn neck.  Ebony is far and away my favorite fretboard.  All in all, I took the favorite features of my favorite Kiesel basses of the last 24 years and added my own personal touch.

As I mentioned before, the pickup configuration is double P, which are the SCP2 split-coil pickups. The electronics are 18-volt passive/active with volume, blend, stacked bass and treble and stacked mid with sweep. The passive/active is controlled with the push/pull feature of the volume control. With the choice tone woods for the RV69K and the many tonal options from the double P configuration right down to the 18 Volt electronics, you have tone for days!

TC) What inspired having the double P pickup setup?

Roy) I have found that the P bass configuration emphasizes a nice part of the midrange for recording work.  At one point I had a Bartolini system with switchable coils on a bass and I found that the best tone, particularly for recording, was the double P configuration.  We tried all the combinations of humbucking/ P on a prototype test bass including changing the direction of the pickups and this worked the best for me. Also, I’ve played Carvin and Kiesel basses for a number of years and really enjoyed them.  I wanted to contribute something unique with my design both visually and sonically.  It’s really conceived as a “working man’s 6” and there aren’t many 6 string P basses out there.

While there are different color choices for hardware, the Kiesel RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish 6-String Bass for the review came with chrome hardware, which is standard. Other options are black and gold. The bridge is the Hipshot A style and strings can be either through the body or top load through the bridge. Standard strings are Dunlop Super Brights Roundwound in gauges .030, .045, .065, .085, .105, and .130

The RV69K is great to play, so much that I took it out on quite a few gigs. It does extremely well both live and in the studio, and is very comfortable to play for hours on end. Just sitting around in the studio and experimenting with the different tones I could get out of it was a lot of fun.

Roy) I teamed up with Kiesel guitars to create the ultimate recording bass.  It’s definitely exceeded my expectations in that it’s comfortable, beautiful, easy to play and it sounds great!  I feel it adds a unique flavor to the Kiesel bass family.  I’m honored to have worked with this great company for nearly a quarter of a century.

The RV69K has the option of coming with a soft case or hardshell case. The soft case that came is of exceptional quality, very sturdy and lightweight with a thick padded interior to protect the bass and additional padding for neck support. It has two outside pockets with enough room for books, iPads, tablets, cables, tuners, straps, etc. IT can be carried by the padded handle or on your back with the padded straps.

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Review: Joyo Tidal Wave Preamp



Review: Joyo Tidal Wave Preamp

Joyo Tidal Wave Preamp: A Tribute to 90’s Iconic Sounds

Disclaimer: This pedal was kindly provided by Joyo for the purpose of this review. However, this does not influence our opinion or the content of our review. We strive to provide honest, unbiased, and accurate assessments to ensure that our readers receive truthful and helpful information.

In the realm of bass preamp/DI pedals, capturing the essence of iconic tones from the 90s can often feel like an elusive pursuit. However, the Joyo Tidal Wave Preamp emerges as a great option for bass players seeking to replicate the signature sounds of that era, particularly the revered tech21 SansAmp. With its robust feature set and compact design, the Tidal Wave offers a faithful homage to classic rock tones and low-gain distortions, all while providing modern conveniences for today’s bassist. Let’s delve into why the Joyo Tidal Wave stands out as a versatile and budget-friendly tool for both stage and studio.


Measuring at 130 * 110 * 50 mm and weighing 442g, the Joyo Tidal Wave strikes a balance between portability and durability, making it ideal for gigging musicians and studio enthusiasts alike. With a power consumption of just 100 mA and a working voltage of DC 9V, the Tidal Wave ensures reliable performance in a variety of settings.


At the heart of the Tidal Wave’s versatility lies its comprehensive control set, allowing bass players to sculpt their tone with precision. Key features include:

– Level: Sets the overall output volume of the pedal.

– Blend: Blends the dry signal with the cab-emulated signal, offering seamless integration of the pedal into any setup.

– Presence: Controls the dynamics of the high upper-mids, crucial for shaping drive tones.

– Drive: Introduces low-gain distortions and classic rock sounds into the clean tone.

– Treble, Middle, and Bass: Provides a 3-band EQ with frequency selectors for bass (40Hz – 80Hz) and mids (500Hz – 1KHz), offering ample control over tonal shaping.

– Middle Shift and Bass Shift: Allows for further fine-tuning of midrange and bass frequencies.

– Ground Lift: Helps eliminate ground loop noise in certain setups.

– DI Attenuation Switch: Adjusts the level of the DI output signal.

– LED Light Switch Control: Allows users to customize the ambient lighting of the pedal.


True to its inspiration, the Joyo Tidal Wave excels in delivering classic rock tones and low-gain distortions reminiscent of the tech21 SansAmp. Whether you’re seeking gritty overdriven sounds or pristine clean tones, the Tidal Wave offers unparalleled flexibility and sonic versatility. The inclusion of a headphone out, XLR DI out with cab simulation, and throughout for the original bass sound make the Tidal Wave a versatile tool for both stage and studio applications. From practicing silently with headphones to crafting quality recordings in an ampless setup, the Tidal Wave delivers on all fronts with clarity, definition, and unmistakable character.


The Tidal Wave boasts an array of advantages that set it apart from its direct competitors:

– Headphone Out: Transforms the pedal into a convenient practice tool.

– Size and Weight: Compact and lightweight design for easy transportation and setup.

– Rugged Construction: Durable build quality ensures longevity and reliability.

– DI and CabSim: Offers professional-grade direct recording capabilities with authentic cab simulation.

– Familiar Tones: Faithfully replicates the classic rock sounds of the tech21 SansAmp.


While the Tidal Wave excels in many aspects, it does have a few drawbacks:

– Plastic Knobs: Knobs may feel less premium compared to pedals with metal controls.

– Cab Simulation Only on XLR Output: Limited cab simulation functionality may require additional routing for certain setups.


In conclusion, the Joyo Tidal Wave Preamp stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of classic rock tones from the 90s. With its faithful homage to the tech21 SansAmp, comprehensive control set, and modern conveniences like headphone out and XLR DI with cab simulation, the Tidal Wave offers bassists a versatile  tool for sculpting their sound with precision and finesse. Whether you’re seeking to replicate iconic tones from the past or forge new sonic territories, the Joyo Tidal Wave Preamp is sure to inspire creativity and elevate your playing to new heights.

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Review: Joyo Scylla Compressor



Review: Joyo Scylla Compressor

Joyo Scylla Compressor: When Quality meets Budget-Friendly

Disclaimer: This pedal was kindly provided by Joyo for the purpose of this review. However, this does not influence our opinion or the content of our review. We strive to provide honest, unbiased, and accurate assessments to ensure that our readers receive truthful and helpful information.

In the diverse landscape of effects pedals for bass guitar, finding a compressor that strikes the balance between performance, versatility, and affordability can often feel like a daunting task. 

However, amidst the sea of options, one pedal stood out as a true diamond in the rough – the Joyo Scylla compressor. Despite its wallet-friendly price tag, the Scylla boasts a great array of features and controls typically reserved for pedals with much higher costs. Let’s take a closer look at why the Joyo Scylla is turning heads and earning praise among bassists on a budget.

Specs: The Joyo Scylla compressor measures in at 109 * 72 * 48 mm and weighs a mere 234g, making it both compact and lightweight – perfect for gigs or studio sessions where space is at a premium. With a power consumption of just 100 mA and a working voltage of DC 9V, the Scylla is efficient and versatile, compatible with a wide range of pedalboard setups.

Controls: What sets the Scylla apart from its direct competitors is its comprehensive control set, offering bassists a good amount of flexibility in shaping their sound. With six knobs, the Scylla allows for a very precise adjustment of key parameters:

  • Input Gain: Adjusts the amount of signal being fed into the compressor.
  • Output Volume: Controls the makeup gain after compression, ensuring consistent output levels.
  • Compression Ratio: Unlike traditional compressor pedals with preset ratio options, the Scylla features a continuous knob, allowing for seamless adjustment from subtle compression to limiter-like effects.
  • Attack and Release: Determine how quickly the compression engages and releases, offering a range of tonal possibilities from punchy and aggressive to smooth and subtle.
  • Output Tone Control: A unique feature not commonly found in compressor pedals, the tone knob adjusts the coloration of the compressed signal, adding warmth or brightness to your bass tone.
  • LED Light Switch Control: Allows users to customize the ambient lighting of the pedal, adding a touch of visual flair to their setup.
  • Performance: In practice, the Joyo Scylla delivers where it matters most – in sound quality and performance. Whether you’re aiming for a tight, punchy bass sound or smooth, sustained notes, the Scylla excels in providing transparent compression that enhances your playing without sacrificing dynamics. The granular control offered by its knobs allows for precise tailoring of compression settings to suit a wide range of playing styles and musical genres.
  • Pros: The Scylla’s strengths lie in its granular control, versatility, and compact design. Its sturdy build quality and diminutive size make it a welcome addition to any pedalboard, occupying minimal real estate without compromising on functionality. However, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Scylla is its price point. Despite offering professional-grade features, the Scylla remains accessible to bassists of all budgets.
  • Cons: While the Joyo Scylla excels in many areas, it’s not without its drawbacks. One notable omission is the lack of metering, which may pose a challenge for users seeking visual feedback on compression levels. Additionally, the plastic knobs, while functional, may feel somewhat less premium compared to other pedals. 
  • Conclusion: In conclusion, the Joyo Scylla compressor emerges as a great option in the world of budget-friendly effects pedals for bass guitar. Its comprehensive control set, transparent compression, and compact design make it a compelling choice for bassists seeking professional-grade performance without breaking the bank. From its intuitive interface to its thoughtful touches like the tone knob and customizable LED lighting, the Scylla delivers a level of versatility and functionality that belies its modest price tag. For bassists looking to elevate their tone without compromising on quality or affordability, the Joyo Scylla compressor is a clear standout.

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String Instrument Humidifiers



String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as

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Review: CrystalBright Rombo Picks



Review: CrystalBright Rombo Picks

CrystalBright Rombo Picks

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Playing bass with a pick is still a touchy subject in our community. I believe you should be able to use whatever you need to get your sound. Even though I mostly play with my fingers, I like to check out innovative new picks that might have something new to offer, sonically speaking.

Judith and Carlos from Rombo recently contacted me about a new material called CrystalBright that they have been researching for the last 12 months and offered to send some prototype picks. After trying them out, I put together this video with my findings.

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New Joe Dart Bass From Sterling By Music Man



Sterling by Music Man introduces the Joe Dart Artist Series Bass (“Joe Dart”), named after and designed in collaboration with the celebrated Vulfpeck bassist.

Above photo credit: JORDAN THIBEAUX

This highly-anticipated model marks the debut of the Dart bass in the Sterling by Music Man lineup, paying homage to the Ernie Ball Music Man original that all funk players know and love. The bass embodies many of the original model’s distinctive features, from its iconic minimalist design to the passive electronics.

Joe Dart Artist Series Bass

The design process prioritized reliability, playability, and accessibility at the forefront. Constructed from the timeless Sterling body, the Dart features a slightly smaller neck profile, offering a clean tone within a comfortable package. The body is crafted from soft maple wood for clarity and warmth while the natural finish emphasizes the simple yet unique look.

Engineered for straightforward performance, this passive bass features a ceramic humbucking bridge pickup and a single ‘toaster’ knob for volume control. Reliable with a classic tone, it’s perfect for playing in the pocket. The Dart is strung with the all-new Ernie Ball Stainless Steel Flatwound Electric Bass Strings for the smoothest feel and a mellow sound.

Joe Dart Artist Series Bass

The Sterling by Music Man Joe Dart Bass is a special “Timed Edition” release, exclusively available for order on the Sterling by Music Man website for just one month. Each bass is made to order, with the window closing on May 31st and shipping starting in November. A dedicated countdown timer will indicate the remaining time for purchase on the product page. Additionally, the back of the headstock will be marked with a “2024 Crop” stamp to commemorate the harvest year for this special, one-of-a-kind release. 

The Joe Dart Bass is priced at $399.99 (MAP) and can be ordered globally at 

To learn more about Joe Dart, visit the official Vulfpeck artist site here

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