Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

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Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby soulman969 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:34 pm

Just picked one up a couple of weeks ago and I was curious about other members impressions of them. Can I get come feedback?
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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby Ken Baker » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:19 pm

It's been pretty quiet here lately - the usual summer slowdown.

The reception for the Kiloton has been really good, but that's just me telling you about what I've been reading.

Anyway, hang in and (hopefully) someone will chime in before the fall equinox.

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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby asat77 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:01 am

What is your first impression of the Kiloton?
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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby soulman969 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:28 am

Very interesting tonally. Quite different from my L2500 and mid focused nearly to an extreme. Can get a little "boxy" and "nasally" without some EQ adjustments outside of the range I'd typically make with other basses and pickups. But those mids could blast a hole through a brick wall. Very punchy and I like the 3-way switching. Kinda of a P/J Bass slotting to my ears.

I'm still working through some different string selections and learning a little more about it's basic voicing and the electronics. I tend to be a tinkerer not so much because I'm unhappy with something as I am about learning it's tonal envelope. So I'm willing to experiment with some reversible modifications just to see what effect they have. Nothing major, just tweaks.

So I thought I'd post and get other perspectives and experience to add to my own knowledge and this looks like the right place to do that.
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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby soulman969 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:29 am

Ken Baker wrote:It's been pretty quiet here lately - the usual summer slowdown.

The reception for the Kiloton has been really good, but that's just me telling you about what I've been reading.

Anyway, hang in and (hopefully) someone will chime in before the fall equinox.

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Thanks Ken.....much appreciated.
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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby b-bottom » Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:26 pm

I really wanted to like mine. It looks cool, has a cool name, and has a fantastic body shape and neck. However there was something about it that just never clicked with me. I played one show with it and sold it. I think that it boiled down to not digging the sound. I was just a bit too "modern" for my taste.
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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby bigtone23 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:07 am

I played one briefly in a store. Great feel, the tone was nice in parallel mode, as that is the most Stingray sounding to my ears.
My issue with the Kiloton is the same issue I had with my Ibanez RB820 and RB920 (which were also passive, Stingray inspired basses with a 3 way switch): when you get used to an actual Stingray, it's hard to go passive. The preamp in the Stingray is part and parcel for getting that signature tone. Putting these passive basses in parallel mode results in a harmonic similarity, but the preamp adds the extra oomph in the lows and a little sizzle in the highs. I liked my Ibanez basses until I got an actual Stingray, then they just lost favor for me and were sold.

Just my 2 cents, but that same passive MFD sounds really killer in the L1000, as it is moved 2" towards the neck, in the P bass spot. That location brings out the oomph, no preamp necessary.
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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby Ken Baker » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:46 am

I'll just leave this here.

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Re: Not Much Talk About The Kiloton

Postby soulman969 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:27 pm

Ken Baker wrote:I'll just leave this here.

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LOL.....yeah, this gave me a chuckle.

IMHO anyone expecting a Kilo to be the G&L version of a Sting Ray is setting themselves up for a disappointment. It's not that nor is it intended to be. If anything it may be closer to a G&L SB-2 with a tone control and more versatility due to being able to shift from Series to Parallel and Single Coil modes.

Even without a preamp the MFD pickup isn't lacking in tonal dynamics. In fact I eventually ended with a set of GHS Precision Flats as my Goldilocks string for this bass just to tame some of the high end and add a fuller bottom end. Unlike other MFD equipped basses I've played it seems to like the flats.

I'll have more to say later on but some far it has delivered what it promises which to me is a very powerful passive bass than can handle a pretty wide range of styles and genre. In my case I actually prefer it's simplicity to my more tonally versatile L2500.
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