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Kiesel Guitars offers an assortment of bridges: fixed, tune-o-matic/stoptail, Hipshot, Wilkinson tremolo, Floyd Rose tremolo and Bigsby vibrato. Some bridge options are available with piezo acoustic pickups.
Ebony fingerboards are standard, and you may also choose maple, birdseye maple, flamed maple, zebrawood or rosewood. Dot, block, diamond & signature inlay designs are available in abalone or mother-of-pearl.
Many exotic body & top woods are available on Carvin guitars and basses, including 4A flamed and quilted maple, flamed koa, spalted maple, figured walnut, swamp ash, mahogany, black walnut, spruce, cedar and limba. Read more...
Various headstock shapes are offered, including traditional, inline, reversed and more. Carvin Guitars' tilt-back headstock and graphite nut contribute to pure tone and tuning stability. Premium Carvin locking tuners are standard on most models.
Why buy an instrument off the shelf from a big-box retailer that's exactly like thousands of other instruments? With Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop, you can choose from hundreds of options for your new guitar or bass, including body & neck woods; exotic top woods such as AAAA flamed or quilted maple, flamed koa, figured walnut or flamed spalted maple; solid, metallic, translucent, and deep triple step stains and finishes; fingerboard woods; inlays; electronics; pickups; hardware and much more. Every Carvin Custom Shop instrument is made entirely at our Escondido facility by our skilled craftsmen & luthiers.

Because Kiesel Guitars has eliminated the middleman markup by selling directly to you, you can own a custom-made, hand-built guitar without the custom-made, hand-built price. With hundreds of Custom Shop options, you can order your new Carvin guitar or bass that suits your playing style and personal tastes, and be the proud owner of a totally unique instrument that will last a lifetime. With over 60 years in the industry, Carvin Guitars has perfected the art and science of building guitars, which allows us to build your Custom Shop masterpiece in as little as 7 - 10 weeks.

Great care is taken in building your Custom Shop instrument. Carvin Guitars hand-selects only the best woods for our instruments, and all of our necks and fingerboards undergo a long conditioning process in our de-humidification chambers to remove any stress in the wood and prevent future warping or twisting. Our precision CNC machines sculpt every instrument to extremely high tolerances, and our woodworkers, painters and technicians ensure even the smallest detail is perfect.

Try a Kiesel Guitars or Carvin Guitars Custom Shop guitar or bass today - we know you'll be satisified. You can start your build with as little as 20% down, and with Carvin's 10-Day Trial, there's no risk. If you don't love your new Custom Shop guitar or bass, you can send it back for a full, no questions asked refund. Read more about Carvin Guitars' money-back guarantee here. If you're ready for a new Carvin, but don't want to wait, we offer a full selection of brand-new In-Stock instruments that are ready for immediate shipment. Check out our current inventory of Custom Shop guitars and basses right here.
Neck-through basses are equipped with Hipshot™ A-style bridges, and bolt-neck basses feature Carvin's heavy-duty locking-saddle bass bridge. Many models can by upgraded with a piezo bridge for acoustic bass tone.
Assorted fret sizes in nickel-silver and stainless steel, as well as fingerboard radii from 10" to 20" ensure your fingerboard with suit your playing style perfectly. Read more...
Carvin Guitars' bolt-neck basses & guitars feature an sculpted neck heel, allowing easy access high on the fingerboard. Neck-through instruments have a smooth neck heel, and set-neck guitars have a minimal heel for superior playability.
Classic Alnico V humbuckers offer incredible warmth & definition, and are available in different tone-specific designs. Single-coil pickups are offered on some models. Black, cream & white coils and black and cream bezels are available in different combinations. Read more...
Ebony fretless fingerboards, with or without lines, are available. Fretted ebony, rosewood, maple, birdseye maple, flamed maple and zebrawood fingerboards are also offered, with the same inlay, fretwire and radius options as on Carvin's guitars.
Bass headstocks are available in 4, 5 & 6 string configurations, in traditional side-by-side, inline, reversed and other shapes. The tilt-back design and standard graphite nut increases punch and sustain.





Carvin basses are available with Alnico V single coil pickups, Alnico V stacked humbuckers, large Alnico V humbuckers, or ceramic soapbar pickups. Single coil and stacked humbuckers are available in black or cream. Read more...
Carvin offers dozens of finishes, including solid and metallic solid colors, translucent stains, and our exclusive deep triple step finishes. An assortment of burst edges, gloss, satin & tung-oil top coats and neck finishes are available. Read more...





Most guitars and basses are available in left-handed configurations at no additional charge. Left-handed Floyd Rose and Wilkinson tremolos are offered, too!
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