Premier Guitars NAMM Coverage

Check out Premier Guitars interviewing Jeff Kiesel at the Kiesel Guitars NAMM booth!

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New! Jason Becker ‘Perpetual Burn’ Tribute Guitar!

Kiesel Jason Becker Perpetual Burn GuitarIn conjunction with NAMM 2018, Kiesel Guitars is pleased to debut the new Jason Becker Perpetual Burn guitar. Like other Kiesel Jason Becker models, the JBPB is made in the USA, and has features only available on these tribute instruments.

The Perpetual Burn is similar in design to our popular Bolt guitar, but with special Jason Becker touches, including a standard angle-mounted Seymour Duncan Perpetual Burn bridge humbucker, thinner-profile 25.5″ scale bolt-on neck with 22 stainless steel frets, new Pearl Top Coat finish on classic white, and Jason Becker truss rod cover.

In addition to the Duncan humbucker, a pair of Kiesel Lithium single-coils, three pickup on/off mini-switches, a black multi-ply pickguard and white plastic knobs round out the electronics.

An original Floyd Rose tremolo in chrome with locking nut is standard.

Check out the all-new JBPB Jason Becker Perpetual Burn guitar today, and get your order in to beat the rush. And be sure to check out our Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the just-launched Zeus and Osiris Series models, and keep up with everything that’s going on at the 2018 NAMM Show, happening now!

Like all Jason Becker models, a portion of the proceeds from the JBPB Perpetual Burn guitar benefit the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust.

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New Osiris Series Standard & Multiscale Headless Guitars and Basses

Kiesel Osiris Headless Guitars and BassesIn conjunction with the new Zeus Series headless guitars, Kiesel Guitars is proud to announce the Osiris Series bolt-neck headless models. Available in 6, 7 and 8 string standard and multiscale guitar models, as well as bass guitar models, the Osiris Series combine some of the most popular features of other Kiesel instruments, to create a completely new guitar that you’ll love to play.

The Osiris Series feature a double-cutaway beveled body. The top bevel not only looks great, but makes playing very comfortable. The body itself is similar in size to the Vader Series, but the new shape allows the tuners on the Kiesel/Hipshot bridge or Hipshot Solo saddles on the multiscale variants to be protected from accidental bumping, as they are recessed into the body, similar to the Chris Letchford Signature multiscale guitars.

Unlike the Holdsworth, Vader and Letchford headless models, the Zeus Series has a bolt-on Eastern hardrock maple neck. Many players prefer the tone and articulation of a bolt-on neck; the trade-off for this has always been a “clunky” neck heel, but like all Kiesel Guitars bolt-neck instruments, the Osiris has a minimal, sculpted neck heel that allows easy access high on the fingerboard. And as on all Kiesel Custom Shop instruments, a whole host of options can be selected for your new Osiris, including the Hipshot/Kiesel tremolo on the 6, 7 and 8 string standard scale guitar models, and our awesome new Crackle Finishes.

Kiesel Lithium humbuckers are standard on all Osiris guitar models. We also excited to offer black Fishman Modern Fluence pickups on all Osiris and Zeus guitar models, which include an alnico neck pickup, ceramic bridge pickup, 3-way blade selector, and 25K Fishman pots with volume and push/pull for tone change.

Osiris models are online and ready to order today. Order online, or call our helpful and friendly sales staff a call today at 858-484-8277 (858-GUITARS), and get your order in for a new Osiris Series instrument.

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New Custom Shop Crackle Finishes

Kiesel Custom Shop Crackle FinishesThe Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop is excited to announce our newest and most unusual finish option, the Crackle Finish (option code CF).

Crackle Finish is a top coat applied over a base coat color, which creates a crackled appearance. The “crackle” itself is black, so the finish looks best over bright finishes, like Kiesel Racing Green or Orange, McLaren Yellow, Grabber Blue, etc. However, the finish can be applied over any Custom Shop finish, and can be used in conjunction with our exotic top woods and finishes. It will even work with our exclusive Color-Shift Finishes, for a look that’s out of this world. In addition, it can be used on any custom one-off finish, like the blue/green/yellow fade on the Zeus Z6 shown on the left. The only limit is your imagination!

Instruments with Crackle Finish must have a tung-oiled neck, and must have a clear gloss top coat – the finish won’t work with clear matte satin, tung-oil or Raw Tone topcoats.

Matching headstocks can also be ordered; just used the matching painted headstock code (PH) when ordering.

Crackle Finish will add about 2 weeks to the build time of any guitar or bass. Crackle Finish instruments are non-returnable.

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New Zeus Series Standard & Multiscale Headless Guitars and Basses

Kiesel Zeus Series Guitars and BassesTo kick off 2018 the right way, Kiesel Guitars is proud to introduce our newest series of headless guitars and basses, the Zeus Series. Available in 6, 7 and 8 string standard and multiscale guitar models, as well as 4, 5 and 6 string bass models, the Zeus Series combine some of the most popular features of other Kiesel instruments, into one design.

The Zeus Series feature a beveled body, reminiscent of the SCB Series guitars. The top bevel not only looks great, but makes playing very comfortable. The body itself is similar in size to the Vader Series, but the new shape allows the tuners on the Kiesel/Hipshot bridge to be protected from accidental bumping, as they are recessed into the body.

Unlike the Holdsworth, Vader and Letchford headless models, the Zeus Series has a bolt-on Eastern hardrock maple neck. Many players prefer the tone and articulation of a bolt-on neck, especially on bass guitars; the trade-off for this has always been a “clunky” neck heel, but like all Kiesel Guitars bolt-neck instruments, the Zeus has a minimal, sculpted neck heel that allows easy access high on the fingerboard. As on all Kiesel Custom Shop instruments, a whole host of options can be selected for your new Zeus, including the Hipshot/Kiesel tremolo on the 6, 7 and 8 string standard scale guitar models.

Most Zeus models are online and ready to order today. The remaining ones will be added in the coming days. For those models, call our helpful and friendly sales staff a call today at 858-484-8277 (858-GUITARS), and get your order in for a new Zeus Series instrument!

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Black Friday with Kiesel Guitars

blackfridayIt’s that time of year again, and Kiesel Guitars has you covered this Black Friday – and we’re kicking off the deals early!

To start with, we’re offering special savings on ALL guitars and basses in stock. All instruments have a minimum $100 savings on top of our $100 Instant Rebate and $100 in free options. Some models have even deeper discounts! These instruments are ready to ship right now, so order right away, and you’ll be playing your new Kiesel USA Custom Shop guitar or bass in about a week.

We're also offering free options on custom-ordered instruments. You can choose FREE stainless steel fretwire, as well as FREE chambered body option on applicable models. A total value of up to $190!

Telephone customers can also take advantage of special deals, including a FREE 6A quilt top upgrade when a quilted top is ordered, custom candy finishes, and $200 savings on Royal Ebony top wood.

For your gift-giving needs, we're offering discounts on all Kiesel Custom Shop guitar and bass kits, as well as discounts on all Kiesel Lithium Series guitar humbuckers.

Swing by KieselGuitars.com today, and check out these great deals for Black Friday 2017. Get your orders in early to beat the rush, or so you don’t miss out on your dream guitar or bass in stock. These are very limited time offers, so visit or call us today! From everyone in the Kiesel Guitars family, we hope you and your family have a great holiday season!
 
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Statement on Closure of Carvin Audio/Amplifiers

With the announcement that Carvin Audio and Amplifiers is ceasing operations effective Monday, October 9 2017, Kiesel Guitars wants to let our customers know that this in no way affects the continued operations at the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop. Because Kiesel Guitars and Carvin Audio became separate entities in 2015, we are in no way impacted by the shuttering of Carvin Audio and Amplifiers. Kiesel Guitars is building more guitars and basses than ever before, and we’re already looking ahead to our 75th Anniversary in 2021. Kiesel Guitars continues going strong by significantly expanding our guitar and bass offerings, hiring additional personnel, offering world-wide direct sales, participating in Summer NAMM in addition to our long-running presence at Winter NAMM, and adding many new endorsers to the Kiesel Guitars family of artists. Additionally, we’ve recently converted our state-of-the-art Escondido facility to all solar power, and we continue to make dramatic improvements to our design, engineering and manufacturing processes so we can, and will, continue to offer the best made-in-the-USA guitars and basses at factory-direct pricing that is unequaled in the industry.

We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to our customers for their continued support, and we’d like to wish the staff of Carvin Audio and Amplifiers success in their future endeavors.

Mark Kiesel, President, Kiesel Guitars
Jeff Kiesel, Vice President, Kiesel Guitars

NOTE: No one at Kiesel Guitars has any info has to how long their liquidation sale will continue, or how this impacts things like warranty/service, etc. If you need help with Carvin Audio gear, your best bet would be to reach out to them via their Facebook page.

Below, Jeff Kiesel talks about the closure and the history of the company on Facebook Live:

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New Kiesel Crescent Series Carved Top Standard and Multiscale Guitars

Kiesel Crescent Series Carved Top Standard & Multiscale GuitarsThe Kiesel Crescent Series guitars are the newest carved-top models to come out of the Custom Shop in a number of years, and represent an exciting new direction for our carved-top lineup. In addition to standard 6 and 7 string models, multiscale and 8-string versions are available; our first of both of these styles in a carved-top configuration. They take some of the best features of our other guitars, and combines them in one sleek and stylish instrument. All models have an alder body and maple set-thru neck design, which provides the tone of a set-neck instrument, with the high fret access of a neck-through. The standard carved maple top is 1/2″ thick, and adds brightness to the tonal spectrum of the instrument.

Standard models have a 25.5″ scale fingerboard; multiscale models have a 25.5″ treble side, 26.5″ bass side scale (CM6); 25.5″ treble side, 27″ bass side scale (CM7); and a 26″ treble side, 27.5″ bass side scale (CM8). The Custom Shop’s complete selection of fingerboard options are available: you can choose from royal ebony, rosewood, maple, birdseye maple, flamed maple or zebrawood fingerboard woods; dot, diamond, block or signature inlays in pearl or genuine abalone, colored acrylic dots, blocks or diamonds, as well as offset dot inlays or staggered offset dot inlays in mother-of-pearl or genuine abalone; and offset or staggered offset colored acrylic dots with or without our exclusive 12th fret “K” inlay. The Custom Shop also offers a number of fretwire options, including jumbo, low-wide, stainless steel and gold EVO in a variety of sizes. Glow-in-the-dark Luminlay Super Blue side dots are standard on all models.

Crescent Series guitars come equipped with direct-mount passive Kiesel Lithium humbuckers. Kiesel Lithium pickups are custom wound with vintage plain enamel wire that brings out the harmonically rich tone and sustain of the guitar. Electronics consist of a master volume and master tone control with a 5-way lever style pickup selector. Standard pickups have black coils, but any combination of black or cream coils are available.

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New Kiesel Semi-Hollow Carved Top Guitars

Kiesel Semi-Hollow Carved Top GuitarsFor years, Kiesel Guitars players and fans have been asking for a semi-hollow version of our popular California Carved Top guitars, and we’re happy to respond with the all-new SH6 and SH7 Semi-Hollow California Carved Top guitars. The SH6 takes all the features of our popular CT624 Carved Top guitar, in a semi-hollow version. The SH7 7-string is modeled on the CT7 carved top, and shares the same features with it.

Both models are physically the same length and width as their solid-body counterparts, but they have a thicker body, as on the SH550. There is a single “f” hole in the upper bout of the standard flamed maple top wood, which helps produce a sweet, open tone. A mahogany neck and body add further warmth, and the standard ebony fingerboard helps produce crisp, clean notes. Our “S” bridge, with tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece, is standard, and both are available with our new Kiesel-designed Hipshot tremolo. Both models are loaded with a pair of Kiesel Lithium humbuckers, with master volume and master tone controls and 5-way pickup selector.

Like all Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop models, you can choose from a complete selection of options for your new semi-hollow carved top guitar, including body, neck and fingerboard woods, exotic top woods, solid, translucent, metallic and coloring-shifting finishes, inlays in different shapes and colors, assorted fretwire sizes and materials and much more. You can design your SH6 or SH7 exactly the way you want it to suit your personal tastes as well as your gig.

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New Kiesel Allan Holdsworth HH7 Headless 7-String Guitar

Kiesel Holdsworth Headless GuitarsKiesel Guitars is proud to introduce the latest model in our Allan Holdsworth Signature Series guitars, the HH7 7-string headless guitar. This guitar was already well into the development stages at the time of Allan’s untimely passing, and we decided to move forward with it as a tribute and lasting legacy to our dear friend and long-time endorser. Allan was quite excited about the development of this new signature model, and we think he would have approved of the end result.

The HH7 is based on the popular HH2, which was our first-ever headless guitar, designed in conjunction with Allan to meet his exacting requirements for tone and playability combined with a compact profile and light weight. The HH7 has an alder body and set-in maple neck, with optional body chambering available to further reduce weight. It’s loaded with a pair of Kiesel Allan Holdsworth 7-string humbuckers, with master volume and tone controls. The standard bridge is our new Hipshot headless bridge, which, in conjunction with the Kiesel-designed headpiece, accepts standard, single-ball end strings. Our new Kiesel-designed Hipshot tremolo is also available, and it also accepts standard strings.

Like all Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop models, you can choose from a complete selection of options for your new HH7, including body, neck and fingerboard woods, exotic top woods, solid, translucent, metallic and coloring-shifting finishes, inlays in different shapes and colors, assorted fretwire sizes and materials and much more. You can design your HH7 exactly the way you want it to suit your personal tastes as well as your gig.

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