The 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.
To 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!
It’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.
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!
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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The 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.
For 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.
Kiesel 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.
You already know that the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop offers hundreds of options on our guitars and basses, allowing endless combinations to make your perfect instrument. But did you know there are all sorts of things we can do that aren’t featured in our online guitar builder? Do you want 3 gold tuners and 3 black tuners on your new guitar? How about different colored pickups, a single volume knob, or a pickup kill switch? Maybe a far-out finish that fades from one color to another, or a color scheme that matches your favorite sports team or your alma mater? A specific grain pattern in your top wood? No problem! Even if you want an exotic body, fingerboard or top wood that we don’t normally stock, we may be able to run it down for you, or in some cases, you can even supply your own.
Point is, just because you don’t see something you’re looking for on KieselGuitars.com, that doesn’t mean we can’t do it. If you can dream it up, there’s a good chance we can make it so – within reason, of course! Some of the coolest guitars we’ve made have been because a customer said, “Hey, can you do…?” Just give us a call at (858) GUITARS, and talk to our guitar and bass specialists about what you need – they’ll let you know if what you want is doable, and get you a price quote for your dream guitar or bass.
Need some inspiration? Follow Kiesel Guitars on Facebook and Instagram to see many, many photos of our Custom Shop guitars and basses. If you see something you like, you can always send us the photo, and we'll build you an instrument just like it. No matter what your playing style or personal tastes are, the Custom Shop can make your dream instrument, perfectly suited for you and your gig. Kiesel Custom Shop guitars and basses are covered by a 5-year limited warranty, and come with a no-risk 10-day in home trial period. Visit Kiesel Guitars today, and stop dreaming and start playing
Maple fingerboards have a great classic look, but they get dirty. Jeff Kiesel walks you through how to make your maple fingerboard look like new in this video on YouTube. A clean fingerboard can breathe fresh life into your guitar or bass, and has the added benefit of polishing the fretwire at the same time. Even if you have an ebony, rosewood or other fingerboard wood that doesn't show the dirt as much as maple, you should still clean it periodically – it's good for the wood, and getting rid of the fingerboard gunk will improve playability. Don't be afraid of cleaning your fingerboard – Jeff will walk you through it, step by step, in this detailed video!
The Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop offers numerous fingerboard wood options: standard ebony, as well as rosewood, zebrawood, royal ebony, plain maple, birdseye maple and flamed maple. Have something else in mind? We may be able to run down other exotic woods, if there's something you have your heart set on – just give us a call at (858) GUITARS and let us know what you're looking for. Additionally, you can order our exclusive Kiesel Treated Fingerboards, which are stained to match (or contrast) the color of your instrument. To finish off your
fingerboard, the Custom Shop offers a complete selection of inlay shapes and materials, including genuine abalone, glow-in-the-dark Luminlay and acrylic in assorted colors, and fretwire in various sizes and materials.
No matter what your playing style or personal tastes are, the Custom Shop can make your ideal electric guitar, acoustic/electric guitar or bass, perfectly suited for you and your gig. Kiesel Custom Shop guitars and basses are covered by a 5-year limited warranty, and come with a no-risk 10-day in home trial period, so you can give your new instrument a real-world tryout.
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Just in time for Multiscale May, check out world-renown prog guitarist and Kiesel Guitars signature artist Chris Letchford playing his CL7 headless multiscale guitar on this play-through video for his new song “Royal Orphan”, from his band Scale the Summit’s upcoming May 19th release, In a World of Fear. This video not only shows Chris’ amazing playing technique, but also demonstrates the wide range of tones the CL Signature Series guitars are capable of.
Kiesel Guitars multiscale instruments are available in six-string, seven-string and eight-string neck-through, bolt-on neck and headless configurations, as well as 4 and 5-string bolt-neck multiscale basses. Standard passive Kiesel Lithium pickups (guitars) and Kiesel Radium pickups (basses), Hipshot™ solo saddles, and a huge assortment of body & neck woods, fingerboard woods, inlays, fretwire and other USA Custom Shop options allow you to create the instrument you want, versus the one the retailer has on the shelf, and during Multiscale May, you can save more, on top of our factory-direct pricing. Check out all of Kiesel Guitars’ multiscale instruments, and let us build your next masterpiece.
Check out KieselGuitars.com during Multiscale May to design and order your new made in the USA Custom Shop multiscale guitar or bass, and be sure and follow Kiesel Guitars on Facebook and Instagram to see more examples of our Custom Shop instruments, as well as lots of other photos and Custom Shop news and information. Then check out more of Chris Letchford and Scale the Summit’s music at his personal website, ChrisLetchford.com, and pre-order In a World of Fearright here!