Kiesel Guitars Puts the “Custom” in “Custom Shop”

Kiesel Guitars Custom ShopYou 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

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How to Clean Maple Guitar Fingerboards with Jeff Kiesel

How to Clean Maple Guitar Fingerboards

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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Chris Letchford CL7 Play-Through Video

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.

The Chris Letchford Signature Series Guitars are just one of the series we’re offering special deals on during Multiscale May. We’re offering an additional $100 discount on all multiscale instruments: Vader Series, Aries Series, Solo Series, DCM Series, Vanquish Series guitars, even Kiesel 70th Anniversary K-Series and Vanquish Series basses! This is a limited-time offer, so don't delay in designing and ordering your new Kiesel Guitars multiscale instrument. All multiscale Guitars-in-Stock are also on special!

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.

In a World of FearCheck 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 Fear right here!

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Multiscale May!

Kiesel Guitars Multiscale MayThe month of May is not just another stop on the calendar on the way to summer, it’s Multiscale May with Kiesel Guitars! For a limited time in May, we're offering an additional $100 discount on all multiscale instruments: Vader Series, Aries Series, Solo Series, DCM Series, Chris Letchford Signature Series, Vanquish Series guitars, even Kiesel 70th Anniversary K-Series and Vanquish Series basses!

If you’ve been thinking of trying a multiscale instrument, now is the time to act! Multiscale fanned-fret instruments have been around for quite some time, and the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop performed extensive R & D in creating our multiscale guitars. The advantage of a multiscale fanned-fret instrument over a traditional instrument is that the lower baritone strings have a greater string tension thanks to the longer scale length found on that side of the fretboard, while allowing faster playing on the treble side, which has a more traditional scale. However, because of the different gauges of strings used in conjunction with the varying scale length, the lower strings will produce more defined sounds, and the entire instrument will produce more consistent tone.

Kiesel Guitars offers a variety of multiscale fanned-fret guitars, 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.

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Allan Holdsworth: 1946 – 2017

Allan Holdsworth

The entire Kiesel Guitars family is shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our great friend and legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth. Allan passed away unexpectedly on Saturday at his home in Vista, California.

Allan has been a part of the Kiesel Guitars family since 1994, when he worked with Mark Kiesel to design his innovative signature Holdsworth Series guitars, the single-pickup H1 and dual-pickup H2, which were officially launched in 1996.
Close to a dozen prototypes were designed and built over a two-year period, and the result were instruments that had a unique look, as well as the sound and playability that Allan needed for his influential playing. In 1999, the lineup was expanded with the HF2 Fatboy, which had the same basic design, with a hollow body featuring a unique twin-beam floating suspension system designed by Mark Kiesel. These guitars were instrumental in expanding Kiesel's appeal beyond mainstream rock-n-roll, into jazz and fusion circles.

Allan Holdsworth and Mark KieselIn 2012, Allan and Mark Kiesel teamed up once more to push the boundaries of guitar design with the Holdsworth Headless Series guitars, once more expanding Kiesel's area of expertise and appeal into new markets. For years, Kiesel players had been asking for a headless model, and it took Allan and Mark's combined playing and building skill to bring this to fruition, which paved the way for many popular Kiesel models, including the headless Vader Series.

Allan was more than just a musician; he was a true friend to everyone at Kiesel Guitars, often appearing at the Kiesel booth at NAMM, and at sponsored clinics and other Kiesel events. He always had time to chat with staff and customers, and contributed not only to the world of music, but to Kiesel Guitars. He will be sadly missed.

Kiesel Guitars would like to extend their most sincere condolences to Allan's family, and the millions of fans around the world that his music touched over his amazing 50-year career.

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New Kiesel Aries Series 4, 5 & 6 String Basses

New Kiesel Guitars Aries Series BasssesIn response to many requests from Kiesel Guitars players, the Custom Shop is excited to add 4, 5 and 6 string Aries Series bevel-top bolt-neck basses to our lineup of made-in-the-USA instruments. Aries Series basses are modeled after our popular Aries Series guitars, with similar aesthetics and sleek and stylish design, making for an aggressive-looking instrument that also plays and sounds amazing.

Passive electronics with Kiesel Radium humbuckers are standard, and optional active/passive electronics are available, as are other pickup options, such as our SCP split-coil neck humbucker and HB2 bridge humbucker/JVA single coil neck pickup combination. The sculpted neck heel with 5 recessed bolts makes for easy access high on the fingerboard, and contributes to the instrument’s punch and tonal definition.

Like all Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop instruments, you can choose from a complete selection of options, include body, neck, top and fingerboard woods; inlays in a variety of shapes and materials; fretwire, including standard nickel-silver and optional stainless steel and gold EVO; and much more. As on the Aries Series guitars, you can order your new Aries bass with the standard beveled body, or without the bevels, for a more traditionally-styled instrument.

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New Solo Series Standard & Multiscale Guitars

Kiesel Guitars Solo Series Standard and Multiscale GuitarsThe Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop is excited to debut our newest guitar series, the Solo Series standard and multiscale bolt-neck guitars. These guitars are based on the popular TL60 and TL70 neck-through models, but with bolt-on neck construction, and in 6, 7 and 8 string models with both standard scale and multiscale fingerboards. All models feature our new sculpted neck heel, with 4 bolt ferrules versus a more cumbersome metal neck plate.

The standard scale S6, S7 & S8 Solo models are available with a standard Hipshot™ hardtail bridge, or our new Kiesel-designed Hipshot™ tremolo. The 6 and 7-string versions are also available with a Floyd Rose tremolo. The multiscale SM6, SM7 & SM8 versions have standard Hipshot™ Solo saddles.

All models have dual Kiesel Lithium humbuckers standard, with master volume, master tone, and 5-way lever-style pickup selector. Each model has optional pickup configurations, including dual Lithium single-coils (SS), triple Lithium single coils (SSS), and single Lithium humbucker/dual Lithium single coils (HSS). All models also have the option for a center-position Lithium single coil (CAP), for use in conjunction with dual humbuckers, for an H-S-H configuration.

Like all Kiesel Custom Shop instruments, you can order your new Solo guitar with a complete host of options, including exotic body, neck and fingerboard woods, inlay shapes and materials, finishes, fretwire, and much more. You can order your Kiesel Solo to perfectly suit your personal tastes and playing style, regardless of whether you prefer understated classic looks, or something completely over-the-top.

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Kiesel-Designed Hipshot Tremolo Added to Select Custom Shop Models

jb100xThe Custom Shop has added the new Kiesel-designed Hipshot™ tremolo as an available option to a number of Custom Shop models. This new tremolo replaces the Wilkinson tremolo, which is being phased out on all models. You can now order the Hipshot™ tremolo on all California Carved Top and California Single Cutaway guitar models; the DC600 and DC700 guitars; Aries Series 6 & 7 string standard-scale guitars; and the SCB6 and SCB7 guitars.

This new tremolo system was in development for many months, and we’re so pleased with just how good this tremolo is that we’re excited to offer it on more Kiesel Guitars USA models. Give the Kiesel-designed Hipshot tremolo a try – we’re sure you’ll love it just as much as we do!

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New Jason Becker Tribute JB100 Standard Guitar

Kiesel Jason Becker Tribute JB100 GuitarKiesel Guitars is excited to team up with our friend Jason Becker to offer the new Jason Becker Tribute JB100 electric guitar, which is modeled after one of the Carvin guitars Jason played in the late 1980s. The JB100 is similar in
design to our enormously popular Jason Becker JB200C, but is the first JB model to have multiple bridge choices, and features the popular 25.5" scale length. It comes with no top woods options for use in conjunction with our standard solid finishes or optional metallic solid finishes. The alder body has an aggressive forearm cut, as well as a deep belly cut, for hours of playing comfort, and the neck-through maple neck has a standard tung-oil finish and thinner profile for fast playing.

A Hipshot™ hardtail bridge with strings fed through the body is standard. You can also choose a Floyd Rose tremolo, with or without locking nut, or our new Kiesel-designed Hipshot tremolo. Direct-mount Kiesel Lithium humbuckers are standard, and passive electronics consist of a master volume and tone control,
with a 5-way level-style pickup selector, allowing for a wide range of tonal possibilities suited for any playing style. The Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn bridge humbucker is also available.

You can outfit your new JB100 with our extensive collection of Custom Shop options, including body, neck and fingerboard woods; inlays and fretwire; finishes and much more. The JB100 is made in the USA at our Escondido, California Custom Shop.

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New for 2017: Greg Howe Signature GH3 Classic 24-Fret Bolt-Neck Guitar

Kiesel Greg Howe GH3 Class GuitarThe new Greg Howe GH3 Signature Classic 24-fret bolt-neck guitar is our second model with Greg, and the Custom Shop is pleased to offer this new take on our long-running Bolt guitar. While the GH3 is based on the Bolt, it has the upgrades that Greg requested; specifically, a 24-fret neck, and available Seymour Duncan Little ’59 mini-humbucker bridge pickup – another Kiesel first. Our popular S60A Alnico single coil pickups are standard, and Kiesel Lithium single coils are also available, both in an S-S-S configuration.

Other features of the GH3 include an alder body with tung-oiled maple neck, ebony fingerboard with white pearl dot inlays, and a Hipshot hardtail bridge. Our Vintage tremolo is available, as is a Floyd Rose tremolo, with or without locking nut. You can choose from a complete selection of Custom Shop options, including body, top, neck and fingerboard woods; standard solid and optional translucent or metallic finishes, hardware and pickguard colors and much more. No matter what your playing style or personal tastes are, the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop can build you a guitar that you’ll simply love.

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