New for 2017: Amos Williams AW5 5-String Headless Bass

Kiesel Amos Williams AW5 5-String Headless BassKiesel Guitars has teamed up with TesseracT bassist Amos Williams to design and build the Vader AW5 Amos Williams Signature headless bass. Amos is well known, especially in prog circles, and in his native UK, having toured extensively with the band in support of their 2015 release, Polaris. Amos is particularly noted for his unique slapping/thumb technique, and the AW5 was designed with his playing style in mind.

This 5-string bass is similar to the Vader VB5, but with a few notable differences, including a 34″ scale 23-fret fingerboard (removing the 24th fret to accommodate Amos’ playing style), and a single high output HB series humbucker. Like other Vader headless basses, the AW5 Signature headless bass is constructed from premium woods, not composites, so its tone isn’t a radical departure from our traditional models. The AW5 headless bass is made in the USA, and loaded with features, along with having Kiesel Guitars full compliment of Custom Shop options available. It’s boutique instrument, without the boutique price, because Kiesel Guitars sells directly to you. You can build your AW5 5-string bass exactly the way you want it, and be the proud owner of an instrument that will last you a lifetime.

Electronics on the AW5 consist of Kiesel Guitars’ 18V active/passive module with master volume, master tone/coil splitter and stacked concentric bass/treble cut/boost. A single HB5 alnico humbucker is positioned right in the sweet spot, producing amazing tones with loads of bottom-end punch.

The AW5 can be fully customized by choosing from the Custom Shop’s large assortment of optional woods, finishes, fingerboard, inlays and more. No matter what your playing style or personal design aesthetic is, Kiesel Guitars can build an instrument for you that will be a joy to play.

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New for 2017: Chris Letchford Signature Series Multiscale Headless Guitars

Chris Letchford Signature Series Headless Multiscale GuitarsHighly regarded progressive guitarist Chris Letchford has been part of the Kiesel family since last year, using the Vader VM7 multiscale guitars as one of his primary instruments. And now, the Custom Shop is very excited to debut the new Chris Letchford Signature Series headless multiscale guitars. Jeff Kiesel worked closely with Chris to design his ultimate instrument, and the CL6, CL7 and CL8 are the result of their teamwork.

The CL Series guitars have a body that’s closer in size and shape to a standard guitar, versus the much more compact Vader Series. There are other appointments specific to the CL Series; most notably, set-through neck construction. The set-through neck design has a smooth neck heel, allowing easy access high on the fingerboard, and offers the warm, rich tones of a traditional set-neck instrument with the great access of a neck-thru shaved heel. This is Kiesel Guitars’ first set-through neck design, and Jeff Kiesel spent a considerable amount of R & D time to make sure it’s perfect.

Other features include a thinner, chambered mahogany body with plain maple top, and a new control layout consisting of master volume and tone, with 3-way mini pickup selector, and mini coil splitter. Angled direct-mount Kiesel Lithium humbuckers are standard, and we’re also pleased to offer optional Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentient pickups; another first for the Custom Shop.

You can order your new Chris Letchford Series headless multiscale guitar by choosing from our huge selection of Custom Shop options, including body, neck and fingerboard woods, finishes, inlays and much more. No matter what your playing style are personal tastes are, Kiesel Guitars can build a CL Series guitar perfectly suited for you.

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New for 2017: Vanquish Series Standard & Multiscale Guitars

vanquish-guitar-trioAfter many requests from our customers, the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop is excited to offer a guitar version of our popular Vanquish Series basses. Vanquish Series guitars are available in 6 and 7 string standard-scale configurations, and 6, 7 and 8 string multiscale models. Vanquish guitars are modern, with sleek and stylish design cues, and have a 24-fret, bolt-on neck in standard or multiscale configurations. The body is more compact than the Aries Series, but larger than the Vader Series, with body styling and contouring that make it very comfortable to play. Our new 2 X 4, 2 X 5 and 3 X 5 headstocks, which will also be offered on other models, add to the compactness of the instrument, and help alleviate neck dive. Hipshot bridges are standard, and the standard-scale models can also be ordered with a Floyd Rose tremolo or our new Kiesel-designed Hipshot tremolo.

You can order your new Vanquish Series guitar by choosing from our huge selection of Custom Shop options, including body, neck and fingerboard woods, finishes, inlays and much more. No matter what your playing style are personal tastes are, Kiesel Guitars can build a Vanquish guitar perfectly suited for you.

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New Custom Shop Finishes for 2017; Luminlay Super Blue Side Dots Now Standard

newfinishes2017The Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop is excited to announce several new finish options for 2017! There are 4 new, no charge solid finishes: British Racing Green (far left), Blood Red (left, center), Light Blue and Light Pink. These finishes can be used in conjunction with any non-figured top wood, and can be topped with matte satin clear coat or high gloss. We’ve also added Grape Jelly Metallic (near right) to our list of optional metallic solid finishes. Like our other new finishes, this new metallic finish can be used on any non-figured wood.

Kiesel Guitars offers dozens of finishes on our guitars and basses, ranging from our standard no charge solid finishes, to optional metallic, translucent, Color Shift, flamed and quilted finishes. No matter how your tastes run, the Custom Shop has a finish that will suit you.

In addition, effective January 1st 2017, our Luminlay Super Blue side dots are now standard equipment on every neck we make. Custom Shop guitars and basses, kits and replacement necks will all now be equipped with these glow-in-the-dark side position markers. We use the side dots with a black ring, so they are visible even on maple fingerboards. Luminlay side dots are ideal for dark stages, and dimly-lit studios, making it easy to find your place on the fingerboard. Order your new Kiesel Custom Shop guitar of bass today, and see for yourself!

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Kiesel Custom Shop Adds Tremolo Option for Vader Headless Guitars; Updates to Holdsworth Headless Model

v6x-vertBig news from the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop! In response to overwhelming requests from our customers, we’ve added a new tremolo option for Vader 6, 7 and 8 string guitars. Jeff Kiesel worked extensively with Hipshot to develop the Hipshot/Kiesel Tremolo System, and we’re excited to offer this now, in advance of the official NAMM debut next month.

This new tremolo system has been many months in development, and was designed specifically with the Vader Series guitars in mind. It’s a complete floating tremolo system, and use standard, single-ball end strings – no pricey double-ball end strings required.

The Hipshot/Kiesel Tremolo System is available on 25.5″ scale 6 and 7 string Vaders, as well as the 27″ scale V8. Because of the compatibility with the 25.5″ scale, this will now be the standard scale on the V6 and V7, with the 27″ scale optional (but not available in conjunction with the new tremolo, except on the V8).

We’ve also updated the Allan Holdsworth Signature Headless HH2 model to use the same Hipshot bridge as on the Vaders, or the new Hipshot/Kiesel Tremolo System. The original JCustom bridge/tremolo used on the HH2 has been retired. Allan came to visit the new Escondido factory, and tried out a Vader with the new tremolo, and decided he wanted that on his signature model. Allan said, “The latest version of the Headless, I believe is the most flexible and versatile guitars to date. The new vibrato set up has beautiful sustain and superior pitch return along with an improved tone.” With this change, the HH2 will use the same Kiesel headpiece as the Vader, with a Graphtech nut. Additionally, the Holdsworth HH2 now has a standard solid alder body, with chambering optional.

We’re really excited to be able to offer this new tremolo system to our players who’ve been wanting a Vader, but also needed a tremolo, and for a limited time, we’re offering the new Hipshot/Kiesel Tremolo System at a special introductory price. So, if you’ve been thinking about a Vader or a Holdsworth Headless, now is the time to order, before the NAMM rush.

From everyone at the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop, we hope you’re having a happy, safe and fun holiday weekend, and as always, thanks for your continuing support!

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New Vanquish Multiscale 4 and 5 String Bass Guitars

vm59kKiesel Guitars is excited to announce the new Vanquish VM49K 4-string and VM59K 5-string multiscale basses! The Vanquish VM49K and VM59K multiscales are the Custom Shop’s first multiscale bass instruments, and were created in response to many customer requests following the introduction of the very successful Aries, Vader, DCM and 70th Anniversary multiscale guitars. The advantage of a multiscale bass over a traditional instrument is that the lower strings have a greater string tension thanks to the longer 35.5" (VM49K) and 36″ (VM59K) scale lengths found on that side of the fretboard, while allowing faster playing on the treble side, which has a more traditional 34″ 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. Therefore, the VM49K and VM59K combines the best qualities of an extended-scale instrument with the qualities of a standard-scale bass, and will allow you to take your playing in an entirely new direction.

The VM49K and VM59K share many features with the other Vanquish Series basses, including an alder body with Eastern hardrock maple neck, ebony fingerboard, Kiesel Radium radiused-top humbuckers, and 18V active/passive electronics. As on all Kiesel Guitars instruments, you can choose from a wide selection of Custom Shop options, including body and neck woods; exotic top woods; standard solid and optional translucent, flamed and quilted finishes; fingerboard woods; inlays, hardware finish and much more.

For a limited introductory time, we're offering the VM49K and VM59K with an additional $100 discount – this won't last, though, so get yours ordered today!

Order your new Vanquish VM49K or VM59K bass, and see why guitarists have been raving about Kiesel Guitars' multiscale instruments. No matter what your playing style, genre, or personal tastes are, the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop can build you a bass that you'll be thrilled to play and own, all in about 10 weeks, and at a direct price that simply cannot be beat. If you've been thinking about a new guitar or bass, we encourage you to check out the many examples of the instruments we've built on our official Facebook or Instagram pages, and visit KieselGuitars.com or call us at (858) GUITARS to design and order your dream instrument.

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Ebony Fingerboards Now Standard on all Kiesel Guitar and Bass Models

ebonyThe Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop is excited to announce that effective December 1st 2016, ebony fingerboards will be standard on all Custom Shop models, including replacement necks and guitar & bass kits. Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars has famously used more expensive ebony as our standard fingerboard wood on most models since the 1970s, and we’re pleased to make this the standard wood on everything from this point forward.

Ebony is an extremely dense, hard wood ideally suited for use in fingerboards for it’s durability and longevity. It’s a highly articulate wood, providing extremely good high-end on guitars and punch on basses, while being easy to play for extended periods due to its smoothness. Due to its strength, ebony fingerboards can also contribute to the overall rigidity of a guitar or bass neck.

Because of its hardness, ebony is generally more difficult to work with during the construction of an instrument, and it’s also considerably more expensive than most other fingerboard woods, which is why many manufacturers don’t use it, especially as a standard wood. However, after many years of experience building guitars and basses with ebony fingerboards, the Custom Shop has made the decision to offer this superior wood as a standard feature on all our instruments.

We have several varieties of ebony available. In addition to our standard ebony, which is mostly black and may have some color variation, we offer our EFB black ebony fingerboard, which is hand-selected to have the least amount of color variation. If you prefer a fingerboard with a great deal of character, check out our REF royal ebony fingerboard, which has similar qualities as our black ebony fingerboards, but is very colorful, with grain patterns varying from light to dark brown to black. Unlike many manufacturers, the Custom Shop does not dye or stain our ebony wood – what you’ll get is the natural wood pattern and color on your ebony fingerboard.

Whether you choose ebony, royal ebony or our other fingerboard options such as flamed maple, zebrawood, or our exclusive Kiesel Treated Fingerboards, the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop can build you a guitar or bass that you’ll be thrilled to play and own, all in about 10 weeks, and at a direct price that simply cannot be beat. If you've been thinking about a new guitar or bass, we encourage you to check out the many examples of the instruments we've built on our official Facebook or Instagram pages, and visit KieselGuitars.com or call us at (858) GUITARS to design and order your dream instrument.

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Kiesel Guitars Aries Series Guitar Run

ariesrunKiesel Guitars is excited to announce a Limited Aries Series Run! These special runs allow us to offer amazing Kiesel Guitars instruments with killer special package pricing, but only for a limited time. Past runs have been very popular, and have allowed Kiesel Guitars players to order cool and unique instruments, loaded with options, at great prices. Don't miss out on this limited run of our popular Aries Series guitars!

All Aries Series models are available under this special run, including 6, 7 and 8 string models in standard and multiscale configurations. Comes standard with a Hipshot hardtail bridge, or an optional Floyd Rose tremolo on the standard-scale models.

Kiesel Guitars has set up a Facebook group specifically for this limited run – click here for complete details about this special offer, including pricing and option packages. By joining the group, you're not committed to anything; this just allows you to get all the details for this run. If you're not on Facebook, feel free to call our sales staff at (858) GUITARS. This offer is not available online; once you've decided on which model you want, give our sales staff a call to place your order. We're taking orders beginning Wednesday, November 16th at 9:00 AM. And this is a limited run, so don't delay!

Check out all the Aries Series models from the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop today. No matter how your tastes or budget run, we can build you a guitar that you'll absolutely fall in love with! The USA Custom Shop can also work with you on special one-off options – check out our Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the custom work we've done.

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So long, San Diego…hello, Escondido!

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After 20 years in San Diego, Kiesel Guitars is excited to have relocated north to Escondido, California! This move has been in the works for almost two years, and we’re thrilled to have our new, state-of-the-art facility up and running.

If you’re in the Escondido area, be sure to swing by and check out the new Showroom, where you’ll find plenty of Kiesel guitars and basses to try out and purchase. We’re located at:

2015 Aldergrove Avenue
Escondido CA 92029

Phone numbers, email addresses, etc remain the same.

Follow us on Facebook, as well, for news and information about our new facility. As always, thanks to all our layers and fans for the continued support!

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Chris Letchford Joins Kiesel Guitars

Kiesel Guitars is very excited to welcome noted instrumental progressive guitarist Chris Letchford to our family of endorsers and artists. Chris is well known in guitar circles, having attended both Berklee College of Music, as well as Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He's released numerous instructional books/DVDs, has been featured in many national and international guitar magazines, and tours full-time with his band Scale the Summit, who have opened for prog legends such as YES and Dream Theater. Chris recently recorded his first solo release, LIGHTBOX, and is currently writing and recording the follow-up album.

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Chris’s primary instrument is the Kiesel Vader Series VM7 Multiscale Headless Guitar. The Custom Shop built a special VM7 to Chris's specifications, with a unique gold metallic finish, flamed maple fingerboard and custom gold hardware. Chris says: “I tried a Vader and fell in love with it, so I’m very proud to announce that I am now an exclusive Kiesel Guitars artist! Introducing the ‘Gold Digger’!”

To commemorate Chris joining the Kiesel family, the Custom Shop is offering a limited number of ‘Gold Digger’ Vader Multiscale Guitars in 6, 7 or 8-string variants for purchase. These will be identical to Chris's, loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups, gold metallic finish, gold hardware and flamed maple fingerboard with offset dot inlays. Call the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop at (858) GUITARS for more information or to reserve yours.

Visit ChrisLetchford.com for tour information, videos, and other information. Welcome aboard, Chris!

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