ARIES MULTISCALE 7
CS CLEAR SATIN MATTE FINISH
FDQ DEEP AQUA OVER FLAME
CALI CALIFORNIA BURST
5MW 5PC-PC LAM MPL NCK W/WNT S
THNN THINNER NECK PROFILE
FPH FLAMED MAPLE HEADSTOCK
EFB EBONY FRETBOARD, BLACK
SDL LUMINLAY SIDE DOTS
STJF STAINLESS STEEL JUMBO FRET
KLB INSTALL Lithium Bridge P.U
KLN INSTALL Lithium Neck P.U.
404 WHITE PICKUP
WL WHITE LOGO
SL STRAPLOCKS BY DUNLOP
WPB WHITE PEARLIOD TUNER BUTTO
TCP Truss Rod Cover White Perl
Also body is Alder and I had the Tone knob deleted.
Looks wise I couldn't have asked for more. This is exactly what I had in mind. They got it spot on.
I really like what they did with the bevel and the back. The paint is very translucent so you can see the grain of the wood and also they left the centre of the back of the guitar unpainted which I love.
So now on to the playability. First of all I need to say that this is my first sevenstring. Before this, the most I have played a sevenstring was for 20 minutes and that is when I tried out a Jackson Juggernaut HT7 in my local guitar shop.
So here are my intially feelings.
The neck is wonderful. I am an Ibanez player and have owned 3 or 4 Ibanez. My current six string is an RGA121 which has the prestige wizard neck which I love because I have small hands. I have owned other brands including an ESP ltd h-1001 and ltd EC1000, both of which I had to sell because I really did not like their necks after being so used to Ibanez. Basically in the past whenever I tried something other than Ibanez I always came back to Ibanez. However, I can say this is the first exception. The neck just feels right, feels extremely comfortable and doesn't feel like a sevenstring neck which was what I was initially afraid of. If you are an Ibanez player I would definitely advise you to call in for the Thinner neck option as it feels great.
The fingerboard (ebony) is extremely sleek and feels so much nicer to play on than the rosewood fretboard on my ibanez or any other rosewood fretboard I have played.
The stainless steel jumbo frets are wonderful and the edges are smooth and are well dressed/levelled. The nickle frets on my Ibanez are starting to give me some issues so I hope this will be avoided by having stainless steel frets.
The hardware is great. No issues here. I especially like the bridge which is the most comfortable bridge I have played on.
Pick ups sound good, they sound very different in all 5 positions making this a very versatile guitar. They aren't particularly high output when compared to the Aftermaths in my Ibanez so I had to put up the gain a bit on my amp. I think these pickups will really shine in a warmer wood like mahogany or black limbs since they are pretty bright.
Overall this guitar is just easy to play ticking every box in terms of playability. The fanned frets definitely help with some of the bigger stretches which I could see myself struggling with on a standard sevenstring.
Next to no negatives about this guitar.
As far as sevenstrings go, since I have played them so little I was scared that the transition would be difficult, but so far it really is no problem. The neck and the body don't feel bigger than your normal six string and this guitar is in fact lighter than my Ibanez!
I love it, and I think I made the right decision getting this over a Jackson Juggernaut since it saved me a lot of money and is definitely not an inferior guitar. Plus the top on this is better than any of the Laguna burst tops I have seen which really do not have that much figuring in my opinion.
If you are on the fence about ordering for Kiesel. Don't be they're a top notch company."
Nick Rutkowski Oakland, CA
"My first multiscale. My first Kiesel. First time spending more than $400 for a guitar. To say I was a little worried is an understatement. I've now had this guitar for about two months and I recommend Kiesel to anyone who is looking. The fan of the fretboard is very easy to adjust to. The thing that I love the most is that this is the most comfortable guitar to play. I can play this guitar for hours with out any noticeable strain or discomfort. "