The multiscale Vader VM7 is one of the most unique guitars to come out of the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop. It has a body made from alder, which is a high-quality tone wood used by many manufacturers because of it's relative light weight and and fine resonating tone. Alder has a subtle and attractive grain that looks great in any of Kiesel Guitars' many finishes, including solid colors, translucent finishes and our
metallic solid finishes. Optional chambering the body reduces the already light weight of the instrument, making the VM7 comfortable to play for hours on end. Optional body woods such as mahogany, walnut and koa are available, all of which have their own tonal characteristics. You can add exotic top woods, such as AAAA flamed maple, AAAA quilted maple, flamed koa, and California Claro walnut. All of the Custom Shop's neck and fingerboard woods undergo a long conditioning process in our de-humidification chambers to remove any stress in the wood and prevent future warping or twisting, and our woods are carefully hand-selected and inspected to ensure your new VM7 will be free of natural defects.
The neck of the VM7 is made from Eastern hardrock maple, and has a gloss finish standard. The neck-through design creates a smooth neck heel, allowing easy access high on the fingerboard. If you like, you can choose from many of the Custom Shop's optional woods for
the neck, such as koa or mahogany, as well as an optional satin or tung-oil finish on the back.
The VM7 features a 25.5" treble side, 27" bass side multiscale ebony fingerboard with a 20" radius and 24 fanned medium-jumbo stainless steel frets. You can choose from a wide assortment of
fingerboard options, including rosewood, maple, birdseye maple, flamed maple, royal ebony or zebrawood fingerboards. White pearl staggered offset dot inlays are standard (on the top side of the fingerboard above the 12th fret; on the bottom side of the fingerboard below the 12th fret), and our new "K" 12th fret inlay, colored acrylic inlays, Luminlay inlays, and, of course, no inlays are available. Kiesel Guitars also offers a number of fretwire options, including low-wide and gold EVO. The "Rapid Play" low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the lower cutaway and minimal neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret. The fully-adjustable dual action truss rod allows you to set the action exactly the way you want it. The Dual High Modulus Carbon Fiber Rods, found in all Kiesel Guitars instruments, keep the neck stable allowing you to play your guitar, not constantly adjust it.
Kiesel Proprietary Headless Multiscale Bridge made by Hipshot™
A proprietary Hipshot™ hardtail bridge with knob tuners is standard. The bridge is finished in matte black, for
classic looks and ease of care. There is a strap button on the upper horn in the normal position, and two lower strap buttons, allowing the guitar to stand safely leaned against an amp.
The VM7 comes equipped with our direct-mount Kiesel K14 Lithium passive
humbucking pickups. Standard pickup colors are black coils, with cream or white coils available. Passive electronics consist of a master volume
control, master tone control and 5-way lever-style pickup selector.
Kiesel Guitars also offers the Vader V7, which has the same features as the VM7, with a standard 27" scale fingerboard. The Aries AM7 is a more traditional multiscale guitar, with a bolt-on neck and a host of available options. Other Vader multiscale guitars are available, as well - the Multiscale Vader VM6 and Multiscale Vader VM8, which are 6 and 8 string versions of this model. Like the VM7, the VM6 and VM8 can be fully customized with Kiesel Guitars' complete selection of Custom