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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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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