Free Ultimate Soft Case With Any Guitars-in-Stock Purchase

Carvin Guitars Ultimate Soft Case
Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is kicking off summer by offering a FREE Ultimate Soft Case with any Guitars-in-Stock purchase!

The Ultimate Soft Case from Carvin Guitars is a musician’s dream! Much sturdier than a gig bag, but less bulky than a traditional hardshell case. The unique semi-rigid design is lightweight, but can still support a 33 pound speaker – even when empty! The interior is heavily padded and plush to protect your instrument, and also features a large padded neck cradle. Removable padded inserts allows the case to accommodate instruments of various body widths and lengths. The exterior has a padded handle for carrying comfort, heavy-duty nylon backpack straps, and zippers than can be secured with a standard luggage padlock (not included). Two outside pouches carry all of your accessories, and are big enough for books, tablet computer, cords, straps, etc. The second pouch has a cell phone/MP3 player pocket, business card holder and pen/pencil holders.

If you’re in the southern California area, you can also take advantage of this offer on our huge selection of instruments at our San Diego showroom. Stop by and check out the walls or guitars and basses available for immediate purchase. And don’t miss out on this limited time Free Case offer – take a look at our current inventory of Custom Shop guitars and basses in stock, and kick off your summer with savings from Carvin Guitars!

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Carvin Guitars Releases X220 Reissue Guitar; New X227 7-String Guitar

Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars X220 and X227The X220 is back by popular demand! Originally introduced in 1990 and produced through 1993, the X220 was the successor to the hugely popular V220 of the 1980s. The V220 was re-issued in 2007, and since then, the Custom Shop has received many, many requests to resurrect the X220 as well. Unlike it’s 1990s predecessor, the new Kiesel-badged X220 can be built with hundreds of options that weren’t offered during it’s initial run. Standard features include an alder body with neck-through maple neck, ebony fingerboard with white dot inlays, a Hipshot™ fixed bridge and a pair of Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers. Like all Custom Shop instruments, you can order your X220 by choosing from dozens of options, including exotic woods, finishes and hardware.

But we haven’t stopped there! The Custom Shop is excited to debut our first “pointy” 7-string guitar, the X227. Modeled on the X220, this 7-string model has the aggressive looks and superior sound demanded by today’s popular genre musicians. Like the X220, the X227 is equipped with Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers, a Hipshot™ bridge, and can be outfitted with a huge selection of Custom Shop options.

No matter what your playing style is, your level of experience, or your personal tastes, Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop can build you an X220 or X227 that will become your go-to guitar, and will serve you for many years to come. And with our 10-day, in home no risk trial period and 5 year warranty, you have nothing to lose. Head over to today, and design your new X guitar!

Check out these cool new guitars right here!

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New Roy Vogt Signature RV69K Vanquish Series Bass

Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars Roy Vogt RV69K Vanquish BassKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is excited to team up with noted bassist Roy Vogt to offer the Roy Vogt RV69K 6-string signature bass, part of the Vanquish Series bolt-neck basses. Roy has been playing Custom Shop basses for a number of years, and has worked with an amazing list of artists, including Larry Coryell, Victor Wooten, Tom Scott and the LA Express, Chester Thompson, Glenn Campbell, BJ Thomas, Chet Atkins, Englebert Humperdink, Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Reed and many others, and we are excited to work with him on the development of his new signature instrument.

Like all Custom Shop guitars and basses, the RV69K is made in the USA, and is loaded with features generally only found in high-end instruments. Standard features include an alder body, 4A flamed maple top with matching headstock, 5-piece maple/walnut neck with tung-oil finish, and dual SCP split-coil pickups. New 18V active/passive electronics include a master volume/push-pull active switch, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass/treble, and stacked concentric mid with sweep. The new pickup blend circuitry eliminates volume drop-off when the pickups are blended for more consistent sound when playing.

The Roy Vogt Signature RV69K is our first bass to carry the Kiesel badge. It's a boutique instrument, however, because we sell direct to you, you don’t have to pay a boutique price for your new Custom Shop bass. With hundreds of options available, you can build your V69K exactly the way you want it, and be the proud owner of an instrument that will last you a lifetime.

Check it out right here, and be sure to visit Roy at

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Kiesel Passive Lithium Series Humbucker Pickups

Kiesel Passive Lithium Series Humbucker PickupsKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is now offering our new Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers as replacement parts. These are the same pickups that have been used in some of our popular new models, such as the DC800 and Vader. Bridge and neck models are available, in 6, 7 and 8 string configurations.

Lithium Series humbucker pickups were made for the demanding modern music where clarity, focus and articulation is needed. From standard to drop tuning, this series offers great versatility and has an excellent balance between power and clarity. Patented six point star headed (also known as Torx) adjustable pole pieces give the proper amount of mass to add the needed focus and get amazing attack. The expensive Alnico V magnets produce a rich, powerful sound with warmth that is not available from less expensive ceramic magnets. The Kiesel pickups were designed in house and are proudly made in our Southern California Custom Shop. These feature one coil loaded with adjustable pole pieces and the other coil loaded with non-adjustable slugs. Lithium Series pickups feature industry standard sizing so these are direct replacements for brands such as Duncan, Dimarzio, Bare Knuckle, and Lundgren.

The standard color is black, but white coils, cream coils and zebra coils (white/black or cream/black) arealso available. The 6-string versions can also be ordered with black or cream mounting bezels.

For a limited time, we're offering these new pickups as a free upgrade on any humbucker-equipped Custom Shop guitar that has our 22-pole pickups standard. California Carved Tops, DC neck-through models, 7-sring models – order now, and we'll install a set of our new Lithium pickups…FREE! This is a limited-time free upgrade, so get your order in soon so you don't miss out.

Check out our Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the custom guitars and basses we've been building. From the understated to the completely over-the-top, the skilled craftsmen of Carvin Guitars can build your ultimate guitar or bass, no matter what your playing style or personal style is.

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Carvin Guitars Now Selling World Wide!

Carvin Guitars Now Selling World WideKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop are excited to announce that we are now offering our full lineup of USA-made guitars, basses and accessories direct to customers world wide! Musicians globally can now build and order new Custom Shop instruments on, just like our US and Canada customers have done for years. And the best part is that international customers get the same low factory-direct pricing the US and Canadian customers have enjoyed for years.

International customers will be responsible for any applicable local VAT, duty or other taxes, and customers in China, Korea, Thailand and Japan will go through local dealers (see the dealer list in those countries here).

Everyone at Carvin Guitars is very excited to bring our world-class instruments to musicians around the globe. Find out for yourself what players in the USA have known for almost 70 years: Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop makes the absolute best guitars and basses available on the planet. Design your new instrument, and let Carvin Guitars build you your Custom Shop masterpiece today!

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New McLaren Yellow Custom Shop Finish

Carvin Guitars McLaren Yellow FinishThe Custom Shop is excited to announce a new standard solid finish, McLaren Yellow! For a number of years, players have asked us for an opaque yellow similar to what was offered in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and after testing an assortment of different yellows, we think this is the one that looks the best. It’s a bright yellow, similar to what is used on the exotic sports car it's named after.

This is a standard no-charge finish, available on any plain-top Custom Shop guitar or bass, such as the CT3M carved-top guitar and PB4 classic bass shown. Looks especially good with black hardware, and an optional Black Gloss Back finish will really carry over the sports car theme.

The Carvin Guitars Custom Shop offers dozens of finish choices, including standard solid colors, optional translucent and pearl stains along with metallic solid colors, and our exclusive deep finishes which are used on our premium flamed and quilted maple top woods. Whether you prefer traditional finishes like Jet Black, Classic White or Vintage Cream, or lean towards something more exotic like Deep Dragonburst, Deep Lava or Deep Nightburst, the Custom Shop has you covered. You can also choose high-gloss clear or matte satin clear topcoats to achieve the look you want.

In addition, the Custom Shop can also work with you on special one-off finishes – check out our Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the custom finish work we've done. From the understated to the completely over-the-top, the skilled artists of Carvin Guitars can build your ultimate guitar or bass.

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Carvin Guitars Vader Headless Takes Best In Show

Vader Best In Show
Kiesel Guitars innovative new Vader Headless Guitar took top honors at NAMM, receiving Revolver Magazine's Best of Show award! The Vader 6, 7 and 8 string headless guitars were huge hits at the NAMM Show, and everyone at Kiesel Guitars is honored to be recognized with this award.

The Vader is available with the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop's huge selection of options, including a standard 27" scale length and an optional 25.5" scale length on the V6 and V7. A chambered body option further decreases the Vader's light weight of around 6 pounds. New Kiesel passive pickups produce amazing tone, suitable for any genre or playing style. You can choose from a huge assortment of body, neck and top woods, fingerboard woods and inlays, fretwire and more, to make your Vader the ultimate guitar in your arsenal. Design yours today at

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Limitied Edition Kiesel-Designed Neil Zaza NZ624KD

Neil Zaza Kiesel-Designed NZ624KD Carved Top GuitarThe Custom Shop is excited to team up with renown melodic virtuoso guitarist Neil Zaza to offer something special: the Kiesel Designed Limited Edition Neil Zaza Signature Carved Top Guitar. The NZ624KD takes all the features of our popular NZ624 Neil Zaza California Carved Top guitar, and adds many upgraded options as standard features, including a hand-selected, highly figured burled maple top finished in yellow/orange with a "V" burst (the burst travels from the bottom of the guitar to the top, versus around the edges); exotic zebrawood fingerboard with genuine abalone block inlays and jumbo gold EVO frets; a thinner, faster neck profile with tung-oiled finish; and gold hardware. The back and sides are finished in high-gloss black. New black/white Kiesel K12 passive humbuckers with a single volume knob and 3-way selector provide a huge range of tone, suitable for any playing style or genre. A gold drop-shadow Kiesel headstock logo and white Neil Zaza truss rod cover round out the package.

The NZ624KD is a limited edition offering from Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop, so don’t miss this opportunity to add this amazing guitar to your arsenal!

You can keep up with Neil on his site, Visit to check out the Neil Zaza Signature Guitars and other instruments, and design your new Custom Shop masterpiece today.  Additionally, be sure to "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

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Craig Chaquico Wows Lake Tahoe

Craig Chaquico Signature Series CC275 Acoustic-Electric GuitarWorld renown and respected guitarist and Carvin Guitars artist Craig Chaquico performed recently at the Lake Tahoe Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, treating fans to music spanning decades of his prolific career. Craig holds the distinction of being Carvin Guitars longest-running endorser, having begun using Custom Shop guitars in the late 1970s while playing with Jefferson Starship.

After leaving Jefferson Starship in the early 90s, Craig branched out as a solo artist, focusing primarily on contemporary jazz and new age music, as featured on his Grammy® nominated 1993 release "Acoustic Highway", while continuing to use an assortment of Carvin guitars. In 2001, the Custom Shop released the Craig Chaquico Signature CC275 Acoustic/Electric guitar, which is offered in 6 and 12-string versions. This neck-through thinline A/E instrument is now the mainstay of Craig's shows and recordings, along with his Deep Red on quilted maple Bolt guitar.

Craig says: “Carvin’s unique semi-hollow body and thin profile help reduce onstage feedback and allow me to play as loud as I want or as soft as I want from bends, hammer-ons, slap, finger tapping, flat picking, fingerpicking, octaves, harmonics, direct recording, direct through a PA live, or through an amp, it’s all there!”

You can read the complete review and see more photos of Craig’s Lake Tahoe performance at, and keep up with Craig Chaquico on his site, to check out the Craig Chaquico Signature Guitars, and design your CC275 or CC275-12 today.  Additionally, be sure to "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

Craig Chaquico
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Behind the Scenes With the Jason Becker Tribute JB24 from Carvin Guitars

Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop has created a detailed video showing the craftsmanship that goes into building the JB24 Jason Becker Tribute Guitar. You can see for yourself how the Custom Shop shapes the body and neck, installs the unique multi-colored "numbers" inlays, installs the electronics and complete the setup. It's an interesting behind-the-scenes look that shows just what goes into building these exciting instruments.

The JB24 Jason Becker Tribute Guitar recreates one of Jason’s favorite instruments, and stands out in a crowd of other bolt-neck guitars. With a 25.5″, 24 fret fingerboard, the JB24 takes you where most other bolt-neck guitars can’t – plus it has an amazing list of standard features including multi-colored “numbers” inlays on a maple fingerboard, stainless steel frets, multi-colored Seymour Duncan pickups in an H-S-H configuration and premium 1-piece swamp ash body with maple neck, all tung-oiled. A multi-colored Carvin headstock logo, red buttons on Carvin locking tuners and a single orange volume knob completes the package.

Visit to design your new JB24, and "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

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