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!

Read More: Kiesel Guitars Color and Wood Guide

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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!

Read More:Kiesel Vader Series Guitars, Kiesel Allan Holdsworth Series Guitars

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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.

Read More: Kiesel Aries Series Guitars, Aries Series Run Facebook Group

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Kiesel Guitars Teams Up With Progressive Leasing to Offer No-Credit-Needed Financing

Kiesel Guitars is excited to team up with Progressive Leasing to offer you no-credit-needed financing on your new Custom Shop Instrument!

How does it work?

Apply online and get an answer in a matter of minutes, and when you’re approved, call us at (858) GUITARS and order your new Instrument! Since our Custom Shop takes 6-9 weeks to build your Custom Instrument it will give you time to start saving to make those payments.

To take full advantage of the 90 day interest free program:

Make the first 25% payment once the instrument arrives to your door; the second 25% payment within 30 days after that; the third 25% payment within 60 days and the final 25% payment within 90 days of receiving your Custom Instrument. If you do it this way it will only cost you the price of the instrument plus $70.00 for the application and processing fee. If you can’t pay it off within 90 days you have up to 1 year from the time you receive your instrument.

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Best of all, most people qualify! The basic requirements are:

– USA resident, at least 18 years old.
– Employed by the same employer for six months.
– Earn $1000 per month and deposit at least $1,000 per month into your checking account.
– Active checking account open for at least three months.
– No non-sufficient funds/excessive overdrafts in the last 30 days.

If those all apply to you, then in most cases, you’ll be approved! Just complete the online application, and Progressive will give you your new account information and credit limit. Then call Kiesel Guitars, and let our Custom Shop sales staff help you design your new instrument. In as little as 8 – 10 weeks, you’ll be playing your new Kiesel guitar or bass!

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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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The Gear Gods Review the Kiesel Vader VM6 Multiscale Headless Guitar

Check out the new video review of the Kiesel Vader VM6 Multiscale Headless guitar from the Gear Gods! Trey Xavier puts the VM6 through its paces, and gives a thorough demonstration of the wide variety of tonal capabilities of this guitar, as well as hits on all the design specifics. Like all Gear Gods videos, this review is slickly produced, with great audio allowing you to hear what the Vader Series is capable of.

The Vader Series multiscale guitars are available in 6, 7 and 8 string version; The VM6, VM7 and VM8. The VM6 has a 25.5″ – 26.5″ scale length; the VM7 has a 25.5″ – 27″ scale length; and the VM8 has a 26″ – 27.5″ scale length. Staggered offset dots, staggered offset dots with the 12th fret “K” logo inlay or the 12th fret “K” logo inlay by itself are available; or if your not a fan of inlays, you can opt for no inlays. All other Vader options are available, including a chambered body; exotic top, body and neck woods; and our complete selection of standard solid finishes, optional translucent, metallic & color-shift finishes, and deep finishes for flamed and quilted maple tops. Kiesel Lithium pickups provide all the tone you'll need, and a Hipshot bridge with Kiesel's proprietary headless multiscale headpiece keep you in tune, and allow the use of standard, single ball end strings. The Custom Shop also offers a wide assortment of other multiscale instruments, including our bolt-neck Aries Series, neck-through DCM Series, and our ultimate 70th Anniversary K-Series.

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Flat Rate Worldwide Shipping

Flat Rate Worldwide Shipping
Kiesel Guitars had such a huge positive response to our recent flat-rate shipping offer, we’ve decided to offer it again for a limited time! That’s flat-rate standard shipping WORLDWIDE on all Kiesel gear, so whether you’re in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada or anywhere else in the world, you’ll only pay the continental USA shipping rate, which means big savings, especially for our global customers. If you’re outside the continental USA, there’s never been a better time to order your new Kiesel guitar, bass or other gear.

Head over to KieselGuitars.com now, and design your new Custom Shop guitar or bass, or check out our awesome selection of ready-to-ship Guitars-in-Stock. Don’t delay, though – this special offer won’t last long. So, if you missed the opportunity to take advantage flat-rate worldwide shipping over the July 4th holiday, here’s your second chance to score a great deal from the Kiesel Guitars USA Custom Shop!

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