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.

Chris Letchford

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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Kiesel Guitars Supports the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust

Did you know that a portion of the proceeds from every Kiesel/Carvin Jason Becker Tribute instrument goes to the Jason Becker Special Needs Trust? This trust was established to help Jason with his significant medical and living expenses, and Kiesel Guitars is proud to do our part to help this amazing artist and our good friend. To continue to support Jason, during the entire month of July, Kiesel Guitars will donate an additional $100 of every Jason Becker Tribute instrument sold to the Trust.

Kiesel Carvin Jason Becker Tribute Guitars

In addition, you can now get a Kiesel logo on any Jason Becker guitar, including a multicolored logo on the JB24. We’ve also added solid colors to the JB24, including Jet Black, White White, Grabber Blue, Kiesel Racing Green, McLaren Yellow, Ferrari Red and our new Hot Pink.

If you’ve been thinking about a new Kiesel/Carvin Jason Becker guitar, now is the time to order, and on behalf of Jason and everyone at Kiesel Guitars, thanks very much for your continued support!

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Kiesel Multiscale Guitars

Multiscale fanned-fret instruments have been around for quite some time, and the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop performed extensive R & D in creating our multiscale guitars. The advantage of a multiscale fanned-fret instrument over a traditional instrument is that the lower baritone strings have a greater string tension thanks to the longer scale length found on that side of the fretboard, while allowing faster playing on the treble side, which has a more traditional 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. Kiesel Guitars offers a variety of multiscale fanned-fret guitars, in six-string, seven-string and eight-string neck-through, bolt-on neck and headless configurations. Standard passive Kiesel Lithium pickups, Hipshot™ solo saddles, and a huge assortment of body & neck woods, fingerboard woods, inlays, fretwire and other USA Custom Shop options allow you to create the instrument you want, versus the one the retailer has on the shelf, and thanks to our factory-direct pricing, you’ll pay less. Check out all of Kiesel Guitars’ multiscale instruments, and let us build your next masterpiece.

Kiesel Multiscale Fanned Fret Guitars

Aries Series multiscale guitars are bolt-on neck instruments, with a standard alder body and maple neck. The neck heel is sculpted for easy playing high on the fingerboard, and the neck is attached to the body with 4 bolts in ferrules versus a metal neck plate to reduce weight and further improve playability. Loaded with passive Kiesel Lithium humbuckers, the Aries multiscale guitars are available in 6, 7 and 8 string versions, as well as non-multiscale variants.

Vader Series headless multiscale guitars are ultra-compact, lightweight, and aggressively designed. At only about 31″ long, Vader guitars are ideal are travel guitars or for use on crowded stages or in crowded studios. Despite their small size, each neck-through Vader multiscale has a full-sized fingerboard, with similar dimensions are our other multiscale instruments. Like the Aries, Vader multiscale guitars are available in 6, 7 and 8 string versions, as well as non-multiscale versions, as well as standard and short-scale bass models.

The DCM Series are our newest multiscale instruments, and are based on the long-running DC guitars. These neck-through instruments have a standard alder body and maple neck, and are available with a full compliment of Kiesel Custom Shop options. The DCM Series are offered in 6, 7 and 8 string versions.

Kiesel 70th Anniversary K-Series multiscale guitars are our flagship instruments, and are available with many premium features and options not found on other Kiesel Custom Shop guitars. Because of the level of customization available on these models, K-Series guitars are only available by calling Kiesel Guitars at (858) GUITARS.

Kiesel 70th Anniversary Multiscale Guitars

All Kiesel Custom Shop guitars are made in the USA at our southern California facility, and are covered by a 5-year warranty and 10-day, no risk in-home trial period. Design and order your new Kiesel instrument today, and discover the best-kept secret in the music business!

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New Multiscale DCM Series Guitars

Kiesel Guitars DCM Series Multiscale Guitars

With the success of Kiesel Guitars multiscale Aries, Vader and 70th Anniversary K-Series guitars, and in response to numerous customer requests, the Custom Shop is excited to debut the new DCM Series multiscale fanned-fret guitars. These instruments are based on the popular DC600, DC700 and DC800 neck-through guitars, with our acclaimed multiscale fingerboard. The DCM Series is built in the USA, and are instruments that you’ll be proud to play and own for years to come.

All three models feature an alder body and maple neck, with an ebony fingerboard and white pearl staggered offset dot inlays. The DCM6 and DCM7 have a standard 3 X 3 and 3 X 4 pointed headstock respectively (with reverse inline headstocks optional), and the DCM8 has a 4 X 4 pointed headstock. Fully-adjustable Hipshot™ solo saddles allow perfect intonation, and the strings-through-body design improves resonance and sustain.

Direct-mount Kiesel Lithium humbuckers and passive electronics are standard. These pickups are custom wound with vintage plain enamel wire that brings out the harmonically rich tone and sustain of the guitar. Standard controls consist of master volume control, master tone control, and a 5-way pickup selector.

Like all Kiesel Custom Shop guitars and basses, you can choose from a whole host of options, including body, neck and top woods, including 5-piece and our new 7-piece necks; solid, translucent and deep finishes; fingerboard woods; inlays and more.

Additionally, the Custom Shop has added a new beveled body edge option (code: BV) on DC Series guitars; the DC600, DC700, DC7X and DC800, as well as the new DCM Series guitars. The beveled body edges look the same as the body edges on the Vader Series headless guitars and 70th Anniversary K-Series guitars. Best of all, right now, we're offering this as a FREE, no-charge upgrade!

Visit KieselGuitars.com today, and design your new 6, 7 or 8 string DCM Series multiscale guitar. The 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. From the understated to the completely over-the-top, the skilled artists of the Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop can build your ultimate DCM Series guitar.

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New Color Shift Finishes & 7-Piece Necks

Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop Color Shift Finishes

The Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop has added some exciting new options you can add to your new guitar or bass.

First up, new color-shifting finishes. These cool finishes actually change color, depending on how light is hitting them, making them really stand out on stage. There are two finishes to choose from: Green to Gold Color Shift (code PSGG; shown at far left), which shifts from green to gold. The other is Blue to Purple Color Shift (PSBP; near left), which shifts from purple to blue. These finishes look especially good on beveled models, like out Aries and Vader Series guitars.

Additionally, we’ve added two 7-piece neck options that were previously only available on Kiesel Special Editions and 70th Anniversary K-Series Guitars. These are 7-Piece Maple-Walnut-Mahogany-Maple (7MWH), and 7-Piece Walnut-Purpleheart-Maple-Walnut (7WPM). Both of these new necks will enhance the looks of any instruments, and these in particular will really dress up your new guitar or bass.

Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop 7-Piece Necks

Whether your new guitar or bass is dressed up with our new finishes and necks, or you choose something more conservative, a Kiesel Guitars Custom Shop guitar or bass is the highest-quality, made in the USA instrument you can own. All Carvin and Kiesel instruments are made by our skilled craftsmen at our southern California facility from premium quality materials, with the highest possible tolerances and unsurpassed attention to detail.

Visit KieselGuitars.com today, and check out all our guitar and bass models. Made in the USA quality, the highest quality components and unbeatable direct prices make these the best instruments available on the market today – order yours and see for yourself! The 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.

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Vanquish Basses Rebadged Under the Kiesel Brand with an Improved Neck Heel

Kiesel Vanquish BassesIn addition to the recently rebadged California Carved Top models, Vanquish Series basses now also carry the Kiesel headstock logo standard. Like other Kiesel models, you can choose white or black logos at no charge, or optional gold metallic, silver, and even add a drop shadow on any available logo.

Additionally, the neck heel on all Vanquish basses as been modified to be more like the Aries Series guitars. The metal neck plate is gone; replaced with recessed bolts, which shave a small amount of weight off, as well as make our sculpted neck heel even more comfortable to play. Vanquish basses will still have 5 bolts, ensure a strong, stable neck joint.

The Vanquish Series are Kiesel Guitars premiere bolt-neck bass models, with a unique style, amazing tone from our radiused Radium humbucker pickups, and options that allow you to design your new Vanquish to be perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Whether you choose a V49K 4-string, V59K 5-string, V69K 6-string, or our Roy Vogt Signature RV69K 6-string, you’ll love everything about your new Vanquish Series bass. All Kiesel instruments are made by our skilled craftsmen at our southern California Custom Shop from premium quality materials, with the highest possible tolerances and unsurpassed attention to detail.

Visit KieselGuitars.com today, and check out all the Carvin and Kiesel guitars and basses. Made in the USA quality, the highest quality components and unbeatable direct prices make these the best instruments available on the market today – order yours and see for yourself!

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All Carved Top Models Rebadged Under the Kiesel Brand

Kiesel Carved Top GuitarsEffective May 1st, 2016, all Carvin Guitars California Carved Top models will carry the Kiesel headstock logo standard. This is part of the ongoing transition from the old Carvin name to the new Kiesel Guitars brand. This includes all CT and CS models, as well as the SH550 and SH575 semi-hollow carved top models.

Additionally, all solidbody Carved Top models will now have Kiesel Lithium pickups standard, and Lithiums will be offered on any instrument that features our Classic Series or other humbuckers. Lithium pickups have proven to be hugely popular with players as well as the industry, and we feel like these pickups will give you the tone your looking for on your new Carved Top guitar.

Lastly, the CT74 is being re-named as the CT73, to be consistent with the 6-string carved top models. It will have no top wood, but optional top woods like plain koa, plain walnut, maple and ash can be added. Both the CT7 and the CT73 will now have a mahogany neck and body standard, also to bring these guitars in line with the 6-string models. The CT7 comes with a 4A flamed maple top standard, and can be upgraded with 4A quilted maple, flamed koa, figured California Claro walnut, zebrawood, or other exotic top woods.

Whether your new guitar is a Carvin-badged or Kiesel-badged model, you’ll be getting the highest-quality, made in the USA instrument you can own. All Carvin and Kiesel instruments are made by our skilled craftsmen at our southern California facility from premium quality materials, with the highest possible tolerances and unsurpassed attention to detail.

Visit KieselGuitars.com today, and check out all the Carvin and Kiesel guitars and basses. Made in the USA quality, the highest quality components and unbeatable direct prices make these the best instruments available on the market today – order yours and see for yourself!

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