My Kiesel/Carvin "Scarlet" NGD. Everything in and many pics.

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  1. mbardu

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    This has been a loong time coming... but has been worth it :shock:

    A number of those options, I had been asking for a few years, but always got negative replies...at least during the 'Carvin' era. Now that Kiesel/Carving guitars is here, the folks down there in San Diego seem to have much more freedom, which is amazing, and meant that I got the 'yes' back in February for my 'over the top' DC600.

    It would start almost normal if you looked at it from the front... I had not really seen other red denims at the time I ordered, so it was a shot in the dark... but there have been a couple on simpler builds since.

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    Not to mention the plain satin matte black (which is there for a reason).

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    It starts to get a bit more special once you start to look at it from the side.
    Yep that's a dark red binding on the body. The black satin is here to make that pop!

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    On top of that you'll notice that on the other side, there are actually a few things different in terms of electronics and outputs. And indeed that's the first Midi-Floyd Carvin out there. I had been looking for that for soo long! :ninja: I think there's another - albeit fixed bridge solid body midi out there. it's doable!

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    Oh but back to the cosmetics...if you take one last look from the side and look up, you'll see that the neck binding matches the body binding. This is possible thanks to the black treatment on maple, paired with the side fretboard stain. I bothered Chris and Jeff to get this one done, and they delivered! They did tell me in person that it was pretty hard to get it right though, so not sure that they'll make it a regular thing (well there's at least one more guitar after this one that will has it but it's up in the air for the future). The side effect of that extra work (having to make the side of the fretboard smoother than smooth to allow for the stain) is that the neck feels even slightly better than on my other Satin DC600.

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    No surprises in terms of playability.
    I love the DC600s and the satin finish feel.
    One funny thing ... I was not convinced by the Kiesel pickups in my V6, but for some reason they sound pretty good in this guitar. Even the neck pickup. A lot of body and warmth, with no sacrifice on fundamentals in favor of harmonics. I'm not sure the magnetic pickups go through the active preamps here..so the difference is probably down to the individual pickup ...or maybe the dryness of the woods :?: . Or maybe the removal of one pot (since I went with Volume only for the magnetic pickups). In any case I'm happy here too, and although I'll be changing the pickups out from the Vader - not so from this one.

    The midi tracking and piezo (with tone controls) are both excellent.
    This guitar can basically do it all, and is exactly as I had envisioned :)

    I was very lucky to get to pickup the guitar in person fro the folks down there as well...and it was an amazing experience! More on that later.

    For now, I guess that's about it so time for some more pictures :)

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  2. Noxon

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    Dude, that thing is ridiculous (in the best possible way). Congrats! Enjoy!!
     
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    If you described it to me in words I would think that it would be ugly, but seeing the pics it's beautiful. Nice vision regarding the design.

    I currently use a GK3 pickup with a Boss GP10. I'd love to get more information regarding the midi Floyd. I know GraphTech makes one. Is it from them and is it the same "quality" as a "regular" Floyd?
     
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    Though I'm not the OP, I'll point out that indeed it's a Graphtech floyd. I briefly owned a JTV-89F that I didn't bond with, and it performed the same as most floyds I've owned - Some strings return from divebombs a few cents off. I'm curious to know how they've worn for long-term users, though.
     
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    unique..im glad it worked out for you! Enjoy
     
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    Killer guitar, man - idea and execution. Your pics are top notch too, congrats!
     
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    Gorgeous! That's a great looking fiddle
     
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    That binding is great, in fact the whole thing is pretty great haha, hngd!
     
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    Threads like this are going a long way to ensuring my next guitar purchase is a Kiesel. HNGD indeed!!!
     
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    How much for it?
     
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    The red denim is great! And I normally don't like red :lol:
     
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    dude this looks awesome! I think this is one of the best guitars they have done. Really cool that put in a midi jack for you!
     
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    mphsc lover of fine woods

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    Shiz-ieh't
     
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    Whoa! Very very cool! I personally don't like the red romboid markers, but other that that it's very neat!

    And...blackened maple?!?! Never seen that before, it could be the best possible combination (I hate the "white" look of maple, but as a FB wood it's great)
     
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    That's really cool. Happy NGD :)
     
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    I love that binding!
     
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    Wow that's the best looking DC600 I've ever seen from Carvin/Kiesel! Stunner. You were not kidding with going all out. The color is gorgeous, and I too love the binding touch; I'm keeping that one in mind! Congrats an the spectacular guitar!
     
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    SYLrules88 I play drums!

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    cant say I dig the inlays or tuners but that top is gorgeous!
     

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