NGD: Kiesel Edition K8 - the first “Arctic"

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  1. kengtin

    kengtin SS.org Regular

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    OK folks, here it is the Kiesel Edition - K8 I had going on for the past 3 months.

    First some pics (there’s a TON):
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    Review/specs right below

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    Specs:
    Swamp Ash body w/Antique Ash Treatment
    27” scale
    Custom “reverse” burst gloss finish w/binding effect (today standardized to ‘Arctic’)
    Flamed maple top (with wide pockets)
    Flamed fretboard, color treated (blue)
    Flamed back of body and headstock, regular “black denim” finish
    Black phenolic layers between the body and tops
    5-piece maple/black limba neck (tung oiled)
    White Kiesel Lithium pickups with coil splitting
    5-way blade switch (positions 2 and 4 split the coils)
    Hipshot bridge
    Graphtech piezo
    1 vol, 1 piezo switch and 1 piezo/pickups blender knob
    Single signature MOP inlay 12th fret
    Reverse headstock
    Chrome hardware
    Pearloid Kiesel locking tuners
    Knobs with MOP inlays

    This is absolutely a stunning piece. When you come into Kiesel Edition territory, new rules apply and will be defined by Jeff himself with you on the phone

    HIGHLIGHTS

    Finish

    The amazing finish is the result of a few ideas I had. I knew I wanted a burst, blue + grey somewhere and even trans-white at some point. Jeff used his immense expertise to suggest what may or may have not worked. I ended up ditching the trans-white and decided for a “reverse” burst for a better theme with the treated fretboard, plus it looks less conventional. Jeff did an incredible job and liked the outcome so much he standardized (I think) the finish as “Arctic”.

    Construction

    A much more comfortable body contour thanks to the beveled edges and increased arm bevel. The Kiesel Editions provide the 5-layer body and headstock construction

    Pickups

    The new Lithium pickups are really good, they have a lot of output (although still not as much as the A80’s), clarity and articulation (I love the pick attack)… this will be better explained with a few video demos coming soon ;) And as I said before, they complement the tonal range of the A80’s. With coil splitting you get that “single” sound we all love (yes with the known extra noise) with excellent volume balance.

    Piezo

    Piezo, yes I went all in! This turns the guitar into a one stop shop for textures and styles. I can use the piezo alone or blend it (with a knob) with any of the pickup selections. This alone provides almost endless possibilities (unfortunately no active EQ is available for the piezo in this case).

    There’s not much more for me to say other than Iove this piece, it’s definitely the most versatile and beautiful axe I’ve owned to date. Thanks Jeff Kiesel!

    Stay tuned via my Facebook or YouTube for upcoming material of this baby in action

    https://www.facebook.com/schong.ktp
    https://www.youtube.com/c/sergiochongloo

    Cheers! |m| |m|
     
  2. TedEH

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    I haven't been much a fan of the treated/coloured boards before, but jebus this is brilliant looking. :yesway:
     
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    Shiiiiit siiiiiick! So many details... HNGD
     
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    mphsc lover of fine woods

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    Very nice. Happy NGD.
     
  5. IChuckFinleyI

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    Quality looks amazing like usual! Not really something I would buy, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm sure it sounds amazing though.
     
  6. Spicypickles

    Spicypickles 8 string Warrior

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    Definitely not my style, but as said before, that looks absolutely insane, and very quality! Enjoy her!
     
  7. bloc

    bloc tha vagina finda

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    Daaaayyyuuuum that thing looks killer but ugh that forearm contour
     
  8. Mvotre

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    yeah. Guitar looks amazing, but Carvin should start doing drop tops. :hbang:
     
  9. BrailleDecibel

    BrailleDecibel K-U-N-fusion!

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    That is one beautiful guitar! Happy NGD!
     
  10. Konfyouzd

    Konfyouzd Dread-I Master Contributor

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    ^This...

    It's what bugs me about the Vaders too...

    People say: "Just get a solid color..."

    B!tch... If I'm paying I'm gonna get what I want! And if I can't, then I'm not paying... :lol:
     
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    I really love these treated fretboards.
     
  12. ramses

    ramses Guitar/pizza regular

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    Howdy neighbor!

    Great NGD :shred:
     
  13. AliceLG

    AliceLG \m/^_^\m/

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    I'm not a fan of painted fretboards, but when I saw the 3rd pic I went :drool:

    HNGD!
     
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    Beautiful guitar!
     
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    Man, my jaw dropped when I saw the fretboard with the body, it looks amazing!
     
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    Amazing craftsmanship! This is a truly beautiful guitar! Love the piezo option!

    Enjoy man! Congrats and HNGD!
     
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    JPhoenix19 Playing life by ear

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    holy sh!t! That's beautiful!
     
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    This guitar looks amazing! So much details! HNGD! :)
     
  20. Carver

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    well now.. that is just one awesome looking guitar.

    congrats
     

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