NGD: Kiesel Vader V8

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  1. DropTheSun

    DropTheSun SS.org Regular

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    This is my first Kiesel guitar and oh man, how good this is. I was so excited when the package arrived. Had a super great gear day, 'cause I got my Helix LT the same day. Too much gear greatness for a one day I guess. lol :D

    So about the Kiesel specs:

    Eben Fingerboard with Scallops
    5pc Maple neck
    Alder body with black matte finish (Cooler than Darth Vader)
    Kiesel Lithium Pickups

    Guitar mini review:
    It came with Kiesels own soft guitar bag, that is very high quality. Very compact and light to carry and protects the guitar quite well.

    I was surpriced how small the guitar actually is. It is a eightstring after all, but it's my smallest guitar. Of course the neck is thicker, but it is so easy to play and scallops make it even easier to play. Finish is a 10/10!! Frets, tuners etc. Only thing I did was to lower the pickups height, so they fit better for my liking. Kiesel pickups sound amazing! They are so versatile and with 5way switch including coil splits this thing can handle everything from "Fender" clean to metal. Tuning seems to stay in tune very well and changing strings is super fast and easy.

    I have had this guitar now for three months and it has been my main axe for all that time and will stay that way. I also have Mayones Regius and RAN Crusher, that are excellent guitars as well. But there is something in the Kiesel, that makes me pick it up everytime. Probably because it can do everything in one package. I can play rock in standard E when I want and go to instant low tuned metal from the lower strings in drop A and E. :D

    SOUNDSAMPLES

    High Gain
    https://soundcloud.com/mediumplayer/perfect-5150?in=mediumplayer/sets/perfect-tone

    Mid Gain
    https://soundcloud.com/mediumplayer...?in=mediumplayer/sets/lrs-tweed-deluxe-bundle

    In a MIX
    https://soundcloud.com/mediumplayer/helix-lrs-modern-rig-preset-pack-demo



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  2. diagrammatiks

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    Looks nice. Looks like people are finally wising up and just ordering their kiesels in black.
     
  3. kindsage

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    Sounds great and looks great. Love the simplicity of the black with no inlays.
    Did you go with luminlay side dots?
     
  4. DropTheSun

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    No Luminlay dots... Damned! :facepalm:
     
  5. kindsage

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    Oh no! looks like you'll need to buy another guitar soon ;)
     
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    AkiraSpectrum SS.org Regular

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    Killer tones and solid-looking axe, congrats!
     
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    Just perfect. Congrats :)
     
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  8. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire baritone6/8 string hoarder

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    HNGD, enjoy it, vaders are killer guitars imo
     
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    Wait, the FB is scallopped? Is that an option? Or like a 50?
     
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  10. DropTheSun

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    Kiesel don't offer scallops, so it has been done after reseaving the guitar.

    Here is one more High Gain samole with this guitar:
    https://soundcloud.com/mediumplayer/helix-nolly-5150
     
  11. Chokey Chicken

    Chokey Chicken mouth breather

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    Is the whole fb scalloped or just the higher frets?

    If kiesel offered scalloped boards, I'd totally order another vader. Mine has been my go-to axe since I got it two or three years ago. (Can't remember when it was released, but mine is from the first orders and I love love love it.)

    Been gassing pretty hard for an eight string vader for a while now. Congrats on the sick new gear day.
     
  12. DropTheSun

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    Whole fb is scallopped.
     
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  13. spudmunkey

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    All Kiesels come standard with Luminlay side dots. Been that was for...maybe a year or so. Maybe more.

    OP should have them if this was a new build.
     

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