NGD: Kiesel Vader 7 aka "Crema"

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  1. baptizedinblood

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    It's been a few years since I've purchased a new guitar, not sure how I went this long without doing so. Last guitar was a pre-Kiesel era Carvin DC727. Decided it was time for a new fiddle, and I've been GAS'ing over a headless guitar for a while now. Was torn between production model Strandberg or a Vader, and after reading some QC issues with the Strandbergs, I'm very happy I went with the Vader. This beauty showed up yesterday.

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    25.5" Scale
    Chambered Swamp Ash body
    Black Limba top
    Thinner Neck Profile
    Zebrawood fretboard
    Maple neck
    Luminlay Side Dots
    Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets


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    Review:

    The feel and playability of this guitar is absolutely insane. It's lightweight, comfortable to play, and the thin neck profile lets my tiny hands glide all over the fretboard with ease. I opted for a 20 inch radius this time, as my DC727 had a 14" and I wanted to try something a bit different. It's taking a little time to get used to for bends, but I'll adjust soon I'm sure. Tonally, it is LOUD. The chambered body gives quite a bit of sustain, more than I expected to be honest. Notes are snappy and clean, due to the 1pc maple neck. The Kiesel Lithium pickups are awesome. Volume knob adjustments make a huge difference in output and tone, which may or may not be your cup of tea, but I love it. The tuners are a little tricky to get the hang of, they require very tiny movements, otherwise you'll be going flat and sharp until you hit the sweet spot. I may need to oil them up a bit, but it's not a big deal.

    QC: I've spent a good hour looking over this guitar for any type of marks, bad finish blemishes, etc, and I have yet to find a single issue with quality control on this guitar. The attention to detail is just stunning. To be able to buy an American made custom guitar for half the price of big name brands is beyond awesome.

    Shouts out to Mike Jones and the rest of the team @ Kiesel Guitars for making this happen.
     
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    zeropoint SS.org Regular

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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Dawn of the Shred Chugs and Sweeps

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    Should be fixed now.
     
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    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    That is a sexy guitar.
     
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    Dawn of the Shred Chugs and Sweeps

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    Congrats man!
     
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    Looks pretty awesome
     
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    nicey nicey. :yum:
     
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    Congrats man!
     
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    Looks great, that one. :yesway: I will respect people's taste, but I must confess that some choices on the more "elaborate" examples make for some impressively tacky stuff! :lol:
     
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    baptizedinblood Z̶̭̠̻̳̲͗̎̾͒͛̃̒ͭ̚͢

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    Agreed, I tend to go for simple builds on guitars. I do love some exotic wood tops, but not a fan of colored tops. I guess beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. :yesway:
     
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    Backsnack Many strings

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    Happy NGD! Kiesel seems to get some amazing quality woods for their guitars.
     
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    Backsnack Many strings

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    Since it's your first headless, I have to wonder: how's the weight balance when playing it seated and standing? Have you found you needed an adjustment to the headless design besides operating the tuners?
     
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    There's still beauty in simplistic styling IMO.

    I would love a burl maple top from Kiesel, but I wish it wasn't a $400 option.:(
     
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    It's definitely a bit easier to play than my DC727. Classical position feels a lot better, all weight is basically in the body. Not much adjustment to playing has been needed so far. :shred:
     
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    looks awesome man...congrats!
     
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    Sweet build! How do you like the pickups?
     
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    BangandBreach Kaboom.

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    I have always wondered, how do you use that second strap button on the bottom/rear?
     
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    baptizedinblood Z̶̭̠̻̳̲͗̎̾͒͛̃̒ͭ̚͢

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    Really enjoying the Lithiums. Rolling the volume knob back doesn't kill output, but lowers gain. Lots of tonal options.
     

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