I'm liking this guitar a lot. It's a Kiesel Vader. Jeff Kiesel is an heir to the original founder of the Carvin company. Recently, he and other members of the family agreed to split the company into two, one being the guitar makers, and the other being the electronics and sound reinforcement makers.
So the guitars are now called Kiesel and the rest remains Carvin.
The Kiesel Vader is a headless neck through solid body with chambered wings, passive electronics and bridge/tuner hardware made by Hipshot. It's tuned from the bottom like Steinbergers, but takes regular strings fastend at the head end with setscrews. There's two Kiesel humbuckers with splits for single coil use.
The Vader neck width is a bit wider than I'm used to, on 'bergers or Gibsons, but I'm quickly getting used to playing it. Jeff K. tells me it's what his customers largely ask for in a neck dimension. The construction, finishes and materials on the guitar are top notch.
The guitar sounds very sweet, I suppose because of the wood, the chambered body, the passive pickups. It really does have a different headless personality from the Steinberger.
I'm playing both of them in current BOC shows. The contrast with the Steinberger "Cheeseburger" is complimentary. When I first got the Keisel, I noticed the passive pickups were louder than the active Steinberger EMG's. I opened the hatch on the 'berger, and adjusted a trim pot inside, and equalized the outputs. The Cheeseburger is a now to my ear a new ax, and they're both sounding great, unique and showing their own personalities.
If anyone is planning to see BOC in the future, you'll hear what I'm talking about. I'm very happy to have discovered and obtained a Keisel Vader.
Here's a picture of the Vader when I got it. I'm looking to get some good live shots of me with it. If anyone here has one, I'd like to see it!
I've heard people saying they can hear the difference live too. I guess I'll find out for myself in August. My father has a quilted maple Carvin DC400A and although it looks and sounds beautiful, I wouldn't be able to do much with it myself since I'm left handed (and a novice player on top of that).
Not too many photos floating around yet, but I found this one on the bocfans forum. I hope the photographer doesn't mind me sharing it here.
A little more than three years left for me at doing guitars on any full time basis. Then I can give my lungs and various pieces a needed break. Lots of wear and tear over the last 23 years. Anyway, very nice looking and sounding guitar.
"Ever try to explain yourself to a cockroach? ..." - Mothman Prophecies
Was at the show last night in Springfield, and had a blast as usual; my 40th anniversary this year of my first BOC show. New guitar sounded sweet Buck, loved the tone and solo during LDOM. Way too short of a show, but Kansas was fun. You guys sounded really good from the start in that boombox of a room. Kansas suffered in the beginning of their set but dialed it in after a few songs in and put on a nice show.