Do you follow Carvin on Facebook? I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that they’re posting some really, really nice stuff lately, especially the work of Carvin owner Jeff Kiesel. With all sorts of custom builders getting all sorts of positive press in the current ‘custom-crazy’ climate, it’s great to see Carvin step up and remind everyone about their place as pioneers of custom guitar building. Man, every Carvin I’ve played has been amazing, although they’re very hard to find here in Australia right now. Below are a few examples of Jeff Kiesel’s recent work. Make sure you follow Carvin and Jeff’s own Facebook page to see more. On Facebook Jeff says, “On these builds I am hands on the whole way through starting with picking out every single piece of wood to some of the custom eye candy (such as treat fretboard). With theese KE guitars I will be pushing the envelope the whole way, with things like treated fretboards… I suggests combinations of finishes/woods/options that give these the Kiesel Edition look. I give updates and some photos during the build process. Taking it to the Next Level at Carvin Guitars.”
This first guitar is a Kiesel Edition SCB7C with a Burl maple top/back/headplate/rearheadplate, 5 pcs body with Koa center, 5 pcs Koa and Maple neck, Custom Paint job, Custom treated BEM fretboard, Gold EVO fretwire, Tung oiled neck, Gold hardware and Gold Logo.
And this next one is Sapphire, a Kiesel Edition with Quilted Maple top/back/headplate/rear headplate, special Kiesel treated BEM board, 5pcs Maple and Walnut neck, Ash Body, White A80 active pickups, White Pearl tuning pegs and knobs. Jeff says, “I applied a custom finish to the Quilted Maple and the Board, special trans black paint on all other surfaces with a high gloss clear coat.”