Kiesel/Carvin Now Selling Direct World-Wide

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Once upon a time Carvin guitars were very hard to come by outside of the USA, especially down here in Australia. I still remember the first time I saw one in person, and was blown away by the build quality. Then I reviewed a pair of Carvins for my very first assignment for Mixdown magazine back in 2006, when there was briefly an Australian dealer. Then they seemed to disappear from this part of the world. And for many years, visiting Carvin’s website was a frustrating experience for we non-US folk, instead being directed to a clunky ‘Carvin World’ site that didn’t seem to have much on it. Now that’s all changed: as of April 1 (but it’s no April Fool’s joke), Kiesel/Carvin guitars are much more attainable for we international folks. Read More …

Carvin & Kiesel Guitars: Here’s What’s Happening

A lot of people have been asking lately what’s going on with Carvin and the increased profile of the Kiesel name. Here’s a video with Mark and Jeff Kiesel explaining what’s what. Basically Carvin’s guitar and bass Custom Shop division is being separated into its own company, to be known as Kiesel Custom Guitars.

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Carvin Offers Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Option

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When Seymour Duncan announced the Jason Becker Perpetual Burn humbucker, it seemed like a natural fit for Carvin’s Jason Becker Tribute JB200C guitar. But Carvin have always – always -used their own pickups exclusively. Well ladies and gentlemen, history has been made today because as of today you can order a Jason Becker Tribute JB200C with a Perpetual Burn in the bridge position. As Carvin explained on Facebook (to a fan who asked what the big deal was with Carvin never using third-party pickups before), “The difference is that our company (Carvin) was founded on our pick-ups and we have ALWAYS made our own pick ups. This is the first time we’ve ever opened the door to working with a 3rd party manufacturer for something we still make in house. Doesn’t sound like a big deal.. but it really is to us. This is history in the making for anyone that truly knows about our company.” Read More …

Carvin: Smashing It Lately

10514515_521904291264742_7508801396186804314_nDo 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.” Read More …

INTERVIEW: Periphery’s Mark Holcomb

Mark HolcombIt seems like just yesterday that Periphery was in Australia – and it pretty much was, if you count ‘March’ as yesterday. Whereas last time around they travelled the country as part of the huge Soundwave festival juggernaut, they’re heading back in January and February for their own tour with like-minded proggy djenty iconoclasts Animals As Leaders. And what better way to prepare for the tour than to have a chat with guitarist Mark Holcomb? I caught up with Mark yesterday ahead of the second-last Periphery gig of the band’s current US tour. And right around the time I’m typing this, they’re onstage playing their very last show before taking some much-needed time off. But it won’t be long before we hear some new Periphery music, as you will see…  Read More …