Kiesel V7 Vader review

Ever wanted your own custom guitar but didn’t know how to go about it? Kiesel makes it easy

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Guitar World Verdict

Since this is a custom guitar, you can pick pretty much any option you want, including wood type, pickups, fixed or floating bridge, stainless steel frets and super deluxe ‘Kiesel Edition’ finishes.


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    Wide array of tones

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    Virtually unlimited custom options

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    Very portable


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    The shape can cause you to knock the tuners

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    That first string change can be tricky

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Kiesel Guitars – the new incarnation of Carvin, a company with a long history – has established itself as the place to go for custom guitars in the last few years. That’s always been Carvin’s speciality, but since Jeff Kiesel took over management of the company a few years ago, a whole bunch of new models have been introduced, like the headless Vader. I fell in love with this design after playing a few different Vaders at NAMM this year, so this review is of my personal Vader. Being a custom guitar company, you can order all sorts of specific features and even supply your own pickups from any brand.

Choices, choices

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.