OK folks, here it is the Kiesel Edition - K8 I had going on for the past 3 months. I came up with the reverse blue burst concept, today standardized as "Arctic"
Here's a shot of the final product:
Update: here's a quick video of me running this K8 through its paces (Lithium pickups and Graphtech Piezo), leads, rhythms, cleans, etc. Enjoy!
Now some pics (there’s a TON):
Pre-production (behind the scenes)
Some pro-shots by Kiesel
Specs and review below
Swamp Ash body w/Antique Ash Treatment
Custom “reverse” burst gloss finish w/binding effect (today standardized to ‘Arctic’)
Flamed maple top (with wide pockets)
Flamed fretboard, color treated (blue)
Flamed back of body and headstock, regular “black denim” finish
Black phenolic layers between the body and tops
5-piece maple/black limba neck (tung oiled)
White Kiesel Lithium pickups with coil splitting
5-way blade switch (positions 2 and 4 split the coils)
1 vol, 1 piezo switch and 1 piezo/pickups blender knob
Single signature MOP inlay 12th fret
Pearloid Kiesel locking tuners
Knobs with MOP inlays
This is absolutely a stunning piece. When you come into Kiesel Edition territory, new rules apply and will be defined by Jeff himself with you on the phone
The amazing finish is the result of a few ideas I had. I knew I wanted a burst, blue + grey somewhere and even trans-white at some point. Jeff used his immense expertise to suggest what may or may have not worked. I ended up ditching the trans-white and decided for a “reverse” burst for a better theme with the treated fretboard, plus it looks less conventional. Jeff did an incredible job and liked the outcome so much he standardized the finish as “Arctic”.
A much more comfortable body contour thanks to the beveled edges and increased arm bevel. The Kiesel Editions provide the 5-layer body and headstock construction
The new Lithium pickups are really good, they have a lot of output (although still not as much as the A80’s), clarity and articulation (I love the pick attack)… this will be better explained with a few video demos coming soon And as I said before, they complement the tonal range of the A80’s. With coil splitting you get that “single” sound we all love (yes with the known extra noise) with excellent volume balance.
Piezo, yes I went all in! This turns the guitar into a one stop shop for textures and styles. I can use the piezo alone or blend it (with a knob) with any of the pickup selections. This alone provides almost endless possibilities (unfortunately no active EQ is available for the piezo in this case).
There’s not much more for me to say other than Iove this piece, it’s definitely the most versatile and beautiful axe I’ve owned to date. Thanks Jeff Kiesel!
Stay tuned via my Facebook or YouTube for upcoming material of this baby in action
Cheers! |m| |m|