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New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby protovack » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:18 pm

Well, I'm new here. I've typically been a PRS guy, but I recently cleared out some old gear. Basically got rid of everything except the one PRS I won't sell--an older KL-33 korina Santana model with moons. I still love PRS and I think their new guitars are great. But it's annoying how little control you have over the build unless you spend a lot of money for a custom shop one-off. So, I set off to find something built to the same quality standards, but with the option to customize the build. I am not into vintage Fender copies or "distressed" guitars so that crosses a lot of custom shops off the list. I always knew about Carvin/Kiesel but never really looked into it too much until now.

I decided to try something pretty basic for my first build. It's going to be a Mahogany CS3 with a walnut top and headstock, tung oil finish, black hardware, dark ebony board. I'm having a hard time imagining what this guitar will look like, which I assume is always the case when doing a blind order. But from google image searching Kiesel walnut tops I really liked what I found. So, I'm hoping this will end up being a subtle, clean walnut top (not into the super figured stuff) that matches well with the rest of the guitar, and has an overall natural vibe to it. The only question mark in my mind is the stainless steel frets, I've never had them before. Other than that, the only fear I have is that it will look too dark with the black hardware, I wonder if I should have gone nickel.

CS3 - Kiesel California Single Cutaway Carved Top Electric Guitar
Right Handed
$ 0.00 - M - Tune-O-Matic Bridge and String Thru Body
$ 140.00 - WT - Walnut Top
$ 0.00 - TF - Tung-Oiled Satin Neck & Body
$ 0.00 - -NMAH - Mahogany Neck & Body (Standard)
$ 40.00 - WPH - Walnut Headstock Matches Body Finish
$ 0.00 - -CTH - Carved Top Headstock (Standard)
$ 40.00 - EFB - Ebony Fingerboard (Less Color Variation)
$ 0.00 - ID - Dot Inlays
$ 50.00 - IA - Abalone Inlay Material
$ 0.00 - -STF - Stainless Med-Jumbo Frets .048" H .103" W (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -R14 - 14in Fretboard Radius (Standard)
$ 30.00 - BC - Black Hardware
$ 0.00 - KBB - Kiesel Beryllium Passive Bridge Pickup
$ 0.00 - KBN - Kiesel Beryllium Passive Neck Pickup
$ 0.00 - -400 - Black Pickup Coils (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -PPC - Kiesel Lithium/Beryllium Silver Pickup Poles (Standard)
$ 0.00 - BL - Black Logo
$ 0.00 - -46 - Elixir 1046E Light Gauge .010 - .046 (Standard)
$ 60.00 - SC10 - Black Ultimate Soft Guitar Case

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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby JCG » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:56 pm

Nice!
I have a similar Walnut top/Mahogany body CS3 that I love.

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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby skully13a » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:18 pm

Right on. For what it's worth, I've yet to see a walnut top from Kiesel that I haven't liked. Dunno about the black hardware, I'm not much for that, but personal preference plays in a lot. 8)
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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby Doctor Doug » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:13 pm

Sweet! I'm crazy about the CS! Excited to see this one.

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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby protovack » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:08 pm

Thanks guys, I'm glad to hear that most walnut tops seem to come out nice. The black hardware was kind of a "let's try it" thing. Never had it before. On the gallery page for the SCB6 there are several with natural wood finishes with black hardware and they look really natural, kind of a subtle look, so I decided to try the black on wood thing. We'll see if it works as well on the more traditional CS :)

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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:55 am

JCGamrat has a nice CS with a walnut top, but with gold hardware (I can't remember the body wood, it almost looks like koa in the photo which wouldn't be bad choice since it's it's a sort of broader spectrum mahog)... let me go rustle it up..

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Of course, the maple fretboard, like those seventies/Norlin LP Customs.
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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby wickid » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:22 am

Doctor Turn wrote:JCGamrat has a nice CS with a walnut top, but with gold hardware (I can't remember the body wood, it almost looks like koa in the photo which wouldn't be bad choice since it's it's a sort of broader spectrum mahog)... let me go rustle it up..

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Of course, the maple fretboard, like those seventies/Norlin LP Customs.


I bet that's a hog back.
here's a link to an old DC I had that was Claro over hog.
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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:25 am

Yeah mahog can look very red, almost koa-ish. Especially the old Honduran.. but yet it can also go to a very pale yellow.

Old 70's Aria LP copy:

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1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby silvergoat2k6 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:30 am

I love my CS3, yours will be sweet.
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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby Treadplatedual » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:10 am

Man, that sounds great! And as far as stainless - I have them on everything if i can help it. No fretwear + bending feels like cheating, it's so easy. If my non-Kiesel guitars ever need a re-fret, i'll likely have the wire replaced with stainless.
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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby protovack » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:03 pm

question I just thought of.
I don't remember specifying "1 vol 1 tone knob" in the builder
Is that what comes standard?

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Re: New to Kiesel, just ordered a CS3

Postby spudmunkey » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:56 pm

protovack wrote:question I just thought of.
I don't remember specifying "1 vol 1 tone knob" in the builder
Is that what comes standard?


Yes. 2V/2T is optional.


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