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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / NAMM 2019



Feb 3rd, 2019 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

The 2019 winter NAMM show featured plenty of new guitar styles and shapes. Sometimes I feel that ease and speed of manufacturing is what most dictates company designs. Looking at them always makes me appreciate the ergonomic contoured and rounded edges of a Fender Stratocaster. It is not my favorite sounding guitar but it is by far my most comfortable one to play.

Each year during the two NAMM (winter/summer) shows I look to see if Fender or anyone else introduces a set neck Strat style guitar with a 24 3/4" scale length. My wish is an HSS with a Floyd Rose, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, mahogany body with a 3/4" maple cap. My hope with this configuration is to be able to coax Strat and LP tones out of the same axe. It would be heavy but I wouldn't mind. Of course PRS has done well morphing the two platforms but their bodies aren't the sexy, curvaceous, lovely form fitting contours of the Strat.

If anyone has seen such a unicorn or could recommend someone who could build it I would love know.

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Feb 4th, 2019 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

jesse1d, you should check out Kiesel Guitars. They are the remnants of what was once the powerhouse of Carvin. The original Carvin company made production and custom guitars and basses, amps, and tons of pro sound gear.

The company downsized about three years ago to make only guitars.

Their list of options for a custom guitar contains all the stuff you describe. You won't find the specific guitar on their Website, but if you send them your specs, they'll quote you a price. It will probably be less than you might suspect.

Kiesel Guitars



Feb 4th, 2019 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, lots of custom options there, gonna spec one out. Never had a custom tailored suit or a custom built guitar tailored to my specific needs and preferences. I'll bet it's a beautiful thing, thanks Peegoo.

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Feb 4th, 2019 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Carvin, as do several of my friends.

One has two Kiesels. They are amazing instruments.

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Just beyond Mars

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Feb 4th, 2019 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own a Carvin guitar, four Carvin guitar amps, and two Carvin PA mixer/amps.

They are all rock solid. I was very sorry to see the company dissolve.

But Kiesel is doing a wonderful job with their guitar production. The quality of materials and workmanship is easily on par with PRS--and that is not an easy thing to achieve.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 12:11 AM, Feb 5th, 2019)

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