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Kiesel/Carvin ST300 USA Custom Shop


A year into my order of a custom Kiesel/Carvin ST300 and still loving it. Appears this model has been discontinued, but potentially available as a special order if you call Kiesel. Closest model still available looks like the Jason Becker JB100.


Custom Ordered Specs:

  • Construction: neck through
  • Scale length: 25″
  • Body: alder, w/maple top
  • Neck: hardrock maple with reverse/pointed headstock, 2-way adjustable truss rod and dual carbon-fiber rods for additional strength & stability
  • Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple, 14″ radius
  • Inlays: white pearl dots with standard black-ring Luminlay Super Blue side dots
  • Neck width: 1.69″ wide @ nut, 2.22″ wide @ 24th fret
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose Original (German Made), Brass Block, Brass Claw and FU-TONE Heavy Tension (Red) Springs
  • Tuners: Premium Kiesel Guitars locking tuners, 19:1 ratio
  • Frets: Jumbo/Dunlop 6100 Stainless
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan Full Shred Neck, Seymour Duncan Distortion Bridge
  • Electronics: Single master volume in the tone position, 5-way pickup selector/coil splitter
  • Dimensions: 39.5″ long, 12.75″ wide body, 1.68″ thick body
  • Average weight: 8 lbs

From Kiesel:

Model deets from Kiesel at time of my order –

“The ST300 from Kiesel Guitars combines the features and options of our contemporary Custom Shop guitars with the classic “ST” body option that was offered by Carvin Guitars in the early 1990s. The body is more rounded than the DC series, and has a deeper waist and forearm cutaway for playing comfort, as found on the Contour 66. This model represents 70 years of experience that the Custom Shop has in building the highest quality, USA-made instruments that are suitable for all playing styles at any level. With hundreds of available options, you can build your ST300 exactly the way you want it, and have an instrument that you’ll be proud to play and own for years to come.

The ST300 has a standard alder body and maple neck-through design. Alder is a high-quality tone wood used by many manufacturers because of its relative light weight and fine resonating tone. It’s slightly darker in color than maple, which accentuates the ST300’s maple neck. Alder also has a subtle and attractive grain that looks great in any of the Custom Shop’s many finishes, including solid colors, translucent finishes and metallic solid finishes. Although alder is the standard wood, optional woods such as swamp ash, maple, mahogany, walnut, limba and koa are available, all of which have their own tonal characteristics. You can also add a 5mm premium top wood, such as AAAA flamed maple, AAAA quilted maple, flamed Hawaiian koa, flamed spalted maple, burled maple, zebrawood and California Claro walnut. The body of the ST300 has a gentle waist cut (also referred to as a “belly cut”) as well as a deep forearm cutaway on the upper bout, which provides superior playing comfort, whether playing while sitting or standing. When an optional top wood is added, it is “bent” over the forearm cutaway, as on the C66, which is also referred to as a “drop top”.

The standard maple neck clarifies the overall tone of the instrument, but other neck woods, such as mahogany and koa are offered for their own slightly warmer tonal qualities. 5-piece necks of different combinations of maple, walnut and koa add to the already great looks of this instrument, and if an optional top wood is selected, you can choose whether you want the neck to show on the top or not. All of our necks and fingerboards undergo a long conditioning process in our de-humidification chambers to remove any stress in the wood and prevent future warping or twisting. Kiesel Guitars dual-action, fully adjustable truss rod helps keep the neck straight and true, and allows you to set the action just the way you like it. The standard headstock is a 6-inline version, and you can also choose a traditional 3 X 3, V style, CT style, pointed inline or reversed design.

The ST300 features a standard 25″ scale ebony fingerboard with white pearl dot inlays, a 14″ radius and 24 medium-jumbo nickel frets. The Custom Shop offers more fingerboard options than most manufactures offer for their entire guitar lines. You can choose from rosewood, maple, birdseye maple, flamed maple, royal ebony or zebrawood fingerboards; dot, diamond or block inlays in mother-of-pearl, genuine abalone, Luminlay, and an assortment of acrylic colors; and fingerboard radii of 10″ or 12″. The Custom Shop also offers a number of fretwire options, including jumbo, low-wide and stainless steel, as well as gold EVO in various sizes. The “Rapid Play” low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the smooth neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret.

You can choose from an assortment of different bridges. The FT6 fixed bridge is standard, or you can upgrade to the “M” bridge, with tune-o-matic bridge and strings fed through the body. You can also choose a Wilkinson tremolo; or a Floyd Rose tremolo with or without locking nut. Premium locking tuners with a 19:1 ratio ensure you’ll stay in tune no matter what your playing style is. Standard hardware is chrome, and you can upgrade to black or gold.

The ST300 comes equipped with a Classic Series C22B humbucker in the bridge, and a Classic Series C22J pickup in the neck position, which are custom wound with vintage plain enamel wire that brings out the harmonically rich tone and sustain of the guitar. Classic Series humbuckers have 11 polepieces per coil, which eliminates dropoff when bending strings. Controls consist of a master volume and tone control and a 5-way pickup selector, which allows you to select any combination of pickups and doubles as a coil splitter for each pickup. For added warmth, try the S22 Series metal covered pickups, which are available in chrome, black or gold to match your hardware. You can also choose from M22 Series, Holdsworth Series or our new Kiesel Lithium pickups. Standard pickups have black coils and bezels, but any combination of black or cream coils and bezels are available. You can upgrade your ST300 to active electronics, which consists of master volume, tone, and active cut/boost for bass & treble, and phase switching in addition to the dual-to-single coil switching for each pickup.”

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