Kiesel Guitars has announced two artist signature models, the brand’s first for 2020: a signature based on the Californian Singlecut for guitarist Will Swan and a signature based on the DC700X for guitarist Marc Okubo
Will Swan Signature (WS6S)
Will Swan is the guitarist for several bands, including Dance Gavin Dance (DGD), Sianvar, Secret Band and Royal Coda. His projects span a lot of different playing styles and genres, and because of this his signature model, we WS6S has been designed around versatility – with the guitar tuned for low-action playability and vintage-output pickups allowing clear, dynamic playing.
It’s based on Kiesel’s California Single Cut Carved Top (CS6S) model, coming with a five-piece mahogany neck with maple stripes, finished in a clear natural gloss. The 22-fret ebony fingerboard board has, fittingly enough, a swan inlaid on the 12th fret.
The body is made from Honduras mahogany with a flamed maple top, and comes finished in one of five of Swan’s chosen colours: Select Raspberry Jam, Scarlet Red, Select Purple Drink, Select Midnight Blue, or a natural clear finish.
Marc Okubo Signature (MO7X)
The Marc Okubo (Veil of Maya) Signature model, or the MO7X, is based on Kiesel’s DC700X.
Kiesel says that the guitar is “perfectly stylized for the modern and creative metalcore sound that he brings to the scene” – coming in a variety of bold ‘raw tone’ finishes, Sky Blue, Kiesel Racing Green, and purple lavender.
The body wood is swamp ash, which offers a clear snappy tone, as well as the comfort of a lower load on your shoulders as you play. The guitar is loaded with a single Kiesel polarity active humbucker, just next to the Kiesel/Hipshot ‘X’ Tremolo for the impactful playing you’d expect from a active-pickup loaded seven-string. Notably, the 24-fret set neck comes with a thinner profile to keep the inherently heavier feel of a seven-string neck in check.
The WS6S starts at $1,999, while the MO7X starts at $1,599. Find out more over at kieselguitars.com. For more gear news, click here.