Up until I joined the band Theory back in 2015 I had only played 6-string guitars. Their music required seven strings however, and being a poor student I was lucky to get a good deal on a used Ibanez Iron Label (RGIR27E). That guitar has served me well and I'm still really happy with it. I've all along been wanting to get a 2nd 7-string though, both so I could have a backup for live and so I could have one parked in the rehearsal space and one at home. So I've been following what has been available on the 7-string market the last few years, but I have not been able to find a standard production model where everything has been right. I'm very picky haha. The Schecter Keith Merrow signature model with Floyd Rose and Sustainer was really interesting but the color options was a dealbraker, plus I actually prefer non-arch top guitars. I've been very close to pulling the trigger on an Ibanez K-7 on ebay, but in the last moment decided not to because I couldn't accept having some other bands logo plastered on the fretboard. And similar with many other models where some detail or another just weren't right. Kiesel/Carvin has been on my mind all along because I know their instruments are great quality and I'd be able to do everything how I wanted it. However ordering a costum guitar is scary because you can really set yourself up for a major disappointment if it doesn't turn out how you had hoped. So if I was going to get a Kiesel, I needed to be sure that nothing could go "wrong". So anyway I finally thought out the specs that I was confident would not disappoint me and pulled the trigger on June 14th. The guitar arrived on August 29th and I am very pleased with the result. It has a few places where the finish is a bit uneven polished, there is a large shim under the nut and it's a bit heavier than I'd hoped, but other than that this guitar pretty much flawless. It needed to be tuned when it arrived obviously but after that was done the setup was perfect. Fretbuzz is minimal on the low strings and not present at all on the high strings and the action is pretty low and pretty much as I prefer it. The strings are not my prefered gauge so I'll need to readjust it when I change them at some point. Other than that it just plays and sounds great. I was quite curious about the pickups and so far I'm quite pleased. They sound aggressive and tight and surprisingly good for clean. I'll have to play the thing some more though before I can decide if they'll stay in. Here is the visual result, which is probably what I'm most happy with. A bit atypical of what what it seems most people go for with Kiesel these days. No flashy colors or exotic wood. Just simplistic and raw. I think it looks absolutely badass and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Enjoy.