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Kiesel Stephen Carpenter Vader Signature – Shadow & Snow

Kiesel Steph Carpenter Vader
Kiesel Steph Carpenter Vader Signature. Deftones guitarist gets new 7 and 8 string models available in Shadow or Snow finishes

In a significant collaboration earlier this year, Kiesel Guitars welcomed Stephen Carpenter, the iconic electric guitarist from Deftones, into its artist roster. This partnership marked a unique move, as Carpenter continues to endorse both Kiesel and his existing signature guitars with ESP.

Kiesel Stephen Carpenter Vader

New Kiesel Stephen Carpenter Vader signature models have just been announced. Recently, Kiesel revealed the fruits of this collaboration: two new signature guitar models for Carpenter. These models, anticipated since the initial announcement, are based on Kiesel’s popular Vader design.

Kiesel Steph Carpenter Vader


They feature a sleek, headless structure, dual Fishman Fluence humbuckers, and a versatile 25.5″-27″ multi-scale build.

Guitar enthusiasts have two color options to choose from: the striking all-white Snow version, first seen in March and the stealthy Shadow variant. Both models are available in seven-string and eight-string configurations, with a left-hand option for each.

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The Snow model stands out with its all-white hardware, including pickups, a hardtail bridge, and a pristine white maple fretboard.

This model is not only visually stunning but, as Carpenter notes, exceptionally challenging to produce, a testament to Kiesel’s craftsmanship.

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The Shadow model offers a stark contrast with its all-black aesthetic, featuring black hardware and a dark Richlite Diamond Black fingerboard.

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Neck-Through Construction

Both models share core specifications: a swamp ash body, plain maple top, neck-through three-piece maple neck, and Hipshot Fixed Headless Multiscale bridge.

Additionally, they are equipped with Steph Carpenter’s signature Fishman Fluence pickups, with master volume and tone controls, a three-way switch, 24 stainless steel frets, and Luminlay dot inlays.

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Carpenter expressed his admiration for these models, recalling his initial reaction to Kiesel’s craftsmanship during a March livestream.

The starting price for the limited-edition Carpenter Vader signature model is $3,499. For more details and options, visit Kiesel’s website.

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