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Kiesel lap steel guitar - Precursor to Carvin - Circa 1946 A rare piece of Carvin history. Kiesel was the precursor to Carvin, founded by Lowell C. Kiesel in 1946. In 1949, Lowell changed the name of his company to Carvin. The name Carvin is a combination of his son's names, Carson & Gavin. Lowell started with these by designing & making the pickups, which were an improvement over other pickups of the time and one of his proudest achievements. Only made for 3 ½ years, Kiesel lap steels are very collectible and have excellent tone. The original tuning machines still work smoothly and the knobs are original. The L.C. Kiesel decal on the back of the headstock is intact and shows virtually no wear. This steel functions perfectly and the bakelite shows no discernible wear. The steel has a warm sweet tone with great top end. Easily overdriven with great sustain or clear or mellow. Depending on how it's set, it works for blues, rock, country, Hawaiian or whatever. I knew Lowell (and his 5 sons). We lived in the same area and I played guitar. He was very involved with the gear he made, from design to hand's on execution. He was also an accomplished Hawaiian slide player. In addition to his pickups, which were notably used by Semie Moseley in early Mosrite guitars, Lowell designed and built many unique instruments, including an electric upright bass and an electric violin, which his wife enjoyed playing. To say I was impressed with him is an understatement. His guitars and amplifiers were built to the highest standard. We've had several Kiesels and Carvins. We are impressed with the consistency, output and tone of these guitars. This guitar is in excellent condition. It is all original. As with other early Kiesel lap steel guitars, it's made from Bakelite. Like most early Rickenbacher lap steels, the bakelite gives a harmonic resonance that is more familiar to many, having been used on a lot of popular recordings. Overall length is 29 in. (73.7 cm.), 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) deep. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Virtually unused 100% original *Please see our other listings and store for many other Vintage (Lap Steel) Guitars and Amplifiers. We currently have Alamos, Audio Vox, Bronsons, Dickersons, Dobros, English, Epiphones, Fenders, Gibsons, Harlin Bros, Harmonys, Kays, Maestros, Magnatones, McKinney, Nationals, Oahus, Rickenbachers, Sho Bud, Silvertones, Supertones, Supros, Vegas, and White Lap Steels as well as several others. We've been in the guitar business for over 50 years. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments* *We also accept Cashier's Checks, Bank Transfers & other forms of payment. We ship (worldwide) at cost. Please contact for information.*


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