|Lowell Kiesel 1915 to 2009|
Lowell Kiesel passed away a few days after Christmas this year at 94 plus years of age. For the unacquainted, Mr. Kiesel is the founder of Carvin guitars.
winding guitar pickup coils on his wife’s sewing machine. Kiesel sold his pickups through a distributor.
This way he kept the prices low on his products; a practice that continues to this day.
In fact the advertisements in guitar related magazines to the reader to send in for a free catalog.
I can recall receiving a very primative Carvin catalogue printed on standard white paper with black and white photos. This must have been in the mid 1960’s when I got bit by the guitar bug. The catalog was full of unusual electric guitars, basses, steel guitars and amplifiers.
From the early days up through the early 1970’s Carvin did not manufacture their own guitar or bass necks. These were imported from Hohner.
In addition to their own factory made guitars, steel guitars, electric mandolins and basses Carvin sold accordions and was a distributor for Martin guitars.
This arrangement lasted from the 1950’s through the end of the 1960’s.
Carvin guitars and amps are a bargain. Due to improvements in woodworking, such as CNC machines and modern electronic parts, Carvin products are far superior to a lot of electric guitars on the market.
Carvin pickups are amazing and well balanced. The 6th string on my guitar comes through as clear as the 1st string.
All sales are factory direct, unless you live in Southern California and can visit their showroom. I highly recommend them.