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Help identifying Carvin guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by ChrisChristoph, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. ChrisChristoph

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    Inherited this guitar, haven't seen it in person yet, trying to figure out what model it is or any info on it at all. Just started learning electric a few months ago after playing acoustic for many years. Any insight would be appreciated.

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    You're the man. That website has a lot of info. It's at least a 97' or newer from the bridge. Can't find any photos online of one with that same finish, but I do believe you are on the money. It's an SC90.
     
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    Cool lookin’ guitar.
    Just sayin’.
     
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    i don't know what model it is, but what i do know is that everyone i've known who has or had a carvin guitar really liked 'em. so you did good.
     
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    You need help identifying your guitar?

    It looks a lot like Bill, or maybe his brother George...I always have a hard time telling them apart.

    Just kidding...that’s some beautiful wood on the top of that guitar—congratulations!
     
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    Cool guitar. I always liked Carvin's a la carte sales approach.
     
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    SWEET.

    Carvin smartly used a three-screw mounting scheme on their humbuckers so they could be adjusted for proper height, as well as angle under the strings. I have a DC125 from 1989 that is a rock and roll beast. I have a few Carvin guitar amps and two PA heads as well. All really good, bomb-proof gear.

    I was sorry to see them go.
     
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    Congrats on a beautiful guitar you're getting.

    Carvin are amazing guitars for the money especially on the used market.

    I picked up an '88 Carvin DC127 at a pawnshop earlier in the year for $100 out the door.

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    Congrats! That's a gorgeous finish.
     
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    Not sure, but every Carvin I've seen (or heard about) has been excellent.
     
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    That thing still up? I used to own the Ruby Red Dc127 Quilt top. Wish I still had that axe.
     
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    My avatar is is my 1986 DC-125, ordered with a neck pickup. My M22SD and M22V pickups have 4 adjustment screws. I think Kiesel took a different approach than Carvin, which is OK of course. They now are making djent eye candy guitars.

    I spent more $$ with Carvin than any other company.
     
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    Ive had a strat- style Carvin for 17 years.

    Used it on a lot of gigs, over the years.

    (Other guitarist's always seemed intrigued that it wasn't a Fender or Gibson. Had a few suggest that I contact Carvin for a sponsorship... I never did.)

    It always stays in tune, even with a Floyd Rose.

    (It also came with Spertzel locking tuners.)

    It has 2 Carvin standard humbuckers that can be split to single coil.

    An ebony fretboard and quilted maple cap (blue) on mahogany body.

    Neck through body.

    (Double truss rod design.)

    It plays reasonably well and sounds superb!

    (Carvin was known for great pickups... especially bass pickups.)

    It's a truly wonderful guitar!

    I have a lot of great memories from my time's with it! So, it's a keeper!

    (BTW, I got it on ebay for $450 with hardshell case!)
     
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    The DC125 came with a single MS22SD bridge humbucker. Three years later I got out the router and installed a neck pickup; it looked like the DC127 model from the same era. A year later a client wanted EMGs installed in his 1970s Gibson Explorer, and he told me to toss the original pickups; there was no market for used pickups like there is today. Those pickups have been in the 125 for ~26 years now.
     
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    Carvin guitars, while never widely popular, always had a reputation for being well made, quality instruments.

    Those pickups with the 22 pole pieces enjoy a bit of a cult following. Frank Zappa used them in a few of his guitars.
     
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    The M22V has been my favorite PU since I installed it in 1990 or '91. I play clean a lot on the M22SD. It works fine for that.
     
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    Outstanding deal!
     
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