I thought Carvin pickups got a bad rap, because most of the people I know who don't like Carvins, it's because of their pickups. To me, their humbuckers have excellent articulation, and as Allan said, are very focused. It's all water under the bridge now, because since Kiesel has owned Carvin, they've totally changed the pickup line, and I haven't heard any of the new ones. I suspect they haven't changed that much.It hardly was his main axe, but those Carvin Signature models he played all the time were perhaps even weirder.
There was no change in ownership, they just renamed the company after the founder, who had named the company after his sons, Carson and Gavin. The middle son Mark took over the guitar division in the 70's and still runs it today. The only real change was the split in 2015 with the amplifier division.because since Kiesel has owned Carvin