- Apr 12, 2005
- San Francisco area, CA, USA
- 2015 Mazda 3 S GT, 2015 VW e-Golf
That's the end result of about 4 months of work.
And still no logo, huh?
Big for Carvin. Why spend several grand for a Les Paul/PRS/Strat/ect when you can get the same thing custom made all in the USA for about half the price.
I'm a convert. I've owned a Gibson Les Paul, I've owned an American Stratocaster, and I've never been thrilled by a PRS's neck. My Carvin is the best guitar I've ever owned, and probably the 2nd best I've ever played.
My next Carvin will probably be one of their kits(*). Same exact parts their factory-built guitars are made of; just needs final sanding and a finish. You can still get all of their custom options, too...different woods, figured tops, Sperzel tuners, different frets and fretboard woods, etc. Starts at $429 which is MIM strat territory, but the difference is night-and-day (I've owned a MIM strat, too. It was crap, but made me want to try the American Version. Decent guitar, but it didn't thrill me, and had a trem and a string tree...no thanks. Plus, their $1500 guitar looks like a $100 guitar from Target's clearance shelf. If I'm going to spend $1,700, I want a guitar that looks like $1,700.
(*) I'm thinking an all-walnut body, all single-coils, chrome hardware, ebony fretboard with no inlays...the neck gets tung-oil finish, then stain the body dark red so it looks like this:
...with this pickguard...