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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / New Carvin headless lefty

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Jan 31st, 2015 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Introduced at NAMM this year is a new Carvin model, the Vader. It's headless, with a body similar to some of the Steinberger's that had a more guitar shaped body.

Unlike their new Holdsworth headless HH model introduced last year, this one will be available as a lefty...it uses different hardware than the Holdsworth HH, made by Hipshot, available lefty.

It's available in 6, 7, & 8-string models, with 27" scale length on all, or the option of 25.5" scale length on the 6 & 7 models.

I'd love to get a 6-string model with the 27" scale length, and tune it down to D or C#, then capo up as needed. It would be a great way to play tunes easily in Eb, Bb and a few other odd keys.

I'd love it, but don't have around $1,200 available right now for a purchase like this...

Vader 8 string on the left

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Feb 14th, 2015 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

That looks an awful lot like the Steinberger GM series (designed by Mike Rutherford). I wonder if Carvin is paying a license fee.

Carvin makes really good guitars and amps.

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

Life gets in the way of my G.A.S.
Feb 16th, 2015 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree - and others on the Carvin forum have noticed the similarity as well...I guess if a design works, why not "emulate" it (strat/tele/LP, anyone)?

I haven't heard anything about a licensing fee... but they probably wouldn't make that public knowledge if they didn't have to...

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