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Gene from Tampa
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Sep 24th, 2017 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had them build a CT6 (PRS body style) for me 11 years ago. Flamed koa over mahogany and stainless frets. It was built flawlessly, and it will setup w/extremely low action and no buzzes if that's your thing. I'm a fan.

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Deus

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Sep 24th, 2017 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Duh! I didn't add that to my list...I have a Vintage 16 1x12 combo. It's not a huge departure from the Peavey Classic 30...and a bit smaller too.

LeftyMeister

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Sep 25th, 2017 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love the color of that CT6, Gene!

reverend mikey
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"Everywhere I look, I see guitars..."
Sep 25th, 2017 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"And yes, a lefty Holdsworth is available."

Now I see that.

Priced one out. For $1,400, I'll have to pass for now...

firebird6024

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Sep 25th, 2017 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Jason Becker Tribute Numbers Guitar

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Hammond101
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Sep 25th, 2017 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only Carvin gear I've owned was a now vintage monitor amp. It always worked perfectly and was often over burdened.

I lived in Escondido, CA Carvin's home at the time and would stop in to play their display guitars. Really nice stuff. I liked their mixers but never bought one. The brand is still fairly popular in SoCal. Lots of bands use their power amps, a good value for the $$. Decent cheap speaker too.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

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Sep 25th, 2017 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a kit bass that sounds great and I have a Carvin neck on my homemade Strat. I love the ebony fretboard.

JJuran
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Sep 26th, 2017 12:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had the same LB-75 bass going on 15 years now. I've played really nice Lakland, Warwick, American Deluxe Fender, and just about everybody else's 5-string'ers. Not parting with my LB-75. To me, it beats them all.

Mine is an all mahogany body and I did replace the p/ups and electronics with Bartolini, mostly because I know how to drive that active circuitry to get exactly what I want for any sound. Nothing terribly wrong with the Carvin p/ups and circuit, I just dig Bartolini and know it. Did this many years ago, just after getting it. I love this bass. It can do anything I want it to do.

Over the years I've been let down by Carvin mixers and guitar amps. Mostly from a reliability standpoint. I take good care of my gear too, but these things didn't stay with me very long because they failed during either practice or live situation. Maybe I just had bad luck with them.

But I do love my LB-75 and wouldn't part with it for anything.


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Sep 26th, 2017 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had some Carvin kits that I wanted to really like but I could not ever bond with the neck carve----it was like a Ibanez shred neck with a flat radius and they would not change it.

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Sep 26th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carvin had done some different (non-Wizard style) neck shapes in the past few years. Some of these were custom order for awhile: I'm not sure how you get that option now.

The Holdsworth Fatboy neck is pretty beefy; some folks have ordered that neck shape on other Carvin instruments.

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Sep 26th, 2017 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I recently sold my Vintage 16 combo amp that I had for about 10 years. I still liked it but it simply fell victim to thinning the herd.

I still have a 1x12 Vintage Series cab with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker. It gets a lot of playing time. I frequently run my PRRI into it. The Orange Micro Terror also sounds great through that cab.

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Sep 27th, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carvin Vintage 16 amp. I like it a lot.

champster
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Sep 27th, 2017 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carvin Nomads show up on CL all the time around here. every once in a while a Vintage 16 will show up.

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Sep 27th, 2017 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yo Peegoo! Question: You mention, "I have a Vintage 16 1x12 combo. It's not a huge departure from the Peavey Classic 30...and a bit smaller too."

If you were given the choice of either a Carvin V16 combo (stock Carvin speaker equipped) or a PV Classic 30 (stock Blue Marvel) in similar condition at the same price... which would you choose?

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Deus

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Sep 27th, 2017 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It totally depends on the music you play and the volume you need.

The Classic 30 can get loud and clean. The Vintage 16 cannot.

And both do the EL84 crunch very well.

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El Californio

Sep 27th, 2017 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Obviously I should have mentioned... Clean is vitally important. Loud, not so much. -Thanks-

LeftyMeister

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Sep 27th, 2017 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've heard the newer Classic 30's can have quality issues because of poor circuit board design. I had a C30 15 years ago and it was a good amp, albeit loud for it's size.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

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Sep 29th, 2017 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For a really weak reason, I have never liked them because the only ones I've ever encountered looked..tired for lack of a better term. Hardware rubbed off, dry finishes, etc. Of course these examples were of Carvin of old, but that stuck with me..

reverend mikey
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Oct 2nd, 2017 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Yeah, I had a TL60T like yours too. Guitar had no soul and I had no passion for it. Extremely well built and gorgeous. Just couldn't connect."

This has been my experience with Carvin's typical neck through guitars. The combination of the neck-through and the 25" scale length (between Fender and Gibson) seems to make them sound "indistinct" for lack of a better term.

Kinda like the difference between a laminated acoustic versus a nice all solid wood one. I know, I know, PRS uses a 25" scale, but I've never been crazy about them, either. But obviously they're popular and well designed, well built guitars. What's the difference? Who knows...

Now some of Carvin's guitars, like the bolt neck models and the Holdsworth's, have a Fender scale neck (25.5"), and this makes a difference.

Of the 9 or 10 Carvin's I've owned over the years, there are a few I wish I could get back (a couple standard Holdsworths and an acoustic electric AC375), but I still have one of the 3 that's left that I'd like to sell.

The big problem with "custom made" Carvins is that no one else may want what you designed for yourself personally. No doubt that hurts their resale value, along with the public perception (or lack of knowledge) of them.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 10:35 AM, Oct 2nd, 2017)

bongo122819

usa

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Oct 4th, 2017 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 2 cents.......
I have the Carvin Microbass amp w/ 15" speaker + horn and it's a great little amp for low volume gigging - very solid and easy to carry.
I have a Carvin PA system - 6 channel powered mixer + 10"w/ horn Speakers. Excellent sound. I've used it to drive 15" cabs + monitors - no problem.
I used to own the Carvin Master Tube 100 - it was the lightest most compact 2x12 amp around. very powerful with an excellent clean sound to rival any Fender. the dirty channel....meh.

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