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LeftyMeister

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Sep 23rd, 2017 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't hear much about them anymore. I believe they were sold. I still own a Carvin Bolt kit. In fact, it's my oldest guitar at about 20 years.

I had a gorgeous TL60 (tele-style) with an amazing bookmatched orange flame top, but regrettably I sold it about a decade ago.

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Sep 23rd, 2017 10:58 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.

LeftyMeister

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Sep 23rd, 2017 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now that you mention it, the reason I sold it was because it felt dead (ie, poor resonance). I attributed it to the thru-block.

Thanks for the reminder. :o)

The Bolt Kit is my 'leave out' guitar so that I always have one handy.

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Sep 23rd, 2017 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only Carvin I have is a 12" Carven speaker.

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Sep 23rd, 2017 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Carvin MB-10 Bass Combo amp (1 X 10") which I like. I often run a Darkglass Vintage Microtubes Overdrive through it after splitting my Guild Starfire Bass signal between it and a TC BG-250 Bass Combo (1 X 15") with a Lehle Little Dual AB/Y for simultaneous output through both amps. The TC stays clean to retain low frequencies, which can sometimes present a problem with bass distortion/OD. The Lehle pedal completely isolates the two signals.

(This message was last edited by Taildragger at 03:41 PM, Sep 23rd, 2017)

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Sep 23rd, 2017 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is obviously the wrong board to be talking about Carvin - probably aren't a lot of passionate fans here...

...I still have three; a Holdsworth Fatboy (which was my first Carvin), a DC150 and a CL450 nylon string. I've owned a number of others, and sold them for various reasons (the lack of feel or soul being one thing). I would sell the nylon and DC150, but the market just stinks right now (and probably isn't going to get any better for non-vintage pieces).

Carvin hasn't been sold (I don't believe); still family owned. But they have split the guitar and bass piece off into a separate division from amps, PA, etc. That division is now called Kiesel (the family name), which Carvin is still used for amps and PA.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 06:37 PM, Sep 23rd, 2017)

LeftyMeister

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Sep 23rd, 2017 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Mike. I thought the name change indicated a sale or buyout.

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Sep 23rd, 2017 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A lot of their place in the market has been lost as budget alternatives emerged and got better and better and better and....

The last real buzz I ever heard about them was in the days where guitar magazines were still *the thing.*

Since options have opened and you can see anything anywhere, they just sort of dropped off.

ejm

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Sep 23rd, 2017 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still have my 1984 or so XV112E amp. It's sort of become my "science project" platform for trying amp mods. Never had a problem with it. They can still get a decent price on the used market if you find the right buyer.

From 1996 to 2003 or so I had a guitar, DC135T. Good Wilkinson trem, Sperzel tuners, three pups (one HB), gold plating, great transparent green finish, HSC, got it for a great price new........everything you'd want. I had a couple of "vintage snob" players remark at jams how good that guitar sounded.

Never really bonded with it. Thin sort of shredder neck. One day I was playing it and something went "kink" in my fretting hand. There's an old guitar players rule that says that any guitar that hurts your hand has to go. (In all fairness, it was either the guitar or the fact that I hit my hand a couple of weeks earlier out in the garage with a hammer trying to fix an ax, but I digress.)

I walked into a GC a couple of weeks later not looking for anything in particular, and saw a used Clapton Strat.

The next day, the Clapton and the Carvin changed residences.


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Sep 23rd, 2017 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have some Carvin gear:

-DC125 custom
-XB100 half stack
-XB100 1x12 combo
-SX100 1x12 combo
-Two boxtop powered mixers

All this gear has had some use and it is all still going strong. I'm a huge fan.

As I understand the brand's metamorphosis--the company split, and part of the family took the Carvin name (a combination of the names of Lowell Kiesel's sons Carson and Vince, or something like that) and they make only PA and pro sound gear.

The other part of the family continues the guitar and bass production under the Kiesel brand.

here's an article about it

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Sep 23rd, 2017 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got this ...

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LeftyMeister

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Sep 23rd, 2017 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo, thanks for the link.

Our church still uses Carvin wedge monitors that our band bought 15 years ago.

Pinetree
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Sep 23rd, 2017 09:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, and so do some of my buddies.

Kiesel is where it's at these days.

External link

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Sep 23rd, 2017 10:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a new Kiesel headless bass that is blowing me away.

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Sep 24th, 2017 12:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carvin finally came out with a headless Holdsworth signature model. If a lefty was available, I would have ordered one.

Pinetree
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Sep 24th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carvin is now Kiesel.

And yes, a lefty Holdsworth is available.



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Sep 24th, 2017 10:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Carvin got a lot of bad rap in the marketplace largely because they were not available through conventional music retailers...and due to that, most music stores gave them the stink eye and tended to bad mouth them to customers. Some of the bad rep is deserved but much of it is not. They made some jam up amps and guitars. For quite a while we also could not get tech data or parts for their amps or guitars as they required you do go through their product support folks and were there was no profit margin in that for wholesale sellers and repairers.

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Sep 24th, 2017 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm keeping an eye out for a nice *cheap* used Carvin Vintage 16 head since they discont'd them last yr.
They're cool.

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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.

Carvin CT6

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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.

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