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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2002, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Carvin DC models... - necks...other info appreciated

Lately I've been kinda looking at the Carvin neck through DC 127s..i like the H-H config as well as the fact that it's neck through, has an EBONY fav...and the fact i can choose stuff that i want on it....though the costs add up really quick...
I was just curious about how flat or round the neck is...i LOVE flat wizard style necks...another question is about the Floyd it routed deep for lifting like our beloved ibanezes and jacksons? *that's really the deciding factor along with the neck...dimarzios are going in anything i anyway...thanks anyone who can help.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2002, 10:07 AM
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If you like wizard necks, you will love a carvin neck profile....unless they have changed it. *It is flat and thin and you can just tear it up on a carvin board. *How they produce such great necks for so cheap I don't know. *I owned one back in the early 90's, a full tung oiled koa model, neck was koa was stunning to look at. *

The only thing I didn't like were the pickups. *And you have to have your guitar routed a little to fit new ones in there. *But that was a long time ago. *My buddy's carvin 7 string sounds really nice. *They have a 10 day trial period so I would worry about it. *Call them and get the neck dimensions and compare them to wizard dims, I bet they are close. *I traded my carvin and another guitar in for a Ibanez USA Custom Exotic Wood (quilt maple) and I actually thought the necks were very similar. *Be careful on your fret wire sizes that you have carvin put on...that can make a huge difference.
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Here's all the information you can eat.

I have always been highly curious about Carvin, but since I just got a RG421 it'll be awhile before the Carvin question comes up again for me.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2002, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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thanks a lot...that helps me a lot...the playability is most important to me...i was thinking about getting the holdsworth pickup option...i wanted the dunlop jumbo frets on it...and of course no inlays...i want to feel that smooth ebony fingerboard. *now if i can just find out about the routing for the floyd...i HAVE to be able to go up a fourth like on my lo pros...i was thinking mahogany body with either mape or mahogany neck...

...ironically...i was just looking at that exact image...i love that pearl blue finish...i think if and when i get one...probably will...ill get that color...i like flamed tops...but that pearl blue is beautiful.

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2002, 11:43 AM
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As much as I love my Carvin DC127, the neck dismensions are just not for me. *I like my neck thin yet slightly rounded on the back and slightly narrower. *The Carvin is a little too flat on the back *and wide at the nut for my tastes. *Closer to a Wizzard than to my Parker. *They make great guitars!!! *You can find one on e-Bay fairly cheap if you want to just try one out as a cheaper project guitar. *The Floyd rout is pretty standard I think. *You should be able to pull it up as much as any other. *It isn't a lo-profile version. *Just the regular "Original" floyd. *

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2002, 07:33 PM
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I love the neck. *Width is like a wizard (but flatter; 15" radius), but the thickness is more like an ultra.

The fretwork and fingerboard rock. *I have 2 Carvin necks, and they both beat any Ibanez I've had in finishing quality. *But they only offer the one profile on the DC series.

Oh, and the scale on a DC is 25", so it'll feel slinkier than a 25.5" wizard. The bolt ons are 25.5".
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2002, 08:40 AM
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The Ibanez neck has a "flatter" radius (19" vs. Carvins 15" radius) I believe... I wasn't terribly happy with the feel of my DC127's neck either, which is why I let it go - I thought it felt stiff, manufactured, angular... it's hard to explain but it felt like it had never been touched by human hands - I didn't like it... I also thought the electronics and cavity covers were extremely poor quality for an American made instrument... Ibanez puts better quality pots, switches and cavity covers on it's Japanese guitars than Carvin put on my DC127... I think it's too bad you can't try one before you buy one, because if I'd had the opportunity to play and examine one for 15 minutes before getting mine, I'd have known it wasn't for me... Still, I did trade it for my much-loved Nitefly, so the story has a happy ending
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2002, 12:28 PM
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Ibanez tops out at 430mm radius - that's about 16-17". *My bad; for some reason I thought they were 12".

I dunno about Carvin switches, but I DO know that the switches in my sabres were the WORST I've ever used, bar none. *The one in my current Radius is better; dunno if it's original or not. *Maybe I just got a couple bad ones before.

I disagree with the feel thing. *Other than a better fretboard and better frets & fretwork, my Carvin necks feel as human as my Ibanez ones. *Is it maybe the drier ebony you're feeling? *

I wonder which company's CNC machine is more human? *;-)

And you CAN try them out. *Don't like it, return it; that's the deal.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2002, 12:56 PM
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The Carvin floyds are deep routed - at least on the DC747 (7 string guitars). *Here's a link to a picture of the Floyd and route on my DC747.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2002, 02:19 PM
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I played through a fixed bridge Carvin DC747 the other day (neck-thru) and it was KILLER. Makes the AANJ of any Ibanez guitars feel clunky by comparison. I'm not putting down Ibanez at all, but the neck-thru allows for even easier access to reach up to the 24th frets. Very comfortable (and an ebony board, too).
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-15-2002, 03:04 PM
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I love both of mine (pic here). *My only complaint is that the frets on the black one with the ebony board extend past the edge of the fingerboard and are a little jagged. *I plan to correct this by simply filing them. *I'm guessing the ebony board shrunk a little after the frets were pressed and dressed. *No such problems on the maple board DC747. *

The pups are nice - pretty tame (think PAF) but with nice clean tones and with drive, they sound pretty schweet to my ears. *If you do replace them, you'll have to route as they're sized smaller than comparable Dimarzios. *Check the 7 string forum as there's a thread there where I detailed the exact dimensions.

Used, they go incredibly cheap. *I bought both of mine used and have a whopping $825 between the two of them...
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