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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Carvin Kits

I was thinking about getting one of these as it could be good fun. Does any one know if these guitar kits are any good? I know the pickups will most probably be crap so i'll up grade them. Also as it only comes with a normal trem will it be hard to convert to take a FR?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 09:51 PM
 
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They are the best kit you'll get anywhere near the price. The same as their bolt guitar, just in pieces. I don't think their pups are crap, either. IMO the quality is very competitive, though you may not prefer the sound.
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-08-2004, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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So does it play well? Does it feel like a nice guitar (say RG of strat) or does it feel like a cheap guitar.
Don't know why this topic got posted twise, must have been coz I edited what I wrote. Mods please delete the other one please.
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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-08-2004, 10:50 PM
 
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Actually, I don't have the full kit. But I have lots of the parts I got seperately, and they all rock and are great for the money, even without the discount you get when buying a whole kit!
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-09-2004, 07:04 PM
 
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Yeah man pending on how good you are at set ups. If you know what you are doing they can play awesome! I'm not a big fan of 22 fret necks,, but man they give you quality for your money! HS3's are awesome in them things as well. The stock pickups are actually nice,,,depending on what sort of sound you are after. Buy the kit and you have a kick ass start on a custom one of a kind.

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-13-2004, 12:01 AM
 
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Carvin is top shelf stuff.

Warmoth has some good kits as well, but from what I've heard they have nothing on the Carvins. I have actually played a Carvin kit guitar, VERY nice.
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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-13-2004, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for your replies guys. I might have to get one of these kits then. I'm supprised how much you all praise the guitar as it's only a $350 kit, I suppose it just goes to show a guitar doesn't have to be expensive to be good.
Does any one know if it's hard to cut out the wood to the right dimentions to put a FLoyd rose in or is it a job for a professional?
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personally I would leave it the way it is. It would make you play or force you to play differently which is great for expanding your playing abilities. However if you must,, I would certainly take it to Luthier.

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Right ok then, your probably right because I wouldn't want to mess the locking nut at the top up. As for using it to make me play differantly, well I only have two guitars, a fender strat and an RG1570. The Rg is currently being sprused by mr. Herc Fede which means my main axe currently doesn't have a FR. What are those wilkinson trems like that can come with the kit?
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Wilkinsons are nice,,,there not Lopro's,,, they are a different sort of trem,,nice but different. I'm spoiled by lo pro's. Wilkensons are are simple.

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...and sometimes simple is definately NOT a bad thing. I've had great experiences with Lo-Pro's, but I have to admit, changing the strings on them (and stretching and getting the knife edges parallel, etc) can be kind of a chore... sometimes a chore I'd rather not deal with. But the guits I have with the Lo-Pro's sound so good, there's no way I'm getting rid of them (RGT3120, JEM77BFP). Comparatively, changing strings on the PGM10th is a breeze and I can pull alternate tunings whenever I want!

Actually, I'm getting a Carvin TL60 on Thursday that is a hardtail / string-through. Really really basic guitar w/ single-coils. I'm looking forward to having a good playing, in-tune-staying, low-maintenance beater guitar!

-Ben
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Ben,,, be sure to post some pictures of that thing! I've been entertaining the same guitar. String through hard tails are nice. It's fun to have them around,,, no hassle sort of thing. They serve as a fun break from the Trem systems!

Congrats dude!

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How do mean the wilkinsons are differant? can they do big dive bombs?
I would never have even looked at Carvin for guitars had I not seen a video with Jason Becker playing one which made me wanna check em out. I might have to get thier 1900w bass head at some point, that thing would destroy everyones spline in the building

http://www.carvin.com/products/singl...500&CID=BA
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Ben,,, be sure to post some pictures of that thing!
I'll definately post a couple pics after I clean her up Thurs. night or Friday. It's not new, and it's definately not to MY specs... but if I were to have a custom Carvin TL60, it would go over $1000 easily. I just wanted a nice, bright single-coil guitar with 24 frets... low maintennance... and not so nice that I worry about banging it around a bit. Plus, since it was used, the price was right for this sort of 'risk purchase'... we'll see what she's like when she shows up!

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How do mean the wilkinsons are differant? can they do big dive bombs?
Wilkinsons are more like traditional Strat-style trems. Yes, you can do big dive bombs, but don't expect big pull-ups or fluttering. In combination with the Sperzel's, they'll keep the guitar wonderfully in tune.

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