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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2010, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Carvin Neck Through Options

I am gassing for a Carvin neckthrough (DC400).

I am set for the quilted maple top, as it just looks stunning and I like the attack of maple tops. But I am torn on the choices of the neck (well most of body too) wood and the "wings" as this would be my first neckthru guitar.

So if some peeps with nechthru's (preferably Carvins) can post their expierience with the wood choices available for the DC400 it would be much appreciated.

The options for the DC400 are:
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Alder, Mahagony, Walnut, Swamp Ash, Koa.
Neck (Neckthrough Neck):
Maple, Maple with 2 Koa stripes, Mahagony with 2 Maple Stripes, Koa with 2 Maple stripes, Maple with 2 Walnut stripes, Walnut with 2 Maple stripes.
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Re: Carvin Neck Through Options

I ordered my last one (a 727) with the two piece mahogany neck, tung oiled. It's an option, but not listed in the 5 piece listings. I also got the mahogany body with the quilt top. It was an amazing sounding guitar

Carvins tend to sound bright, so all that mahogany didn't hurt her sound even a little. I would avoid the maple neck and alder body though, because that combo does tend to be overly bright sounding.
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Carvins tend to sound bright, so all that mahogany didn't hurt her sound even a little. I would avoid the maple neck and alder body though, because that combo does tend to be overly bright sounding.
That's really funny you say that. There's been many times where I've been *thiiiiiis* close to pulling the trigger on an ST300 with a maple neck, maple body and ebony fretboard.

The idea is to get something very similar to an ESP Kamikaze, but without the $3,000 price tag. You'd probably find the idea of maple/maple/ebony to be absolute brightness overkill. I don't mind brightness, I find it the easiest thing to contour with the EQ.
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I've owned and ordered new a number of Carvins over the years, and to me the maple neck through guitars tend to brightness. It's cool if you like that, but it's there. An oiled mahogany neck is a great thing though

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I've owned and oredered new a number of Carvins over the years, and to me the maple neck through guitars tend to brightness. It's cool if you like that, but it's there. An oiled mahogany neck is a great thing though
Can you give me an idea of what those neck finish options are? Carvin gives you a ton of them, but I'm not sure what "tung oil" and such mean. When I play with their custom builder, I just usually leave the neck with the default option. Ultimately, I like necks best when they are like those on Stratocasters and RGs to avoid "sticky neck".

I suppose I could email Carvin. I did that before to ask them what type of maple they use in their guitar bodies.
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They are either oiled bare wood or polyurethaned. Their painted necks do tend to stick, but the oiled ones feel like bare wood. There is no comparison playability wise, the oiled is the better playing neck.
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What did you guys think of the Carvin pups? Any good or did you change them out?
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The 6 string pickups are fine, no need to swap them out. The 7 string pickups aren't as good, and usually do get swapped. But I like their 6 string pickups.
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It took a while to realize that there's a separate section of their website that actually describes each of their pickups:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitarp...tarpickups.php

Just providing this in anyone had the same problems I did at first. I was just looking at the EQ chart on the custom guitar builder.
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I ordered my last one (a 727) with the two piece mahogany neck, tung oiled. It's an option, but not listed in the 5 piece listings. I also got the mahogany body with the quilt top. It was an amazing sounding guitar

Carvins tend to sound bright, so all that mahogany didn't hurt her sound even a little. I would avoid the maple neck and alder body though, because that combo does tend to be overly bright sounding.

Absolutely- on these neck throughs, even though some say wood doesn't matter- you want to use the Mahogany neck since it's the main part of the guitar on a neck through.

Koa also works very well for fatter, warmer sounds as the neck wood on these neck throughs.

A few other tips - the R-14 Radius is great if you're used to flatter than 12" Radius fingerboards- and you will fly on the Carvin .
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