Okay, now that I'm off the high of my new Carvin (sorta
) I thought I'd give a comparison thread about my feelings between my Jason Becker model ANd the loyal prestige that has been my main axe until I got my Carvin, the RG2550MZ. I didn't know where to put this thread so I stuck it here, if this is the wrong place, mods please move it to the correct forum. thanks
I'm not gonna go over wood or anything because Carvin is a custom shop and you can get anything you want. I'm just going to go over things like neck playability, sound, etc.
I'll start with the 2550, as I got it first and have played it a lot longer.
Neck: I like the neck, it's perfect in width and thickness imo. I wish it was just a little more round, but you can't really get any more round with such a thin neck
I love the rosewood as it compliments the white body and the inlays stand out more (which is one of the main reasons I got this guitar in the first place).
One thing I don't like about the neck is the finish. It feels really slow compared to the tung oil finish on the back of the JB. It's not bad, just not as smooth.
I left the Dimarzio IBZs in here for a long time but I changed out the single coil for a Dimarzio Blue velvet. Other than that, it's all stock. I love these pups. very balanced, love the IBZ neck pup. Very warm but not insanely high in mids like the Gravity storm. I haven't changed em for good reason: They give me EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a pickup.
For the first time tonight, I really worked the trem arm on this baby. Had to do some minor string stretching but once that was done, this thing was rock solid. The ZPS really does work great.
Having the tension knob is soooo helpful. Easy to adjust tension. Also, being that the neck is rosewood, it doesn't need massive amounts of cleaning to keep it looking great so that makes life REALLY easy.
Now for the Carvin JB200C
This is a 25 inch scale (versus the 25.5 of the 2550) and that allows the string to be slightly looser when installed (easier for bends and such). The Tung oil finish is AMAZING. So smooth, like a baby's behind. You can fly across the neck as fast as you want and nothing will hold you up. Also, as the neck is narrower (and rounder) it works great for chording and feels VERY comfortable when playing (even for an Ibanez player).
I put Carvin's most brutal pups in this thing, the M22SD and M22V. These things are very much like the Dimarzio Evos, in the sense that they are insanely high output. Add into that the Active electronics and these things SCREAM. Not good for playing at home with low volume
They are very balanced in sound (something I like about these over the Evos) and harmonics sing (not as good as the Dimarzio AT-1, but good enough). There are 12 pole pieces per coil, and the reason Carvin does this is because they believe it helps with sustain. I can attest that it DOES help. Comparing the sustain of this to the 2550, the notes on the JB sing for a LONG time. The 2550 do die out pretty quick.
I'm still getting this baby broken in, but I think I finally have everything set up properly. Being that it's an OFR, it's pretty stable (not as stable as ZPS though). gets the job done.
Being that this is a flamed maple fingerboard, it needs to be cleaned often (unless you feel like relicing it
). I haven't had to YET, but it's a job I'm dreading
OTOH, being that Carvin puts it's own in-house brand of locking tuners, string changes are EASY. During string stretching this week, I broke a string and had to do a string change. Went VERY smoothly.
The gloss Carvin uses leaves fingerprints REALLY clearly so having to wipe off everything takes a lot of time
I just thought I'd post my thoughts on both guitars and not be a fanboy of one brand or the other (seeing as how I've been raving about my JB for so long lol). I won't do scoring and stuff because I think that takes away from the purpose of this comparison. I like both guitars, they both play great and thanks to the JB, I've finally rediscovered why I love Ibanez so much as well (as well as falling in love with Carvin products)