So I guess Carvin closed...

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So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by Larry Mal » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:47 pm

When I was a young Larry Mal, I drooled over their catalogs, and I just knew that you could get a guitar made by someone other than the big names that would do it all. I thought that a lot of guitarists were stuck in the past, slaves to tradition, playing whatever guitar they played because Eric Clapton did because Muddy Waters did and it was all so boring.

So I pawed over the catalog and got myself a Carvin. Neck through, hand made, with hum buckers that could be split into single coils, I felt that it could to it all, I sure did.

Six months later I got my first Jazzmaster and I don't even know where the Carvin is now. The thing sucked. It didn't "do it all", it didn't do anything.

I've been a loyal Fender and Gibson guitar player ever since. That was enough for me.

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Shame, though.
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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by JVG » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:04 pm

It is a shame. I remember Carvin being popular when I was kid. I never had one - I was too busy drooling over the Steve Vai Ibanez models (complete with handle). The more fluorescent the colour, the better. Or so I thought as a 12 year old!

Hmm, how about a bright green Jazzmaster with a JEM-style handle....hmmmm. I've clearly matured!

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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by mediocreplayer » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:03 pm

According to that post though (near the end), the guitars are and will still be made.

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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by StevenO » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:46 am

Larry Mal wrote: Six months later I got my first Jazzmaster and I don't even know where the Carvin is now. The thing sucked. It didn't "do it all", it didn't do anything.
This is my, and probably countless others, main concern about buying a custom or boutique (or really just any high-priced) instrument unseen and unplayed. I can think of many times that I've seen a guitar come up for sale locally through an ad on the internet and when I go to check it out, I'm horribly disappointed by it. And it happens at all price points, too.

There's a store I often go to that sells all sorts of high end boutique and Custom Shop guitars, and man... A lot of them are dogs, and most are worth more than my car. :wacko:

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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by Jaguar018 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:19 am

StevenO wrote:A lot of them are dogs, and most are worth more than my car.
There are also real dogs worth more than your car. :w00t:

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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by BoringPostcards » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:24 am

mediocreplayer wrote:According to that post though (near the end), the guitars are and will still be made.
Yea, but they have the Kiesel brand name on them now. Carvin brand was only being used for amps after they merged and that part is what's going out of business.

Carvin goes back 70+ years. They were around when Fender was just starting. Pretty sad.

I'd be worried it's a canary in the coal mine, but they had an odd business model. All custom orders, correct?
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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by marqueemoon » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:42 pm

I still have a Carvin 4x10 that I bought new in the mid 90's.

I had a Carvin bass head for a while around that time. It was pretty ok for the money. I even visited their LA showroom around that time and played a few dumb weenie guitars and basses with too many strings.

If you look at what Fender and Gibson are doing now they are playing to the extreme high and low ends of the market. That takes shit tons of money and involving people a family business might not want to. I don't know the business relationship betwen Carvin and Kiesel, but it's the same family. Seems like they're just closing the part of the business that isn't profitable and focusing on what they do well (making semi-custom shreddy guitars at reasonable prices).

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Re: So I guess Carvin closed...

Post by tribi9 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:27 pm

I saw a pic of a really cool late 60s Carvin electric guitar. It was a vsry nice looking design, I recall..

It even had custom shaped pickups

Wish i would have saved the picture.. :(
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