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The G.A.S. Station
View Jon's guitars and show off your own collection. If you're here then you have G.A.S (guitar acquisition syndrome)Easily upload you guitar pics and comment on others.
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Carvin: A Lefties best friend.
While many guitar companies refuse to make left hand models, or limit the choice to a basic model, Carvin has been pioneering the custom made
guitar option for decades.
If you've ever been into a Guitar Center only to see a Mexican Strat, maybe a Mexican Tele, and an Epiphone low end Les Paul then you know the frustration of finding good Left Hand guitars.
My journey started in the 1970s when in 1973 I received my first Carvin catalog. The huge PA System featured on the front cover made you want to hit the stage, or least get the guys together in your garage. In those catalogs lay a freedom for Lefties. I looked through the catalog, but ultimately placed an order at a local music store for my first real guitar. A Fender Stratocaster Left Handed. 4 colors to choose from and a 6 month wait was the norm in those days.
To give you a real picture of the local music store then; there were 12 guitars in the store. That's right 12, but Marshall amps had only been out for about 7 years at that point and they had one of those too. Anyway, years went by and the Carvin catalogs got better with more models, wood choices and finishes. The only hard part was unless you lived in California you had to order it sight unseen.
Years passed and many guitars had been through my hands by the 1990s. While in another small music store I saw a fellow showing off his Carvin to the owner. I couldn't believe my eyes. Neck through design with tung oil finish. Beautiful abalone inlay on an ebony fingerboard. The guitar was a masterpiece. Well like all of you I saw it and knew I would join the legions who bought, played and enjoyed Carvin guitars.
My first was a Holdsworth Fatboy which not only matched my physique, but featured a unique twin beam setup through the guitar leaving most of the body hollow to vibrate. No F holes, so no feedback. Though the standard was Alder, I could choose whatever wood I desired, and whatever finish as well. The guitar arrived and played unbelievably well, and the sound for so mellow, sweet for leads. You can watch this guitar on Guitars with Jon Way episode 13.
Later on I was able to locate a 1979 DC150. All maple. Stereo wiring and what a beauty. Then came my Carvin DC127 all walnut guitar. Unbeievable. The most recent is a DC 135 in Blue and she sings now with the Seymour Duncan Blackouts I put in her. Well I'm a believer. The cost of obtaining an instrument of this quality from the big boys like Fender, or Gibson would be unobtainable for the average player like me and many of you, but Carvin gives you the ability to have a super custom high end guitar for the cost of a standard production model from someone else.
Carvin now offers about 50 different models with your choice of body wood, neck wood, fingerboard, pickup configuration, bridge and tailpiece, hardware colors, and a wild choice of finishes. I hope you get a chance to play one of these fine instruments in your lifetime. I'm glad I did.