Hey guys, here's my new Carvin DC800! I think this one is pretty special, it really turned out amazing.
Let's start with a video, shall we?
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Y8oryd8cE]Francesco Filigoi - Meshuggah "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" w/ Carvin DC800 - YouTube[/VIDEO]
And of course, pics! You can download hi-res versions of these shots here
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- all tung oil finish
- alder wings
- flame neck through
- burl maple top
- birdseye maple fingerboard
- abalone diamond inlays
- jumbo stainless steel frets
- wooden knobs
- ivory graphtec nut
- white pearloid Sperzel buttons
- abalone Carvin logo
- Dunlop straplocks
There's a lot to say about this guitar. I originally ordered this one since I was sick of waiting for my BRJ custom order, and really needed an 8 string, so purchased this one.
My expectations weren't super high, but this instrument has really exceeded all of them, BY FAR.
I really cannot say anything bad about the guitar, the woods are epic and overall build quality is on par with the top gamers imho.
Fret access is unreal and it plays like a breeze. Fretwork is incredibly good, superior to many other high-end guitars I had in the past.
The neck shape is very similar to regular JP7s, only just a bit meatier and of course wider due to the 8th string.
The guitar is not harsh/trebly at all, but rather resonant and meaty. Elixir strings have more tension and I can drop E with a 68 just fine.
It also handles tuning like nothing else, if I pick a string really hard while tuning it, the tuner stays absolutely firm and doesn't oscillate, unbelievable.
Only things I don't like that much are Sperzel's pearloid white buttons (I think I just prefer the black ones aestethically) and the pickups are very weird: these are very high output pickups that are super sensitive to height placement, the voicing is kinda weird but they definitely sound like actives. They're not bad at all, but maybe I'm just used to BKPs. These are so different I had to build a new Axe Fx II preset from the ground, rather than tweaking my existing ones.
If you have an Axe Fx II, you might be interested on the preset I've built specifically for this guitar, which you can download here http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5864881/Chuggah_v2.syx
Bear in mind, it's VERY dry and made for really high output pickups like these, it doesn't work well with my other guitars.
I hoped you liked this NGD, now lemme go back shreddin it!
Pretty! How is that flatmount bridge? It's not a real Hipshot is it?