Im asking this question because ive noticed something about myself concerning carvin guitars and im curious as to how many other people might feel the same way to verify im not bonkers. If you are a fan of carvin guitar by all means that is awesome. I know many people are happy with them and if that is the case for you then this thread simply doesnt apply to you.
My issue with them is that in my experience they make a beautiful guitar. Many of the guitars Ive ordered or picked up used have been as close to physical perfection as humanly possible. Paint is always flawless. The woods always have tons of figure. But I have to say most of them that I have owned sound and feel dead. Now mind you Ive been a carvin fanboy since 2005. I nearly played them exclusively for that long. In those years I have owned over 10 of their instruments. And out of those 10 only one of them sticks out in my mind as actually being a keeper.
The issues I had with them is that they for the most part sounded dead. You know that sound you get when you have old strings on your guitar? Thats what most of them sounded like even with fresh cobalts on them. I also noticed that the ones that were really really bad in the tone department were exceptionally heavy weight wise. Im curious if carvin is drying their wood properly. In my long membership on carvin devoted forums I have witnessed several paint separation issues and Im wondering if the wood on some of their instruments have too much moisture left in them creating that dull feel and sound as well as the paint issues. Its either that or maybe they just werent for me?
I am curious though how the people who have stopped playing carvin guitars feel about them and why they may have moved on. Some people just upgrade to higher prestige brands and never look back. Im more looking for responses with those who actually felt that the carvin product is somehow inferior. I dont believe I'm the only one as I seem to see carvin fans cycling through carvin guitars very quickly. It seems that within 6 months to a year nearly every carvin NGD ends up on the chopping block. Many times I see the same exact guitar never finding a permanent home. Thoughts?
That has ALWAYS been my problem with Carvin. I've maybe played three over the years that I would consider worth owning. Most of them are shrill and dead above the twelfth fret.