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  1. #1

    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Location: Capital of NY
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    MA: 90's era Fender 12 string
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    NGD: Carvin DC727- all walnut, no frills!

    So, this baby came last Monday but given as how I dropped and broke my new cell phone I couldn't take any pics until this past weekend.

    This is my first Carvin, and I am very impressed. My first observations: the soft-case is really nice. Mine was free, but even at $59 it would be a super bargain. While I have had guitars with oil finishes before, this is the first to have this tung oil-satin finish. It feels as smooth as a baby's bottom! Except for the occasional place where the grain is a bit opened and I feel it mostly because my hands are prone to dry skin, this is an incredibly uniform and smooth finish. I wonder whether it is just tung oil or some blend with something else. Either way I love it.

    As I showed in an earlier factory pic, the grain on this is absolutely beautiful, front and back. I couldn't be happier. It was almost in perfect tune right from the factory, and I have done nothing to set it up (nor do I expect needing to do anything in the near future). Fret ends were super smooth, and the ebony board is nice. I think my photos tend to make the wood appear a little darker than it is due to the flash, but I am limited in how or when I take the pics (like after my son is in bed and I go down to the basement to do some "work").

    My rig is only a tiny ZT Lunchbox Jr. right now, so that may have contributed to my assessment of its sound. I think the bridge pickup is too hot, resulting in a kind of fuzzy or muddy sound that wasn't at all appreciated unless I significantly backed off the tone control. The neck pickup was slightly better, and not too bad. However, as I have never heard anyone rave about Carvin stock pickups I had pretty planned to replace these from the start. I have a new set of BKP Warpigs that I have been saving for the right guitar and will probably pop them in there.

    My goal was to make a nice, natural finished walnut guitar with as few options as possible, and to that end the only options I paid for were the all-walnut construction, the jumbo stainless steel frets, and the rosewood knobs. It had a free gig bag and a $20 coupon to boot. I'm now seriously thinking about paring down my collection to just this and my Ibanez S5427.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
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    I'd be concerned about the brightness with walnut, but otherwise, DAMN that's a beautiful guitar. Congrats!
    Disclaimer: I work ultra part-time for a local music gear dealer

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    Join Date: Sep 2012
    Location: wickford
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    looks very nice Suho. is walnut known for being bright then? i heard it was quite close to mahogany ?

    im starting a walnut/mahogany build soon and i'm on the look out for some pickups for it, so i'm curious to how the warpigs work out for you

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    Join Date: Nov 2008
    Location: St.Louis USA
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    Generally walnut is bright and snappy, but that always ring true.
    Confront and Cry

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    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Location: Capital of NY
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    I think it is kind of like mahogany, but with a little high end sizzle and maybe a bit of growl.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Riverside, Ca
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    Mmmmmm, stripey.

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    Join Date: Dec 2013
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    Congrats bro looks awesome! I love my DC800!

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    Join Date: Jul 2012
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    Looks awesome man. Clips!

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