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post Aug 10 2008, 06:30 AM
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At long last, I've found the exact guitar I'm looking for. The carvin ct3. Look at the one with the maple neck in the picture (if you don't see it hit refresh). With some fine tuning of the specifics I think this might be my perfect guitar. I've been looking for a dual humbucker, mahogany body, maple neck and fretboard, hard tail guitar of high quality and a nice finish for a while.. they're hard to find tongue.gif What do you guys think, and what do you think of the pickup options? I don't know much about Carvin's, except that everyone has told me they make great gear.

Also, besides just the pickups, what would you guys suggest for the most balanced tone options? It'd be a mahogany body with a maple neck and fingerboard, what kind of carved top should I put on it and what pickups should I get for a guitar that can do jazz to metal?

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post Aug 10 2008, 07:20 AM
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She's a beauty and seems like it plays equally well. I've always found mahogany to be a very versatile wood for guitars, and maple necks are awesome, but as for pickups I'm not way too much help.

P.S. I just noticed its 8.25 lbs, Its probably has a nice warm, fat tone with sustain like no ones business.

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Thinking about the carved top - for which I'd need to get a ct4, wouldn't having an all maple neck balance out vs having a mahogany and rosewood neck connected to a mahogany/maple top body? Either way maple is my neck wood of choice.

[edit] By the way check out some of the great looking custom ct3's people have done. I think I'd like to try and replicate paint job on "dave terry's", but then "baimun's" looks very good too. Hmmm...

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post Aug 10 2008, 08:45 AM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Aug 9 2008, 11:30 PM) *
Thinking about the carved top - for which I'd need to get a ct4, wouldn't having an all maple neck balance out vs having a mahogany and rosewood neck connected to a mahogany/maple top body? Either way maple is my neck wood of choice.

[edit] By the way check out some of the great looking custom ct3's people have done. I think I'd like to try and replicate paint job on "dave terry's", but then "baimun's" looks very good too. Hmmm...


When you say "balance out" do you mean weight wise, because the maple will definitely help the back heaviness, but I'm not sure how much. If it is of concern go with the carved top, that will greatly help.


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post Aug 10 2008, 09:58 AM
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that is a beaut i would go for one but im saving up


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post Aug 10 2008, 03:59 PM
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wow those customs look great, look a lot like PRS
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post Aug 10 2008, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE (swingline @ Aug 10 2008, 03:45 AM) *
When you say "balance out" do you mean weight wise, because the maple will definitely help the back heaviness, but I'm not sure how much. If it is of concern go with the carved top, that will greatly help.


I meant tone wise, but I suppose weight is a consideration too. Mahogany is a pretty heavy wood as well, though not as heavy as maple. I have a maple neck on a hard ash body with my strat, it balances out pretty well and I think hard ash and mahogany are nearly comparable weight wise.


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post Aug 10 2008, 04:43 PM
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Looks like a realy nice guitar. Good sustain probably, due to the string through body!


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post Aug 10 2008, 04:47 PM
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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Aug 10 2008, 11:43 AM) *
Looks like a realy nice guitar. Good sustain probably, due to the string through body!


Yeah. I'm more of a hardtail guy, I almost never use the tremolo.


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post Aug 10 2008, 06:24 PM
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Got two carvins, they are amazing guitars, one is a 1986 DC200, and the other is a 2005 Bolt on. The guitar fells and sound great but the pickups deliver something quite different of what you can expect for the way I sounds acousticly.


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post Aug 10 2008, 08:29 PM
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Looks like a nice guitar smile.gif
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post Aug 11 2008, 12:17 AM
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Looks very nice indeed, I fell in love with the one on the top of the page, the one that has that "silverburst" kind of finish. But all in all every guitar on that page looks brilliant! smile.gif


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post Aug 11 2008, 06:09 AM
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QUOTE (Gerardo Siere @ Aug 10 2008, 01:24 PM) *
Got two carvins, they are amazing guitars, one is a 1986 DC200, and the other is a 2005 Bolt on. The guitar fells and sound great but the pickups deliver something quite different of what you can expect for the way I sounds acousticly.


Can you elaborate on the pickups?


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post Aug 11 2008, 05:10 PM
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If it has mahogany body and maple neck, it would sound very bright and brittle. You should but some bassy pups in to give it more low end. From jazz to metal - JB pickup is the very cool, but trebly, so it would be wise to check with Seymor DUncan mail support to really choose the best you need.


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post Aug 11 2008, 05:14 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 11 2008, 12:10 PM) *
If it has mahogany body and maple neck, it would sound very bright and brittle. You should but some bassy pups in to give it more low end. From jazz to metal - JB pickup is the very cool, but trebly, so it would be wise to check with Seymor DUncan mail support to really choose the best you need.


But would it sound as bright as a maple neck to an ash body? I'd think probably it'd have more bottom end than that, right? I'm talking about my strat. I'm kind of aiming for it to be a compromise between the way my strat feels and the way my 'paul sounds.


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post Aug 11 2008, 10:22 PM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Aug 11 2008, 02:09 AM) *
Can you elaborate on the pickups?

Yes you can get a lot of diferent tones with the pick ups.


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post Aug 12 2008, 01:18 AM
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QUOTE (Gerardo Siere @ Aug 11 2008, 05:22 PM) *
Yes you can get a lot of diferent tones with the pick ups.


Good. I assume the 2005 guitar you have would probably have similar if not the same pickups to the ones I'd be getting, which would be the C22's I guess.


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post Aug 12 2008, 01:39 AM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Aug 11 2008, 06:14 PM) *
But would it sound as bright as a maple neck to an ash body? I'd think probably it'd have more bottom end than that, right? I'm talking about my strat. I'm kind of aiming for it to be a compromise between the way my strat feels and the way my 'paul sounds.


I'm really not sure what to say man. If the wood is denser and heavier, sound is more brighter because vibrations from strings don't get soaked up by the wood. So my guess (and it is only a guess I'm not an expert in area of guitar building), sound will be bright. But as I said it is only a guess cause I can't tell with certain what kind of sound this guitar will produce with new pups. My guess JB will be fine for bridge although it can be a little trebly.


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post Aug 12 2008, 04:47 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 11 2008, 08:39 PM) *
I'm really not sure what to say man. If the wood is denser and heavier, sound is more brighter because vibrations from strings don't get soaked up by the wood. So my guess (and it is only a guess I'm not an expert in area of guitar building), sound will be bright. But as I said it is only a guess cause I can't tell with certain what kind of sound this guitar will produce with new pups. My guess JB will be fine for bridge although it can be a little trebly.


Well yeah, but mahogany isn't generally associated with a bright tone.. you just have me a little confused. The maple should be bright and trebly, but the mahogany will be a warmer bassier tone as I understand it so it should balance out.


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post Aug 12 2008, 07:55 AM
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