Carvin’s new Vanquish Series electric basses represent a radical departure from traditional bass guitars, and are the next step in the evolution of the instrument. The 4-string V49K, 5-string V59K and 6-string V69K Vanquish basses are loaded with exciting new features, including a beveled body designed for comfort as well as great looks and a 5-bolt neck joint for improved neck/body contact resulting in better sustain and punch. Additionally, the V69K is the Custom Shop’s first-ever bolt-neck 6- string bass.
Other features, including a Hipshot™ A-style bridge and 24-fret neck add to the superior range, tone and playability of the Vanquish Series. Electronics consist of a pair a radiused-top humbuckers with 18V active/passive module; controls include master volume, pickup blend, push/pull active and passive tone control, stacked concentric bass and treble frequency cut or boost. Optional single-coil radiused-top pickups are available for more jazzy styles of music.
Like all USA-made Carvin Custom Shop instruments, you can order your new Vanquish bass by choosing from a huge assortment of options, including body, top, neck and fingerboard woods; finishes, inlays, fretwire, hardware and more. You can design your Vanquish bass exactly the way you want it to suit your own playing style and personal tastes.
In addition, the Custom Shop has added some new finish options. Deep Nightburst (shown on the V69K above) is Carvin's Deep Aquaburst with the addition of purple burst edges. Translucent Moss Green is similar to the Deep Moss Green that's been available on flamed and quilt top woods, but can but used on plain woods like alder and swamp ash. Check out the Vanquish Series basses along with these new finishes at Carvin.com, and design your own Custom Shop masterpiece!
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Rave reviews continue to come in for Carvin’s new PB Series electric basses, and the latest is from Bass Player Magazine. They say, “Happily, the PB5 has a killer B string that receives ample coverage from the pickup, and has a tight, defined acoustic response that makes it very playable, even in the higher positions. There was a time when you had to go with a premium boutique build to get this kind of B string at 34” scale, but Carvin seems to have figured this one out a long time ago. The PB5 can produce a wide range of tones from the P-Bass spectrum – from thumpy Jamerson to grindy Entwistle, and it manages to “look right” without being a cookiecutter copy. Carvin’s overall fit and finish is top notch, and with the savings of dealing directly with the factory, you can step into a U.S.-built 5-string for under a grand. Pretty sweet.” Follow the link below to read the complete review.
Carvin’s PB4 and PB5 basses can be custom-ordered with a multitude of options, including body, neck and fingerboard woods, highly figured premium top woods, dozens of finishes, a wide selection of inlays, different fretwire sizes in nickel and stainless steel and an assortment of pickup and electronics options suitable for any playing style. Check out the PB Series for yourself, and see why these new basses are the
talk of the industry!
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On the heels of the radical new X54 5-string bass, which debuted at NAMM '14 to rave reviews from players and press, the Custom Shop is pleased to introduce the 4-string version, the Xccelerator X44. The X44 is now available for ordering on Carvin.com.
Like its 5-string sibling, the X44 is loaded with new features, including a faster playing, thinner carbon-fiber reinforced neck; deep sculpted cutaways allowing easy access high on the fingerboard; a new aggressive inline bass headstock; available natural body binding; and a new pickup configuration incorporating a split-coil neck pickup with an all-new radiused bridge humbucker and active/passive electronics. These new features make the X44 much more than just a new shape – it’s a completely new instrument, designed from the ground up with the bass player in mind.
Check out the new Xccelerator Series, and let the Custom Shop build yours!
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The Custom Shop is taking its bass lineup in an exciting new direction with the release of the new Xccelerator Series! The introductory model, the X54 5-string, debuted at NAMM '14 to rave reviews from players and press.
In response to many customer requests, the X54 is loaded with new features, including a faster playing, thinner graphite-reinforced neck; deep sculpted cutaways allowing easy access high on the fingerboard; a new aggressive bass headstock; available natural body binding; and a new pickup configuration incorporating a split-coil neck pickup with an all-new radiused bridge humbucker and active/passive electronics. These new features make the X54 much more than just a new shape – it’s a completely new instrument, designed from the ground up with the bass player in mind.
The Xccelerator X54 is available online now, and is also available in 4-string and 6-string configurations, the X44 and X64, which will be available on Carvin.com soon. However, you can call Carvin at (800) 854-2235 to place your order for any of these models today. Check out the new Xccelerator Series, and let the Custom Shop build yours!
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Carvin is excited to offer our newest Custom Shop instrument, the SCB6 single cutaway bevel-top guitar. The SCB6 is a radical departure in aesthetics from other Carvin guitars, with sleek and stylish looks combined with superior materials and craftsmanship and over 65 years of experience building the highest quality, USA-made instruments that are suitable for all playing styles at any level.
Neck-through design, an alder body with Eastern hard rock maple neck and tune-o-matic/stoptail bridge provide unsurpassed playability and amazing tone with sustain for days. Like all Carvin Custom Shop instruments, you can choose from a massive assortment of finishes; premium neck, body, fingerboard and top woods; inlays; fretwire and much, much more. Carvin's innovative "M" Bridge, Wilkinson tremolo, or a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo can also be selected. The SCB6 comes equipped with Carvin’s popular Classic Series C22 humbuckers, with dual volume and tone controls and a 3-way lever-style pickup selector.
The Custom Shop can build your new SCB6 exactly the way you want it, creating a masterpiece that will impress you, your bandmates and your audience.
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Due to overwhelming requests from our customers, Carvin is pleased to announce the new DC7X extended-scale 7-string guitar. The Custom Shop has taken the extended baritone scale of the popular DC800 eight-string model, and combined that with the sleek features of the DC700, to create an entirely new instrument that satisfies the playability of an ERG with the lower range of a seven-string.
Neck-through design, an alder body with Eastern hard rock maple neck and Hipshot™ bridge provide unsurpassed playability and sustain for days. Like all Carvin Custom Shop instruments, you can choose from a massive assortment of finishes; premium neck, body, fingerboard and top woods; inlays; fretwire and much, much more. Carvin's innovative "M" Bridge or a Floyd Rose tremolo can also be selected. The DC7X comes equipped with Carvin’s direct-mount A70N & A70B pickups, with industry-standard size pickup routing for easy swapping. Controls consist of a master volume and passive tone control with a 3-way lever-style pickup selector. The DC7X has superior tone definition because our active electronics are built on a full size circuit board utilizing full size components which allow us to achieve superior tone and lower signal to noise ratio. This breakthrough in active electronics technology eliminates the thin, over-compressed sound generally associated with actives. Additionally, for fans of passive tone, you may also order a pair of Carvin’s Classic D26 humbuckers with passive electronics.
The Custom Shop can build your new DC7X exactly the way you want it, creating a 7-string masterpiece that will blow you, your bandmates and your audience away. Whether you’re an experienced 7-string player, or looking to take your sound and performance to a new level, Carvin’s DC7X is the ideal axe to get you there.
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Carvin’s new Ultimate Soft Cases are a musician’s dream! Available in three models: SC10 for guitars, SC8 for basses, and SC7 for Holdsworth headless guitars. Much sturdier than a gig bag, but lighter and less bulky than a traditional hardshell case. The unique semi-rigid design can support a 36 pound amplifier – even when empty! The interior is heavily padded and plush to protect your instrument, and also features a large padded neck cradle and headstock spacer (SC10 and SC8) to accommodate different length instruments while protecting the headstock tip. The SC10 guitar model also includes a removable padded insert, allowing the case to snugly accommodate instruments of various body widths. The exterior has a padded handle for carrying comfort, heavy-duty nylon backpack straps, and zippers than can be secured with a standard luggage padlock (not included). Two outside pouches carry all of your accessories, and are big enough for books, tablet computer, cords, straps, etc. The second pouch has a cell phone/MP3 player pocket, business card holder and pen/pencil holders.
These cases are strong enough that you can order one with your new Carvin Custom Shop instrument in lieu of a traditional hardshell case. Available with all new Carvin instruments on Carvin.com, as well as at all southern California Carvin locations.
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Carvin is excited to debut the next generation of bolt-neck basses, the PB4 and PB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Basses. These exciting new instruments take the looks that bassists appreciate, and combines them with contemporary features as found on other Carvin basses. The PB4 and PB5 are more than just another take on a classic design; Carvin’s locking bass bridge, premium hand-selected tone woods, sculpted neck heel, and new split-coil alnico pickup make the PB4 and PB5 true player’s basses, with exceptional playability and tone combined with unsurpassed made in the USA quality.
The passive SCP split-coil P-type humbucking pickup is designed for both 4 and 5 string basses. Each coil incorporates a single large Alnico V magnet and vintage plain enamel wire is used for its sweet and natural well-rounded bottom end, full punchy mids and dynamic highs. The single alnico magnet means that you won’t get any signal drop off like you do from a conventional P-type pickup if the strings are not perfectly centered between the pole pieces. Controls consist of a master volume control and tone control. You can add a single coil jazz-style pickup in the bridge position of your PB4 or PB5 for a P/J pickup configuration. The P/J pickup option can be ordered with active or passive electronics, giving you a wide range of tones suitable for all style of music.
Like all Carvin Custom Shop instruments, you can choose from a complete selection of options, including body, neck, fingerboard and exotic top woods; solid, translucent and deep finishes; inlays and fretwire; hardware color and much more. You can order your new PB4 or PB5 exactly the way you want it, to suit your personal aesthetics and playing style.
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Carvin recently built a custom AC40 acoustic-electric bass for renowned bassist John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. John visited Carvin’s Hollywood showroom looking for a new A/E bass, and was impressed with tone and playability of the AC40, so the Custom Shop made one for him to his specs. He was nice enough to invite several Carvin staffers to Sony Studios in LA where Fleetwood Mac was rehearsing for their upcoming North American tour to deliver his new instrument. John stated that he loved the “playability of the bass”, the “great feel of the neck”, and appreciated that the AC40 has “a lot of headroom”. He summed it up in two words: “Wow!”, and “Wow!”. John’s AC40 will now be part of John’s rig for the current tour, and Carvin is very proud to be associated with a bassist of John’s stature and skill. Visit fleetwoodmac.com for tour dates and other Fleetwood Mac info.
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Check out the AE185-12 acoustic electric 12-string guitar review in the August 2013 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. VG says: “Sound-wise, the AE185-12 offers myriad tones, from shimmering electric to fairly realistic acoustic. From the Beatles to the Byrds to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and any number of tracks from Yes, Genesis, or R.E.M., the AE185-12 can be mined for a world of 12-string textures.” They go on to say: “Certainly, George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 360/12 and Jimmy Page’s Gibson EDS-1275 were incredible instruments, but it’s quite likely that George and Jimmy would have drooled over the AE185-12. It’s a terrific reinvention of the 12-string guitar and one that will appeal to electric and acoustic enthusiasts equally.”
Check out the Carvin AE185-12 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar for yourself. You can choose from hundreds of Custom Shop options to design your AE185-12 exactly the way you want it. And, of course, it’s made in the USA!