Shane Gibson, 1979 – 2014

Shane Gibson

It is with deepest sadness that we announce that guitarist and Carvin artist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5:45 AM on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old. Shane was a long-time member of the Carvin family, having conducted numerous clinics, appeared multiple times at NAMM, and performed with Carvin gear on stages around the world for countless fans.  He was a very talented and gifted musician, and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity. He will be missed beyond measure, and we take solace in knowing that his spirit will live on through his music and fans. 

Shane's final recording with his band stOrk, titled "Broken Pieces", was just released this past Monday, and showcases his talent and skill, and will be a fitting memorial to Shane's legacy as one of the preeminent guitarists of the hardcore/punk genre.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, bandmates and all those who loved him as much as we did.

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New Vanquish Series Basses From Carvin

Vanquish Series Basses
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, and design your own Custom Shop masterpiece!

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Bass Player Magazine Reviews the Carvin PB5 Classic Bass

Bass Player Magazine PB5 Review

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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New SCB6 Single Cutaway Bevel-Top Guitar

Carvin Sales & Specials

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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New Ultimate Soft Instrument Cases from Carvin

Ultimate Soft Cases

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.

Ultimate Soft Cases

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, as well as at all southern California Carvin locations.

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New PB4 and PB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Basses!

Carvin PB4 Classic Bolt-Neck Bass GuitarCarvin 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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Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie Adds the AC40 Bass

John McVieCarvin 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 for tour dates and other Fleetwood Mac info.

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Vintage Guitar Magazine AE185-12 Review

August 2013 Vintage Guitar Magazine AE185-12 ReviewCheck 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!

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Happy Birthday, Jason Becker!

Happy Birthday Jason Becker

Jason Becker celebrated his 43rd birthday this past Sunday in his hometown of Richmond, California with family, friends and fans. Guitar Player magazine, Carvin staffers and local press were also in attendance. The celebration included two screenings of the award-winning documentary movie Jason Becker – Not Dead Yet. Both afternoon and evening screenings were sold to the venue’s capacity, with some people seated on the floor in the theater. After each screening Jason made himself available for Q & A. He graciously answered any and all questions – sometimes with fun sarcasm, displaying his wonderful personality and sense of humor. When asked “what new shred guitarists do you like?”, Jason jokingly answered “they all suck” but then gave credit to guitarists such as Guthrie Govan and Jeff Loomis.  Despite his ongoing battle with ALS, Jason was upbeat and happy as he shared his birthday with his guests.

Happy Birthday Jason BeckerJason brought along some guitars from his collection to display on the theater stage. Many fans drooled over his late 80’s era Carvin guitars as well as his new JB200C Tribute model. For his birthday, Carvin presented Jason with a JB200C made in the color scheme of his favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. The guitar body was painted in Metallic Candy Red and sported white pickups with black bezels and gold hardware. Of all the guitars on display, the crowd voted on which was the coolest by applauding. The loudest applause was for Jason’s newest Metallic Candy Red guitar.

In response to customer's requests, and due to the popularity of Jason's new Candy Red model, Carvin will now be offering the JB200SC Standard, which enables players and fans to order Jason’s Tribute Model without a Flame Maple top, allowing for solid and translucent colors from Carvin’s Custom Shop. Like the JB200C, a Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut, flamed maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, pointed inline headstock, tung-oiled neck and active electronics are standard features.  Chrome hardware is standard, and a wide assortment of standard solid finishes, optional translucent finishes and other options are available.

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Steve Oliver Guitar Clinics

Steve Oliver Guitar ClinicsCarvin is excited to welcome back Billboard chart-topping guitarist & vocalist Steve Oliver for a series of FREE guitar clinics at our southern California locations throughout June.  Steve was instrumental in the development of the NS1 MIDI Synth Access guitar and the SH575 Carved Top MIDI Synth guitar, and uses both on stage and in the studio.

These clinics are an excellent opportunity to learn tips and tricks from an internationally-acclaimed guitarist, as well as see what Carvin's MIDI guitars are capable of. 

In addition, Carvin will be offering special deals at each location in conjunction with the clinics, providing you a great chance to score some new gear at killer prices! 

And to top it off, You can enter to win a Carvin AG100D acoustic guitar amplifier at each clinic.  You just must be 18 or older to enter, and you must be present to win.

Mark your calendars now, and make your plans to attend these exciting and informative guitar clinics.  The first one is this Saturday, June 9, at Carvin Hollywood.  Next, on June 23 at Carvin Santa Ana, and lastly on June 30 at Carvin San Diego.  Each clinic starts at 2:00 PM.  We'll see you there!

Visit Steve’s official web site at, and check out his new album World Citizen available now on iTunes and, as well as his site.

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