Free Ultimate Soft Case With Any Guitars-in-Stock Purchase

Carvin Guitars Ultimate Soft Case
Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is kicking off summer by offering a FREE Ultimate Soft Case with any Guitars-in-Stock purchase!

The Ultimate Soft Case from Carvin Guitars is a musician’s dream! Much sturdier than a gig bag, but less bulky than a traditional hardshell case. The unique semi-rigid design is lightweight, but can still support a 33 pound speaker – even when empty! The interior is heavily padded and plush to protect your instrument, and also features a large padded neck cradle. Removable padded inserts allows the case to accommodate instruments of various body widths and lengths. 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.

If you’re in the southern California area, you can also take advantage of this offer on our huge selection of instruments at our San Diego showroom. Stop by and check out the walls or guitars and basses available for immediate purchase. And don’t miss out on this limited time Free Case offer – take a look at our current inventory of Custom Shop guitars and basses in stock, and kick off your summer with savings from Carvin Guitars!

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Carvin Guitars Releases X220 Reissue Guitar; New X227 7-String Guitar

Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars X220 and X227The X220 is back by popular demand! Originally introduced in 1990 and produced through 1993, the X220 was the successor to the hugely popular V220 of the 1980s. The V220 was re-issued in 2007, and since then, the Custom Shop has received many, many requests to resurrect the X220 as well. Unlike it’s 1990s predecessor, the new Kiesel-badged X220 can be built with hundreds of options that weren’t offered during it’s initial run. Standard features include an alder body with neck-through maple neck, ebony fingerboard with white dot inlays, a Hipshot™ fixed bridge and a pair of Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers. Like all Custom Shop instruments, you can order your X220 by choosing from dozens of options, including exotic woods, finishes and hardware.

But we haven’t stopped there! The Custom Shop is excited to debut our first “pointy” 7-string guitar, the X227. Modeled on the X220, this 7-string model has the aggressive looks and superior sound demanded by today’s popular genre musicians. Like the X220, the X227 is equipped with Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers, a Hipshot™ bridge, and can be outfitted with a huge selection of Custom Shop options.

No matter what your playing style is, your level of experience, or your personal tastes, Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop can build you an X220 or X227 that will become your go-to guitar, and will serve you for many years to come. And with our 10-day, in home no risk trial period and 5 year warranty, you have nothing to lose. Head over to carvinguitars.com today, and design your new X guitar!

Check out these cool new guitars right here!

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New Roy Vogt Signature RV69K Vanquish Series Bass

Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars Roy Vogt RV69K Vanquish BassKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is excited to team up with noted bassist Roy Vogt to offer the Roy Vogt RV69K 6-string signature bass, part of the Vanquish Series bolt-neck basses. Roy has been playing Custom Shop basses for a number of years, and has worked with an amazing list of artists, including Larry Coryell, Victor Wooten, Tom Scott and the LA Express, Chester Thompson, Glenn Campbell, BJ Thomas, Chet Atkins, Englebert Humperdink, Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Reed and many others, and we are excited to work with him on the development of his new signature instrument.

Like all Custom Shop guitars and basses, the RV69K is made in the USA, and is loaded with features generally only found in high-end instruments. Standard features include an alder body, 4A flamed maple top with matching headstock, 5-piece maple/walnut neck with tung-oil finish, and dual SCP split-coil pickups. New 18V active/passive electronics include a master volume/push-pull active switch, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass/treble, and stacked concentric mid with sweep. The new pickup blend circuitry eliminates volume drop-off when the pickups are blended for more consistent sound when playing.

The Roy Vogt Signature RV69K is our first bass to carry the Kiesel badge. It's a boutique instrument, however, because we sell direct to you, you don’t have to pay a boutique price for your new Custom Shop bass. With hundreds of options available, you can build your V69K exactly the way you want it, and be the proud owner of an instrument that will last you a lifetime.

Check it out right here, and be sure to visit Roy at royvogt.com.

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Kiesel Passive Lithium Series Humbucker Pickups

Kiesel Passive Lithium Series Humbucker PickupsKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is now offering our new Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers as replacement parts. These are the same pickups that have been used in some of our popular new models, such as the DC800 and Vader. Bridge and neck models are available, in 6, 7 and 8 string configurations.

Lithium Series humbucker pickups were made for the demanding modern music where clarity, focus and articulation is needed. From standard to drop tuning, this series offers great versatility and has an excellent balance between power and clarity. Patented six point star headed (also known as Torx) adjustable pole pieces give the proper amount of mass to add the needed focus and get amazing attack. The expensive Alnico V magnets produce a rich, powerful sound with warmth that is not available from less expensive ceramic magnets. The Kiesel pickups were designed in house and are proudly made in our Southern California Custom Shop. These feature one coil loaded with adjustable pole pieces and the other coil loaded with non-adjustable slugs. Lithium Series pickups feature industry standard sizing so these are direct replacements for brands such as Duncan, Dimarzio, Bare Knuckle, and Lundgren.

The standard color is black, but white coils, cream coils and zebra coils (white/black or cream/black) arealso available. The 6-string versions can also be ordered with black or cream mounting bezels.

For a limited time, we're offering these new pickups as a free upgrade on any humbucker-equipped Custom Shop guitar that has our 22-pole pickups standard. California Carved Tops, DC neck-through models, 7-sring models – order now, and we'll install a set of our new Lithium pickups…FREE! This is a limited-time free upgrade, so get your order in soon so you don't miss out.

Check out our Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the custom guitars and basses we've been building. From the understated to the completely over-the-top, the skilled craftsmen of Carvin Guitars can build your ultimate guitar or bass, no matter what your playing style or personal style is.

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Carvin Guitars Now Selling World Wide!

Carvin Guitars Now Selling World WideKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop are excited to announce that we are now offering our full lineup of USA-made guitars, basses and accessories direct to customers world wide! Musicians globally can now build and order new Custom Shop instruments on carvinguitars.com, just like our US and Canada customers have done for years. And the best part is that international customers get the same low factory-direct pricing the US and Canadian customers have enjoyed for years.

International customers will be responsible for any applicable local VAT, duty or other taxes, and customers in China, Korea, Thailand and Japan will go through local dealers (see the dealer list in those countries here).

Everyone at Carvin Guitars is very excited to bring our world-class instruments to musicians around the globe. Find out for yourself what players in the USA have known for almost 70 years: Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop makes the absolute best guitars and basses available on the planet. Design your new instrument, and let Carvin Guitars build you your Custom Shop masterpiece today!

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New McLaren Yellow Custom Shop Finish

Carvin Guitars McLaren Yellow FinishThe Custom Shop is excited to announce a new standard solid finish, McLaren Yellow! For a number of years, players have asked us for an opaque yellow similar to what was offered in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and after testing an assortment of different yellows, we think this is the one that looks the best. It’s a bright yellow, similar to what is used on the exotic sports car it's named after.

This is a standard no-charge finish, available on any plain-top Custom Shop guitar or bass, such as the CT3M carved-top guitar and PB4 classic bass shown. Looks especially good with black hardware, and an optional Black Gloss Back finish will really carry over the sports car theme.

The Carvin Guitars Custom Shop offers dozens of finish choices, including standard solid colors, optional translucent and pearl stains along with metallic solid colors, and our exclusive deep finishes which are used on our premium flamed and quilted maple top woods. Whether you prefer traditional finishes like Jet Black, Classic White or Vintage Cream, or lean towards something more exotic like Deep Dragonburst, Deep Lava or Deep Nightburst, the Custom Shop has you covered. You can also choose high-gloss clear or matte satin clear topcoats to achieve the look you want.

In addition, the Custom Shop can also work with you on special one-off finishes – check out our Kiesel Guitars Facebook and Kiesel Guitars Instagram to see some amazing examples of the custom finish work we've done. From the understated to the completely over-the-top, the skilled artists of Carvin Guitars can build your ultimate guitar or bass.

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Carvin Guitars Vader Headless Takes Best In Show

Vader Best In Show
Kiesel Guitars innovative new Vader Headless Guitar took top honors at NAMM, receiving Revolver Magazine's Best of Show award! The Vader 6, 7 and 8 string headless guitars were huge hits at the NAMM Show, and everyone at Kiesel Guitars is honored to be recognized with this award.

The Vader is available with the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop's huge selection of options, including a standard 27" scale length and an optional 25.5" scale length on the V6 and V7. A chambered body option further decreases the Vader's light weight of around 6 pounds. New Kiesel passive pickups produce amazing tone, suitable for any genre or playing style. You can choose from a huge assortment of body, neck and top woods, fingerboard woods and inlays, fretwire and more, to make your Vader the ultimate guitar in your arsenal. Design yours today at carvinguitars.com/vader.

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Limitied Edition Kiesel-Designed Neil Zaza NZ624KD

Neil Zaza Kiesel-Designed NZ624KD Carved Top GuitarThe Custom Shop is excited to team up with renown melodic virtuoso guitarist Neil Zaza to offer something special: the Kiesel Designed Limited Edition Neil Zaza Signature Carved Top Guitar. The NZ624KD takes all the features of our popular NZ624 Neil Zaza California Carved Top guitar, and adds many upgraded options as standard features, including a hand-selected, highly figured burled maple top finished in yellow/orange with a "V" burst (the burst travels from the bottom of the guitar to the top, versus around the edges); exotic zebrawood fingerboard with genuine abalone block inlays and jumbo gold EVO frets; a thinner, faster neck profile with tung-oiled finish; and gold hardware. The back and sides are finished in high-gloss black. New black/white Kiesel K12 passive humbuckers with a single volume knob and 3-way selector provide a huge range of tone, suitable for any playing style or genre. A gold drop-shadow Kiesel headstock logo and white Neil Zaza truss rod cover round out the package.

The NZ624KD is a limited edition offering from Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop, so don’t miss this opportunity to add this amazing guitar to your arsenal!

You can keep up with Neil on his site, neilzaza.com. Visit carvinguitars.com to check out the Neil Zaza Signature Guitars and other instruments, and design your new Custom Shop masterpiece today.  Additionally, be sure to "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

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Craig Chaquico Wows Lake Tahoe

Craig Chaquico Signature Series CC275 Acoustic-Electric GuitarWorld renown and respected guitarist and Carvin Guitars artist Craig Chaquico performed recently at the Lake Tahoe Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, treating fans to music spanning decades of his prolific career. Craig holds the distinction of being Carvin Guitars longest-running endorser, having begun using Custom Shop guitars in the late 1970s while playing with Jefferson Starship.

After leaving Jefferson Starship in the early 90s, Craig branched out as a solo artist, focusing primarily on contemporary jazz and new age music, as featured on his Grammy® nominated 1993 release "Acoustic Highway", while continuing to use an assortment of Carvin guitars. In 2001, the Custom Shop released the Craig Chaquico Signature CC275 Acoustic/Electric guitar, which is offered in 6 and 12-string versions. This neck-through thinline A/E instrument is now the mainstay of Craig's shows and recordings, along with his Deep Red on quilted maple Bolt guitar.

Craig says: “Carvin’s unique semi-hollow body and thin profile help reduce onstage feedback and allow me to play as loud as I want or as soft as I want from bends, hammer-ons, slap, finger tapping, flat picking, fingerpicking, octaves, harmonics, direct recording, direct through a PA live, or through an amp, it’s all there!”

You can read the complete review and see more photos of Craig’s Lake Tahoe performance at TahoeOnstage.com, and keep up with Craig Chaquico on his site, craigchaquico.com.Visit carvinguitars.com to check out the Craig Chaquico Signature Guitars, and design your CC275 or CC275-12 today.  Additionally, be sure to "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

Craig Chaquico
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Behind the Scenes With the Jason Becker Tribute JB24 from Carvin Guitars

Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop has created a detailed video showing the craftsmanship that goes into building the JB24 Jason Becker Tribute Guitar. You can see for yourself how the Custom Shop shapes the body and neck, installs the unique multi-colored "numbers" inlays, installs the electronics and complete the setup. It's an interesting behind-the-scenes look that shows just what goes into building these exciting instruments.

The JB24 Jason Becker Tribute Guitar recreates one of Jason’s favorite instruments, and stands out in a crowd of other bolt-neck guitars. With a 25.5″, 24 fret fingerboard, the JB24 takes you where most other bolt-neck guitars can’t – plus it has an amazing list of standard features including multi-colored “numbers” inlays on a maple fingerboard, stainless steel frets, multi-colored Seymour Duncan pickups in an H-S-H configuration and premium 1-piece swamp ash body with maple neck, all tung-oiled. A multi-colored Carvin headstock logo, red buttons on Carvin locking tuners and a single orange volume knob completes the package.

Visit carvinguitars.com to design your new JB24, and "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

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New Exotic Zebrawood Tops from the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop

Zebrawood Guitar and Bass Top Woods from Carvin GuitarsKiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop has added Zebrawood tops to our extensive list of exotic wood options. Zebrawood is an open-grained wood with a very distinctive pattern which gives it its name. It’s similar in density to rosewood, and tonally similar to maple. The Custom Shop has been offering Zebrawood fingerboards since last year, and popular demand has prompted us to also offer this attractive wood as a top wood option on guitars and basses. Zebrawood looks great in a natural clear finish, or with any of the Custom Shop's translucent stains.

Zebrawood tops and fingerboards are available now on your new USA-made Kiesel Guitars or Carvin Guitars Custom Shop guitar or bass. Additionally, many other exotic woods are available, including 4A flamed and quilted maple, flamed koa, figured Claro walnut, flamed spalted maple and burled maple. The Carvin Guitars Custom Shop has hundreds of available options in addition to exotic woods, including finishes, fretwire, inlays, electronics, hardware and much more. You can design and order your new guitar or bass exactly the way you want it, perfect suited to your playing style and personal tastes.

Visit carvinguitars.com to design your new Custom Shop guitar or bass, and "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

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New Models from Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop

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Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop are excited to announce a host of new guitar models to kick off 2015. These instruments debuted at NAMM and received a great deal of attention from players and the media. All of these new models are now available to order on carvingutiars.com.

The Vader Series Headless Guitars are available in 6, 7 & 8 string models. They feature a 27″ scale length (with 25.5″ scale available on the six and seven string models), a Hipshot bridge, mother-of-pearl diamond inlays and new direct-mount Kiesel passive pickups with 5-way lever style pickup selector. A chambered body option is also available, making these guitars super-compact and light. Their aggressive looks and complete host of Custom Shop options allow you to create an instrument that looks as good as it plays. The Vader Series carries the new Kiesel badge, and are made at the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop.

Read more: Kiesel Vader Series Guitars

The Greg Howe Signature GH24 Bolt-Neck Guitar is a 24-fret, chambered body instrument, designed in conjunction with acclaimed guitarist Greg Howe. A 4A flame maple top with California burst finish is standard, along with a vintage tremolo, birdseye maple fingerboard with black acrylic diamond inlays, jumbo gold EVO frets and gold hardware. Greg’s signature GH12B bridge humbucker and TBH60 twinblade neck humbucker with 5-way blade style pickup selector are standard.

Read more: Greg Howe Signature GH24 Guitar

With its impressive list of standard features, the Jason Becker Tribute JB24 Bolt-Neck Guitar pushes the limits of style, tone and playability. Modeled on the guitar Jason designed in the 90s, the JB24 is a 24-fret instrument with standard 1-piece swamp ash body, maple fingerboard with multi-colored “Numbers” inlays, a Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut, stainless steel frets, and black hardware with red tuner buttons. Multi-colored Seymour Duncan pickups in an H-S-H configuration with master volume control and 5-way pickup selector produce a huge array of sounds, suitable for any playing style or genre. A multi-colored Carvin headstock logo and Jason Becker truss rod cover complete the package.

Read more: Jason Becker Signature JB24 Guitar

The Custom Shop worked closely with Born of Osiris guitarist Lee McKinney to create the Lee McKinney Signature LPM6 & LPM7 Guitar. These are neck-through instruments, outfitted to Lee’s specifications. An original Floyd Rose tremolo with acoustic saddles is standard, along with direct-mount Kiesel Series passive pickups. The ebony fingerboard has Lee’s personal 12th fret mother-of-pearl inlay, and you can choose from a wide assortment of options to order your LPM6 or LPM7 guitar exactly the way you want it. A drop-shadow Kiesel logo is featured on the headstock.

Read more: Lee McKinney Signature LPM6 Guitar, Lee McKinney Signature LPM7 Seven-String Guitar

Visit carvinguitars.com to check out these and the many other Carvin Guitars and Kiesel Guitars electric, acoustic/electric and MIDI guitars and basses, and "like" the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

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The All-New Kiesel Guitars!

NAMMIt’s been an exciting and busy week for everyone at Carvin Guitars. As was announced earlier in the week, the Guitar Division at Carvin is forming its own company, under the Kiesel Guitars name. Everyone at Carvin Guitars / Kiesel Guitars would like to express our sincere thanks for all the support we’ve received during this exciting time, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to build world-class instruments for our many players. With NAMM kicking off today, we’re looking forward to meeting our fans, and showing off our newest instruments under the Carvin Guitars and Kiesel Guitars badges. If you’re at the show, be sure and stop by Booth #4290 and meet Mark & Jeff Kiesel, as well as our artists and endorsers such as Neil Zaza, Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Craig Chaquico, Greg Howe, Brian Bromberg & Lee McKinney.

Visit the new Kiesel Guitars Facebook page to keep up with us at NAMM, and with all the new developments coming out of the Custom Shop!

Carvin Guitars / Kiesel Guitars Press Release

After almost 70 years designing and manufacturing high quality, USA-made instruments, Carvin Corporation’s guitar and bass Custom Shop division is being separated into its own company, to be known as Kiesel Custom Guitars. This will allow the Custom Shop’s talented designers, builders and other staff to focus exclusively on creating the world-class instruments the company is known for. The original Kiesel brand name was launched in 1946 by family patriarch Lowell Kiesel as the L.C. Kiesel Company, and was renamed “Carvin” in 1949 when the company launched its innovative direct-sales business model, so returning to the “Kiesel” name is an homage to the company founder, who passed away in 2009. Originally, the company began by selling pickups, steel guitars and tube amplifiers, many of which are still in existence today, and later expanded into electric guitars and basses, solid-state amps, audio gear and accessories. Mark Kiesel, son of Lowell, has been in charge of guitar production since leaving the aerospace industry in 1970 to join the family business, and pioneered countless innovations in the stringed instrument industry over the years. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Mark personally designed and built every instrument that passed through the Custom Shop, and as the popularity of the brand exploded in the late 1980s, a whole team of talented luthiers, painters, engineers, technicians and other staff joined the company. Mark’s son, Jeff Kiesel, has been with the company for over 20 years, and under Mark’s tutelage, has acquired a wealth of knowledge in the design and construction of stringed instruments. His innovative and exciting new instrument designs, new features and options as well as streamlined manufacturing processes have reinvigorated the Custom Shop, and created excitement among the Custom Shop’s countless players and fans. Many new artists and endorsers have been attracted, bringing with them new ideas and opportunities, as well as exposing the brand to the next generation of players and performers. The Carvin brand name for instruments is exclusively owned by Kiesel Guitars and will continue to be made along side some Kiesel branded instruments. Kiesel Guitars is retaining the current staff and Production will continue at current location.

Mark Kiesel, President, says: “I have loved this business from the time I started working part time for my dad in the 60s. Later in 1970 after working full time as a design draftsman for a large aero-space company, I was asked by my brother, Carson to quit my job and work full time at Carvin to run the guitar department. It’s been a fun process to grow our guitar sales from miniscule to what they are today. If my Dad was still with us he would be proud to see his original KIESEL logo in use again. The coolest thing for me is to see how passionate my son Jeff is about designing and building guitars. And now my grandson Zak is working part time. How cool is that! When you are as passionate as we are about designing and building instruments, having our own company to focus entirely on guitars and basses is a dream come true!”

Jeff Kiesel, Vice-President, says: “This is an amazing time for us and I am really excited about our future. With this change it will remove distractions for the both of us and allow us to focus on what we love and are best at. The Instruments we are building today are far superior to anything we built in years past, its fun to work on projects together and bounce ideas off each other and constantly push the envelope of development and quality. My kids both play guitar and currently my son Zak works here part time, since Zak was about three years old he has wanted to design and build guitars alongside myself and my dad. We all really enjoy what we do and this will allow us to be even better at it.”



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Dunlop Bass Strings Now Standard

Dunlop Bass Strings

The Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is excited to announce that, effective immediately, we will be using Dunlop Super Bright nickel bass strings exclusively on all our 4, 5 and 6 string electric basses. We’ve tried out a variety of strings in search for the perfect sound, and the consensus among our artists and staff is that the Dunlops produce the brightest highs, clearest mids and punchiest lows, and compliment our Custom Shop basses perfectly. Light gauge are standard, with medium gauge and stainless steel optional.

Visit Carvin Guitars Custom Shop online today, and design and order your new bass! With hundreds of availble options, including body, neck, top and fingerboard woods; finishes; inlays; fretwire; electronics and more, you can design your new bass exactly the way you want it. We’re so sure you’ll love it, you can try it out for 10 days, and if you don’t agree it’s the best bass you’ve ever played, send it back – no questions asked!

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NEW! Carvin SCB7 Bevel Top Seven String Guitar

Carvin SCB7 Bevel-Top Seven String Guitar
Carvin is excited to offer our latest Custom Shop instrument, the SCB7 bevel-top seven string guitar. Since the introduction of the six string SCB6 at NAMM, seven string players have been asking for their own version, and the Custom Shop is happy to oblige. The SCB7 is a radical departure in aesthetics from other Carvin seven string models, with sleek and stylish looks combined with superior materials and craftsmanship in a USA-made instrument that is suitable for all playing styles at any level.

Neck-through design, an alder body with Eastern hard rock maple neck and tune-o-matic “M” bridge provides unsurpassed playability and amazing tone with sustain for days. A Hipshot™ hardtail bridge or Floyd Rose tremolo is also available. 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. The SCB7 comes equipped with Carvin’s popular direct-mount D26 humbuckers, with master volume and tone controls and a 3-way lever-style pickup selector.

The Custom Shop can build your new SCB7 exactly the way you want it, creating a masterpiece that will impress you, your bandmates and your audience. Whether you’re an experienced seven string player, or looking to make the leap up from six strings, Carvin’s SCB7 and our other seven string models will help you take your playing to the next level.

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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 Carvin.com, and design your own Custom Shop masterpiece!

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Bass Player Magazine Reviews the Carvin PB5 Classic Bass

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 X44 Xccelerator 4-String Bass

X44 Xccelerator Bass
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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New Xccelerator X54 Active 5-String Bass

Xccelerator X54 5-String Bass
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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New SCB6 Single Cutaway Bevel-Top Guitar


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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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New DC7X Extended Scale 7-String Guitar

Carvin DC7X Extended Scale 7-String GuitarDue 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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William Shatner Beams Aboard With Carvin!

William Shatner

Iconic Hollywood legend William Shatner – Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek fame – used Carvin gear on recent shows in support of his new album Ponder The Mystery.  Produced by former Yes guitarist Billy Sherwood, artists such as Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman and George Duke contributed to the release.  Billy also performed on the record, and wrote all the music.  Billy's band, CIRCA, backed Shatner on the live performances. 

On recent sold-out southern California shows, Shatner relied on Carvin's EM900 Wireless In-Ear Monitor System and Carvin stage mics to get the sound he needed for his performance.  Billy Sherwood also used his Custom Shop TL60T guitars for the show.

No matter what your audio needs are – stage, studio, rehearsal or recording, Carvin has the gear you need at amazing factory-direct prices that are in anyone's budget.  Check out Carvin's complete Pro Audio department for mixers, speakers, mics, complete PA systems and more.  Carvin has the gear you need…right now!

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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 Carvin.com, as well as at all southern California Carvin locations.

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Win a Carvin AC40 bass signed by Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie!

John McVie AC40 Bass Giveaway

Carvin is giving away a Custom Shop AC40 acoustic/electric bass signed by John McVie of Fleetwood Mac! Just follow this link: http://a.pgtb.me/XK23CC to Facebook, “like” us, and you’re entered. It’s that easy! “Share” the link and double your chances!

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