In response to numerous customer requests, Carvin has expanded our Custom Shop inlay offerings. We’ve added an assortment of new black mother-of-pearl and black acrylic inlays, including:
- black mother-of-pearl dot inlays
- black mother-of-pearl diamond inlays
- black mother-of-pearl block inlays
- black acrylic diamond inlays
- black acrylic block inlays
These are in addition to the wide assortment of inlays currently offered, including genuine abalone block, dot, diamond and signature inlays; and white mother-of-pearl block, diamond and signature inlays.
Black inlays looks especially good on guitars and basses with maple, birdseye maple and flamed maple fingerboards, but also look great on rosewood fingerboards. Additionally, they can be used on ebony, for those players who want a more stealthy look.
At Carvin, we not only strive to give you the most options for your new guitar or bass, but also to give you the best factory-direct pricing on top-quality, USA made instruments. Order your new Custom Shop guitar or bass today, and choose from hundreds of options suited to your own personal tastes and playing style. Our craftsmen will make you an instrument you can be proud of that will last you a lifetime.
In response to numerous customer requests, Carvin is proud to introduce our latest California Carved Top models, the CT7 and CT74 seven-string guitars. The CT7 is designed specifically for the dynamic and tonal range of a seven string instrument. It features an alder body and maple set-neck, along with a stunning 4A flamed maple top, which can be finished in an assortment of deep triple-step colors. Other exotic top woods are available, including 4A quilted maple, flamed koa, and flamed spalted maple. To help showcase the beautiful top, the CT7 comes standard with our natural body binding effect which exposes the natural edge of its exotic wood top.
The CT74 shares the premium features of the CT7, with a plain maple top standard. It can be finished in any of the Custom Shop’s standard solid colors, optional translucent finishes or optional metallic solid colors. The finish is applied to the entire instrument, including the back.
Electronics on both models consist of a pair of Carvin premium A70 active humbuckers along with a single volume, single tone and 3-way pickup selector. Carvin’s active pickup and electronic combination must be heard to appreciate how well they compliment the tone of the instrument’s superior natural resonance. For those that prefer the simplicity of a passive pickup system, Carvin’s new optional D26 passive humbuckers can be ordered.
Right here: http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/sevenstring.php
Mark your calendar now, and make your plans to join Carvin for our annual San Diego Summer BBQ at the Carvin San Diego headquarters! The BBQ is this Saturday, July 28th, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Admission is free, and there will be great food for everyone who shows up. And of course, the factory showroom will be offering killer unadvertised deals during the BBQ, including great deals on PA equipment, extra savings on Custom Shop guitars and basses in stock, and amazing deals on Cobalt acoustics. There will also be a microphone, mic stand & cable giveaway at 2:00 PM. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy some good summertime food, meet other Carvin players & fans, while taking advantage of great deals from Carvin!
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.
Jason 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.
Carvin 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 http://www.steveolivermusic.com, and check out his new album World Citizen available now on iTunes and Amazon.com, as well as his site.
Carvin is excited to offer special savings this Memorial Day weekend on Carvin.com! There are great deals in all departments, including:
- Special deals on select Cobalt acoustic guitars. In addition to Carvin’s $100 Instant Rebate and free hardshell case offer, take advantage of additional savings on select Cobalt models!
- Discounts on all Guitars-in-Stock. All Guitars-in-Stock in inventory have a minimum additional $100 discount, on top of $100 Instant Rebate and 50% off all Custom Shop options – some have bigger discounts!
- Continued savings on Custom Shop guitars & basses, including an additional $100 off in options.
There are also great deals in all departments, including PA gear, guitar & bass amps, and accessories. Whether you need some new strings, a complete PA system, or anything in between, this weekend is the time to order. Visit our Sales & Specials section to view our best Memorial Day sales items, and browse the site to see our complete selection of products with great prices and Instant Rebates. But don’t delay – many of these special deals are only good during the holiday weekend.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend by saving big with Carvin!
Carvin’s relationship with Jason Becker dates back to the late 1980s, and we’re excited to welcome this influential and inspirational guitarist back to the Carvin family.
In response to Jason’s legions of worldwide fans, we are proud to introduce the JB200C Jason Becker Tribute Guitar. The Custom Shop worked closely with Jason to replicate as closely as possible the Carvin DC200 that was one of his main instruments in the 80s and 90s. This new model is loaded with standard features, including a 4A flamed maple top and matching pointed inline headstock, original Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut, flamed maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, tung-oiled hardrock maple neck, black hardware, M22SD & M22V pickups and active electronics. Jason’s original guitar was finished in Sapphire Blue, but you can choose from any of Carvin’s translucent flamed maple finishes, or upgrade your top wood to 4A quilted maple. You can also upgrade to Carvin’s Deep Triple Step finish, which adds an almost 3-dimensional depth to the figure of the wood. A signature Jason Becker truss rod cover adorns the headstock.
Jason continues to impact the music world, as well as inspire guitarists of all genres. A new documentary film, Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, explores his rise as one of the most influential neo-classical metal guitarists of his time, and his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Everyone at Carvin is very excited to be working with Jason again as he continues to inspire a new generation of guitarists.
For more details about the JB200C, and to watch the video of the guitar being created, visit www.carvin.com/jasonbecker.
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Carvin has expanded the popular BRX Series Professional Bass Cabinets with two new models that significantly expand the capabilities of your bass rig. The BRX15.3 is a 3-way cabinet, loaded with a heavy-duty cast 15″ woofer, 8″ mid driver and 1″ titanium horn driver, capable of handling 600 watts at 4 ohms. The BRX18.1 is equipped with an 18″ cast driver which can handle 800 watts at 4 ohms. Both models are designed to reproduce frequencies from 26 hertz, which is ideal for the low B string on a five or six string bass. The cabinets are constructed from premium Baltic Birch plywood, covered in scratch-resistant, weather-resistant DuraTex™, and include heavy steel handles and caster inserts.
The BX500-15.3 combines the popular BX500 lightweight bass head with the BRX15.3, for an amp that has great tonal range while being reasonably compact. The BX1500-10.4-18 full stack includes the BX1500 bass head with the BRX10.4 and BRX18.1 cabinets, for a system that is powerful with great mids and thunderous low end.
All Carvin bass amps and cabinets are made in the USA, and our low, factory-direct prices will save you hundreds over comparable systems sold by big-box retailers. Try a Carvin BRX cabinet or system today, and let your audience hear the difference!
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You can now enjoy the same security Carvin gives you on our Custom Shop and Cobalt instruments by adding a SNAGG RFID microchip to your other equipment! Instruments, amplifiers, computers, bicycles – you name it. Verify your ownership with this easy to install DIY kit. Simply install the RFID chip in an inconspicuous location on your gear with the included epoxy (correct size drill bit included if needed), register your gear on SNAGG.com, and you’re all set. In case of loss or theft, any organization with an RFID reader can verify who owns the gear. Many police departments and pawn shops have RFID scanners in place now, and SNAGG equipment has a recovery rate of 35%, versus less than 1% with non-SNAGG equipped gear.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Does the SNAGG microchip require power?
A: No, it is a passive device which requires no batteries or wiring.
Q: Can SNAGG be used to “spy” on me?
A: No! SNAGG is not a GPS device or “LoJack®”. It cannot transmit anything. It stores the owner’s information, which can only be retrieved by a scanner within a few inches of the chip.
Q: Is there any additional charges for registering?
A: No – registration is free, and included with the purchase price.
Carvin has been using SNAGG in all Custom Shop guitars & basses, as well as Cobalt acoustic guitars since 2002, and we’ve received many comments from customers who were able to recover lost instruments thanks to SNAGG. Get peace of mind, and protect your gear with SNAGG!
More: SNAGG Single-Chip Kit, SNAGG 5-Pack Chip Kit
Mark your calendar now and make your plans to see Frank Gambale featuring Boca on their “Soulmine” tour supporting the album of the same name. They will be performing at Anthology San Diego on Thursday May 3rd at 7:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to see some amazing performers in an intimate environment, as well as see the Carvin Frank Gambale Signature Series FG1 guitar in action!
For more details, visit Anthology San Diego right here.