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Alder Alder (Northwest USA)
Alder is the standard body wood on many Carvin solid body guitars and basses. Due to its relatively light weight, this wood is very resonant with upper midrange definition. Alder is a classic tone wood and has been present in solid body electric guitars from the beginning. Alder has a medium light color, slightly darker than maple and swamp ash.

Eastern Hard Rock Maple Hard Rock Maple (Northeast USA)
We use premium Eastern hard rock maple for our necks because of its time proven strength and stability. As a body wood, hard rock maple being very heavy and dense, delivers a bright sustaining tone. Maple has a wonderful light grain that looks great with all of our translucent finishes.

Mahogany Genuine Mahogany (Honduras)
Mahogany is standard on most Carvin carved top guitars, and has an inherent warm quality with accentuated low-midrange. Mahogany is also considered to be a classic tone wood. It is denser and heavier than Alder, but lighter than Maple. Mahogany along with our flamed or quilted maple tops, gives great sustain and warmth. Honduras Mahogany should not be confused with less expensive Philippine and African Sapele. Honduras Mahogany is reddish brown in color and looks great with all colors.

Southern Swamp Ash Swamp Ash (Southern USA)
This vintage body wood comes from Southern swamps. The portion of the tree that is suitable for high quality lightweight Swamp Ash, is actually submerged underwater for years which yields a porous lightweight wood. This wood delivers slightly less midrange with full low-end and nice singing highs. Swamp Ash is light in color with rich grain patterns and matches the color of our Eastern Hard Rock Maple necks ­ looks great with translucent finishes.

Eastern Black Walnut Black Walnut (Eastern USA)
Eastern Black Walnut is a dense medium hard wood that is slightly heavier than Mahogany. Its tonal quality is warm with a growling low end and a bright top end, especially when used for bass ­ it will really cut through in the mix. Black walnut has medium dark beautiful grain patterns and looks great with gloss or satin finishes.

Hawaiian Koa Koa (Hawaiian Islands)
Koa is an exotic medium weight wood grown exclusively in the Hawaiian Islands. It was used by ancient Hawaiians to build canoes and surfboards. Koa has warmth and sustain similar to Mahogany and also possesses the clear open tone of Alder. Koa looks wonderful whether you choose a tung oiled, satin or gloss finish.

Black Limba Black Limba (Africa)
Black Limba is an exotic medium-light weight wood grown in tropical western Africa. Black Limba is the heart wood of the tree, while White Limba is the sap wood of the same tree. Limba is related to mahogany, and has similar tonal characteristics with warmth and resonance, along with excellent sustain. Looks good whether finished in tung oiled, satin or gloss.

White Limba White Limba (Africa)
White Limba, also known as korina, is an exotic medium-light weight wood grown in tropical western Africa. White Limba is the sap wood of the tree, while Black Limba is the heart wood of the same tree. Limba is related to mahogany, and has similar tonal characteristics with warmth and resonance, along with excellent sustain. Looks good whether finished in tung oiled, satin or gloss.

  
Flamed Maple AAAA Flamed Curly Maple (Northwest USA)
Carvin's Flamed Curly Maple tops come from the Northwest portion of the United States. It is lighter in weight than Eastern Hard Rock Maple and produces singing highs with a tight low end. Sounds wonderful over our standard Maple neck/Alder body sides or optional Genuine Mahogany.

Quilted Maple AAAA Quilted Maple (Northwest USA)
Carvin's Quilted Maple tops also come from the Northwest United States. Quilted Maple produces similar tones to the Flamed Curly Maple. The figure can vary from large cloud shapes to smaller pockets ­ looks great with all translucent finishes and stains.

Flamed Hawaiian Koa Flamed Curly Koa (Hawaiian Islands)
Flamed Curly Koa is the premium wood for building Ukuleles and high-end acoustic guitars. Whether you choose to add Flamed Curly Koa to the top of your acoustic or solid body, the tone will benefit from added sweetness and pronounced midrange. Koa looks wonderful whether you choose a tung oiled, satin or gloss finish.

Figured California Claro Walnut Figured Claro Walnut (California)
Claro Walnut is the most sought after figured walnut on the market. A walnut top will add a unique look and a brighter tone in the upper register with a darker growling low end. The figure can vary between a flame and quilted look with variations in patterns and shades of brownish root beer colors and black.

Spalted Flamed Maple Spalted Flamed Maple (Western Canada)
Spalted Flamed Maple is an exotic wood that comes from dying standing trees, which gives this wood it's unique old-world appearance. Tonally, it's similar to flamed maple. Looks best when finished in clear gloss, but also looks very nice with sunsetburst edges.

Burled Birdseye Maple Burled Birdseye Maple (Western North America)
Burled Birdseye Maple is an exotic wood that comes from big leaf maple trees (Acer macrophyllum). Tonally, it's similar to flamed maple. Looks best when finished in clear gloss, but also looks very nice in satin or tung-oil. Because of its scarcity, it is available in limited quantities.

Engleman Spruce Engleman Spruce (USA) - for acoustics
Known for its pure light color and uniform grain,  Engleman Spruce is well known for being one of the finest woods for Acoustic Guitar tops. It has a brighter tone than Cedar with a very nice and even low-end response.

Cedar Cedar (Canada) - for acoustics
Cedar has a very nice reddish brown color with even straight grain and comes standard on our CL40. It has been used for hundreds of years as a top wood on classical and flamenco guitars. It has a very warm tone with subdued high end when compared to spruce.

  
Ebony Ebony
Standard on all Carvin Custom Shop guitar & bass models. Extremely dense, hard wood, producing bright notes similar to maple. Mostly black, but can have light streaking. Requires virtually no maintenance, and lasts a very long time with normal playing. All Carvin inlays are available on ebony. Carvin does not dye ebony fingerboards as some manufacturers do. White dots are standard on most models, but some have genuine abalone dots or blocks standard. Black ebony fingerboards, with no streaking, are also available. Unfinished.

Rosewood Rosewood
Not as dense or hard as ebony, but similar, and also produces bright, clean notes. Can vary in color from dark brown to reddish brown, and can have light streaking. Requires virtually no maintenance. All Carvin inlays are available on rosewood. White dots are standard on most models, but some have genuine abalone dots or blocks standard. Unfinished.

Maple Maple
A hard wood, ideal for fingerboards. Tonally similar to ebony. Offers a nice, vintage look, especially on bolt-neck instruments. Black dots are standard, and mother-of-pearl diamond or abalone dot/diamond inlays are available. Requires occasional cleaning. Finished in tung-oil.

Birdseye Maple Birdseye Maple
Similar to plain maple, with attractive birdseye figuring. Offers a more elegant vintage look, especially on bolt-neck instruments. Black dots are standard, and mother-of-pearl diamond or abalone dot/diamond inlays are available. Requires occasional cleaning. Finished in tung-oil.

Flamed Maple Flamed Maple
Attractive flamed figuring adds a distinctive, exquisite look to the instrument. Looks especially nice with flamed maple top woods. Black dots are standard, and mother-of-pearl diamond or abalone dot/diamond inlays are available. Requires occasional cleaning. Finished in tung-oil.

Zebrawood Zebrawood
Zebrawood has a very unique and high end look with heavy dark streaking and pattern, and it's tonal qualities are similar to rosewood. Black dots are standard on most models, but some have genuine abalone dots or blocks standard, and diamonds are also offered. Unfinished.




CG Clear Gloss
CG
Clear Gloss
B Jet Black
B
Jet Black
W Classic White
W
Classic White
WW White White
WW
White White
R Ferrari Red
R
Ferrari Red
SG Seafoam Green
SG
Seafoam Green
SFG Surf Green
SFG
Surf Green
VC Vintage Cream
VC
Vintage Cream
KRG Kiesel Racing Green
KRG
Kiesel Racing Green


BM Blue Mist Metallic
BM
Blue Mist
Metallic
BMM Black Magic Metallic
BMM
Black Magic
Metallic
CR Candy Red Metallic
CR
Candy Red
Metallic
RG Radiation Green Metallic
RG
Radiation Green
Metallic
PB Pearl Blue
PB
Pearl Blue
YM Yellow Gold Metallic
YM
Yellow Gold
Metallic
GM Gunmetal Gray Metallic
GM
Gunmetal Gray
Metallic
DPW Diamond Pearl White
DPW
Diamond Pearl White
Gold Top
GT
Gold Top
(CT4/CS4 only)


TB Sapphire Blue
TB
Sapphire Blue
TG Emerald Green
TG
Emerald Green
TE Greenburst
TE
Greenburst
TEL Teal
TEL
Teal
TL Blueburst
TL
Blueburst
TMG Moss Green
TMG
Moss Green
TNB Nightburst
TNB
Nightburst
TOB Orangeburst
TOB
Orangeburst
TP Translucent Purple
TP
Purple

TQB Translucent Aquaburst
TQB
Aquaburst
TR Crimson Red
TR
Crimson Red
TS Cherry Sunburst
TS
Cherry Sunburst
TT Tobacco Sunburst
TT
Tobacco Sunburst
TU Sunsetburst
TU
Sunsetburst
TY Vintage Yellow
TY
Vintage Yellow
TPB Translucent Pearl Blue
TPB
Translucent
Pearl Blue
TPG Translucent Pearl Green
TPG
Translucent
Pearl Green
TPP Translucent Pearl Pink
TPP
Translucent
Pearl Pink


FDC6 Deep Clear Flame
FDC
Deep Clear
Flame
FDT6 Deep Tiger Eye Flame
FDT
Deep Tiger Eye
Flame
FDB6 Deep Blue Flame
FDB
Deep Blue
Flame
FDG6 Deep Green Flame
FDG
Deep Green
Flame
FDK6 Deep Black Flame
FDK
Deep Black
Flame
FDR6 Deep Red Flame
FDR
Deep Red
Flame
FDA6 Deep Antique Brown Flame
FDA
Deep Antique
Brown Flame
FDP6 Deep Purple Flame
FDP
Deep Purple
Flame
FDS6 Deep Sunsetburst Flame
FDS
Deep Sunsetburst
Flame

FDO6 Deep Orangeburst Flame
FDO
Deep Orangeburst
Flame
FDD6 Deep Dragonburst Flame
FDD
Deep Dragonburst
Flame
FDV6 Deep Vintageburst Flame
FDV
Deep Vintageburst
Flame
FDH6 Deep Honeyburst Flame
FDH
Deep Honeyburst
Flame
FEL6 Deep Teal Flame
FDEL
Deep Teal
Flame
FDM6 Deep Moss Green Flame
FDM
Deep Moss
Green Flame
FDW6 Deep Wine Flame
FDW
Deep Wine
Flame
FDBC6 Deep Black Cherry Flame
FDBC
Deep Black
Cherry Flame
FDU Deep Umber Flame
FDU
Deep Umber
Flame

FDU Deep Yellow Flame
FDY
Deep Yellow
Flame
FDQ6 Deep Aquaburst Flame
FDQ
Deep Aquaburst
Flame
FDL Deep Lizardburst Flame
FDL
Deep Lizardburst
Flame
FDLS Deep Lava Flame
FDLS
Deep Lava
Flame
FDN Deep Nightburst Flame
FDN
Deep Nightburst
Flame


QDC6 Deep Clear Quilt
QDC
Deep Clear
Quilt
QDT6 Deep Tiger Eye Quilt
QDT
Deep Tiger Eye
Quilt
QDB6 Deep Blue Quilt
QDB
Deep Blue
Quilt
QDG6 Deep Green Quilt
QDG
Deep Green
Quilt
QDK6 Deep Black Quilt
QDK
Deep Black
Quilt
QDR6 Deep Red Quilt
QDR
Deep Red
Quilt
QDA6 Deep Antique Brown Quilt
QDA
Deep Antique
Brown Quilt
QDP6 Deep Purple Quilt
QDP
Deep Purple
Quilt
QDS6 Deep Sunsetburst Quilt
QDS
Deep Sunsetburst
Quilt

QDO6 Deep Orangeburst Quilt
QDO
Deep Orangeburst
Quilt
QDD6 Deep Dragonburst Quilt
QDD
Deep Dragonburst
Quilt
QDV6 Deep Vintageburst Quilt
QDV
Deep Vintageburst
Quilt
QDH6 Deep Honeyburst Quilt
QDH
Deep Honeyburst
Quilt
QEL6 Deep Teal Quilt
QDEL
Deep Teal
Quilt
QDM6 Deep Moss Green Quilt
QDM
Deep Moss
Green Quilt
QDW6 Deep Wine Quilt
QDW
Deep Wine
Quilt
QDBC6 Deep Black Cherry Quilt
QDBC
Deep Black
Cherry Quilt
QDU Deep Umber  Quilt
QDU
Deep Umber
Quilt

QDY Deep Yellow Quilt
QDY
Deep Yellow
Quilt
QDQ6 Deep Aquaburst Quilt
QDQ
Deep Aquaburst
Quilt
QDL Deep Lizardburst Quilt
QDL
Deep Lizardburst
Quilt
QDLS Deep Lava Quilt
QDLS
Deep Lava
Quilt
QDN Deep Nightburst Quilt
QDN
Deep Nightburst
Quilt


BST Black Burst Edges
BST
Black Burst
Edges
CST Cherry Burst Edges
CST
Cherry Burst
Edges
SST Sunset Burst Edges
SST
Sunset Burst
Edges


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