With the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop you now have more choices than
ever to create your own custom instrument. In the last couple of years
we have added options like flamed maple fingerboards, zebrawood
fingerboards and gold EVO frets in assorted sizes.
New deep stained finishes compliment the beauty of our
highly figured flamed and quilted maple tops. To enhance the tone of our guitars, more
models of Carvin Guitars and Kiesel Guitars pickups are available than ever before, in addition to the
acoustic bridge options that are offered for many of our instruments.
However, more important than our growing list of options is our commitment
to building high quality guitars. Our modern 82,000 square foot plant
in San Diego is equipped with the finest guitar building machinery in the
industry. The use of high quality woods and our constant improvement
in manufacturing methods are an ongoing quest at Carvin Guitars. Several years ago
we began to cycle all of our necks and fingerboards through a long
conditioning process in our de-humidification chambers to remove any
possible stress in the wood. Stress in the wood is what causes your
neck to warp or twist, and it may not fully develop for months or years
after an instrument is built. This painstaking extra step is one of
the reasons why our guitars and basses are known for their longevity and
If Carvin Guitars Custom Shop instruments were available in retail stores, you would pay up to three
times more than our factory direct prices. By selling direct, Carvin Guitars
not only gives incredible value but also provides you with a direct
connection to the guitar builder. This is something you do not get
when purchasing retail. With the best build up times in the industry
along with our risk free 10-day money back guarantee, there has never been a
better time to order your Carvin Guitars Custom Shop instrument.
New Kiesel Special Edition guitars up the ante. Exotic options not offered online,
including special Kiesel Color-Treated Fingerboards, colored inlays, custom finishes and
exotic woods are available. In most cases, if you can dream it up, we can build it.
The tilt back headstock improves sustain and eliminates the need for
a string tree. Carvin Guitars locking tuners are used because of their
superior quality and their ability to maintain perfect tune. Sure
they're more expensive, but well worth it. A graphite-teflon nut
also helps to keep Custom Shop guitars in perfect tune.|
Many guitars feature the C22B bridge humbucker. This
improved design with its extra windings and special 1/4" thick
alnico V magnet delivers a warm sustaining tone with rich
harmonics. In addition to the C22 series, Carvin offers a
wide assortment of optional pickups in single coil, metal covered, stacked
humbucker, and twinblade designs. New passive Kiesel pickups
provide all the toanl varity you could want, and come standard on many models.
models are available with the M-series tune-o-matic bridges. This bridge is set into a routed pocket
on special heavy studs. The strings feed through the body which
creates increased downward pressure on the bridge resulting in
exceptional sustain and tone. Carvin Guitars also offers standard
tune-o-matic/stoptail bridges, Wilkinson tremolos and Floyd Rose
Carvin Guitars' Rapid Play Neck™ assures the best
possible string action. You simply can't buy a guitar that plays better
than a Carvin Guitars Custom Shop instrument. Most guitars and basses are offered with a 14"
standard radius, with 10" and 12" radii offered optionally. Holdsworth, 8-string and classical models feature a 20" radius.
Carvin Fingerboard Radius Guide...
You can also choose from a number of fretwire options on your Custom Shop guitar or bass. Carvin Guitars
offers standard medium-jumbo nickel-silver frets (.048 tall X .103 wide), optional jumbo frets (.055 tall X .110 wide) or optional low-wide frets (.036 X .106 wide).
Because many players prefer the smoother feel and longer life of stainless steel, you
can also select medium-jumbo stainless steel frets (.048 tall X .103 wide) or jumbo stainless steel frets (.055 tall X .110 wide). Gold EVO frets look great,
especially on ebony and zebrawood. Carvin Guitars uses precision
pressing arbors to ensure all frets are evenly and securely installed on the fingerboard, and the frets are dressed for optimal playability.