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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 consistent playability.

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.

Tilt-back Headstock
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.

DC127 Tune-O-Matic M Bridge 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.

Many guitar 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 tremolos.

Rapid Play Neck

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...


Carvin Fretwire Selections

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.

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