Carvin DC135

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Carvin

Description Solidbody, hardtail, electric guitar. Three pickup configuration (S-S-H) including a coil switch.
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Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 12/28/1999, Jimmy Crossen (1015) posted:
Overall Rating:
I will never buy a fender strat. again, why? when I can get a guitar that not only overall plays better but is also a fraction of the price of an american fender
Price: $569.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.carvin.com
Features:
Maple neck, option of a customized headstock
Playability:
Has a very low action as it should...
Sound Quality:
Great tone! NEARLY endless sustain! can scream like a banshee or purr like a kitten at the flip of a switch
Durability:
Seem to be made very nicely, employees at carvin don't half-ass around with their work, dropped it twice and nothing is wrong with it
On 8/1/1999, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
This 135 is a great bargin. I'll never buy another Fender again considering I can get a better Strat or Tele style guitar for 30% to 40% less. I've owned 22 guitars in the last 20 years or so, and this Carvin was probably the smartest purchase to date.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $350.00
Where Obtained: Dealer in Vintage Guitar Magazine
Features:
With three pickups, this guitar has a lot going for it. However, Carvin could improve things by offering a version of the 135 with a neck humbucker pickup resulting in a H-S-H configuration which they currently do not offer. Also, this model is a hardtail. Carvin offers this model in an original Floyd Rose (double locking trem) as well as a more traditional Wilkinson trem.
Playability:
This 135 is one of the best playing guitars I've owned over the last 20 years or so. It has a very fast neck and access to the top frets is spectacular (due to the neck-through construction). The fret work on Carvin guitars is not as good as on say a Tom Anderson or a Grosh but compare with anything from Fender or Gibson. Plus, this guitar has a smaller body than a Fender Strat and is very light weight.
Sound Quality:
When I bought this guitar, I had older model pickups in it. They were very clinical sounding and I was unimpressed. I replacd them with updated electronics from Carvin. It seems that people either love or hate the sound of Carvin pickups. Personally, I really like their new singlecoils (AP11) and the C22 humbucker in this guitar. The coil spliting switch offers some good singlecoil sounds great for the classic Strat tone.
Durability:
The components and parts used by Carvin are top-notch. Maple neck through design, alder body sides, ebony fretboard and a nice finish. The frets are very hard and wear nicely as well.