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
Maple neck, option of a customized headstock
Has a very low action as it should...
Great tone! NEARLY endless sustain! can scream like a banshee or purr like a kitten at the flip of a switch
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
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
Where Obtained: Dealer in Vintage Guitar Magazine
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.
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.
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.
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.