Carvin DC747

Electric 7-String Guitar

Made by Carvin

Description A custom 7-string solidbody electric guitar. 24 frets, Sperzel locking tuners, ebony fingerboard, maple neck-through-body, alder body sides, quilted maple top, 3 pickups (neck and bridge humbuckers), rounded body edges, fixed bridge.
Posted By Gary Regester (885)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 12/29/1999, Gary Regester (885) posted:
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So who would buy this guitar? It will easily fit the bill for any low-end power chord stuff. Jazz guitarist looking for easy-access bass notes might find the tone too bright and edgy. The nut does not look like it will support heavy strings (it comes with 10s), and these strings are a little too light for solid bass notes on high chords. It fits my style perfectly. I tend to play in a very linear fashion, and also use a lot of extended chords that 7-strings excell at. I also use alternate tunings frequently, and can really make use of an extra string. It will take a while to get used to the extra string if you are not already comfortable with it, and you will find yourself grabbing a chord only to find you are one string off. I have had a 6-string bass for several years but still once in a while get on the wrong string. One thing a 7-string guitar is not that great for is the standard open chords, so if you are a heavy chord-strummer I'd stick with a 6-string, as you have to find new ways to block out that low-B string, which is problematic if you are already blocking out the low-E. I have been tending to block out the low-B of some chords by using the tip of a finger on the low-E string (usually the first), rather than the thumb. Keep in mind the fretboard is wider, and large hands are a very big plus. But overall it is one of the best if not the best guitar I have ever played, and suits my technique perfectly.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1078.95 (new)
Where Obtained: carvin.com
Features:
You can get most of the options available on 6-string Carvins on this one. No tremolo, though, I believe. Enough options to get the 7-string that you want.
Playability:
Super fast neck, great action, very comfortable to hold, everything placed in just the right place.
Sound Quality:
Brilliant, crisp sound, lots of high partials. Distorts very well, very easy artificial harmonics.
Durability:
Well made all around. Virtually flawless finish and craftsmanship. The kind of guitar you'll want to keep in its case and polish frequently.