Carvin DC127

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Carvin

Description This is an awesome guitar at a very low price. Some say it's in all ways better than Fenders, Gibsons, Ibanez, and ESPs. I think that it sounds and feels better than a Fender Stratocaster because I own one.
Posted By Neal Eles (198)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 11/16/2003, Paul Re (38) posted:
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I was looking at PRS, when i remember those Carvin catalogs, i used to get in colege, and i wanted a certain combination of options, which was no problem for Carvin I would replace this guitar if lost, but probably with a M22sd. The neck is very playable, very much a shred type neck, i dont shred, i am more mellow, but i find the guitar has improved my playing and expanded what i look to play.

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Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carvin Custom Shop
Features:
My DC 127-FA is a customed ordered US made 2 c22 humbucker design with a fishman bridge piezo pickup and coil splitters and active electronics. It has swamp ash body sides and a tung-oiled Maple neck thru with ebony fretboard with abalone inlays. The flamed top has the greenburst finish and a matching headstock. The tuners are sprezel locking type. The workmanship and wood quality are top notch. My only regret is not getting a M22sd pickup. I like the classic p-up, but feel the need for something a litle hoter. My favorite features are the flamed top, really sweet, its color changes with differing light angles. And the fishman pickup, for fingerpicking and blended with the humbucker, it has many different tones
Playability:
I actually raised the action on this guitar when i firsrt got cause it wasnt used to it being so low. It did not buzz or anything, i am just used to higher action, a preference. with the intonation readjusted, it was good to go. it stays in tune for long periods of time. The ebony fretboard is super slick, my first
Sound Quality:
I use the dc 127 thru a small tube practice amp ( a 5 watter ). At first the sound had a little too much jangle for me. But this guitar is very new, newer than new. Newer than anything i could play in a store. AS it broke in it took on a warm full sound. It has a nice mellow jazzy tone, but squeals nicely as the volume or intensity of attack increases.
Durability:
Sp far nicely durable. After the first ding in the Maple top, after about 2 weeks. It has suffered no noticeable damage. The ding was my fault! :(
On 6/12/2003, John Hodges (1645) posted:
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Before I bought the carvin I took a look at the Paul Reed Smith CE22 and Custom 24, but to be honest i found them to be pretty bad guitars for that much money. For 2-3 thousand dollars you can definitely find a guitar with a better neck than that... I do love this guitar, but i think i'm still going to buy a Fender American Delux Stratocastor at some point, just because Carvin's really can't match that sound. But that's just personal preference. I'm very happy with the guitar, and the more i look at it, the more i think how beautiful it is. If it was stolen i woudl probably buy another one at some point, but what i'd rahter do before that is buy a Mexican Strat and put a set of noisless pickups in and replace the tuners with locking ones. Youv'e got a great guitar there for just about 600 bucks that plays great =). By the way, i read a review (possibly here) about the pickup selector being in the wrong spot, such that the player constantly bumped it from neck to bridge position. At first i totally thought that was a fluke, but it's true =). It happens to me too, but i'm positive that with a lot of practice it wont' be an issue.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carvin
Features:
It took days of researching every detail that Carvin lets you customize before I could place the order on this guitar, but I'm so happy because of it. Carvin builds YOUR guitar, exactly the way you want it. I bought the DC127 with the standard through the body bridge, blueburst quilted maple top, birdseye maple fretboard with abalone dot inlays (24 frets), and a flying V headstock with locking tuners. I bought the H pickup upgrades for both the neck and bridge pickups because it had the mellower sound I like. I also got active electronics placed in (similar to the DC400 model). With the volume knob pulled slightly out, i can have the standard volume and tone knob found on most guitars, but when the knob is pushed in the guitar really comes alive. It has a trebble and a bass knob to really shape the tone in any manner you want. I actually like the tone control on the guitar better than on my amp. There's also coil switches to go from single to double coil mode on the humbuckers. The phase switch creates a really interesting sound when the pickup selector is in the middle.
Playability:
When I first purchased the Carvin I honestly didn't know what to expect. I've heard incredible reviews about them so I assumed that i would fall in love when it got here. On the contrary, it actually took me several weeks of playing it before I was comfortable with the action. I learned on fenders, so to me, the stratocastor had the ultimate action with the perfect neck width. However, i was unable to find one that i thought was worth buying in the stores, so I ordered a Carvin. Let me tell you, when i played some stratocastors and my carvin side by side, I was more satisfied with the fenders. I was about ready to send the carvin back for a refund! But, after playing it incessantly for 2 weeks my fingers have gotten used to the slightly wider neck and stiffer action. Now i just LOVE to touch my guitar and to rock out with it. The bridge is excellent too, even for just a straight through body bridge. It's so easy to play and to do everything from palm muting to you name it. One of my friends who is a die-hard floating bridge fan says that this is one of the closest things to it he's ever felt, and says he would love playing on it. The locking tuners really help too, once the strings settled in, it just stays in tune through tough bends.
Sound Quality:
I use my DC127 through a Spider 112. I know, most of you are probably thinking "what a crappy amp", but for $400 it's not that bad. At first I was not thrilled with the sound of the Carvin. Since i've played for years on fender's i'm used to the single-coil sound, not the humbucker. To me, it sounded too dirty. However, it did have some of the purest, sweetest, and warmest clean solo's i've eaver heard when it is set to the neck pickup. I play everything from punk to metal to rock to worship, so everything you can imagine get's played on it, and it seems okay handling everything. However, the guitar really sounds best when played at a decently high volume, making it a good gig gutiar. Although the sound is growing on me, I still wish it had the strat sound...
Durability:
Dude, this guitar is a rock. It's amazing because the body is so thin, and the neck just sort of becomes the body, no dramatic change in thickness. It's such a solid guitar, and really holds up well. Even if it doesn't I coudln't imagine having a problem since i have a 5 year warantee for free on it...
On 5/20/2003, Tony Arnold (2864) posted:
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I would definetely re-purchase this exact model if it were lost or stolen, I honestly don't know how this guitar could be better! A custom made American beauty with awesome sound for under $1000? The action and neck would be my favorite aspect (if I had to choose one). It just begs you to play it hard. This guitar compares (or beats) any guitar out there today.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $925.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Carvin
Features:
A US, custom made guitar, maple through-body neck, alder sides, flamed-maple top. Volume, tone, 3-way, and single coil/humbucker switches, two Carvin Humbucker PU's, Sperzel locking tuners, Mother-of Pearl block inlays. If it didn't sound or feel so good to play I'd hang it on the wall as a piece of art.
Playability:
The action is outstanding (Is there a score above 5?). It measures under 1/16th" at the 12th fret. The Tung-oiled neck makes you want to fly around the fretboard.
Sound Quality:
Used with a 30W Marshall combo, and/or a Pandora PX4, this guitar does it all. I play mainly blues and rock, and it sounds great. By selecting the coils there are many options to choose from. A very versatile guitar.
Durability:
I haven't played it in a live situation, nor have I had it long enough to adjust the truss rod or intonation.
On 8/12/2002, Neal Eles (198) posted:
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Before deciding on buying the DC127, I looked at Gibson SG's and Les Pauls, Jacksons, ESPs, and other big brands, but luckily my friend had a DC127 and after borrowing it from him for a day, I had made my decision. I would definitely buy this guitar again if it were lost or stolen, no question. I can't think of anyway this guitar could be improved upon. What I love most about this guitar is the feel of it. The smoothness of it's all natural wood body is almost unbelievable craftmanship. The tone is also a great aspect of the guitar.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.carvin.com
Features:
This is an American made guitar. It's all alder with a rosewood fingerboard. The guitar has 24 frets marked with dot inlays, and it has 6 strings. It has a volume knob, a tone knob, a three way selector switch, and a switch to activate or deactivate single coil pickups within the humbuckers. It's a two humbucker guitar in an H/H set up. The pickups are Carvin's standard humbuckers, the CU22s, which are passive. The guitar has an all natural finish, with a neck-thru construction and a double cutaway body. It has a fixed bridge and Spertzle locking tuners.
Playability:
The action on this guitar is amazing. It comes with seemingly perfect high action. The tung-oiled neck provides smooth, quick movement of the hands up and down the neck. The neck size could be compared to a Stratocaster's but fits my hand as if it were made for it. I received my guitar about a month ago, but so far this guitar appears to be flawless.
Sound Quality:
The only thing I use with this guitar is a Carvin MTS3200 amp and a Dunlop Original Wah. I play many different styles of music, including indie rock, heavy metal, punk, classic rock, and some blues, and this guitar works for all. I feel the DC127 can live up to any style of music. The sound is full and warm, and is the best I've heard. With single coil selection option, the DC127 offers many different sounds to chose from, making it a very versatile guitar.
Durability:
I haven't had the guitar long enough to play it live... but I have much trust in it, and I feel it could hold up without a problem. Carvin offers installation of Dunlop straplocks as an option for guitars, which I chose, and they work great. I keep the guitar in it's hardshell case in my basement, which is damp and kind of cold, but the guitar hasn't changed or anything.