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Old 02-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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NGD Carvin DC800...koa...walnut...yum

So I checked my tracking number this morning before I left for college and it was already "out for delivery". STRONGLY considered just staying home but I decided that I needed my edjumucayshun.

7 hours later, we meet! Indoor pics first, then outdoor shots, then my mini review.

Specs:

Claro walnut top
Koa body
Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple neck
Tung oiled maple fretboard w/ black dots
Matching walnut headstock w/ white logo
Blackburst top, black sides, blackburst back.
Clear gloss over the whole thing!
Jumbo SS frets



What the hell is it with every 8 string metal player also owning an adorable cat?

Both of my Carvins…

…and their backsides.

I like how the flash shows off the grain!


Under florescent light at my music store.

Action shot!


more outside shots in the next post
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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Tried to find a good angle for these outside shots.









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So far, I am absolutely loving it, even more than I expected! I’ve played two 8 strings in my life and those were my old intrepid, which was a HUGE beast and weighed like 11-12 pounds, and the other was a schecter omen 8. Not quite as big as the agile, but still a beast. When I first saw the box for this one, I was wondering if they had sent the wrong guitar!! This guitar is MUCH smaller than I was expecting! It only weighs 8.5 pounds. The neck is very thin too, definitely the thinnest of any guitar I own. I was expecting more of a rounded C shape like what’s on my bass, but is this much more like an old washburn 7 string I used to own. For whatever reason, the 27” scale feels shorter than my 26.5” schecter blackjack. Don’t ask me how that works…

When I ordered this over the phone, I had requested a thin burst on the top and back so as not to cover up too much of the beautiful wood! I also requested a darker colored walnut top, and there was no upcharge for any of these requests. The indoor shots of the top are a better representation of its tint than the outdoor. What I had in mind when I asked for a darker top was not really a flame figure but rather more of a swirly chocolate character, but I didn’t tell them that. I really didn’t want to spend another chunk of change asking for a specific top. And I love how the neck ended up being partially flamed when I didn’t pay extra for that!

Overall, this guitar is very easy to play on. It’s not intimidating at all! The first time I saw my intrepid, I started laughing at its size, and at times it was a bit menacing. This one feels about the size of my Schecter c-1 classic. I haven’t plugged it in yet, I’m just enjoying the hell out of how awesome it sounds unplugged!
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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:O That cat is gorgeous.







... And I guess the guitar is as well. HNGD If I were to get another 8 string, this is probably the way I'd go, though with passive routes.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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Very mice...errrr..nice!
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:55 PM   #5
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Yeah I said it before in ERG thread, but again that thing is sexy beast. Congrats dude!


PS Is that you in the action shot? Anytime I see you post I just imagine you look like your avatar.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:59 PM   #6
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Nice. Love the neck thru back. I have a Carvin on order as well. Can't wait.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #7
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very tastefull

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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thanks for the kind words!

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Yeah I said it before in ERG thread, but again that thing is sexy beast. Congrats dude!


PS Is that you in the action shot? Anytime I see you post I just imagine you look like your avatar.


haha yep thats me. not quite as pretty as norah jones, eh?
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #9
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^ I dunno, if you shaved and dyed your hair it'd be pretty close.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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PS Is that you in the action shot? Anytime I see you post I just imagine you look like your avatar.

This exactly haha. Who's the babe in your avatar? I've always been curious.

Congrats again dude! I'd definitely buy one of these if I didn't suck to much to play 8's.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:41 PM   #11
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It's Norah Jones, learn to read Levi... geez.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:48 PM   #12
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:54 AM   #13
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Very attractive ... and not in an attention-whorish way! Congrats!

I love the bass, too, and the yard!

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:00 AM   #14
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Anything after 6 is just too much for my needs but a beautiful axe nonetheless! HNGD!
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:03 AM   #15
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^ man i tell you, this barely feels like its bigger than a 6! if someone wanted to jump from 6 to 8, this is the guitar they should buy!

haha ippon thats not really my yard, its a grassy spot in front of my apartment. just happens to be green because we've had a shitload of rain this winter
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:00 PM   #16
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Holy wow I love the blackburst. Especially on the back and the neck/headstock! It's SEXY. Congrats man! If I ever get an 8, it'll probably be a Carvin.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:00 AM   #17
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thanks! and yeah, i found several pics of carvins with blackburst jobs on them and absolutely fell in love with it. just HAD to do it
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #18
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:14 AM   #19
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Lookin' good, man. The finish and flame looks cool; it seems as if a car with wicked tire prints has driven over the body.

I'm glad you like it!
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:45 AM   #20
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CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA! Nice, HNGD!
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