#1
I PROMISE I'LL TAKE BETTER PICTURES TOMORROW. MY CAMERA IS DEAD NOW

Specs:
DC145
HSH, 1 Volume, 1 Tone; 5 way selector
Coil-split switch for Neck and Bridge, Phase switch (I'll explain later)
Alder Body
Maple w/ Neck-Through-Body construction
C-shaped neck, decently thick. Between an Ibanez and a Strat. Closer to a Strat neck
Clear Gloss finish
Clear Satin neck finish (slides along your hand, smoooooth)
Roughly 1/6" fancy-shmancy Flamed Koa Top
Floyd Rose (no locking nut, but Sperzel locking tuners)
Ebony Fretboard with 12 inch radius and white dot inlays
25" Scale Length
Flamed Koa Headstock
White Carvin logo
Chrome Hardware
$1500!!!!

Pictures! (I'm a terrible photographer, I warn you)

^used flash to really bring out the beautiful grain! (and fingerprints, SOOO sorry guys! )



Standard body picture



Back of guitar



Bad, uneven picture of the slick ebony fretboard

The pictures don't even BEGIN to do justice. You really have to see this in person. HAVE TO.


Playability:
WOW. Just wow. Everything's perfect. Made me a better player actually. Don't need to go further...


Tone Report:

Note that the tone is mostly maple, as it is a neck through.


Ahh, my love/hate relationship with the infamous Carvin-maple-neck-through-alder-body-ebony-fretboard tone. At first, I hated it. I didn't want to hate it, but I did. So bright, thin, and brittle sounding. EQ helped a bit, but the basic character of it was still there. What was I to do? As any genius of my caliber would, I came up with a plan. I slapped some 13s on there, dropped it to D standard, and bam! Instant thicker tone! Problem solved... mostly. Now my only problem is the less-than-adequate pickups. Not bad quality by any means, but counter-productive as they are voiced brightly, and thus not a good match for the basic tonal characteristics of the guitar. Overall, this is a very unique-sounding guitar. I'll go through the pickups one-by-one and give them a little description. By the way, the phase switch just makes the 2 and 4 positions sound incredibly thin. I'll be experimenting with that, definitely.


Neck: Actually sounds slightly harsh when clean. Not too bad though. Dirty, sounds pretty awesome. Has a compressed, middy Santana thing going on. May or may not replace with a less harsh sounding pickup

Neck/Middle: Best position on clean tone. Fairly chimey, but unique and not stratty. Sounds like Vai's clean tone a little. Dirty, once again, reminds me of Vai. The dirty tone sounds strikingly similar to the guitars on Blood and Tears. Brittle, but is a pure and sweet way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_x377Q4zW4

Middle: Meh, bright but boring and uninspiring. Not bad, but nothing special. Just a lame pickup; will be changing soon.

Bridge/Middle: Very bright, but not piercingly so. Good clean tone, but I never liked this or the bridge for cleans anyway. Dirty, sounds very bright but subtle.

Bridge: Bleh. Clean, sounds muddy and thin at the same time. Dirty, still sounds muddy and thin. There's just something about the attack that really bothers me. However, with proper amp tweakage, it can sound like a pretty decent lead pickup. I will be replacing this with a Breed or something similar.


All in all, the tone is TIGHT. Like, butthole tight. With the right pickups, this can be an amazing metal guitar or an 80s shred guitar equally so due to its tightness and brightness. I'm sure once I get some good Dimarzios in there, this guitar with blow my balls off. I'll keep you guys posted. I'll be getting a bridge pickup for my birthday very soon.
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Last edited by bingeandletgo at Jun 22, 2010,
#2
Not really my type, but I'm glad your so happy.

Happy NGD, dude.
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#3
I know, it was over-exaggerated
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#5
Nice guitar, but for the photos a tip: take the flash off, use macro on close-up, and hold it steady. Hard to get a sense of the axe while it's in motion. Otherwise dandy.
#6
Not really my thing but It's good to see your so incredibly happy about it.
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#7
Love the grain!! HNDG
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#8
HNGD, but why'd you get an alder/maple guitar if you could've gotten a mahogany/mahogany guitar. I mean you complain about how bright it is when you could've customized it.

Unless this was bought used, but then I would've thought it would've been cheaper than $1500 if it were.
#12
that's very nice indeed
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#13
that top is beautiful with the flash. on a great guitar.
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#14
Very nice NGD but definitely not the best of all time, I've seen people go through Vigier, Suhr and Blackmachine NGDs, this one just doesn't match up

Looks good though, like it!
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Very nice NGD but definitely not the best of all time, I've seen people go through Vigier, Suhr and Blackmachine NGDs, this one just doesn't match up

Looks good though, like it!



Oh come one, I was kidding
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#17
Hngd!!!
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#18
very cool

not the best though

i think that guy who bought jani liimatainen"s Ibanez LACS 7 string destroyer on sevenstring.org had the best
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