DC400C review by Carvin

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.3 (21 votes)
Carvin: DC400C

Price paid: $ 450

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
I play mostly classic rock and hard rock and this guitar is made for that style completely. The humbuckers are very hot and give the brightest, richest sound I've ever heard come from my Carvin SX300 amp. It can be noisy if you are close to a powerful amp but it's okay because you usually stand far away from big amps anyway. The tonal control is just about universal. This guitar can handle squeals and divebombs from the likes a Zakk Wylde and Steve Vai, even matching thier "big" tones. I flick 2 switches and turn the Active Tone all the way up and I can get a tone fuller than the "Bother" (Stone Sour) solo (that solo has a very rich, round sound if you haven't heard it) and Corey uses a top-of-the-line Gibson in recording! This guitar can handle pretty much everything.

Overall Impression — 10
I play hard rock and some classic rock, and this guitar was definatly made for it. I've been playing for 7 years and it's my 3rd guitar and I would never trade it for anything. This guitar is amazing and I would defiantly scrape up the money for another one if it were stolen. I love the Carvin versitility, quality, and sound, and I don't think there is anything I don't like.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I've played this guitar live and it gives me no problems, except for the feedback problem but again, just get away from the amp. The hardware was in excellent shape underneath the crap I bought it with, so it will last pretty much forever as long as I take care of it. The strap buttons were very solid but I strap-lock all of my guitars so I got those 5 minutes after I bought the guitar. I would use my Warlock to back this up at a gig, but my Carvin is definatly axe-of-choice. This guitar is reliable as long as you care about it.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I can't accuratly rate how everything was when it was new because, quite frankly, I didn't buy it new. When I DID recieve it, Guitar Center set it up like crap. The string were so low the pickups kept yanking it out of tune. The neck was completely whacked and the harware was dirty. After an hour everything was the way I wanted it and that's all that matters.

Features — 10
I bought this $1500 beauty for 1/3 of the price at the Guitar Center Memorial Day Sale. I'm not sure what year it is, but it's at least 10 years old because it has a Kahler tremolo system on it. Here are the features: - Alder body/flame maple top - C22/C22N humbuckers with active/passive electronic system - Saphire blue - Mother of pearl inlays - Ebony fretboard - Matching headstock - Neck-thru maple neck - Black chrome hardware - Double locking Kahler tremolo Even with it's age, it is in great shape. Some guy lost it in a divorce and his wife sold it for half price, and then the sale hit.

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    ...unless you find it used, of course. Carvins seem to have really low resale value.
    DC400 is an AMAZING guitar, but no one should buy it. Why? Because you can order a DC127 from Carvin with the SAME specs for much cheaper. DC127 ftw.
    garden of grey
    i hear great things about Kahlers even though i use a floyd. You caught yourself a great deal there
    Hey, I've got a much nicer 2006 one of these. It's for sale too, in case anyone is lookin' for one. As you can see by this article, the dc-400 is one bad-a** guitar.
    Do you have 1 Wilco5000? Or is it Bilko.5? Played 1, feels real nice, low action, fastish neck. Very reminiscant of the Ibanez Prestige & USA customs. Another wicked piece of machinery from the boys ( & maybe gals) @ Carvin!
    my brother got a used model like this one the dc400 and it is very sweet, the lowest action Ive played right up there with Ibanez Prestige and Ibanez USA Customs