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 #92327  by monroe
 Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:23 pm
Finally, after 5 days, I've been able to sit the new guitar down long enough to take some pics. I'm absolutely LOVING this guitar! I still can't believe it's mine. And now, here she is ...
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 #92328  by monroe
 Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:24 pm
here's a few more...
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 #92335  by brutusbuck45
 Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:50 am
Hey! Thats looks oddly familiar? I better check to see if you broke in and stole my 145! :-)

Great looking, guitar, man! I hope it plays as well as mine. From your comments, I'm guessing it does.
Heavy guitar, isn't it? It really resonates. The 3+3 headstock really contributes to that.... more neck mass.
Congrats, man. I like the Wolf sticker... I upgraded to the inlay sticker a little while ago, as well.

Post these on the Carvin board too- the Carvinites will enjoy them.
 #92338  by monroe
 Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:05 am
haha Brutus, your 145 is safe :-) Mine is nearly identical specs though. It plays like a dream, but yeah, it is HEAVY. I'm coming from an Epiphone Les Paul, and this is such a HUGE improvement. The tone, the sustain, it's just awesome. And I agree on the resonance. When I'm playing chords, you can really hear and pick out each string. I'm also loving the full 2 octave fret board!

Full specs are:

Carvin DC145 - Three Pickup Guitar - Right Handed
Fixed Bridge w/ Strings Through Body
Two Coil Splitting Switches
Add Phase Switch
Top - Vintage Yellow Quilted Maple, Clear Gloss Finish (Standard)
Maple Neck & Walnut Body
5-Piece Maple Neck w/ 2 Walnut Stripes
Black Painted Traditional Style Headstock
Ebony Fingerboard (Standard)
Abalone Dot Inlays
Stainless Med-Jumbo Frets .048" H .103" W
12in Fretboard Radius (Standard)
Rounded Body Sides
Chrome Hardware (Standard)
C22B Humbucker Bridge Pickup (Standard)
C22J Humbucker Neck Pickup (Standard)
AP11 single-coil Middle Pickup
Cream/Black Coils w/ Cream Bezels
White Logo
Elixir 1046E Light Gauge .010 - .046 (Standard)
Form-Fitted ABS Hardshell Case
 #92339  by vwjodyme
 Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:44 am
Love it :cool: Congrats!
Seriously getting ready to pull the trigger on one of these.
How does it compare to the LP playability wise? I would be making the move from an SG.
 #92344  by Cmnaround
 Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:11 am
Very nice, very nice. So you can get a multi piece neck with the 145? I was checking out site and thought I needed to go with the DC-A400 to get that- but wasn't sure how to get them to do 3 pickups. Your info is really helpful. Also - minor - but is that just a wolf sticker? Looks really cool. Thanks for sharing - details always appreciated.
 #92362  by monroe
 Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:15 pm
@Cmnaround: I ordered mine off the website, so everything you see here are options that are always available on the DC145. Nothing is "special order" (other than the fact that all Carvins are special Order). The wolf sticker is just that, a sticker. Got it from

@Counterstriker: Hang in there. You've just got a few weeks left. My guitar arrived at my house on the date listed on the card. I don't know that they always get it that accurate, but in my case it certainly was. I called the week prior just to check on the status and see if they could give me and estimated ship date. Dude told me, "call next week" ... Two days later I got the email that it had shipped. Everyone says a phase switch will make it sound "thin and nasaly, and with less volume" ... I guess that is an accurate description, but to me that description says, "it sounds terrible and you won't like it". But I don't think that's the case. It does make it sound thin and nasaly with less volume, but it's not a "bad" sound. I still need to play around with it more to really determine when/where I might use it.

@vwjodyme: In the next few days I'll compare it side by side with my Epi LP and let you know my thoughts on how the two compare in terms of playability wise, but for now, I'll just say the carvin plays like a dream!

Thanks everyone for all the kind words. I'm off to go jam!! :cool:
 #92647  by gr8fulbluz
 Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:01 pm
super sweet!
I just love the look of the racing strips on the neck. If i were to do it again I would get the 5 piece neck.
How is the neck radius working for ya?