PurpleTrails wrote: hippieguy1954 wrote:
As promised, here is me playing lead with the Carvin/tiger and acoustic rhythm guitar and P bass with a drum machine through the set up in the pics. The only effect I use here is the ED during the solos. I recorded the rhythm, bass and drum machine. Then I played that through the PA and played along and sang while recording the whole thing.
All first takes and I apologize for my sloppy playing and for getting lost in the solo a few times. Just over look that
Nice little jam at the end
I'm kinds new at this recording thing. The volume and sound quality isn't very good on sound cloud unless you use head phones or a stereo. It's much louder when I listen to it from the recorder. You'll get the idea.
Any thoughts, criticisms or suggestions are always appreciated!
I'm curious about the Carvin, how hard it was to do the conversion, and one design choice you made. I really like the feel and looks of Carvin guitars, and really like how you got a very understated Jerry style axe out of yours. I've been thinking of picking up a Carvin and doing a conversion myself, and would like to ask you a few questions.
1. Did that start out a DC127, DC145 or what? It looks like you filled in a humbucker rout in the neck position, and I'm wondering if you routed out the middle from scratch or just widened out the single coil route on a 145.
2. What wood is the Carvin? Alder? Swamp ash? It seems a little lacking in a little high end sparkle, or maybe a tad scooped, at least listening on my computer speakers. I'm thinking about buying a claro walnut DC400 as a platform for the wood selection, looks and additional control options.
3. How hard was it to change out the electronics? I've read that it is kind of difficult to fit in milspec type pots in a carvin.
4. Why did you decide to put the jack plate on the face of the guitar rather than get one of the carvin stereo plates for an end installation.
Thanks in advance.
1-It started off as a DC135 3 pickup guitar. I did a "swimming pool route". I used a dremel and a hammer and chisel set.
Those little black squares are pieces of tape to see where I wanted the mini toggle switches.
2-Maple neck through and alder body wings.
That whole recording sounds scooped to me except when I listen with head phones directly into the recorder. Headphones into the computer isn't too bad, but even when I plug the recorder into the stereo it's really scooped. It's a Tascam DR-05. Works well, but sounds different through different things. Very basic recorder I have for recording jams/rehearsals etc.
3-It was very easy to change the electronics. I just gutted the control cavity except for the tone pot and five way switch. There wasn't much to it because it was wired like a strat with a master tone.
I used the existing tone pot as it is a high quality mini 500k pot that feels and works great. I just changed the capacitor.
I might change the 5 way, but so far the original seems fine.
For the 25K volume pot I also used a high quality mini pot. The milspec pot fit ok, but I wanted a little more room for Waldo's buffer and the battery. Can't remember the brand. I'll look when I get a chance. I think it's a Bourns.
4-I decided to put the jack plate on the front because I like the look and because I like the way the chords flow better from the face.
This is the guitar before any modifications:
Custom Shop Instrument Details:
Base Price: $ 799.00
DC135 - Three Pickup Guitar
$ 0.00 - - - Fixed Bridge w/ Strings Through Body
$ 10.00 - 29 - 5 Way Lever Switch with 3 AP11
$ 0.00 - TF - Tung-Oiled Satin Neck & Body
$ 0.00 - -MA - Maple Neck/Alder Body (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -PH - Headstock To Match Plain Wood Body Color (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -IN - Inline Headstock (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -EB - Ebony Fingerboard (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -DI - Dot Inlays (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -FR - Med-Jumbo Frets .048" H .103" W (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -R12 - 12in Fretboard Radius (Standard)
$ 30.00 - BC - Black Hardware
$ 0.00 - -135S - C22B & 2 AP11 Pickups w/ 3 On/Off Switches (Standard)
$ 0.00 - -400 - Black Coils w/ Black Bezels (Standard)
$ 0.00 - BL - Black Logo
$ 0.00 - -46 - Elixir 1046E Light Gauge .010 - .046 (Standard)
$ 0.00 - HC11S - Form-Fitted ABS Hardshell Case FREE