Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Two new guitars now available from Carvin

CARVIN INTRODUCES CONTOUR C66M ELECTRIC GUITAR
Tune-O-Matic bridge delivers improved tone and sustain

Carvin, the name musicians the world over turn to for fine guitars, basses, signal processing equipment, PA systems, and related musical electronics, is pleased to introduce the new Contour C66M electric guitar. Featuring Carvin’s legendary Tune-O-Matic bridge with the strings feeding through the body, the new Contour C66M is a guitarist’s dream come true and is available as a model upgrade over the company’s standard Contour C66 electric guitar.
Carvin's Contour 66 was released in 2003 as the company’s deluxe bolt-on neck guitar. Since that time, guitarists everywhere have been asking for a Contour guitar with the company’s Tune-O-Matic bridge. Now, Carvin answers the call. The through the body feeding of the strings delivers improved tone and sustain—taking an already great guitar and elevating it to the next level.
The standard pickup configuration on Carvin’s Contour C66 has always been a neck and bridge C22 humbucker. Carvin’s Custom Shop is now offering the HSS option with two AP11 single coil pickups in the neck and middle position, with a C22B humbucker in the bridge. With Zero adjustments to their heights, the AP11 pickups produce a warm, rich sound with full bodied low end. Similarly, the C22B humbucker features Alnico V magnets that deliver a rich, smooth sound—and with the close spacing of the pole pieces, guitarists won't experience drop-off when bending the strings.
Designed for a lifetime of musical enjoyment, Carvin’s new Contour C66M features an Adler body and a deluxe AAAA Curly Flame Maple top that is coupled with a Hardrock Maple neck sporting a Tung oil satin finish. Adding to the guitar’s overall level of playability is its ebony fingerboard with a 12-inch radius and 22 medium jumbo frets. All hardware is chrome, and the instrument’s electronics include master volume and tone controls, plus a 5-way selector switch.
Mark Kiesel, Vice President of Carvin Corporation, commented on the company’s new Contour C66M guitar, "The Carvin Contour C66M builds upon the success of our popular Contour C66. With the addition of the Tune-O-Matic bridge, players will experience a noticeable improvement in the guitar’s tone and sustain, and the cost of the upgrade is very modest. I believe this new model represents exceptional value and I am confident guitarists will find much to like with this new model."
The Carvin Custom Shop is now offering the HSS ($30) option with two AP11 single coil pickups in the neck and middle position, with a C22B humbucker in the bridge. The C66M is now available as a model upgrade for only $20 over the standard C66’s direct price of $ 979.00.

CARVIN RE-INTRODUCES V220 ELECTRIC GUITAR
1980s-era icon brought back by popular demand

Carvin, the name musicians the world over look to for fine guitars, basses, signal processing equipment, PA systems, and related musical electronics, is pleased to announce the re-introduction of the company’s legendary V220 electric guitar. Originally introduced in the 1980s, the V220 was played by chart topping artists of the decade and is one of two 80s-era guitars that customers demanded be re-issued.
The V220’s standard configuration incorporates the M-bridge with strings fed through the body—a hallmark of design excellence. This bridge is set into a routed pocket on special heavy studs. The strings feed through the body which creates increased downward pressure on the bridge resulting in exceptional sustain and tone. A Floyd Rose tremolo is optionally available.
With its Alder body and Hardrock Maple neck construction featuring a 25-inch scale and dot inlays, the V220 is designed to provide a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Further increasing the V220’s overall level of playability is its ebony fingerboard with a 12-inch radius and 24 medium jumbo frets. Several optional fret wires are available as well as two different stainless steel fret profiles. Augmenting the look of this dynamic instrument is its V-shape headstock.
The V220’s electronics are first rate, as evidenced by twin C22 Humbucking pickups. This proven design, with its extra windings and special quarter-inch thick alnico V magnet delivers a warm sustaining tone with rich harmonics. The V220 features a 3-way pickup selector, master volume, and a master tone control with a push/pull coil splitting switch. This outstanding guitar offers Sperzel™ locking tuners and all hardware is finished in Chrome for a great appearance that will retain its look for years.
Carvin’s V220 includes a varied assortment of standard colors, including black, classic white, red, pearl white, pearl red, pearl blue, tung oil, plus clear satin and clear gloss. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, in terms of how guitarists may elect to customize their V220. Carvin offers a wide range of upgrades, including Black Chrome and Gold plated hardware, alternate bridge and neck pickups, color options for the Humbucking pickups, a variety of fingerboard, headstock and headstock overlay options, not to mention an almost endless assortment of colors and finishes.
Mark Kiesel, Vice President of Carvin Corporation, commented on the company’s new V220 guitar, "The Carvin V220 is one of those instruments that, by its appearance alone, takes guitarists back to the 80s glory days of rock and roll. Re-issued by popular demand, the new V220 benefits from state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and is an instrument that provides great sound, feels great in the hands, and has an appearance as unique as the guitarist who straps it on. All of us at Carvin are genuinely excited about this new guitar offering."
The Carvin V220 electric guitar carries a direct price of $899 (V220M w/ Tune-O-Matic bridge). The instrument is available now through the Carvin Custom Shop.

About Carvin
Since its launch in 1946, Carvin has specialized in building and selling high quality musical instrument products direct to the consumer. The company’s innovative factory-direct approach has grown from a catalog mail order service into a large-scale manufacturing / retail business with a strong Internet presence. Today, Carvin customers can instantly purchase everything from customized, handcrafted instruments to tour-ready professional audio systems. With better than 60 years of achievement, Carvin continues to grow its relationship with musicians worldwide by offering an extensive range of guitars, basses, instrument amps, recording, and P.A. products. To order, visit us online at www.carvin.com or call 800-854-2235.

2 comments:

My New Play said...

Thanks for the Carvin reviews. I'm a songwriter searching for a new instrument. I'm looking pretty hard at either the Carvin C66 Contour or the SC90. I like that piezoelectric-acoustic-bridge sound but need an electric guitar neck with low frets for easy playability.

Have you had a chance to play either of these?

Any suggestions on a 25.5" (Contour) versus a 25" (SC90) scale length?

Mickie said...

I merely posted reviews that were sent my way to share. I do play guitar, but have not tried out either of these Carvins. Any readers out there willing to share their experiences??

Keep on rockin'
Mickie