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Carvin Introduces NS1 Nylon Synth Access Guitar [ Musikmesse 2007 ]

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Nylon string acoustic characteristics with the power of MIDI control

28 March 2007 — Carvin, the brand of choice for musicians in search of high quality guitars, basses, instrument amplifiers, recording equipment, and sound reinforcement products, proudly announces a revolutionary breakthrough for today’s guitarist—introducing the new NS1 Nylon Synth Access guitar. Featuring the stunning beauty and impeccable playing characteristics that have made Carvin’s custom guitar shop legendary, the NS1 Nylon Synth Access guitar combines the attributes of a nylon string acoustic with the power of MIDI synthesizer access—opening new doors of creative expression for guitarists everywhere.

The NS1’s world-class workmanship is evident throughout. Featuring gold plated hardware and Carvin’s 4A Flame Maple top, the NS1 exhibits a rich, hand-crafted appearance that endears itself to all who encounter it. And like all Carvin guitars, the NS1 is available in a wide selection of color options. Designed for a lifetime of musical enjoyment, the NS1 incorporates a wood body binding effect on the edge of the flame Maple top—unlike the plastic molded binding found on other guitars.

This amazing guitar features a neck that extends the entire length of the instrument, and where the neck meets the body, players will surely appreciate the NS1’s smooth heel—a characteristic that further enhances playability. With its chambered Mahogany body, the NS1 provides a higher level of resonance—giving the instrument the characteristics of a nylon string guitar while making it lighter and, hence, easier to play and more comfortable over the course of a performance.

Further increasing the NS1’s overall level of playability is its Ebony fingerboard featuring a semi-flat 20-inch radius, a characteristic preferred by nylon string players as opposed to a more arched design. Utilizing a 25.5-inch scale with 21 medium-jumbo frets, the new NS1 feels “right at home” in the guitarist’s hands.

As a performance tool, the NS1 excels. By plugging a standard guitar cable into the instrument, guitarists are able to play the NS1 through any acoustic amp or PA. Further, the NS1’s active EQ circuits deliver a full bottom end that accurately conveys the sound of a full sized acoustic body guitar. Featuring stacked mid cut/boost and mid sweep controls for the midrange plus stacked treble and bass cut/boost controls, the incredible NS1 enables guitarists to sculpt the perfect acoustic tone on any amplification system.

Designed to extract the utmost expression from its players, the NS1’s piezo pickup system uses a natural compression that is very similar to an acoustic guitar. Guitarists can play as hard as they want without overloading the input channel, and they’ll never experience that dreaded piezo “quack.” The onboard piezo pickup can be used with or without a MIDI/Synth interface.

With all these features, Carvin’s new NS1 offers today’s cutting-edge guitarist even more. The real magic comes by plugging the NS1 into a guitar synthesizer module using the provided 13-pin cable. Carvin worked closely with Graph Tech Guitar Labs when developing the NS1’s Hexaphonic pickup system and the result is fast, accurate MIDI tracking that guitarists have been demanding.

The NS1’s revolutionary Hexaphonic pickup sends a signal for each individual string as well as a summed signal via the 13-pin cable. The system enables both synthesizer and acoustic sounds to be created using this single cable. The instrument’s Hexaphonic output is MIDI compatible with synthesizer controllers such as Roland’s GR-33 Guitar Synthesizer, VG-88 V-Guitar System, V-Bass System, the Roland GI-20 GK-MIDI Interface, the Axon AX100 Guitar-MIDI converter, and many more. For convenient scrolling through MIDI synth patches, the NS1 provides a mini toggle switch.

Mark Kiesel, Vice President of Carvin Corporation, shared his enthusiasm on the company’s new NS1 Nylon Synth Access guitar. “Our new NS1 was designed to provide a wealth of sonic experiences,” said Kiesel, “enabling guitarists of all musical styles to explore new sonic territory. The NS1 is capable of delivering breathtaking nylon string acoustic performances while providing the opportunity to explore the musical realm of MIDI synthesis. I’m confident players of all musical styles will find the NS1 a most compelling choice for their musical expression.”

Carvin’s new NS1 Nylon Synth Access guitar carries a direct price of $1399.00 and is expected to be available in April 2007.

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 more 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 the Carvin website.
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