San Diego, CA – OCT 2011 Carvin, the name musicians everywhere trust for high quality USA-made guitars, basses, instrument amplifiers, recording equipment, and sound reinforcement products, is excited to announce our latest Custom Shop guitar, the DC800 Extended Scale 8-String Guitar. Although Carvin has been building 7-string guitars for many years, the DC800 represents our first foray into the world of 8-string extended range guitars.
The DC800 features an alder body and Eastern hard rock maple neck in a neck-through design, with a minimal neck heel allowing easy access high on the fingerboard. The body has straight edges along with a deep forearm cut and belly cut for comfortable playing while maintaining a modern look. Body and neck woods, including premium mahogany, walnut, swamp ash and koa are available, along with AAAA flamed/quilted maple, flamed koa, figured claro walnut, burled maple and spalted flamed maple top woods. A 27” scale ebony fingerboard with white dot inlays, medium jumbo nickel-silver frets and a semi-flat 20” radius are standard. Multiple neck options are available, including fingerboards woods; fretwire materials & sizes; dot, block, diamond and Signature inlays in genuine abalone and mother-of-pearl; and gloss, satin and tung-oiled back-of-neck finishes. Carvin’s new 8-string headstock accentuates the sleek look of the instrument, and its straight string-pull design helps eliminate string breakage. Standard Sperzel™ locking tuners help keep the guitar in tune, even with aggressive playing. The 8-string hardtail bridge has the strings fed through the body to improve sustain. Standard hardware is chrome, with black or gold optional.
New active A80 pickups were designed specifically to accommodate the full range of an 8-string ERG, and produce clean, crisp highs while creating a nice low-end growl that 8-string players want. Electronics consist of a master volume, passive tone, and 3-way pickup selector.
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.