Dan Martin's Collection
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Dan has a great collection, including two vintage Carvins; one guitar and one bass, as well as an SX50 amp.

This is a Cherry Sunburst AE185 that Dan scored off of eBay.  It has a quilted maple top, mahogany body and neck, body binding, abalone block inlays and gold hardware.  The previous owner had it autographed on the back by Charlie Daniels.

 

This is a great old CM-series guitar from 1978, when Carvin was transitioning from using Höfner parts to using their own parts.  This is also the year the M22 pickup was introduced, so Dan's guitar has one of the earliest sets of these pups around.  Notice that the headstock is the Höfner style, with "sword" inlay, zero fret, rosewood fingerboard and binding (for more Höfner comparisons, see the Guitar ID Guide).  Chrome hardware and clear finish on maple rounds out the package.  The amp is Dan's 2003 SX50.

On a side note, I highly recommend stopping by Dan's website, which chronicles his days with the Blue Velvets, a hard-working band from the midwest  in the 60's and 70's.  There's tons of cool information from that era, as well additional Carvin gear played by Dan and his sons through the years.  A great site, and well worth visiting.  Visit the "Band Days" section of his site right here.

 

 

Shown here with his CM130 is Dan's CB100 bass from 1978.  Dan inherited this bass from a former bandmate who passed in 2005 - read the whole story right here.

Below is Dan's complete collection, including his Carvins and some other cool and interesting instruments.