This officially is a BB70EP, but it's totally unique in every
way. The Elite Series was introduced late in 2005, and this is
one of the first ones made, and it is the first BB Elite model.
What makes the Elite different from the standard models is that it
has a quilted front and back, as well as the front and back of the
headstock. The body and headstock also have a thin
phenolic layer between
the body and the quilt - very classy.
this one has a maple body, 5-piece all maple neck with "pointy"
headstock, ebony fingerboard with abalone block inlays, Hipshot
detuner, Straploks and chrome hardware. I had the older, large
Carvin logo used on the headstock, and the Bunny Brunel logo applied
to the back. It's finished in Dragonburst (sometimes called
Caribbean Burst), which is a mixture of Emerald Green and Sapphire
Blue. Electronics consist of a single HB2 pickup with a
pan pot that pans between each coil (like my XB75 below). It
also has a piezo bridge, with a blend control to blend it with the
can click each of these photos to see a larger version. There
are more pictures on my
Carvin BBS ID: Bundy
Keith has an impressive collection of Carvin guitars
and amps, and this is no exception. It's a
CT6M, finished in Carvin's extraordinary Dragonburst finish on quilted maple. In fact,
this is the first (and as of this writing, the only)
CT in this finish, and it looks fantastic. The
body and neck are mahogany, and gold tuners and
abalone block inlays complete the package.
knew after playing the Carvin California Carved Top
guitars that I'd have to someday own one, and after
seeing the "Dragonburst" finishes I knew that was
the way I had to go. This guitar arrived exactly 2
months and 1 day after I placed my order, and my
initial reaction upon seeing it for the first time
was of shock and awe. In a positive way, it's darker
in color, lighter in weight, and it sounds and plays
better than I'd ever dreamed it would. This is
absolutely the best guitar I have ever owned, and is
a playable work of art---a masterpiece that is a
testament to the extraordinary skills of the Carvin
the rest of Keith's Collection
Carvin BBS ID:
Below is the
newest addition to Nightrain's collection. This is a 2006 model DC135T,
and it's really one of the nicest ones on the site. It's alder
with a maple neck, and a quilted maple top. The finish is Carvins
wonderful Dragonburst, and it has a
matching headstock. The headstock itself, like all of Nightrain's Carvins,
is a reverse "pointy" version, which looks great with this finish. Other
features include a Birdseye maple fingerboard with black dots and stainless
steel jumbo frets, Sperzel tuners, and Wilkinson tremolo. Electronics
consist of a C22B humbucker, and a pair of AP11 single coils. See the rest
of his collection right here.
Carvin BBS ID:
Another Dragonburst model makes an appearance! This is a 2006
model, and is the first dragonburst Bolt to be submitted to the
site. It has an alder body with a quilted maple top and
matching reverse quilted headstock on a 14" radius maple neck.
It has an ebony fingerboard with medium-jumbo stainless steel frets
and abalone dot inlays. Other features include a black
pearloid pickguard, chrome hardware, Wilkinson tremolo, and Dunlop
straploks. Electronics consist of a a C22B in the bridge
position, and a pair of AP11 single coils.
BBS ID: flaggus
very cool Icon bass - in this case, a six-string model
finished in Carvin's unique Dragonburst finish on
quilted maple with a matching headstock. In addition
to the stunning finish, it has abalone block inlays on
ebony, a 5-piece maple/walnut neck and black chrome
Carvin Museum Forums ID: jandc
another beautiful Icon bass finished in Dragonburst.
Unlike the IC6 above, this one is finished with deep
triple-step, which gives a darker tint to the color.
Other features include a five-piece walnut/maple
neck with tung-oil finish, rosewood fingerboard
Carvin BBS ID: jfine
This is the first
Holdsworth model finished in Carvin's beautiful dragonburst finish.
Like other models in the finish, it looks spectacular, especially on the
It's loaded with H22 pickups, and has abalone block inlays and chrome
Toshi Iseda's DC727C
is a guitar virtuoso, as well as a Carvin endorser, and has a pair of
great 7-stringers. He was nice enough to provide these photos of
his DC727C and DC747. The DC727C, shown at left and immediately
below, is finished in Carvin's Dragonburst, which is translucent emerald
green and sapphire blue on quilted maple. Other features include
abalone block inlays, chrome hardware, and Floyd Rose tremolo.
Toshi's DC747 (below) is finished in umber stain with sunsetburst edges,
and has gold hardware, dot inlays and a hardtail bridge.
Toshi is a
brilliant guitarist, and has worked with other performers,
such as Andy West (bassist of the
Mike Portnoy (Dream
(Dixie Dregs & Winger),
(Joe Satriani) and Jens Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen), T.
Lavitz (Dixie Dregs) and Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa/Steve
Vai). Swing by his website and check him out!
Carvin BBS ID: mbball1
This DC727 is simply amazing, thanks to the incredible paint job that Matt
envisioned, and that Carvin produced. Dubbed "Dragonburst", it's
emerald green with sapphire blue burst, and does look like you'd expect a
dragon to look. This was the first guitar made in this finish by
Carvin. The body is alder, with a maple neck and quilted maple
top. It has an ebony fingerboard with abalone block inlays and
stainless steel frets, chrome hardware, and 7-string Floyd Rose tremolo.
Electronics consist of C26 pickups with active electronics, phase switching
and coil splitters.
was my hiring bonus to myself for starting a new job. I don't recall what
prompted me to try this color scheme specifically. Maybe it was because I
liked blue and green and couldn't decide on just one. Moreso, I wanted a
look that would stand out from the crowd. I aimed for what I thought was
called a dragonburst scheme that I later learned was commonly referred to as
Caribbean burst by Ed Roman and the like. The idea was to make a guitar that
looked like a dragon. A conceptual model was photoshopped by fellow Carvin
BBS member, Baimun. Given the original dragon theme, I decided to go with a
quilted maple cap so as to give the impression of dragon scales. The abalone
inlays and standard chrome hardware were chosen for the same scale emulating
effect. The folks at Carvin did well. The guitar has a 3D texture that seems
to come alive like a living, breathing dragon. We even nicknamed the guitar
TROGDOR on the BBS.
Here's the real catch: it plays even better than it looks! From jazz fusion
to prog metal this guitar rips! Go Carvin!"
This BB70P was
spotted in the on-line inventory of a Carvin authorized reseller
in Europe, but it's certainly worth having a look at. It's
finished in Dragonburst on flamed maple, and has black chrome
hardware and abalone dot inlays.