Patrick Smits' DC135T
Carvin BBS ID:
This is another great example of
what Carvin can do when given a good idea to work with. The finish on this
DC135T is completely custom - it's clear gloss, with a wide trans green burst.
Other features include a birdseye maple fingerboard with a 12" radius neck,
chrome hardware, C22B humbucker in the bridge position with a coil splitter, and
AP11 pickups in the middle and neck positions. Smitty says:
"The DC body style is very
comfortable to play when standing up with a strap or sitting down. The 12"
radius neck is perfect. Neck shape is extremely comfortable for my hands. The
weight is perfect. The focused tone is perfect. The fret job is perfect. I also
like the pickup configuration and the sound this combination of pickups yields.
Overall I'd say this guitar is, well, ah, perfect!"
||Robert "Bull" French's DC135T
Carvin Museum Forums ID: bigbadbull
Just look at the top on
this one! Bull asked for the swirliest mahogany top Carvin could
find, and what a top they came up with. Other features of this
great guitar include a CT headstock with gold logo, black chrome
hardware, Wilkinson tremolo, mahogany neck and body and 20" radius
ebony fingerboard with abalone dot inlays and stainless steel jumbo
frets. Electronics consist of 2 AP11 single coils and an M22SD
with "always on" switch and coil splitter.
He's also got a super-nice
DC727C - see it right here.
nice DC135, in blueburst on alder with matching headstock and
non-rounded body sides. It has a Wilkinson tremolo, and chrome
hardware, and the electronics consist of a Holdsworth H22N in the bridge
position with a coil splitter and two AP-11 single coils. All the
pickups have their own on/off switch, allowing for any combination of
pickups to be used. Nice!
This is a nice
pair of Carvins that really compliment each other well. On
the left is Dustin's feature-laden DC135C, which is finished in
Ruby Red stain on quilt with blackburst edges and matching
reverse inline headstock. The rounded body sides are
mahogany, and it has a 5-piece maple/walnut neck, ebony
fingerboard, abalone block inlays and stainless steel frets.
Electronics consist of an M22SD humbucker, and a pair of TBH60s.
Each pickup has a coil-splitter, and the bridge pickup has an
on-off switch, which in conjunction with the 5-way switch,
allows all 3 pickups to be on at the same time. Other
features include an original Floyd Rose tremolo, black chrome
hardware, and gold Carvin logo on the headstock.
On the right is
Dustin's DC145. It's finished in Greenburst on quilt with
matching reverse inline headstock. Many of the features
are the same as the DC135C, including a rounded mahogany body,
5MW neck, abalone blocks, black hardware and Dunlop straplocks.
Electronics are similar to the DC135, with an M22 SD in the
bridge, TBH60 in the center, and M22N in the neck, with coil
splitters, 5-way switch, and on/off switch for the bridge
pickup. With Dustin's guitars is his MTS3200 half-stack.
Here's a very
unusual 1989 model DC135. At that time, you could
order other DC models with the "ST" body of the DC145, which
is exactly what this is. It's finished in trans green
on flamed maple, and '89 was the first year this was
available. It has an M22SD and a pair of H11 stacked
humbuckers, a maple fingerboard, tung-oiled neck, black
chrome hardware and Kahler tremolo.
about this one is that Julien picked it up on eBay, in
France. Carvins are generally harder to come by in
Europe, especially unusual ones like this.
This is a 2005 model DC135T, in a left-handed configuration.
It's finished in blueburst on flamed maple, with alder body and
maple neck. It has black chrome hardware, no inlays on the
ebony fingerboard, and a Wilkinson tremolo. Electronics
consist of an M22SD humbucker and a pair of AP11 single-coil
Jeff also has
a 90's-era Ultra V, which is shown below with his DC135.
You can see more of the Ultra V here.
Carvin BBS ID: padams
This is a
2005 model DC125M, outfitted quite nicely. It's finished in
Antique Brown Stain with blackburst edges on flamed maple, and has an alder
body and maple neck. Other features include abalone blocks on ebony,
chrome hardware, and a reverse inline headstock.
Carvin BBS ID: IIIBaroqueIII
very nice 2004 model DC135C, which is finished in Sapphire Blue on flamed
koa with matching flamed koa headstock. The body is walnut, and the
neck is maple. The fingerboard is ebony, with medium-jumbo stainless
steel frets and abalone dot inlays. It has chrome hardware, and a
Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut. Electronics consist of a C22B in
the bridge, AP11 in the center, and twinblade in the neck position, all
controlled by a 5-way switch, and with a coil splitter for the humbucker.
"With the few
modifications I made,
this guitar can get any
sound you could imagine,
and most importantly
sounds amazing. I
internally reversed the
pickups phase and
replaced the neck's AP11
with a twinblade.
Without a doubt the best
tone I've heard from a
paintjob just turned out
absolutely amazing and
surpassed all my
expectations. It was a
big chance painting
figured koa and walnut
so I wasn't too sure
what to expect. When I
first received my DC135
and examined the paint
job closely, it was just
crazy. The photos do an
ok job, but this of all
guitars is something you
must see in person to
fully view what's going
on with the wood and
paint. I can only
describe it as
'Holographic'. With the
dark brown underneath
the blue, it just
creates a spectrum of
colors like teal, green,
blue-green, blue, dark
purple; all of which
change as you change the
angle of the guitar.
It's like waves of
hippie colors. Truly
amazing, I love Carvin."
Dave's photos were taken
by Rachael Speth.
This is a
very nice Carvin that has made it's way to Valère in France. It's
finished in sunsetburst on flame with a matching headstock. It has
chrome hardware and a Wilkinson tremolo. Valère swapped out the stock
pickups with a John Suhr DSH+ and V60s.
Carvin BBS ID: Axe
beautiful 2006 model DC135C. It's finished in Umber stain with
Cherryburst edges on flamed maple with matching inline headstock. It
has an alder body and tung-oiled maple neck with Birdseye maple fingerboard.
Other features include chrome hardware and a Floyd Rose tremolo with locking
nut. Electronics consist of a C22B humbucker and a pair of twinblades.
This is a
great example of an early-90's DC135T. It's from sometime between 1993
and 1995 (based on the headstock), and since matching headstocks started to
catch on by the mid-90's, most likely, it's a '93 or '94 model. It's
finished in Pearl Red with an ebony fingerboard, gold hardware and Wilkinson
tremolo. Pickups consist of a pair of S60 single-coils and an M22
Carvin Museum Forums ID: ElfDude
very nice DC135 from 1999. It's finished in Cherry Sunburst on flamed
maple with a matching headstock, and has a maple fingerboard with black dots
and black hardware. Electronics consist of an H22T humbucker with
coil-splitter and two AP11 single coil pickups with a 5-way selector switch.