Carvin AC375 special edition T. Breeze VerDant :O

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Carvin AC375 special edition T. Breeze VerDant :O

Postby soliloquy » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:37 am

first, how come Carvin doesn't do custom acoustic guitars? like, they sell acoustics, but they aren't customizable? and second, they aren't made in USA, that correct? kinda weird....


but anyways, this is beautiful! anyone know the history/story behind this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Carvin-AC375-specia ... 45f1b20fb8

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Postby ElfDude » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:49 am

I forgot about those fingerboard inlays! Now I see where the inspiration for the new "signature" inlays came from...
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Postby Kevio » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:04 am

Building acoustics from scratch requires different machines, tools and skills, so the Cobalts were added as a low-cost alternative for people who wanted a better quality acoustic than what they could get off the shelf somewhere else. And yes, the Cobalts are imported, but unlike other imports, we do the bridge work, setup and other detailing at the factory. Most off the shelf imports are not set up or QA'd to the extent ours are.

The Swallowtail AC375 was one of 4 models that we worked with Breeze on. There were only a few of each model made. But they are legitimate Carvin instruments.

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Postby MachineHead » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:05 am

I can't stand 'em. . . .they look like sperm.

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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:08 am

soliloquy wrote:first, how come Carvin doesn't do custom acoustic guitars? like, they sell acoustics, but they aren't customizable? and second, they aren't made in USA, that correct? kinda weird....


but anyways, this is beautiful! anyone know the history/story behind this?
http://cgi.ebay.com/Carvin-AC375-specia ... 45f1b20fb8


That guitar was one of...I think23 different limited edition designs of their made-in-the-US electric-acoustic line. It wasn't a one-off special custom intsrument built for a request...they were designed and multiples were built, then sold in the catalog.

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Building an acoustic guitar is a completely different process than making an electric guitar. It's like the difference between making soup and making salad. They might share some similar ingredients, but their construction and needed-equipment is completely different.

I'm assuming Carvin just wanted to be a "one-stop shop for all your guitar needs." Since they can't make acoustics in their factory, they offer a high-quality/value import made to their specifications, and then I believe bridge installation and final setup are done in the US. I'm hoping that this whole "Cobalt" experiment was their way of getting their feet wet to see if there's a market for a "Carvin USA" full-acoustic, but I'm not sure that'll happen.

edit: Looks like it took me longer than 4 minutes to put that post together...the question was already answered by the time I clicked "Submit" *laughs*
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Postby Kevio » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:52 am

I'm just that good!

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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:24 am

It is a little bit "lillith fair"...but I'd still rock it. :-p The Moonflower one is very nice, though.
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Postby ElfDude » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:35 am

My favorite one is the Orchid AE185...

And in case you've heard otherwise, I'm all man! :lol:
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Postby Lefty Blues » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:38 am

Not my gig but nobody will argue when I state Cobalts are an amazing value. My $400 C250 is 4 years old now I think, never had to touch the truss rod or really do anything to it. It stays in tune for weeks.

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Postby LoneGuitar0725 » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:21 pm

The doubts about the quality and tone of the Cobalts come from those who don't actually own or haven't ever played one. They are superb instruments, surpassing anything in the price range. They must be played to be believed.

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Postby Hitch » Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:29 pm

I've always wanted one of those Limited Edition AC's they are splendid works of art.
Just way out of my $ ballpark.

I would love to see Carvin build a few electric Limited Editions with as much lavishness and uniqueness.

You know, something akin to PRS "dragon" specials or Driskill's wolves:
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Amazing work of art - a "collector's" dream but not something you want to take on the road or gig the local bar with!! :shock:

Maybe cheaper though huh :mrgreen:

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Postby Murphy Slaw » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:11 pm

I mentioned in another thread that I played Owen Malones 12 string Cobalt a few weeks ago and was amazed. I own a Gibson J45RW that I dearly love, but am plotting a way to sell/swap some items after my vacation to get one.

Very fine guitar for the money, he's had it a few years and just plays it. Period.

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