New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

USA Custom Shop Acoustic and Electric Guitars

Moderators: Kevio, ElfDude, JesseM, soundchick, peb, ChrisH, Bundy, RockCrue

downtttempo
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: May 2022

New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby downtttempo » Thu May 05, 2022 5:38 am

I just purchased this Carvin TL60T. Some of you may already have seen it on Reverb.com. It came up a couple weeks ago and I pretty much fell in love. It is essentially optioned out exactly how I would have had one made: natural finish, HH, 3x3 headstock. At first I thought it was a set-through neck because I couldn't see the neck lines in the body, but upon closer inspection I do believe it is a neck-through. The neck and body woods just look extremely similar. Serial number is 123294.

Any information anyone can provide, such as age, guesses to what woods were used, etc are appreciated. I haven't received the guitar yet. It was just shipped this morning, so these are the pictures from the sale listing.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post. Please REGISTER or LOG IN.

User avatar
ElfDude
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 11451
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: In and around the lake

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby ElfDude » Thu May 05, 2022 7:06 am

Nice score!

I'm thinking that's all mahogany... neck and wings. Definitely neck-through.

C22B and C22J pickups.
Wilkinson trem.

I can't tell from those pics if that fingerboard is ebony or rosewood...
Aries A6H, CS6M, SH445, Contour 66, AE185, DC135, CT4M, Bolt, Bolt T, SH225, LB76F, Nomad, VT16 Head, V410, Pro Bass 100
Midlife Crisis on Facebook
The Tri-Chevys on Facebook

downtttempo
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: May 2022

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby downtttempo » Thu May 05, 2022 7:33 am

Thanks! Already more information than I had. I do have a follow-up question since this is my first Carvin. What do the 2 mini-switches do? Is each a coil-split for the neck and bridge pickups, respectively?

User avatar
ElfDude
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 11451
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: In and around the lake

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby ElfDude » Mon May 09, 2022 6:09 am

downtttempo wrote:Thanks! Already more information than I had. I do have a follow-up question since this is my first Carvin. What do the 2 mini-switches do? Is each a coil-split for the neck and bridge pickups, respectively?


Before I venture a guess, can you tell me if that blade switch is 3-way or 5-way?
Aries A6H, CS6M, SH445, Contour 66, AE185, DC135, CT4M, Bolt, Bolt T, SH225, LB76F, Nomad, VT16 Head, V410, Pro Bass 100
Midlife Crisis on Facebook
The Tri-Chevys on Facebook

downtttempo
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: May 2022

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby downtttempo » Tue May 10, 2022 1:23 pm

I'll know tomorrow, lol. Listing didn't say.

User avatar
spudmunkey
Elite Carvinite
Elite Carvinite
Posts: 19493
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby spudmunkey » Tue May 10, 2022 1:51 pm

ElfDude wrote:Before I venture a guess, can you tell me if that blade switch is 3-way or 5-way?


Ooh, way to go not jumping to the "easy" answer with a possibly-wrong assumption. :) :applause:

downtttempo
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 4
Joined: May 2022

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby downtttempo » Wed May 11, 2022 1:42 pm

Just received the guitar. Unfortunately I'm "at work" (remote) for another hour so I haven't had a chance to plug it in yet, but the selector switch is 3 way.

User avatar
ElfDude
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 11451
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: In and around the lake

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby ElfDude » Thu May 12, 2022 6:37 am

downtttempo wrote:Just received the guitar. Unfortunately I'm "at work" (remote) for another hour so I haven't had a chance to plug it in yet, but the selector switch is 3 way.


Okay then, it's likely one of two scenarios...

1. Each mini toggle is a coil-split switch; one for the neck pickup and one for the bridge.
2. One mini toggle is a soil-split switch (possibly for both pickups, or maybe just one) and the other is a phase switch that reverses the polarity of one of the pickups. In the case of a phase switch you'll only hear a difference when the blade switch is in the middle (both pickups on at once).

You, my friend, get to experience the pleasure of discovery! Experimenting around to see what does what! Enjoy! 8)
Aries A6H, CS6M, SH445, Contour 66, AE185, DC135, CT4M, Bolt, Bolt T, SH225, LB76F, Nomad, VT16 Head, V410, Pro Bass 100
Midlife Crisis on Facebook
The Tri-Chevys on Facebook

User avatar
ElfDude
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 11451
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: In and around the lake

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby ElfDude » Mon May 16, 2022 6:33 am

So, what'd you discover?
Aries A6H, CS6M, SH445, Contour 66, AE185, DC135, CT4M, Bolt, Bolt T, SH225, LB76F, Nomad, VT16 Head, V410, Pro Bass 100
Midlife Crisis on Facebook
The Tri-Chevys on Facebook

User avatar
UnexplodedCow
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 1974
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Omnipresence nearly achieved!

Re: New to me Carvin TL60T w/3x3 headstock (pics) - any info?

Postby UnexplodedCow » Tue May 17, 2022 6:00 pm

Chiming in, out of curiosity, too. That's an interesting TL-60.

All of them are neck-thru, at least from the factory. Could be C22J/B or even a C22N/T or some combo therein.
We are entitled to our own, wrong, opinions.

Guitar theorem: G=X+1 where G= guitars one needs, and X = guitars one has.

Do or do not; there is no understand.


Return to Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests