Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

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Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:48 am

Do any of you have experience with trying to sell (or get rid of) an older Carvin? I have a 1995 DC200 and the actives are shot. When I shake the cord the sound just goes in and out and it never goes through consistently. I'm considering even giving it away or possibly selling it for parts. The pickups may still be worth something (M22N and M22SD). Anyone have suggestions? I'd hate to just trash the guitar.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby helldorado » Sat Jul 30, 2022 8:40 am

Other than the electronics, what's the condition of the rest of the guitar? The value of the old Carvins can swing pretty greatly depending on that. If it's a case queen that needs a little work or a project guitar that needs a lot, it can vary.

I'd be interested in knowing more about it, I've been looking for a project guitar that I can use for getting better at DIY repairs and maintenance. I can't solder for crap :lol: and something like that would be a great opportunity to learn on.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sat Jul 30, 2022 8:46 am

It's a jet black guitar with black hardware and tung oiled back of neck. I could steel wool the frets easily enough and had to peel stickers off the back. Other than that, it looks fine. Some have suggested I spray air inside the electronics area and I tried that a long time ago. I posted in a local Facebook group because the shipping costs may be another obstacle. No response yet. I do have the old hardshell case though.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby helldorado » Sat Jul 30, 2022 8:54 am

Shipping shouldn't be too bad, as long as everybody has realistic expectations. I just shipped a guitar halfway across the country for $60 with UPS. They key is to use something like pirateship.com who gets reduced label rates and doesn't charge you for them. Taking it to the UPS or Fedex stores to have them do it easily costs over $100, especially if you're paying them to pack it.

Unfortunately, those old Carvin electronics, because they were circuit board based, when they start to go, there isn't much option to getting them repaired other than totally replacing everything.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:00 am

Yeah, I didn't figure 90s Carvin parts were in demand. That's why I was thinking the best option is to find a local person to take it off my hands, but even that might be difficult. I can only imagine how expensive it would be to have a professional replace the electronics.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby spudmunkey » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:03 am

Often times, they just get gutted, and the guitar gets converted to all-passive controls.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby helldorado » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:04 am

Out of curiosity, how much were you asking for it on the FB group?

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:06 am

I didn't put any price on it. I'm unsure what to charge or even if I should charge. I just asked if there's any local people who work on guitars as a hobby and to PM me if interested.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby Nombrecomun » Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:29 pm

Put a pic here or a link to that FB group. A pic could generate interest.

Best of luck!!!

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sun Jul 31, 2022 10:56 am

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby Keisari » Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:49 am

Are those pickups active or passive though? Or is there some active circuitry like boost in there?
It could be a simple fix like putting some deoxit in the pots or fixing the output jack.
Or just turning the knobs. But if the active circuitry is busted then i dont know.

I wouldnt just give it for free though. Probably some flipper will get it and list it in reverb for 500 or something like that.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:11 pm

Did they put different versions of pickups for their active system in '95? It is a system that doesn't have a push-pull. I may have found someone who's willing to pay the shipping but we'll see.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby spudmunkey » Sun Jul 31, 2022 2:44 pm

No, the pickups were never active. The guitar was just equipped with a powered preamp that worked with any passive 4-conductor passive pickups.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby helldorado » Sun Jul 31, 2022 3:43 pm

BriMan wrote:Did they put different versions of pickups for their active system in '95? It is a system that doesn't have a push-pull. I may have found someone who's willing to pay the shipping but we'll see.


If you just want to cover the shipping cost, I'd happily pay that. Fixed bridge is a win for me.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Sun Jul 31, 2022 5:05 pm

I'm gonna try an ebay auction with it. I'll post the link when it's up.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/175369046929

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby Keisari » Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:21 am

Shouldnt have any problems getting rid of it through ebay.

Like i said its allready over 300 :D

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:41 pm

My friend said it says only local pickup when he brings it up, but it doesn't say that on my screen. Hmmm...

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby spudmunkey » Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:08 pm

BriMan wrote:My friend said it says only local pickup when he brings it up, but it doesn't say that on my screen. Hmmm...

Mine says free local pickup, but then also has a price for shipping.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby BriMan » Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:19 pm

This is actually my first time trying to sell something on ebay. It was meant to be an either/or option. If they're close enough they can pick it up or pay for shipping.

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Re: Getting rid of a DC200 with faulty electronics

Postby spudmunkey » Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:00 pm

BriMan wrote:This is actually my first time trying to sell something on ebay. It was meant to be an either/or option. If they're close enough they can pick it up or pay for shipping.

Yep, looks like it's set up correctly from my end!


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