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HNGD - 12 string version

#1 User is offline   Vic Flick 

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:18 AM

Couldn't wait for the Roy Orbee, so I went to the Carvin store and picked me up one of these:

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Carvin C980T-12


Here's the spec:

construction cutaway jumbo body w/ X-bracing, set neck w/ dovetail neck joint
scale length 25.4"
body rosewood back & sides with AA solid spruce top, gloss finish, abalone sound hole purfling & body trim
neck solid mahogany, satin finish
fingerboard bound rosewood
headstock 6 X 6 traditional bound rosewood w/ inlaid Carvin logo
inlays abalone diamonds
hardware gold
bridge rosewood w/ ebony endpins
tuners Groverô full-size Rotomatics, 18:1 ratio
frets 20 medium acoustic, .078 wide X .043 tall
pickup Fishman Matrix
electronics Fishman Prefix Plus-T with built-in tuner
dimensions 41" long overall, 20" long body, 16.3" wide body, 4.75" thick body

I'm going to string it up with new strings, a little lighter gauge, but even with the heavier strings it played nice and easy, really great action. The Carvin acoustics are not made in SoCal, they are imported from Korea. From what I understand, they are made by Parkwood (Cort). Once I get it restrung, I'll comment on the tone.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:46 AM

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I'm going to string it up with new strings, a little lighter gauge, but even with the heavier strings it played nice and easy, really great action. The Carvin acoustics are not made in SoCal, they are imported from Korea. From what I understand, they are made by Parkwood (Cort). Once I get it restrung, I'll comment on the tone.


OK, acoustically it sounds magnificent, deep and rich but still chimey at the same time. Extremely well balanced, I think the Rosewood helps round out the 12-string tone and keeps it from being too harsh. Great projection, you can hear it coming a mile away!!!

I just gave it a quick run through on my acoustic amp, sounds good but nowhere near the versatility of the dual Shadow system on the Masterbilt.

I don't think I have ever played an acoustic 12-string that plays as good as this one does. Really a pleasure to play. Neck is a little wider across the nut than I like, but it has a nice thin profile that makes it comfortable to play. I'm already getting use to the width of the neck, and the wider string spacing helps on the 12-string.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:08 PM

Nice! Congrats and HNGD!

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