| Carvin, the name musicians everywhere trust for high quality USA-made guitars, basses, instrument amplifiers, recording equipment, and sound reinforcement products, is excited to announce our latest Custom Shop guitar, the DC800 Extended Scale 8-String Guitar. Although Carvin has been building 7-string guitars for many years, the DC800 represents our first foray into the world of 8-string ERGs.
The DC800 features an alder body and Eastern hard rock maple neck in a neck-through design, with a minimal neck heel allowing easy access high on the fretboard. The body has straight edges along with a deep forearm cut and belly cut for comfortable playing while maintaining a modern look. Body and neck woods, including premium mahogany, walnut, swamp ash and koa are available, along with AAAA flamed/quilted maple, flamed koa, figured claro walnut, burled maple and spalted flamed maple top woods.
A 27"-scale ebony fretboard with white dot inlays, medium jumbo nickel-silver frets and a semi-flat 20" radius are standard. Multiple neck options are available, including fretboard woods; fretwire materials & sizes; dot, block, diamond and Signature inlays in genuine abalone and mother-of-pearl; and gloss, satin and tung-oiled back-of-neck finishes. Carvin’s news 8-string headstock accentuates the sleek look of the instrument, and its straight string-pull design helps eliminate string breakage. Standard Sperzel locking tuners help keep the guitar in tune, even with aggressive playing. The 8-string hardtail bridge has the strings fed through the body to improve sustain. Standard hardware is chrome, with black or gold optional.
New active A80 pickups were designed specifically to accommodate the lower registers produced by an 8-string ERG, and produce clean, crisp highs while creating a nice low-end growl that 8-string players want. Electronics consist of a master volume, passive tone, and 3-way pickup selector.
The DC800 is available from Carvin at www.carvin.com/customshop/dc800.