Tim Gray's Collection
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WWW: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~tagray/index.html

Here's a great quartet of Carvin guitars.  From left to right (with comments from Tim):

2003 Bolt Plus - Solid body, 6 string electric guitar.  It's sapphire blue on AAA flamed maple over alder, with a hard-rock maple neck and an ebony fretboard.  Two humbucking pickups (a C22N and a M22SD), creatively wired to a five way switch that engages (in order): the neck humbucker; the neck humbucker split (inner coil); the neck and bridge humbuckers split (inner coils) ; the bridge humbucker split (inner coil); and the bridge humbucker.  This one also has Sperzel locking tuners.  Another very versatile instrument.

2004 AE185-12 - Semi-hollow body, 25" scale 12 string electric guitar.  It's a beautiful cherry sunburst over an AAA flamed maple top and an acoustically chambered mahogany body.  The through neck is also mahogany, with 24 frets and a beautiful birdseye maple fretboard (and twelve Sperzel locking tuners!).  It's equipped with both an L.R. Baggs ribbon transducer under the tusq bridge saddle and active magnetic pickups (C22N and C22T) wired to a three-way switch; you can blend the piezo output with one or both of the magnetic pickups.  It also has two 1/4" ouputs, so you can split or combine the output signals.

2002 B4 - Solid body, 4 string electric bass guitar with an alder body finished in a classic sunburst.  Bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard.  Active/passive electronics (with bass, mid and treble cut/boost), J99 neck pickup and HB series bridge humbucker with coil splitter.  It has a Hipshot D-tuner installed, making it almost as versatile as a five string (but much easier to play).  Carvin makes the best guitars and basses you can buy for the money.

There are more pictures of these instruments on Tim's website - stop by and check them out.

Tim's last guitar is quite a rare bird, so it deserves a large picture.  This is a DC145R, from 1989, in very rare Pearl Pink.  Tim says:

"Solid body, 24 3/4" scale, 6 string electric guitar.  The body is maple finished in a pearl pink and the maple through neck has an ebony fretboard with mother of pearl dot inlays.  It has an M22 pickup in the neck position, H11 in the center and an M22SD in the bridge.  The pickup are wired to a 5-way switch and a coil splitter... no tone control (very 80s!).  It's also equipped with a locking Floyd Rose tremolo and Carvin 16:1 tuners, all in black."