Carvin BBS ID: ultraVpilot
Now this is a collection!
The best assortment of "pointy" Carvins from the 80's and 90's, including some
real rarities. This is by far the best collection of instruments from
Carvin's 80's heyday, and shows the points and wild colors that made Carvin so
popular with the big-haired bands of the 1980's. This collection
epitomizes what made Carvin so popular in that era, and it's well worth waiting
for all of Dan's excellent photos to load (and there are a lot of them!). Dan's comments accompany each picture
immediately below, and there are additional beauty shots at the bottom of the
Ultra VT. My FIRST Carvin! The stacked-coil pickup (H11) in the neck
position was a custom request. My sole 6-string for 10 years before
collecting, it wears a Jeff Beck in the bridge position.
Ultra VT. Practically unplayed for its entire life, this case-queen
sports the rare Pearl Yellow paint, black hardware, and an M22T in place
of the usual M22SD at the bridge. The only year the jack was placed
along the bottom edge.
Ultra V. Another virtual virgin, this was one of the last Vs made as
they disappeared forever after the first quarter of 1993. These were
the only Vs with 25" scale necks!
1987 V220T. Black on black, standard equipment for the day. The only
up-option was the Kahler Pro bridge. (actually, not getting the K-Pro
was a down option as the Pro was very common on the 220.
DC145F. The top of the non-active models; 3 humbuckers and reversed
head were standard. Kahler 2710 bridge with the $50 "auto-latch" which
enables you to lock down the bridge in case a string breaks while
playing. M22SD, H11, M22N pickups.
DC125R (under restoration)
I love it when entry-level guitars get dressed up with fancy options: ST
body, reversed headstock, and a Floyd Rose trem. Not the original
pickup but it looks cool on jet black. I call it "Black Widow".
DC120...sort of. In '91 the DC120 came standard with active electronics
but whoever ordered this one opted to drop the actives in favor of the
same configuration as on the very rare LS175 which was offered for only
one year; 1991. 3 stacked H60 pickups, volume, tone and 5 way switch.
No coil splitting on any of the pickups, the block inlays were a DC120
standard but having all 12 tuners in line on the head were an available
option usually only seen on doublenecks. Freakshow!
DC135T. Reverse-head, block inlays, optional 5-way switch, and tung
oiled neck. In need of restoring to original specs. It needs an H11 pickup
with bezel and a repaint to be complete. (Trans blue stain)
Not pictured at
the top of the page is this recent score Dan made on eBay (above). This is
undoubted one of the most unique Ultra V's around - in this case, a 1992 model.
This is a neck-through model, with koa body, maple neck and flamed maple top
with vintage yellow finish, and highly unusual 3-pickup configuration (Ultra V's
came standard with a pair of humbuckers). A stunning and rare example of
the Ultra V!
shot of Dan's 1989 Ultra V.
This is another
shot of the '93 model. This is one of a very few Ultra V's around that
didn't have a tremolo.
And this is Dan's
1988 model, in Pearl Yellow.
Another shot of
Dan's 1999 DC127T.
Love it or hate
it, the 12-inline headstock is one of the most unusual and unique features
Carvin has ever offered. Here it is on Dan's DC120/LS175 hybrid.
Almost certainly a one-of-a-kind.
No 80's collection
would be complete without a V440 bass, and here's another shot of Dan's 1986
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This is one of
the coolest Carvin photos on the site. This is Dan's DC135T (shown near
the top of the page) after he stripped the paint off in preparation for a
refinish to it's original state. What makes this photo extraordinary is
that it was taken in Saddam Hussein's palace in Iraq, while Dan was serving and
flying with the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
This is an interesting model. It's basically a '90 BC130,
which is rare enough, and this one is koa, which is rarer still.
However, this was not a factory-made BC130 - it's made from a KB60
body which was bought in 1991 and never assembled. Dan also
found a vintage 1990 bolt-on neck with original logo and pointy
headstock, and a late-80's M22 pickup. The AP11 pickups,
electronics and other hardware was purchased new in 2005. So,
what Dan wound up with was, essentially, a new guitar that hasn't
existed in 15 years - very cool!
is quickly becoming the King of Carvin Collections, and this SC90C
furthers that quest. Dan says:
"When Carvin announced the limited time reissue of the 90s pointed
headstock, I immediately sat down and spec'd out this guitar. The
intent was not only to build what would be my primary 'player' to
prevent further wear on my vintage "pointies" but to get as close as
I could to an early-90s model guitar. I felt the SC body to be the
most rockin' design in Carvin's current lineup and the reverse
pointy headstock works great, visually, with that body. I had
purchased a black-stained DC127 back in '99 (shown above) but never
fell in love with that guitar. This guitar replaced that one."
This 2005 model is finished in black stain on quilted maple with a
mahogany neck and body. It has C22B and H22N pickups
with a coil splitters and a custom control layout, reverse pointy
headstock and abalone dot inlays on ebony.