Chris Martin's C66T
Here's a very nice newer
C66T, finished in Vintage Yellow on quilted maple. It has gold
hardware, Sperzel locking tuners, a Wilkinson tremolo and an ebony
fingerboard with no inlays.
Albert Comas' C66C Pair
Carvin BBS ID: albertc
guitar! And it should be - Albert is the Head Guitar Tech at
Carvin, so obviously, he knows his way around a Carvin guitar. And
in this case, it's a heavily-customized C66, with a mahogany body and
neck and a stunning spalted maple top, headstock and truss rod cover.
Other features include 12" radius finger board, drop shadow decal, no
inlays jumbo frets, maple finger board, Duncan duckbucker in the neck,
C22B in the bridge. The end of the neck at the 22nd fret is also square,
not round like a regular C66. The heel was slightly angled for better
accessibility to the higher registers.
A couple of years after building the spalted C66C above, Albert ordered a
second one. This one is very similar to the one above, but has a koa
body and maple neck (versus mahogany), and has a black logo. It also
has a heel that Albert shaved down, and is equipped with stainless steel
frets and stock Carvin pickups.
Carvin BBS ID:
This is a very
cool 2005 model C66C, with quite a few unique features. It's
finished in Crimson Red on quilt with natural body binding.
also has a re-issue "pointy" headstock, which matches the
body and is also reversed. Other features include a
mahogany body, maple neck with maple fingerboard, black dot
inlays, black chrome hardware, Floyd Rose tremolo and straploks.
Electronics consist of a pair of zebra C22 pickups and a
center twinblade (which Russell replaced with a matching
Carvin BBS ID: OldDave
This is a
beautiful Contour model, with a really interesting quilt pattern. It's
finished in Ruby Red stain with matching headstock, and has natural body
binding. Fingerboard is ebony with abalone block inlays, and the hardware
is chrome. Electronics consist of C22B and C22N pickups with phase
switching and coil splitters and Wilkinson piezo tremolo.
Carvin BBS ID: Van
Van's 2004 Contour 66, dubbed
"Hawaiian Punch". It has a tung-oiled koa neck, koa body, and
flamed koa top with matching V headstock and gold Carvin logo.
Other features include abalone block inlays, stainless steel frets,
gold hardware, string saver saddles and coil splitters and bridge
on/off switch on a C22B/AP11/C22B pickup configuration.
J. Warshaw II's
Carvin BBS ID: bjwarshaw
This is a 2005
model C66, finished in greenburst on flamed maple, with an alder body and maple
neck. The fingerboard is rosewood. Other features include black
Strat-style knobs, gold hardware, and gold Carvin logo. The stock pickups
have been swapped out with DiMarzios: Tone Zone, HS-2, & PAF Joe
custom-ordered it new in the summer of 2005 after
selling a cherished TL60-T to make it happen. I enjoyed
the feel of it quite a bit, but I was never quite loving
the sound of the pickups. When I got into a hollowbody
kick, I traded the Contour to the owner of my local shop
for an Epiphone Broadway.
The Contour was still in the shop, unsold, and I would
play it from time to time. We got an Orange Rocker 30
combo amp in (a sweet amp if you haven't tried it), and
it became painfully obvious to me the error of my ways:
I hadn't ever given my guitar a fair shot; I hadn't
played it through a good tube amp. I began to regret the
I decided to sell the Broadway (at a loss, obviously)
and buy a bolt kit. I knew I needed a Carvin--nothing
beats the feel. When I casually mentioned my plan to the
shop owner, he said "well, instead of losing money, why
don't you just trade me back?"
I paused. I pretended to think about it for a few
seconds, then said yes.
This guitar sounds great through a good amp (I've got a
Laney LC-30 II on the way), and even greater now that
I've added the Dimarzios to the equation. The Carvin
pickups aren't bad, but the Dimarzios are a much better
fit for what I'm after tonally."
As a former
Carvin employee, Daniel was able to treat himself to a
couple of unique options on his 2006 C66. For
starters, it's equipped with an M bridge, which isn't an
available option on the Contour. It also has a
rosewood truss rod cover which matches the rosewood
fingerboard, and a flamed maple control cavity cover that
matches the top. Other features include a CT
headstock, chrome hardware, mahogany body and abalone