Mark Thomas' DC200
This is a very
interesting and unusual vintage DC200 - in fact, it may be the
only like this out there. mark ordered this in 1984, and
wanted the DC200 body shape, with the solid flamed maple body
and neck of the DC160. Carvin, of course, was able to
accommodate his request, and the result is this stunning
instrument. Like the DC160 of that era, the body was solid
flamed maple, not just a top as modern Carvins are. The
set neck is also flamed, and has an ebony fingerboard with
abalone block inlays. The headstock also has an inlaid
Carvin logo, and the double diamond inlay that was used in the
1980s. It had gold hardware, with a Kahler tremolo with
locking nut. Electronics consist of M22 pickups, with
stereo wiring, coil splitters and phase switch.
Bob Triplett's DC200K
This is a very cool DC200.
Back in the 80's, Carvin used solid figured koa (versus a figured koa top) on
their koa-bodied instruments, and this is a perfect example. Additionally,
it's had some special modifications. Bob says:
was ordered at the end of 1981 and showed up in Jan.'82. The options were the
abalone block inlays and gold plated hardware, and of course the koa. It's true,
the "stock" koa at that time was very nice and this guitar has what might be
referred to today as a "flame koa" body. Two or three years ago I took it out to
my shop and stripped 'er down to bare wood everywhere except the black on the
headstock. I reshaped the body to a "contour style", and changed the shape of
the neck to make it easier for me to get my thumb over the top. I used a product
called Watco Oil (dark walnut) to finish, everywhere but the headstock which was
rubbed out and polished back to a high gloss. More recent changes include the
black C22N and B humbuckers, new volume pots, and the black 5/8" control knobs.
Great sound, great looks, what can I say, Its a Carvin!
The amp is '81
or '82. XV112E, and matching extension cab. Three 12AX7's, four 6L6's,
EV12L speakers.60/100 watt selector switch."
Bob also has a really nice new
TL60 - check it out right here.
||Michael Reif's DC200K
This is the
epitome of an early 80's Carvin guitar. It appears to be in
excellent shape, although the M22 pickups that were standard in the
1980's were swapped out with a pair of custom hand-wound Tom Anderson
humbuckers. Additionally, the
original plastic knobs were replaced with metal dome knobs - a fairly common
What makes this
DC200K especially interesting is where Michael found it - in Costa Rica,
where he lives. If this guitar could talk, it would probably have
all sorts of interesting stories to tell!
Here's an unusual
and nice DC200 from 1981. What makes this one interesting is the
custom cherry refinish that Dan did, as well as the chrome pickup cover
which add a touch of class. Dan says:
"I purchased my DC200 new
in 1981 when I was 16 years old for the "kingly" sum of $540 (a lot of
money for a kid)! As you are probably well aware of, 1981 was the first
year for the DC200. I originally saw the ad for it in Guitar Player
magazine and was immediately fascinated. I knew I had to have one and
soon started saving my pennies, eventually getting enough money to
place that fateful order. The only color options at the time were black
and natural, so I opted for black.
DC200 was my only guitar for 15 years, but by 1996 time had taken it's
toll. The top and back were basically mauled and the electronics were
shorting out. I had to put it into temporary retirement status while I
considered my options. The first step was to get new pickups. I tried
replacing the original M22's with new Carvin M22's, but the design had
clearly changed (more magnets that were placed in different positions)
and it didn't sound the same to me. I tried Seymour Duncan pickups
(Model '59-neck/Pearly Gates-bridge) but I wasn't thrilled with them
either. Finally I decided to try Carvin's C22 pickups. I decided to put
nickel plated covers on them, mainly for aesthetic reasons, and pirated
the pole screws off the Seymour Duncan's. The DC200 finally sounds
excellent again and I have regained the sonic nirvana I remembered so
The next step was to
refinish the body. I couldn't find anyone to do it so I decided to do it
myself. I basically sanded the top and back flat, leaving the original
black finish everywhere else. Underneath I discovered a beautiful hard
rock maple body. It was a shame to hide it, so I chose to give it a
translucent finish. After sanding it down I tinted the body with "black
cherry" colored stain and clear coated it with 7 layers of polyurethane,
finally buffing it to a brilliant shine. I decided to add the Schaller
fine tuner bridge, which is fitting since the original bridge was also
made by Schaller. New knobs and strap locks round off my custom job."
Dan also has a nice
blue-covered X60-A amplifier - see it right here.
||Randy Stagg's DC200K
This is a great
example of an 80's era Carvin DC200 - in this case, a 1984 model.
It's fully loaded, with gold hardware, abalone block inlays and Kahler
tremolo. At the time it was produced, this was Carvin's top of the
line model, and this is a beautiful example.