Kristian Dunn's DB630
Here's a very nice DB630 from 1977, and it looks remarkably similar
to the 1977 catalog picture.
The body on this era instrument was considered to be maple, but this
particular example actually has very nice Birdseye figuring, in what
would be a very expensive piece of wood by today's standards.
Other features include bolt-on hardrock maple necks, chrome
hardware, APH-6S pickups on the guitar neck, and APH-8 pickups on
the bass neck, each with master volume and tone controls, as well as
phase switches and coil splitters.
Kristian has a unique playing style, which has been
showcased in his playing with El Ten Eleven. He utilizes a
two-handed tapping/hammer on/pull off technique on the bass and
guitar necks simultaneously, which not only looks cool, it really
creates some wild sounds. Check it out in El Ten Eleven's
My Only Swerving.
can also order El Ten Eleven's debut album (below) through their
Jeffrey Jackson's DT650
This is an extraordinary DT650,
with an equally remarkable story attached to it. Jeffrey says:
"I grew up in
southern California and in late 1976 went to the Carvin factory in Escondido to
buy a doubleneck. When I got there, I was told by Mark (Kiesel) that the old
doubleneck (the DT640) was out of production. He then went to the back and
returned with the new DT650. I said, "Great! I'll take it!" He then turned the
guitar around and showed me the the wires were still hanging out and told me it
wasn't ready yet but it was being photographed for the new 1977 catalog and
national advertising campaign. He then said I could leave a deposit and pick up
the guitar when it was finished and I did so immediately. I returned in a few
weeks and became the proud owner of the first DT650!"
To see this
actual guitar as it appeared in the 1977 catalog,
an absolutely stunning example of a late-70's Carvin doubleneck.
In this case, a 1977 DT650. Dean bought this new in 1977, which
makes it one of the few vintage pieces on the site that are still in the
possession of the original owner, and this one is in pristine condition,
and definitely a keeper.
actually contacted the Museum to fill in a few blanks on this guitar
that she was posting on eBay on behalf of her uncle. DT650's are
pretty rare, especially in good condition, but left-handed models are
pretty much never seen, so it's worth taking a look at here. This
is a '77 model (note the single volume/single tone, and chrome pickup
covers) finished in black with bolt-on necks and chrome hardware.
This is a 1978 model,
which was the last year of production for the "old-style" Carvin
doubleneck guitars and basses. This one has a maple body with
clear gloss finish, bolt-on maple necks, chrome hardware, and the new
Although the current owner of this 1978 DT650 is unknown, it's worth
looking at. It's obviously been refinished, as white wasn't
offered on Carvin guitars until 1982. Also, the 6-string neck as
the Schaller FTB6 bridge, which wasn't available until 1983.
However, the 3-knobs-per-neck and M22 pickups verify that this is a '78
model, which was the last year a bolt-neck doubleneck would be offered.
If you're the
current owner of this guitar, please
let me know.