Dan St. Peters' Ultra V
Carvin BBS ID: ultraVpilot
an extraordinary Ultra V. It's just laden with unique features.
It's a 1992 model, so it obviously is a neck-through design. As
you can see, it's finished in vintage yellow, on a flamed maple top with
matching headstock - there are very, very few flamed Ultra V's out
there, as this feature was added near the end of the Ultra V's run.
Another very unusual feature is the koa body - this may be the only koa
Ultra V out there. By far, the most unusual feature is the pickup
configuration. Every other Ultra V has twin humbuckers, but this
one was custom ordered with the pickup layout of the LS175 - that is, 3
single coils, with the bridge pickup at a slight angle. Highly
And this isn't Dan's only Ultra V
- he has 4 altogether, plus many more unique and interesting Carvins. See
them all right here.
Carvin BBS ID: Ethereal
This is a very unique Ultra V, and one of only a few like it. At first glance, it could be misidentified as a
Jackson Randy Rhodes model, because it's backwards from a standard
Ultra V. Basically, this is an '88 model, with a left-handed
body with right-hand neck and controls (compare it to Dan's above).
Other features include abalone block inlays, a Kahler tremolo and
black chrome hardware.
the left is Tom's Ultra V with his X100-B half-stack.
here's another reverse Ultra V. This one is a 1993 model, in
Ferrari Red. Other options include black chrome hardware and a
Floyd Rose tremolo. Electronics consist of M22V and M22SD
Carvin BBS ID: V-10Rock
Here's a '90 or '91 Ultra V that Ty scored on eBay in September of
2005. It's loaded with an M22SD pickup in the bridge position,
and an M22N pickup in the neck position. Other features
include black chrome hardware and Carvin-licensed Floyd Rose
This Ultra V was originally made for Steve Lynch of the band
Autograph, and has the band's familiar graphic on the front.
It's current whereabouts/owner are unknown.
After posting this guitar, I received the following message from
"Dr. H" regarding it:
playing this guitar some time around 1988/'89 in a low-rent
guitar shop called 'Norman's Guitars' in the city of Exeter in
south west England. I was teenage student prone to hanging
around Exeter's various guitar emporia and I fondly remember
this guitar as being one of my favorites to help while away the
hours. It played very nicely apart from the then very
fashionable but very weakly sprung Kahler, and the fact it
always seemed to be plugged into a toaster-sized Gallien Krueger
combo. Strangely, the guitar wasn't actually for sale - it
was strictly store-front eye-candy - unless someone made Norman
an offer he couldn't refuse...
Norman claimed to
have bought the guitar for an offensively small amount of cash
from the man who bought it from Mr. Lynch...a quick search on
the web suggests this could have been someone called Paul
Tucker...this could be a guy who was a partner in another local
guitar shop called 'Dirty Fingers' that closed down around this
Norman used to
play guitar in a covers band called Goliath, and he always used
to take random guitars from the shop to play at gigs, but I
don't remember ever seeing him play the Ultra V - it was
probably too valuable compared to the shop full of cheap Arias
and Norman's infamous Fernandes Flying V that was 'modified'
with a huge plastic 'Gibson' logo!
Norman, also known
as 'Big Norm' seemed to have a problem physically strapping some
guitars on, such was his girth - I can vividly remember a gig in
Exeter, with Norm playing sitting on his bar stool, the strap
giving way under the strain half way through a song and Norm
simply resting the guitar on his stomach until he got to the
end. A truly gifted guitarist."
Ultra V L
Here's a 1992 model Ultra V, in a left-handed configuration.
However, the reverse headstock gives it a cool backwards look.
In addition to the black finish and black hardware, it has a
left-handed Floyd Rose tremolo, and Jeff replaced the M22SD in
the bridge with an EMG91, so now it has a hybrid active/passive
Ultra V TL
Here's another unusual Ultra V - in this case, it's a 1993 model in
translucent green, and is left-handed (hence the "L" designation).
It also has a maple fingerboard with abalone dots, black chrome
hardware, and left-handed Wilkinson tremolo (the "T" designation).