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San Diego, CA (May 11, 2012) – Carvin is once again working with neo-classical metal guitarist and composer Jason Becker. Jason rose to acclaim in the late 1980s on Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records. Teaming up with guitarist Marty Friedman, they formed “Cacophony”, a blazing guitar duo that still influences young guitarists. Jason then stepped in as guitarist for David Lee Roth in the early 90s recording the album “A Lil’ Ain’t Enough”. Before he could embark on the supporting tour Jason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
With support from his family and friends along with his fierce determination, Jason has managed to survive decades longer than doctors had predicted. Although he lacks the ability to play the guitar physically, Jason continues to compose music and communicate using a customized computer interface. Jason’s musical career has continued and left other musician’s in awe as he composes music that is beautifully complex.
Carvin and Jason had both been considering a reissue of the flamed blue guitar made famous in his “kiss” photo where Jason kissed the neck of his Carvin. The original guitar was a DC200 with the custom ST body shape and a Flame Maple fingerboard and Flame Maple body top. In response to Jason's legions of worldwide fans, Carvin’s Custom Shop worked closely with Jason to design a new tribute guitar. The JB200C Jason Becker Tribute Guitar features an Alder body, 4A Flame Maple Body and Headstock, Flame Maple fingerboard, Floyd Rose™ bridge with locking nut, Sperzel locking tuners, active/passive circuit, and Carvin M22SD and M22V pickups. Carvin has released a video paying tribute to Jason while documenting the making of the JB200C.
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