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Carvin CS6M Electric Guitar Review

Download Example 1
Variety of Tones:
1) Jazz – Neck pickup in Humbucker setting
2) Soul – Both pickups, Bridge pickup in Humbucker setting, Neck pickup in Single Coil setting
3) Rock – Both pickups, Single Coil setting
4) Country – Bridge pickup, Single Coil setting
5) Metal – Bridge pickup, Humbucker setting
Download Example 2
Neck pickup, first single coil, then humbucker
Clips recorded with the CS6M into an Avalon Vt737sp preamp, into Digidesign Pro Tools using Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 simulator plug-in
I opened the tweed case for the Carvin CS6M not knowing what to expect. I was immediately amazed at its beauty and sleek looks. I was attracted to its flawless finish and features immediately. In fact, I didn’t even take it out of the case right away. Instead, I chose to just look and admire it for a while! The Carvin CS6M is indeed a thing of beauty. It’s made in the USA at Carvin’s Custom Shop in San Diego, CA.

Features
This particular model features a premium bookmatched 4A quilted maple top in a deep antique brown finish, with a matching quilted maple headstock overlay. It has gorgeous abalone block inlays on a 25” scale ebony fingerboard, with medium jumbo frets. The body is premium mahogany with set-neck construction. The headstock features Sperzel locking tuners, and an attractive 24k gold-plated Carvin logo.

Although many of these features are standard on the CS6M, there are plenty of options to customize your own Carvin, which continues the guitars-made-to-order tradition that Carvin is known for. You can choose any combination of high-quality woods, finishes, electronics and hardware to create your own custom instrument. This guitar came with two metal-covered humbucking S22 pickups by Carvin, with a three-way pickup selector. It also features two Volume and two Tone knobs with coil splitters as an available option, as opposed to the standard one Volume, one Tone knob configuration.

By the way, here’s a quick word about Carvin’s nomenclature for this model of set-neck electric guitars. The CS stands for California Single, as in single cut-away. The CS6 is their top of the line guitar in this series. For those guitarists who desire the same high-quality features and construction as the CS6 but without the exotic top woods, Carvin offers the CS4, which has a plain maple top standard, and also the CS3, which features a carved, solid piece of mahogany with no top wood. The M in the name refers to Carvin’s M bridge, which is a fully adjustable tune-o-matic bridge with strings fed through the body for added sustain. You can also choose Carvin’s S bridge (which is a classic tune-o-matic/stoptail bridge), a Wilkinson tremolo or a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo.

Another cosmetic feature that I really like on the CS6M is the natural body binding. It’s a process where the edges of the maple top are masked before the finish is applied. The result is a natural, unstained wood around the perimeter of the guitar top. It looks great with the quilted top and adds a nice color contrast to the guitar.