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Tricky1
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:34 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Old post, new info.

The body wings are Koa.
There is no finish in the neck and mid routs.
The bare Koa is visible there.
The bridge pup rout is painted, and has a paper painted over with color name and employee name on it.

I did add a volume and tone pot. Done with a small brad point bit for pilot hole, then I used a hand reamer.
Turned out super clean.
Pots and gold knobs ordered from Carvin.

The saddle adjustment screws were a problem for me. To adjust you need a hard to find 1.0 mm hex.

I really believe the guitar is a late 88 model.
There is no mention of this color in 89, and the bridge was standard in 88 only.

This guitar is super clean. Not a hint of rust or corrosion on any screws or hardware.
No dings, dints, scratches, chips.
Finish still shins like new.
Headstock tip is clean. There is slight finish wear on the tuners.
I polished the frets but there was nearly no wear at all on them.
Most of the frets still had clear coat on them. Laughing

This is a killer playing versatile axe now.


Options:
Koa wings
ST body
Translucent red
Maple board
3 H11 pups
5 position blade switch
Coil splitter switch, all 3 pups
Gold hardware
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:13 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Current pic?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:16 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Looks like a killer pile of Boss stompers atop that Valvemaster! Yeah!

Oh yeah, and that's an awesome guitar just the same. Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:45 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Sorry about the photo quality. Quick phone pics. Embarassed

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At the work bench.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:24 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I believe you have an early '89.

1989 was a year in flux for Carvin. Half way thru, they had to alter the headstock so by Summer 1989, Carvins were already being built with the '90 headstock shape. Since the ST body didn't start until '89, that is the biggest discriminator here. If you factor-in the bridge, a very early '89.

Obviously, the axe was a custom-build since there was no code for triple H11's. $350 is a real good price for a one-off.

By the way, I know it's a little too late but if it were me, I would have added the volume and tone in locations that Carvin would have used.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:12 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

This is a weird one for sure.
Look at the blade switch location on this. Would you say it is a standard location Carvin used?
That and the pickup combo on this is like nothing else. So why shouldn't the location of the knobs be?

A good example would be the placement of the knobs and switches on an 87 DC135, and then on an 88 DC135.
Not the same.
The only Carvin during the 80s with a blade switch as standard equip, was the DC145, and it sure isn't a 145. Different switch location, No reverse stock.

To get the pot placement the same as an 88/89 135, I would have had to mod the cavity and most of the ground circuit. Not going there.

As far as what year, here are a few things I have considered,

Trans Red was offered in 88 but not in 89.

Since they offered the ST body sculpting in 89, then surly they did some R&D and mockups before release. Maybe this was just some testbed for different options, that was used as a promo and got sold off or given away.

If 89s had 90 headstock sculpts, why couldn't an 88 have an 89 body sculpt?

It just doesn't seem likely, considering the music scene in the late 80s, that someone would pay for all the options on this and get these pups, with this bridge, with no volume, and the switch in this location.
H11s were standard on the DC150 for only one year in 88. They went back to M22s in 89. There was a reason for that.

88 or 89, Who knows for sure,
but I know I'm much happier with it now that I can have some control over gain and tone.
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