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GAS 1984 USA Carvin DC 200 Koa Custom w/ Kahler STEREO

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  1. Tremulant

    Tremulant Strat-Talk Member

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    Anyone have experience with Carvin guitars?

    I got an offer on a used one with the OHSC that's only missing the Kahler string tree part (I could probably find a replacement online)
    It's in very, very good condition/all original with just slightly worn frets.

    Doing some research I came upon this The Carvin Museum - 1984 Guitars
    "The DC200 Koa (left) got a new catalog photo, but other than that, it remained the same as 1983, including the price.

    The DC200 Koa came standard with chrome hardware, MOP dot inlays, stereo wiring and the same electronics of the DC160. Gold hardware was a $50 option, and abalone block inlays were a $60 option. The base price of the DC200K was $460, and the HC11 hardshell case was $60.

    The DC200 was unchanged for 1984, but got a new catalog photo to show the optional Kahler Pro tremolo. Base price actually dropped $16 to $479, and was $629 with the Kahler."

    So it was $629 retail back in 1984.
    Dude said he could sell it/ship it for $750.....

    Is a high-end model slightly vintage Carvin worth that?
    Here are some pics. I can post more if you guys want.

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  2. madmat

    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Considering that same guitar would run you the better part of $2500 new from them today, I personally think it's worth it. Carvin makes some really nice guitars IMO.

    Edit: a DC400 spec'ed out similarly to that is $1800 plus a bit. That's with a Floyd bridge rather than a Kahler, no brass nut, no black pegface, no split diamond inlay on the pegface and standard tuning keys. IIRC, back in the '80's every Carvin had locking Sperzels which are a cost upgrade today.

    Oh, and the DC400 isn't stereo.
     
  3. Tremulant

    Tremulant Strat-Talk Member

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    Black Indian Ebony fingerboard
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    Dusty as fudge.
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    mini M6 Schaller tuners
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    deep double cutaway “AA” grade two piece Select Hawaiian KOA body
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  4. madmat

    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It is a gorgeous piece of kit.
     
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    Tremulant Strat-Talk Member

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    Holy crap, thanks. I was ballparking around $1300. This one doesn't have Sperzels, though.

    EDIT:Man, it's really hard to pass up because I just bought my FIRST Strat the other day and I don't want to be one of those guys with like 14 guitars.
     
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    madmat But I digress Strat-Talk Supporter

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    So have 2. Nothing wrong with it and it's not like they'd be clones of each other. That Carvin has a 25" scale and has a HH setup. It'd be great for getting your LP type thing going and still be comfy to play.
     
  7. stevierayfan91

    stevierayfan91 Deeply Shy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    hey, man
    That is a really good deal if you do decide to get it..I have a Carvin and love it's neck.
    That 1 lookes like it had some pretty choice upgrades along with the koa body,lol.
     
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    Love Carvin. well built guitars, those trems allow you to keep intonation when divebombing it.
     
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    If you have the money, do it! I'd love to play that thing myself.
     
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    It's a beauty alright.
     
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    I never met a Carvin I didn't like.
     
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