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thaumgarrett

What is this guitar? (pic)

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but the curiosity is killing me... can anyone identify this guitar?

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Roughly from top to bottom we have...

  • Unidentifiable (to me) 3x3 headstock
  • Big block inlays
  • T-type semi-hollow body with a very pointy "florentine"-looking cutaway and no pickguard
  • H-H pickups
  • Sort of obscured under the hand but is that... a viking bridge!?
  • Four undersized control knobs and a Gibson-shaped pickup switch
  • ...and what either looks like stereo output jacks or a standard 1/4" plus XLR

As I said, I've been trying to puzzle this one out since this morning. Tried a bunch of Google searches based on the characteristics above but didn't turn anything up. So I'm guessing it's either a very unique from-scratch custom job or else I'm looking in totally the wrong places. Either way, insights welcome. At the very least, the quilting is gorgeous and I'm sure it has some great and unique sounds too. :)

Thanks!

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That sure is difficult to find with Google!

If the player were recognized, there might be something about his gear published.

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On 5/2/2019 at 7:01 PM, Bjorn.LaSanche said:

Carvin?

Wow, I think you called it. It's totally a Carvin AE 185. In fact to my eyes it looks exactly like this one...

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(minus the three mini- coil switches, but from what I've seen in the last few hours, those were always inconsistent).

Thanks for solving that riddle. :)

Edited by thaumgarrett

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Thanks for sharing, doing some study knowing what it is makes me want to build one! Or rather, build one inspired by it.

Edited by Bizman62

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@thaumgarrettit was the heavy figuring on the body + headstock, dark fretboard with ginormous inlays, dual humbuckers, and faux F-hole.  That was one of the more popular models Carvin made. The other a strat-like model. Both were advertised in their print catalogs as they were the Country Music go to guitars, like Ibanez and Jackson were marketed towards shredders. My guess was a shot in the dark, but i recognized the construction aesthetics.  

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