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    jeremy
    LoveMachineologist

  • jeremy
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    Originally posted by Robert S.
    I have a friend with a few carvins and the pickups are ok. If you like them, thats all that counts. The vast majority of players leave the stock pickups in.

    I don't.
    yup

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  • Benjy_26
    25's Nemesis

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    Yeah, I got one from a machine shop that specialisez in air compressors and medical equipment. It appears to be a big business here in town. Check around for places like that, where there are hospitals, there has to be maintenance shops to keep their gear running.

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  • Fusion1
    Mojo's Minions

  • Fusion1
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    You found a machine shop that had a #3-48 tap for sale or they tapped it for you in the #3-48 size? Everywhere I go when I mention #3-48 they look at me like I'm a martian and they never heard of that size. But then again I live in Florida so that's expected.

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  • Benjy_26
    25's Nemesis

  • Benjy_26
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    Originally posted by Fusion1
    Bengy I tried mounting an older M22SD I got fronm Dalastecoffee and since I never got the ring or screws from him, I got stiffed. They do have 3 holes on both sides with the exception that only the holes that are tapped are the ones they use. In my case the two outer ones are tapped so using this in a normal pickup ring is impossible short of re-tapping the middle hole for threads. I'd try that but trying to find #3/48 tap is nearly impossible.
    Try your local machine shop. That's where I got my tap, and it only cost me $5.

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  • Fusion1
    Mojo's Minions

  • Fusion1
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    Originally posted by Benjy_26
    You can mount all Carvin humbuckers with standard rings. The pickup comes with 3 holes on each leg.

    BTW, I didn't like the Carvin humbuckers in my Carvin (C22n and M22SD), but I really like those same pickups in my friend's Mexi Strat.
    Bengy I tried mounting an older M22SD I got fronm Dalastecoffee and since I never got the ring or screws from him, I got stiffed. They do have 3 holes on both sides with the exception that only the holes that are tapped are the ones they use. In my case the two outer ones are tapped so using this in a normal pickup ring is impossible short of re-tapping the middle hole for threads. I'd try that but trying to find #3/48 tap is nearly impossible.

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  • milkbone
    Super Toneologist

  • milkbone
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    I have had the c22s and didn't care for them too much. I got my new Carvin DC127(Mahogany neck and body,flame maple top, fishman and the satin finish neck)with the Holdsworth h22s and WOW! I would recomend to anyone ordering a Carvin to get these! Big round kind of "spongy" sound. I love them. I would even tell people to order them and try them out. They are only about $55 I believe. I do agree with the crappy hardware comment. I've had two volume pots sent to me already but Carvin never gives me a hard time! Great company to deal with.

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  • Robert S.
    Super Moderator

  • Robert S.
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    I have a friend with a few carvins and the pickups are ok. If you like them, thats all that counts. The vast majority of players leave the stock pickups in.

    I don't.

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  • Benjy_26
    25's Nemesis

  • Benjy_26
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    A solid pickup cover *might work, as there are 22 very small hex polepieces. I think thisis a good designe idea. I like to think of them as adjustable blades.

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  • D-EJ915
    Stretchologist

  • D-EJ915
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    ...you could always get pickup covers, couldn't you?

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  • jcarlos
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    Originally posted by wixomwhat
    i've never played carvins pup's. But I really hate the way they look. I think thats part of the reason many people hate carvin's pup's.
    I've played a couple of Carvins sound cool. I too, can't stand the way they look. I mean I would change them based only on the looks. Seems goofy I know.

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  • Jim K
    Junior Member

  • Jim K
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    I have a Carvin DC 127 that I recently had Carvin replace the M22N and the M22 SD with their Allen Holdsworth pickups, and I love them. I also have a Carvin DC150 with C22N and a C22T. I like the neck pup but not the Bridge PUp. I'm thinking about replacing the Bridge PUp with Carvin's C22B, or with a set of Holdsworth Pups. I do like the Carvins; they are easy to play, light in weight and the vintage yellow finish on my DC 150 is beautiful.

    Guitars: Carvin DC127, Carvin DC150, American Standard Strat, Kramer (made in USA) Aero Star - a relic from the 1980s. I played a lot of Blondie and Pat Benatar on that one!.

    Amps: Fender Hot Rod Deville, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, Fender Blues Junior (do you see a pattern here?), Carvin SX100 (it's for sale), Legend A60 (another 80s relic - for sale, too.) V-amp Pro with midi foot controller (also for sale)

    Pedals: Boss V-Wah, Boss: Chorus, tremelo, tuner, compressor, flanger, Metal Zone, Delay, Accoustic simulator, SD 1 distortion, volume pedal, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, 2 Vox Wahs. I think that's it, but I probaly missed one somewhere. Oh yeah, a Morley A-B switch.

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  • Brett Valentine
    Tone Member

  • Brett Valentine
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    While I can't comment on the newer C series, I can tell you that the M series pickups (M22T-bridge, M22SD-bridge, M22V-neck) tend towards more of a "flat" response. I have the M22V and SD in a DC-400T (changing them out soon), and while pretty loud, they sound thin next to the Duncan Alnico II Pro neck (what wouldn't sound thin next to that pickup??) and the Pearly Gates bridge. They finally seem to warm up when I roll back a bit of the treble and bass with the active electronics.

    The M22T in the bridge of an all koa DC135T is a hard thing to part with, but I did replace it with another Pearly Gates. The M22T and the koa just sang well together with distortion. Feedback was very controlable (feedback at the octave came out over a wide pitch range), and sustain was above average. My only complaints were that it did not get very bright, even in single coil mode, still tended towards flat in it's tonal response (it was a prwetty good match for my Boogie Mark 4, but not my Fender), and because it was hot wound, didn't have a lot of dynamic range, even when lowered pretty far away from the strings.

    The PG added a much more aggressive mid range and top end, and has a wider, more useable dynamic range, though a bit less powerful.

    The Carvin "M's" are not terrible pickups, just not to everyone's taste. I'm still keeping mine for now, at least.

    Brett

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  • Benjy_26
    25's Nemesis

  • Benjy_26
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    Originally posted by Fusion1
    Whats wrong with the way they look? The only gripe I have is they have 2 adjustment screws on one side and 1 on the otrher requiring special rings plus it looks wrong.

    You can mount all Carvin humbuckers with standard rings. The pickup comes with 3 holes on each leg.

    BTW, I didn't like the Carvin humbuckers in my Carvin (C22n and M22SD), but I really like those same pickups in my friend's Mexi Strat.

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  • Pepi
    Tone Member

  • Pepi
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    Originally posted by Travis
    What corners do they cut?
    I use to say this also until I got this kit. I think Carvins are top notch guitars. This is the only guitar I've ever owned that has perfect intonation.

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  • mjsever
    Tone Member

  • mjsever
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    Re: Carvin Pups

    Originally posted by Travis
    What corners do they cut?
    Some of their electronics (i.e. pickup switches) are a bit on the cheap side. However, there are also some real nice touches in their guitars, such as copper-shielded electronics cavities and threaded screwholes.

    If you like the pickups, keep 'em. I know people who like their pickups, I know people who hate them. A friend of mine felt his Carvin was the best guitar he ever owned, until it got stolen and he bought a Parker.

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