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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Carvin Guitars IC5 Deep Teal with Black Burst Edging,... Review

Reviewed By: "Top Shelf" Kevin McAleer
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $1959 USD as customized ($1319 stock model) with case + shipping

About:
Carvin Guitars has been selling guitars and basses direct to the customer for almost 70 years. On their website (www.carvinguitars.com) you can order the "stock" version or customize any model to your own liking.

This Carvin Guitars Icon-5 5-string bass has a mahogany body with a quilted maple top, 5-piece maple neck with mahogany stripes and a 14” radius 24 fret ebony fingerboard.

Hardware:
Chrome Hipshot A-style with strings-through body, Chrome Carvin Guitars premium 20:1 ratio tuners.

Electronics: 
RH2 radiused humbuckers, 18V active/passive, volume, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass and high frequency, stacked concentric mid frequency and sweep. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hum Canceling Traditional Sounding Humbucker Sized P90's by Iconix Pickups,... Review

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer 
Street Price: $160 USD + tax & shipping.

About: 
Iconix Pickups is an American manufacturer of hand-wound guitar pickups by Don Smith. All Iconix pickups are scatter-wound and feature custom charged magnets, spacers from hand-cut maple and nickel/silver baseplates and covers. 

This review was conducted using a Knaggs Keya T2 wired using 2 500kΩ pots with a 0.001 capacitor/150K resistor parallel volume mod on a 3-way toggle.

Installation:

I took my time as I always do and from start to finish it was 20 minutes /1 beers and 1 shot. Please note that you should have a luthier from your local music store put pickups in for you unless you really know what you are doing. It is normally a 1- 2 hour charge + bench fee to have a set of pickups installed. The total investment will be well worth it.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Humbucker Sized P90's by Iconix Pickups,... Review

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer 
Street Price: $140 USD + tax & shipping.

About: 
Iconix Pickups is an American manufacturer of hand-wound guitar pickups by Don Smith. All Iconix pickups are scatter-wound and feature custom charged magnets, spacers from hand-cut maple and nickel/silver baseplates and covers. 

This review was conducted using a CR Alsip SCDT wired using 2 500kΩ pots with a 0.001 capacitor/150K resistor parallel volume mod on a 3-way toggle.

Installation:
I took my time as I always do and from start to finish it was 20 minutes /1 beers and 1 shot. Please note that you should have a luthier from your local music store put pickups in for you unless you really know what you are doing. It is normally a 1- 2 hour charge + bench fee to have a set of pickups installed. The total investment will be well worth it.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gold Tone GM-6+ Guitar Madolin Hybrid,... Review

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $899.00 USD + tax & shipping with HSC

About: 
Gold Tone is a manufacturer of bluegrass and hybrid instruments.

This GM-6+ guitar mandolin hybrid features a solid arched spruce top and back with a maple neck that is dressed in an ebony radiused fingerbaord and is finished in a hand-rubbed oil finish.

Hardware: 
Gold Tone floating bridge, Gold Tone Chrome covered tailpiece and Square-Covered style machine heads

Electronics:
Transducer mounted in bridge.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Creme Brulee Boost Pedal by Tone Bakery, (Review)...


Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $99.00 USD + tax & shipping.

About: 
Tone Bakery is an American manufacturer of boutique, guitar effects pedals.

This Creme Brulee Boost pedal features three knobs: Gain, Treble, and Output that offers a clean boost or an amp like overdrive drive tone.