Anyone Ever Play or Own a Carvin Holdsworth?

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  1. jlf2960

    jlf2960 Member

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    I am considering a Holdsworth model H2. I do not play Jazz though.

    Is this guitar capable of getting good distorted tones?

    I mostly play rock, hard rock, & metal. I like the look of the H2 and I hear that it has a chunky neck which I like.

    I heard a guy at my local music store playing one through a Peavey Triple X but it was hard to tell the sound of the guitar with all of the gain that amp has.

    Also how is the body? Is it the same size as a Tele?
     
  2. tms13pin

    tms13pin Supporting Member

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    I have a Holdsworth HF2 (the Fatboy) model. Great guitar,
    but the hollow body will feedback on you at high gain, not
    what you want if you're playing metal. The H2 model would
    be better for you for this. It *is* chambered though, so you
    still might have to be careful being too close to your amp if
    using super high gain.

    I really like the neck. I was worried about it, being advertised
    as large, given that I have smaller hands, but I haven't found
    it a problem at all. It plays very nicely and has a nice C shape.
    Comfortable.

    I had a H2T as well for a bit, but didn't have it long enough to
    really crank it through an amp, so I can't say. It was beautiful,
    very well built, but I already had the HF2 and felt I wouldn't
    use it much (I bought that one used, the HF2 I bought new).

    Carvin does a terrific job building their axes. Both of these
    guitars were made very well. The Holdsworth pickups are
    a matter of taste, you may not like them for what you are
    interested in doing. The Carvin C22B pup may suit your
    need better, or the M22SD in the bridge, if you're playing
    hard rock/metal.

    The Holdsworth is definitely one unique axe! Like nothing else
    I've ever played.

    --Tom
     
  3. big mike

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    I thought it was very cool. I'd likely have bought the one I played, but the damn flat fretboard radius Carvin uses cramps my hand.
     
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    I think they're great guitars!. That said, I just sold mine but that's because I've been playing my Carvin CT6M more and my Suhr Classic just arrived last week so . . .

    I love the neck and fretboard a lot for the record.
     
  5. Lex Luthier

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    I've played a bunch of Carvin Holdsworths and I really dig them. Wish they would offer something else for a trem besides the Wilkinson (yuck).
    A buddy of mine has a HF2 and he loves it.
     
  6. Garrett Bagby

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    I take it you haven't listened to much Allan Holdsworth? He's a fusion shredding beast. I highly recommend checking him out. He did some some serious shredding long before EVH hit it big.

    I just got the Carvin DVD and he plays both versions of the guitar with some gain and they sound pretty cool. You can get the DVD from them free and they shipped mine really quick.

    Unless you're playing super high gain at super high volumes the semi-hollow or hollow construction can actually work for you. I find that hollow guitars help with sustain and controlled feedback with moderate gain.
     
  7. jlf2960

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    Thanks to all for all of the replies!!

    Honestly I haven't heard any Holdsworth music other than the Carvin DVD. I have to admit that I do like to play with a lot of gain but I also like to play blues and SRV tones. I'll probably end up getting a used one since I am not 100% sure on one of these and I don't have the opportunity to try before buying.
     
  8. Lex Luthier

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    You can always buy an new one and send it back if you don't like it.
     
  9. Lex Luthier

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    He's a big headless fan, so the DeLaps see most of the use.
     
  10. Hardtail

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    The Holdsworth model has the LARGEST neck Carvin makes ... and the flattest fretboard. Odd combination .... I'm all about a big neck, but the 20" radius board wouldn't agree with me ...

    HT
     
  11. ChrisP

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    don't know if this was mentioned or not in the above posts but there is a review on TGP. review section....
     
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    I am curious about the Holdsworth Fatboy but the 20" radius fretboard seems like it would be too flat for my tastes. I have noticed , though that this can be purchased with a 14" fretboard radius option. Has anyone tried this and, if so, what did you think?
     
  13. GovernorSilver

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    His live use of Carvins was not long, but it did happen:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=CM-ud3a-n9s

    Youtube also used to have a video of him playing a red Carvin with Roland pickup, driving a VG-8 at the beginning of the song "Texas".
     

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