my Carvin HH2

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  1. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

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    On the fence about this axe...

     
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    Hi Jack I used to have the older version 'fatboy' ....If I could have made it sound as good as you...probably would have kept it! :D The guy who bought it was REALLY into Holdsworth and I think that helps!
     
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    I had a fatboy at one time, also. It was the 3rd or so Carvin I've owned.

    For lack of better term, I found it a bit sterile. Very well made, and I loved the chunky neck.

    Sounds like you aren't having any trouble getting around this one, Jack.
     
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    Yep, i know what you mean. I love the playability , the weight , the ergonomics, etc. But I wish it had a bit more zing to it.

     
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    i think it sounds perfect for the excellent playing and vibe.
     
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    Fralin Twang Master pickups ...
    I had 'em in mine and the HH2 became a truly versatile more guitar...
    Also put 'em in my Pat Martino Gibson ...
    The Twang masters totally transform the instrument without losing the woody-ness ...
    They are amazing pickups ... actually makes them sound much closer to a Tele ,,,
    & (IMO) they sound better... makes 'semi-hollows' really become 'alive' ...
    However, they truly change the guitar sound ....if there was any kind of warning with the Twangmasters... this would be it
     
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    i actually have a set of burstbucker 1/2 pickups waiting to go into something. I have them in my '63 and '66 barney kessels. Those guitars were stripped when I got them and the burstbuckers sound amazing. I used my kessel on a fusion gig last year and the BB 2 just kicked ass so I bought another set of them and was planning on putting them in my '89 175 but I think that guitar sounds fine with stock pickups. I may try them in the Carvin.
     
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    Agree with the word 'sterile' above..also found it to be bright, so I was constantly wondering what a different combination of woods, say a mahogany neck w rosewood board, and pickups, would have done. It did seem very well engineered and constructed, and could sustain literally forever with my fuchs. It led me into more familiar sounding 24 3/4 scale 'Fibson' types...although I like big necks, I found that big 25" scale neck on the Carvin to be alot of work for me...even with my big hands.
     
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    I've been a strat and tele player forever, so the 25" scale was a nice compromise. My Forshage Neo has a fat neck and 25" scale. Had a Gibby Tal Farlow that was longer scaled. Great guitar.

    Yeah, Carvins are always wonderfully made, but other than a bass, I've not ever bonded with one of their guitars. I wonder if it is because we are so ingrained to hear Fender/Gibson type guitars as the standard, anything that deviates considerably is perceived as less than? :dunno
     
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    Until someone tries a fatboy with some mahogany in it and some PAF'ish pickups it won't be known how 'considerably' it deviates from something like a Valley Arts. However the fact that multitudes of players before us have gone with different choices, tells me that it would be a long shot, to try to 'Gibsonize' a Carvin.
     
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    The HH2 is 25.5, not 25...

     
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    I have. I've owned 4 HH2 guitars. One of them had mahogany body and neck. I also had an H2 with mahogany body and neck. It still had the same bright carvin tone.

     
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    Well then that settles it!
     
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    I apologize I have the bad habit of typing 25 when I mean 25.5.

    25 is prs iirc
     
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    I had difficulty with a Carvin neck, not an HH2.

    I don't have that problem with my Orions.

    And, maybe you can chime in, Chris's tone control just seems to do the job right.

     
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    Yes, that's one of the things I really like about the Neo, it has the master tone and a volume knob for each pup and push/pull coil tap.
     
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    i actually prefer 1 vol and 1 tone.
     
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    My hollowbody has 1 master vol, master tone, and a 3rd to roll off the bass, because those Reilander pickups can really put out some heavy bass response. The rest have 2 controls. I still wouldn't mind one guitar with a separate volume for each pickup, or a way to split pickups separately. That's nice for when switching pickups with a decrease in gain. I definitely the LP wiring because of that added flexibility. Practically speaking, it would probably be pretty rare that I need it.
     

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