View Full Version : Long Scale -Wide Neck - Double Cutaway?
06-03-2003, 04:30 PM
Ok I know I might be asking for tooo much, but I am looking for a guitar with the following specifications:
Long scale - at least 24 frets
Wide neck at the nut ( I belive this is called the radius - but not sure! is this right?)
Double cutaway - to get to that 28th fret!!
Tremolo that stays in tune
3 pick-ups double and single coils for large tonal range.
I prefer a neck that transitions smoothly to the body - I am not to happy with the Fender type joint ( but if I can get the double cut I'll live with it if I have to!)
I tried checking the websites of most of the major manufacturers but no luck yet. Any one out there have suggestions??
My musical style is Jazz?Fusion
06-08-2003, 01:52 PM
I have used a Carvin neckthru for ten years. It has 24 frets and a 25" scale. The 25" inch scale is a "compromise" scale length. It has a little more "string" sound than a Gibson but retains the Gibson playability. My Carvin has a smooth heel and offers no obstruction to the upper neck. The neck is more comfortable (wide/thin) and stable than the necks on my Strat or ES 335. I like the sound of Strats and Les Pauls, but I could never get used to the heel.
My Carvin has two stacked humbuckers (no longer offered--only single coils) and a regular humbucker in the bridge position. It is the closest I have found to a "do-everything" guitar. I have used it in rock and roll bands, jazz groups and even in pit orchestras.
Carvins are made to order in a sense; you can choose from a variety of pickup combinations. However, the type of wood is important. My Carvin has an alder body with a maple neck and a flame maple top, maybe a little too much maple. I had mine "Feitenized" and this "sweetened" the tone. If I had to do over again, I might consider a mahogany neck. Carvins get dissed a lot, but mine compares in quality to the best guitars I have ever played and the other brands I own, Martin, Taylor. Only my Galloup has a better feeling neck.
06-08-2003, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the input. I have watched Carvin over the years and they have been building a god reputation! They started out on the low end but now they seem to be really "gettin serious". Thing is - I actually forgot about them! I will chek it out! Thanks!
Your post also reminded me to check guys like Valley Arts that allow you to sort of put your own stuff together.
By the way what is the "radius" specification? I am taking it to meen the curvature of the neck. Is this right and whats the sinificance of that?? Anyone?????
06-08-2003, 07:26 PM
I believe it has a 16" radius. It has a nearly flat feel. The neck also has a stiff feel because of the graphite reinforcement rods that run the length of the neck on either side of the truss rod.
06-11-2003, 10:14 PM
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