ELECTRIC GUITAR £2052
FACTFILE Carvin CT6T DESCRIPTION Solidbody guitar. Made in the USA PRICE £2052 inc. case
BUILD Honduras mahogany body with bookmatched quilted maple cap, 22-fret set mahogany neck, Sperzel locking tuners, Wilkinson vibrato bridge ELECTRICS Carvin C22B and C22J pickups, three-way selector switch, master volume and tone controls, coil tap switch LEFT-HANDER Yes FINISH See website for options
SCALE LENGTH 634mm/25" NECK WIDTH: Nut 42mm 12th fret 52 mm DEPTH OF NECK: First fret 18mm 12th fret 20.5mm STRING SPACING: Nut 35mm Bridge 52mm ACTION AS SUPPLIED: 12th fret treble 2.5mm 12th fret bass 3.5mm WEIGHT 3.6kg/7.92lbs
CONTACT: RockStarGuitar www.rockstarguitar.co.uk 0121 439 9662 www.carvinworld.com
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Fabulous deep flame on the CT6T’s maple top
No through-neck, but a regular glued join
The CT6T is a livelier, wilder, more expressive ride which would suit blues rockers, fusioneers and heavy rockers
It looks superb and promises strength and stability, especially with the 24-fret slab rosewood board. Jumbo frets, abalone dots and a modern ‘C’ profile should ensure a wide appeal.
The body is formed from two alder wings capped off with a 1/4" slab of stripy bookmatched maple (this grain is subdued rather than enhanced by the trans purple finish). The headstock sports a body matching maple veneer with a neat abalone logo. Locking Sperzels in satin chrome match the lowfriction Wilkinson vibrato, but the shiny chrome knobs look a tad mismatched. Each humbucker gets its own volume and tone controls with a three-way pickup selector. The mini-switch flips the phase of the bridge pickup.
Sound This guitar doesn’t display a huge amount of natural resonance and the construction probably contributes to the subdued transients. The payoff is a very slow and even decay with plenty of sustain. Oddly, our usual clip-on headstock tuner wouldn’t work.
We dived straight into crunch mode, Here the SC90T displays a very even response all over the fingerboard with crisp and well-defined lows and plenty of definition in the mids. These pickups are fat, loud and brutal but they’re just as capable of generating sweetly singing sustain for single-note work as demonic drop-tuned power chords. Treble bypass caps across the volume pots also allow you to clean things up from the guitar, and the ‘Peter Green’ switch adds interesting textures with both pickups activated.
CT6T The CT6T has a carved maple top with its figuring really enhanced by a subtle tobacco burst finish. The glossy body and matte neck are mahogany, and this time it’s a regular set neck joint. There’s a bit of polishing compound in the open grain of the neck around the body joint, but it’s a minor gripe. The hardware is all top-notch stuff, including Wilkinson trem and Sperzels in satin black plus shiny black chrome control knobs.
The ebony board looks as flawless as the stylised abalone markers and once again the fret installation is faultless. This time the controls include a threeway switch with master volume and a master tone that doubles up as a push/ pull coil tap for both pickups. The only cosmetic criticism is the 24 carat gold plated headstock logo – but you can specify your preferred material.
Sound The CT6T is much livelier than the SC90T and consequently it’s a wilder ride. The sound isn’t quite as brutal, nor as solid – but you get more touch response, more of an expressive quality and more complex harmonics. Although both guitars share the same mediumdepth modern ‘C’ neck profile, the CT6T feels slightly more refined and smooth. Much of that is probably down to the ebony fingerboard.
While the SC90T is an out-andout rock/metal guitar, the CT6T is less metal… but it’s still a powerful instrument. It would certainly suit blues rockers, fusioneers and heavy rockers, and of the two it’s the one we kept coming back to.
Verdict These are extremely high quality custom-made instruments. When you look closely at the specs and details like the stainless steel frets, strap locks, timber quality and so forth, they’re decent value too. So how long does it take to get one? UK dealer Rockstar Guitars estimates eight to 10 weeks, as each guitar is built from scratch in Carvin’s San Diego factory.
FINAL SCORE CARVIN CT6T Build Quality 18 /20 Playability 18 /20 Sound 18 /20 Value for money 17 /20 Vibe 19 /20
60 Guitar & Bass FEBRUARY 2012