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Carvin's Holdsworth

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The culmination of over two years work experimenting and prototyping by guitarist Alan Holdsworth and Carvin, the Holdsworth guitar is a no-compromise instrument with a starting price of $719 retail. The chambered semi-hollow body is constructed of alder wood and features a thick set-in alder neck. A premium 1/4 inch alder top finishes the standard body but as an option you can order a flamed or quilted maple top. There are 24 jumbo frets on the 25-inch scale length neck. The ebony fingerboard is flat and there is a teflon-impregnated graphite nut. Locking Sperzel tuners are standard.

The pickup uses Carvin's 22 pole-piece design with extra long adjustable screws unique to this guitar that allow for exact volume adjustment for each string. This special Holdsworth design specifies an expensive vintage enamel wire as well as a special treatment for the Alnico V magnets. Both single coil and humbuckers are available with optional coil splitter switches. For much more you can call Carvin at 800-854-2235 or write to Carvin at 12340 World Trade Drive, San Diego, CA 92128. WEB at:

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