Sporting a black-and-white three-ring
rosette, the top is more of a chocolate
brown shot through with caramel. The
rosewood bridge has a compensated
saddle and ebony pins inlaid with abalone
dots and little brass rings that catch the
light and add a classy touch. The rose-
wood fretboard is bound in white, as are
the body and headstock, which makes this
guitar pop visually. Simple white-dot fret
markers complement the white binding.
The headstock is black with white binding
and logo, and very solid chrome Grover
tuners. Altogether, it’s a striking looking
instrument that looks as good as it feels.
The C770T also comes with Fishman electronics consisting of a Matrix pickup—one
of the most popular and best-selling
undersaddle pickups on the market—
paired with a Fishman Prefix Plus-T preamp, which includes a built-in tuner.
An additional extremely cool feature is
something called SNAGG, which is a Radio
Frequency Identification Device (RFID)
for theft deterrence and asset recovery.
So if you do lose your C770T, it can be
located in a snap by the folks at SNAGG
and returned to you quickly. All of Carvin’s
Cobalt guitars come equipped with RFID
With its excellent factory set up, the
C770T plays great and sounds fantastic,
with no snotty midrange or any other sonic
defects we’ve come to associate with guitars in this price range. The action is low
and inviting, yet there isn’t a trace of fret
buzz. It’s loud, but never, ever harsh, and
warm without any mud whatsoever.
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The 25. 4" scale length lets you dip into
DADGAD and even down to a C tuning
without unduly floppy strings. DADGAD
sounds great, both fingerstyle and flat-picked, because of the clarity that mahogany