BY GAYLA DRAKE PAUL
Carvin has been making quality guitars quietly
for over 60 years, selling directly to consumers. Their pricing escapes middleman markup,
which means you can get some great guitars
at prices you’d expect for just okay guitars.
Every guitar I’ve seen from Carvin has been
ridiculously underpriced, in my opinion, so
when they announced their new acoustic/
electric mahogany-top dreadnought cutaway,
I was excited to have a closer look.
Mahogany is a sweet wood, offering a warm
and breathy tone. A mahogany top can be
like sour cream frosting on a pumpkin bar—
wonderfully rich with just the right amount
of bite—and this guitar is all that in an
extremely pleasing way.
The appointments here are remarkable for the
price Carvin is asking for the C770T. I looked it
over hard under good light, and could find no
construction flaws, no sloppy joints, no bind-
ing that wobbled or didn’t meet where it was
supposed to. The Carvin Rapid Play low-action
mahogany neck is attached to the body with a
dovetail joint, which is perfectly tight and solid.
The sides and back are highly figured auburn
mahogany, rich with gold and red highlights,
complemented nicely by a classic black-and-
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