2020s Guitar Garage Carvin 1-SGB Replica Electric Guitar

This cool-as-heck copy of a 1950s Carvin S-1GB was, apparently, made by Guitar Garage out of Methuen, MA, in recent memory. It's a pretty dang faithful take on the original, though the body is made from cherry rather than maple. The neck is, of course, a more modern cut as the originals have ginormous D-shaped things that are not -- shall we say -- for everyone.

Post-work, this one plays quick and fast and has a bright, full, cutting, sound. The Curtis Novak reproduction AP-6 pickup that's installed on here sounds almost identical to the original AP-6 pickups. How do I know? ...because we have an original right in the shop to compare it to. It does the "thing" to a T.

Repairs included: a fret level/dress, relocation of bridge mounts for better intonation, and setup.

Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

Neck shape: medium soft V

Board radius: 10"

Body width: 11 3/4"

Body depth: 1 5/8"

Body wood: cherry

Bridge: Bigsby-style non-adjustable

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: maple

Pickups: 1x Novak AP-6 copy

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16” overall (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 46w-10

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Condition notes: it's more-or-less a new guitar, but may have tiny scuffs or scratches here and there throughout that I'm not noticing. The finish is thin...

It comes with: sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: DC


vanelectrode said…
Great to see someone out there giving the old Carvin designs a go, they're fun looking, but I've never loved the narrow but deep neck profile. This'll be fun for the new owner. I particularly love those knobs, any idea where they're from?