After decades of players forced to endure guitars that are not comfortable to play, along comes a single-cut-away that has ergonomic and tone enhancing designs that are sure to set a new standard in guitar building. The Carvin California Single CS6, introduced in 2007, is not merely another take on a classic idea. It's a superior quality, USA-made instrument that's loaded with features usually only found on guitars twice it's price. And because we sell direct to you, you can own a custom-made, hand-built guitar without the custom-made, hand-built price. With hundreds of Custom Shop options, you can order your CS6 exactly the way you want it, and be the proud owner of a totally unique instrument that will last a lifetime.
Carvin uses hand selected genuine mahogany for the body and the neck, which adds warmth and accentuates the low and mid-range tone of the instrument. Mahogany has always been considered a classic tone wood, and is denser and heavier than alder, but lighter than maple. The CS6 comes standard with a beautifully sculpted top of the finest bookmatched AAAA curly flamed maple with Carvin's natural body binding and matching headstock. Bookmatched AAAA quilted maple and flamed koa tops are also offered. Carvin's exclusive deep-triple step finishing process creates an almost 3-dimensional depth to the figure of the flamed or quilted top. Only the maple top is finished; the back of the guitar and neck are finished in clear gloss, allowing the natural mahogany to show through. Clear satin and tung-oil finishes are offered on the back of the neck only or on the entire instrument. The matching headstock is adorned with a 24K gold plated Carvin logo, for just the right touch of class.
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The mahogany set-neck of the CS6 features Carvin's "Rapid Play" low action neck, which assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the sleek set-in neck and lower body cutout allow easy uninhibited access at the 22nd fret. Where most set-in neck guitars have a cumbersome heel and don't set into the body any further than the fingerboard, the CS6 guitar has an exclusive smooth "heel-less" design for improved access to all frets. The neck actually sets 5 inches into the body and extends underneath the neck pickup for greater stability and sustain over any other single-cut set-in neck guitar. The standard 25" scale, 12" radius fingerboard is ebony with genuine abalone dot inlays, and other fingerboard woods, such as rosewood, maple and birdseye maple are available. You also can choose from an assortment of inlays made from genuine abalone or mother-of-pearl, in dots, diamonds or blocks. Standard frets are medium-jumbo nickel, with stainless steel, jumbo and low-wide frets optional.
Carvin's "M" bridge is standard, with fully-adjustable tune-o-matic bridge and strings fed through the body for additional sustain, and we also offer the "S" bridge, which is the classic tune-o-matic/stoptail design. Or you can select a Wilkinson tremolo, or a genuine Floyd Rose tremolo, with or without locking nut. Sperzel™ locking tuners ensure your CS6 will stay in tune, regardless of your bridge selection or playing style. Hardware is chrome, with black or gold hardware optional.
Electronics consist of a single volume and tone control, with a 3-way pickup selector located on the upper bout. The tone control doubles as a push/pull coil splitter, which doubles the effect range of the pickups. Carvin's standard classic C22 humbuckers are custom wound with vintage plain enamel wire which helps bring out the harmonically rich tone and sustain of this fine instrument. For added warmth, try Carvin's new S22 Series metal covered pickups. You can also choose from Carvin's M22 Series or Holdsworth H22 Series pickups. Standard pickups have black coils and bezels, but any combination of black or cream coils and bezels are available.
For players who want the same high-quality construction and attention to detail as the CS6, but without the exotic top woods, try the California Single CS4, which has a plain maple top standard, or the California Single CS3, which has no top wood, just a beautifully carved solid piece of mahogany. The CS3 and CS4 both share many of the features and options of the CS6, and can be finished in Carvin's solid colors, translucent stains or new metallic finishes.
The CS6 is made in the USA at Carvin's Custom Shop in San Diego, California.