1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Threads by Owners of Specific Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars Instruments

Moderators: Kevio, JesseM, RockCrue, soundchick, ChrisH, peb, Mike Jones, Bundy

User avatar
dbone
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 1175
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: SF Bay Area

1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby dbone » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:54 pm

1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars. It seems as yet we have had no dedicated club for these models so here we go. Post yours
My newest addition is a 1988-89 neck through model in Pearl White.
Image

Image

Here's a couple pics of my first electric guitar a early 80"s DC150. Purchased used in 1983 and originally all black with the pickguard.
The pickguard eventually got broken and the black face was beat up so I sanded it off and had my fathers painting contractor put a finish on the top that I eventually wore through. That's what happens when it's your only electric guitar for 13 years before upgrading.

Image

Image
Last edited by dbone on Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:21 am, edited 3 times in total.
dbones Lefties
DC150 M22T/M22V
DC150 M22SD/M22N
DC400A, K12B/K12N
Bolt ,C22T/AP11/AP11
AE185 C22T/C22N
AE185-12 H22T/H22N/Piezo
DC800 A80B/A80N
DC600 M22SD/M22V
AC375, CL450, AC275K
CT7M KL14B/KL14N
SB5000 J99A pups

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:24 pm

This is going to be a small club...

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Still my favorite shape from the Carvin historical luthiery, and pioneered so many of the most beautiful wood and switching options which we hold so dear today with the brand.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
fatfretty
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
Posts: 353
Joined: Feb 2007

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby fatfretty » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:07 pm

I just got an 84 DC 150 with the Kahler Pro. I want to polish it up a bit, the head stock is a little ugly. Any ideas?
Image

User avatar
Casual Madman
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 2117
Joined: Nov 2013
Location: Garland TX

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Casual Madman » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:36 am

No longer in the family, but Molly was a really good guitar. Only flaw was a tendency to face-dive. The Kahler was aftermarket, but period-correct, and stable as a rock. Once the strings were broken in, n o amount of abuse would make Molly go out of tune.

Image

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:54 am

You Molly reminds me of something I almost dumped my Carr Amp savings on this afternoon. A gent (who I corresponded with a little today) had this up for sale on Reverb, a near spotless CM140 Stereo black beaut:

Image

I mean like a MINT neck:
Image
Schaller 1 pc 80's hardtail w mini tuners, graphite nut like mine which probably means he has the fab Gotoh made Carvin branded tuners of that period when they were just introduced together:
Image
an amazing beauty:
Image
Heelless set neck pocket like the sister 150:
Image
Just a sweet axe.

He listed it 3 days ago at an astonishing $629... I just caught it this afternoon and he'd just sold it on fleabay. You want proof that the grass is always greener on the other side? He sold it so he could buy this cherry DC6--
Image

A deal I would NEVER have done. But he's a nice chap and said if anything goes wrong with his deal his reach out to me. I've passed up on a few of these, but his is just so mint but for some buckle rash.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:37 am

Calling JBird, Woodensoul, mrTbone, eilzug...
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
dbone
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 1175
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: SF Bay Area

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby dbone » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:05 am

Anyone know what radius these came in?
dbones Lefties
DC150 M22T/M22V
DC150 M22SD/M22N
DC400A, K12B/K12N
Bolt ,C22T/AP11/AP11
AE185 C22T/C22N
AE185-12 H22T/H22N/Piezo
DC800 A80B/A80N
DC600 M22SD/M22V
AC375, CL450, AC275K
CT7M KL14B/KL14N
SB5000 J99A pups

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:30 am

The one time I saw it listed, it was listed as 15".
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
Don
Carvinite
Carvinite
Posts: 657
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: SE Massachusetts

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Don » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:31 am

Nice guitars! I bought an '83 DC150 a few months ago. I have a Leo Quan Bada$$ bridge on it now but would love to put a Schaller 455 (not 456) on it. Here it is with my 2008 DC150.
Image

User avatar
Casual Madman
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 2117
Joined: Nov 2013
Location: Garland TX

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Casual Madman » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:46 pm

dbone wrote:Anyone know what radius these came in?


The DC150 Molly above was a 24.75" scale, pretty sure the radius was 12". Felt like one of the SlimTaper Gibson necks, but a little slimmer.

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:49 pm

Without question narrower than a Les Paul or Swede neck.

The profile is definitely different. Sort or a D or squashed U.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:13 am

Finally found the first Carvin ad/catalog where the radius is specified: 16" by the 2nd half of 87, for the 1988 catalog:

http://www.carvinmuseum.com/decade/images/88-dc150.html

Image

Maybe the earlier ones had a more LP type, slightly rounder radius. Mine is pretty flat, built a la the 86 elements of the graphite nut, the C6 Carvin (Gotoh) machine heads, deleted pick guard. Since it's narrower than a standard LP, I think a rounder radius would get on my nerves via the size of my hands.. they'd probably start tripping over their own fingers. The flatness of the board keeps it doable for me.

Two excellent boards for me are: that LP Special "Exclusive" w the ebony board, and that unique profile which meets in the middle between 50's baseball bat and 60's slim, and the Hagstrom Super Swede (the less expensive MIC P90 model, which is nice and wide with a 15" radius... this versus the Hagstrom Northen which is just a basic 1959 LP (which is a nice neck but I prefer the flatter radius of the standard Hag).

The model wasn't in the 90 catalog, but by 91 and it's twilight year, 15" radius:
Image

I don't know how big Bartek actually is, but guitars tend to look like mini toys in his hands.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
dbone
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 1175
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: SF Bay Area

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby dbone » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:59 pm

They are only smaller in that they have the dual matching cutaway.
Just like a CM140 with the upper area cut out. The bodies are not large though which is good because many of them were made with maple bodies.
The weight is not bad though..
dbones Lefties
DC150 M22T/M22V
DC150 M22SD/M22N
DC400A, K12B/K12N
Bolt ,C22T/AP11/AP11
AE185 C22T/C22N
AE185-12 H22T/H22N/Piezo
DC800 A80B/A80N
DC600 M22SD/M22V
AC375, CL450, AC275K
CT7M KL14B/KL14N
SB5000 J99A pups

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:43 am

B-b-b-but..... OMG!
Image
Image
Image
Image

Absolutely beautiful DC160K just popped on the verb. If someone has the bread, they should act fast, this is a RARE appearance of a real keeper. One of very few K's made.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
skully13a
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 1262
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: Left side of The Rockies

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby skully13a » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:53 pm

That's some sweet koa on a sweet model guitar. 8) 8)
SH645
V440T
Purple Bolt!
DC127 Koa
SM212 Stage Master
MB10

User avatar
dbone
Gold Carvinite
Gold Carvinite
Posts: 1175
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: SF Bay Area

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby dbone » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:36 pm

Oh yeah that's a beaut for sure!
dbones Lefties
DC150 M22T/M22V
DC150 M22SD/M22N
DC400A, K12B/K12N
Bolt ,C22T/AP11/AP11
AE185 C22T/C22N
AE185-12 H22T/H22N/Piezo
DC800 A80B/A80N
DC600 M22SD/M22V
AC375, CL450, AC275K
CT7M KL14B/KL14N
SB5000 J99A pups

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:39 pm

There's a very happy camper somewhere right now. It sold in under twenty four hours, and the price was very good for what he got.

If he's someone who's played a lot of 24.75 humbucker driven single cuts, he's going to be astounded by the pickups, the versatility, and the overall feel. The out of phase Greeny sound alone on those old m22's is the best I've heard on any guitar.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:58 am

Ha! Remember I posted about that black CM140, right above, that was on sale on Reverb about a month ago and I corresponded with the user because he sold it before I could snag it? And that he bought a DC6 with the money he got for the CM?

Well that guy is the guy who bought this DC160K. He obviously likes symmetrical stubbies/LP DC style axes. He hit me up on Reverb yesterday because he saw this thread after googling the model # of his new guitar, and found this thread. He had already seen some photos of my 150K when he asked to see it in our convo on Reverb, and he wasn't aware they made these out of solid figured koa back then.

So when he saw that immaculate and rare 160K pop (and especially at the reasonable price that it did), he jumped. I know that as of yesterday he hadn't received it yet. But he joined the forum here so I'm guessing we're going to be hearing more about that honey of a vintage Carvin. Such a superb guitar.. I played my four other guitars last night all in a row on purpose, falling in love again with all four of them.. and then pulled out the fifth for last, the Carvin... and it once again won first prize at the state fair inside my musical heart (cornball alert). I'll never change out those pickups. It's just such a musically authoritative and lyrically emotional guitar. It also has that rare but superlative quality that all REALLY good thick bodied humbucker driven guitars have.. where individual notes get fatter and wider (and the twangy ping on the attack disappears) the higher up on the neck you go (say on the B & E strings getting up into higher frets). The notes as they get up into soloing range become complex and wide (in humbucker mode, primarily), where with most other guitars they stay pretty much the same.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:13 am

dbone wrote:They are only smaller in that they have the dual matching cutaway.
Just like a CM140 with the upper area cut out. The bodies are not large though which is good because many of them were made with maple bodies.
The weight is not bad though..

Didn't notice this post.. yeah, they are specifically a CM140 with the lower bout mirrored on top. One of the reasons the 150/60 is so much more chill of a shape vs the DC6 is that the DC6 is the lower bout of a CS mirrored on top. But the CS6 is first of all a carved top (which distracts from the outline of the horn shape on a DC), and its horn cutaway shape is very different vs the CM140. So when it's mirrored it looks way dif from the older incarnation (but this has been gone over many times before).

And yeah, it only appears small because of the cutaway end of the body, the horns not extending as far as other axes with longhorns. But the rest of the body is the same as any other LP style guitar. Very similar in size to my LP. The only reason I was talking about Bartek was because he's apparently a pretty big dude.

It doesn't look particularly small in John Cippolina's huge hands (and he had the earlier version with the thinner body slab)...
Image
Image
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

User avatar
Doctor Turn
Platinum Carvinite
Platinum Carvinite
Posts: 3493
Joined: Aug 2015
Location: NYC, sans rock clubs and 48th St.
Links/Contact:

Re: 1976-1989 DC100/DC150/DC160 double cut electric guitars

Postby Doctor Turn » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:43 am

The gent who bought that gorgeous hardtail 160 was having some issues with the pic uploader, so he sent me some on Reverb and gave me the thumbs up on posting them here for him:
Image
Image
Image
Midnight jet black ebony (the real deal uncolored-by-human-hands stuff) under abalone block inlays:
Image
Image
Image
Stunning neck plank--
Image
Image
immaculate fretwork:
Image
Exact case mine came in, with the vintage "curly C" logo on the outside:
Image

It's quite a score, a real beauty and the rarest kind of 150/160.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds


Return to Guitar & Bass Clubs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest