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    Default Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    What do you guys think is best.

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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    Although Carvin makes some great guitars and i`ve had a few Bolts in the past,ultimately they just make me GAS for a Fender Strat after awhile!!

    Don`t know if that helps ya but i guess what i`m trying to say is i`d go with Fender!!!
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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    The bolt has an extremely thin neck ( I guess that would be a larger radius). I like a little more neck. Other than that and the pups, the wood is good. I would buy a Bolt kit and just change all you want as you go. Kit is around $450-$500. They are extremely easy to build and the quality is good.

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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    For my money I'd go with the original over a copy anytime. And resale will be better with a Fender too. The only thing that might sway me to the Carvin was if they offered a color or finish that absolutely wasn't available on a Strat.

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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    Well while I like all the specs and advantages a Carvin has, there are just certain nuances that I don't like that make their Bolt asthetically ugly to me, and I'd want a Fender Strat instead. Ugly headstock. The body isn't as rounded as a strat, the betty and forerm contours arent't as deep and curvy. Kinda looke like someone traced a strat body, cut it, and forgot to do the contouring.

    I do have one of their bolt on basses- I picked it up used. New, with the gloss walnut body, the bass would've cost over $800. I picked it up in mint condition at a guitar center for $399. The body just looks too cookie cutter compared to a Fender bass or my strats.

    If you don't mind those issues, I'd say go for it.

    I will say this- if you want a Tom Anderson type strat copy on a budget (quilt top custom, etc...), Carvin's the cheaper way to go.

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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    I LOVE the BOLT, BEST Strat guitar I've put my hands on. Period.

    Plus, you can order it however you like, including radius frets and whatnot PLUS like Gamera said the sky's the limit when it comes the time to choose the color...

    EDIT: I feel it's best to say that playability wise the BOLT neck was quite thinner than my Fender's without it being skinny (think NOTHING like Ibanez/Jackson or even their DC line) which apart from the tone was what I liked best about it in the first place
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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    If it's a price thing, look at G&L Tributes.

    If not, move along, nothing to see here.

    I have a 1996 American Standard Stratocaster that I think is awesome some days and just so-so other days.

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    Default Re: Carvin Bolt vs. American standard strat?

    Quote Originally Posted by darnright View Post
    The bolt has an extremely thin neck ( I guess that would be a larger radius). I like a little more neck. Other than that and the pups, the wood is good. I would buy a Bolt kit and just change all you want as you go. Kit is around $450-$500. They are extremely easy to build and the quality is good.

    -dave
    You can get a great deal on those Carvins. Decked out with locking tuners and all you can get a pretty nice bolt on for around $800 to $1000. There seems to be more bang for the buck. I too prefer a little more neck and there is something special about Fender Strats. If you are boycotting Fender for their price increases that understandable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamera View Post
    For my money I'd go with the original over a copy anytime. And resale will be better with a Fender too. The only thing that might sway me to the Carvin was if they offered a color or finish that absolutely wasn't available on a Strat.
    +1 A nice Strat is hard to beat.

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