Carvin AE185 Semi Hollow Electric Acoustic Guitar 2000s

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This circa 2000 Carvin AE185 is a light, easy playing, semi hollow guitar that combines two humbucking pickups with an under-saddle acoustic pickup to offer a wide variety of tones.

This is a comfortable guitar to play that feels like a Telecaster when you sling it on with your strap.  The neck plays nicely and the frets are in great shape.  The guitar appears to be 100% original, with Carvin humbuckers and Sperzel locking tuners. 

There is some wear here and there, including one finish chip that went down to the wood, where someone "touched up" with a black marker.  Someone played the guitar, and they weren't the most careful user, but there are no issues - just signs of play and use.  The pots were scratchy on arrival, so we cleaned them and the jacks as well.  They may need cleaning after sitting for a bit as the guitar did go unused for quite a while when it became part of a large collection.  The only missing part is one of the 5 backplate screws. 

The original Carvin hard case is included.

Here's how the electronics work:

There are two outputs.  If you use one of the two, you get both acoustic and electric sounds, regulated by a blend knob that goes from all acoustic to all electric, mixing in varying degrees between.  The three way humbucker selector does just what you think. 

There is one master volume control that governs the overall output, acoustic, electric, or both.

There are two tone controls.  One is a treble cut/boost pot for the electric pickups, with a mid detent where treble is flat.  The other tone pot works the same for the acoustic pickup.  

Use of both jacks allows the acoustic pickup to go to an acoustic amp or other input by itself and the other jack outputs the humbucker pickup signal.  The knob that pans between acoustic and electric pickups when using one jack becomes the volume for the acoustic pickup.

The humbuckers sound pretty darn good.  I didn't expect to like them that much, frankly.  The acoustic pickup honestly could be better.  It has that older, piezo style "quack" to it.  I find it the most useful when blended with the humbuckers just a bit.  It gives you a bunch of flexibility this way.  On its own, it sounds pretty OK through my Schertler acoustic amp, but not real rich and big.  It takes some EQing to get it dialed in.  This isn't surprising.  If you really want a big acoustic tone, we all know where to go.  It is a cool add on feature, and it likely could be improved with a pickup swap.

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Medium C
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Inlays: Abalone Block
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 24
  • Nut: Graph Tech
  • Nut width: 1-5/8"
  • Scale: 25"
  • Radius: 14"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .83"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: .89"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 2/32"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 3/32"
  • Total length: 38"
  • Lower bout: 12-1/2"
  • Waist: 8-7/8"
  • Upper bout: 11-1/2"
  • Body depth/thickness outside edge: 1-7/8"
  • String gauge: .010-.046
  • Hardware Color: Black
  • Bridge Pickup/Brand: Carvin Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: Active
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup/Brand: Carvin Humbucker
  • Neck Pickup Reading: Active
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuners: USA Spurzel Locking
  • Switch: 3 Way
  • Pots/Codes: Original
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes: The guitar has two Carvin humbuckers and an under-saddle pickup. The controls include a three-way selector switch for the electric pickups, a coil-split switch for each pickup, and a phase switch. There is a master volume pot, a tone pot for the electric pickups, a tone pot for the acoustic pickup, and a pot for blending electric and acoustic signals. The guitar has two output jacks for sending the electric and acoustic signals to separate amps.

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