Carvin Custom Shop Guitars with Zebrawood Fretboard
Carvin announces the availability of a new exotic wood option for use on fretboards - Zebrawood.
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Zebrawood is a distinct looking hardwood that is used for custom furniture trim and inlays. The zebra stripe like grain pattern will let the fretboard standout, when compared to the usual plain rosewood and maple fretboards.
The company is well known for their Custom Built instruments, offering a wide variety of tonewoods and parts for players that want to build their personalized guitar. The addition of Zebrawood for the fretboard expands these options even further.
This is what Carvin has to say, "Zebrawood fretboards are now available among the selection of exotic fingerboard options through the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop. Zebrawood has a very unique exotic look with its heavy dark streaking and pattern. Its tonal qualities are similar to Rosewood providing a warm amplified tone for both guitar and bass."
Being considered as a threatened species, picking this option for your fretboard will come with a premium price tag, but that is to be expected anyway by players that want exotic wood sporting Custom built instruments.
The company showcased the new zebrawood fretboard option on three of their 7-string Custom Shop models. The DC7KM pairs this exotic fretboard with a double cutaway Koa body and limba/koa neck. The TL70C combines zebrawood with figured walnut which is used for the top, and the overall appearance looks impressive.
The third example model is the CT7C which features a flame maple top wrapped by a new dark orange finish called "deep lava". It is described as the result of a special deep staining process that gives a Lava Reddish-Orange finish that really makes the figure of the wood top "pop".
Both the TL70C and CT7C also feature a new premium fretwire option, Gold Fretwire. These new German-made Jescar EVO gold fretwire is made from nickel-free copper alloy similar in color to 12k gold, and the company assures that they will not turn brassy or show discoloration. they are described as being as hard as stainless steel frets but with a glass-like smooth feel, carrying a Vickers hardness scale rating of HV 250 (+/-20).
If you are curious about this new option, or if you want to find out more about the brand's Custom Shop guitar offerings, you can head over to Carvin.
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