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The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby 1031 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:05 pm

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The '89 catalog showed this interesting photo of guitarist Vinnie Vincent, which was taken from his video "Love Kills". Although the X100B stacks are obviously Carvin, less obvious is the one-off VVV Carvin that Vinnie is playing (VVV = Vinnie Vincent V). This evidently was created as a counterpart to the Jackson VVV's that Vinnie normally played, which were originally designed for guitar legend Randy Rhodes, but never went into production due to Randy's untimely death. The Jackson models were made from 1986 to 1989, and the above Carvin model was made sometime around 1988. There were subtle differences between the Carvin and the Jackson - noteably, the Jackson had a standard inline headstock and sharkfin inlays, versus the reverse inline headstock and block inlays on the Carvin.
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby shramiac » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:24 pm

Yep.
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby poserboy71 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:05 am

Correct. It is also funny how people have mentioned that the guitar was featured in a Carvin catalog and I was dumbfounded as to when and where. This is my answer. I always focused on the amplifiers because those are what were being advertised as FOR SALE.
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby 1031 » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:26 pm

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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby Genebaby » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:42 pm

Such an 80's style on that catalog...lol....

That pic is where the silhouette image from DoubleV came from.
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby erg2 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:33 am

All of this just makes me think of the opportunities Mr. Cusano has had.
He not only had ONE guitar manufacturer build him a signature guitar...he had TWO!
He has had MULTIPLE recording contracts made available to him, from Mercury/Casablanca (KISS) > Chrysalis > Enigma > ???

How many opportunities were just shit away?

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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby ankh » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:31 am

Enigma folded,more or less like Bronze did just when Ace was ready to launch his recording solo career after quitting Kiss..........
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby erg2 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:41 am

Understood that Enigma folded...but what if Vinnie hadn't spent 3 years trying to record Guitars From Hell? If he had finished the record in a timely manner, maybe we would have a 3rd album, maybe Enigma would've survived, maybe this tide of crap called his career wouldn't have washed over him?

I know that's a LOT of maybes...
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby shramiac » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:55 am

He not only had ONE guitar manufacturer build him a signature guitar...he had TWO!

Ah.....actually he had 4! You forgot about Ibanez & Washburn!!!
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby poserboy71 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:18 am

Damn, Shram is sticking it to everyone lately !!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :shock: :shock: :shock: 8) 8) 8)
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby Slayer » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:22 pm

If you count Pear / AZ and ESP you could say 6 manufacturers built Cusano a signature guitar. The Roman 3D V was also built, intended and initially endorsed to be a VV Signature Guitar even though due to Cusano's greed the deal fell apart. Liberally you might say 7 manufacturers. Ed Roman still can and still does build this guitar.

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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby shramiac » Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:42 pm

Yeah, Kev you are correct! I was only going on the 86-88 "Vinnie was popular" timeline!!!!





But dang it! I did forget about the Rarebird!!!! Damn I'm an idiot!! :x :x :x
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby erg2 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:26 am

Wow. I never realized how many companies tried to build & sell a signature model for this guy! He really could have owned the world...

Makes me wonder how many POTENTIAL recording deals he was offered and, due to his Vinnie-ness, shat away?
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby Bassfromhell » Mon Jul 18, 2016 3:29 pm

That's a great pic of Vinnie! I absolutely love Carvin amps, been using them for many years.

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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby doublev2 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:16 pm

enigma didn't fold they were bought by capitol
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Re: The 1988 Carvin VVV

Postby doublev2 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:18 pm

robert said that vv signed with enigma then tried to shop the album to other labels while enigma paying for the recording and enigma got wind of it and dropped the whole project and vv never found another deal or any label willing to pay his price. Enigma were actually owened by capital at the time and were wound down but not bankrupt
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