Monday, February 21, 2011
Allan Holdsworth Carvin Fatboy
Allan Holdsworth is fantastic guitarist with almost inhuman legato technique. His melody, soloing, chord voicing, well everything sounds like it has some alien origin. In the 70's and 80's he used Steinberger guitars exclusively. Although I am a fan of his sound, I really don't prefer the look and feel of headstock-less guitar.
Later, he began using Bill DeLap guitars. To me, the look is almost exactly the same.
Eventually he contacted Carvin Guitars to create the Carvin HF2 and the HF2 Fatboy models. To me, the style is miles ahead of the steinbergers. They come equipped with a MIDI pickup for piezo and synth sounds, and the HF2 is simply hollow and HF2 is completely hollow.
The benefits of hollow bodies are really nice, you get more warmth and sustain. Also, because of the guitar is hollow inside there is less feedback with distortion and gain. These guitars really versatile, and sound great. If they made a 7 string version, I would pick one up in a heartbeat.
And they have a headstock.