Carvin: Smashing It Lately

10514515_521904291264742_7508801396186804314_nDo you follow Carvin on Facebook? I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice that they’re posting some really, really nice stuff lately, especially the work of Carvin owner Jeff Kiesel. With all sorts of custom builders getting all sorts of positive press in the current ‘custom-crazy’ climate, it’s great to see Carvin step up and remind everyone about their place as pioneers of custom guitar building. Man, every Carvin I’ve played has been amazing, although they’re very hard to find here in Australia right now.¬†Below are a few examples of Jeff Kiesel’s recent work. Make sure you follow Carvin and Jeff’s own Facebook page to see more. On Facebook Jeff says, “On these builds I am hands on the whole way through starting with picking out every single piece of wood to some of the custom eye candy (such as treat fretboard). With theese KE guitars I will be pushing the envelope the whole way, with things like treated fretboards… I suggests combinations of finishes/woods/options that give these the Kiesel Edition look. I give updates and some photos during the build process. Taking it to the Next Level at Carvin Guitars.” Read More …

INTERVIEW: Jack Johnson

Jack_Johnson_From_Here_to_Now_to_YouJack Johnson is primarily known for his laid back, intimate acoustic-based folky, rocky, breezy sound. He helped to kickstart a whole new generation of dudes who take guitars to the beach. But he’s also a devoted student of the electric guitar, and it should not have come as a surprise when he picked up various electrics – Telecasters, semi-hollow Gibsons – for 2008’s Sleep Through The Static and 2010’s To The Sea. Both albums could simply be seen as new angles on a sound and style he’d previously established. But the acoustic guitar is a seductive temptress, and she’s lured Johnson back to her earthy embrace on his latest album, From Here to Now to You. Produced by Mario Caldato Jr., who Johnson worked with while recording his most successful album In Between Dreams, it offers a sound that’s at once familiar and exotic, with lush instrumentation augmenting steel-string and nylon-string guitars. Read More …