He maintained his Venice Beach, CA factory for 30 years, before moving to a larger place in ' guitars, I sent John some pics and called him to pick his brain.

He said this was typical of the guitars he was building in the mid-80's and that it was probably around an '85 model.

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These guitars will be shipped with optimum setup, better than your local store or online superstore and are available in the following: Charcoal flametop, List $595, Sale $325 Cinnamon flametop, List $595, Sale $325 Tuquoise flametop, List $595, Sale $325 Carvin DC-200, (front/back), (headstock).

Carvin remains one of the best buys on the USA guitars - especially on the used market.

The i81 features bolt-on neck, mahogany body with beautifully bookmatched flamed maple top, classic " i M" Alnico humbuckers, and "i M" precision tuners.

All include a superb quality Brian Moore gigbag, etc.

Also has a Floyd-licensed tremolo system with fine tuners.

Has one mod that bears mentioning - someone removed the locking nut and replaced with a plastic cover.New Brian Moore i-Series I-81 - choice of finish, (catalog).Most affordable model in the i-Series but an exceptional import in its own right.They're quality is top-notch but as Carvin sells directly to the public there is no retail store to take a bite of the profit.This one comes in a high gloss black finish with features that include neck-thru construction, dual Carvin humbuckers, Carvin/Wilkinson fulcrum tremolo, graphite nut, Sperzel locking tuners, Ebony fretboard with block inlays, active electronics with easy access battery door on back, indestructible stainless steel frets, and Schaller locking strap pins.I got an email from Rondo regarding this guitar where they confirmed it was a limited model with a price of 9. It's offered in immaculate condition for just 9(SOLD-William 9/13/17) and I'm adding a matching tribal graphic strap for free.