Current and past Carvin users include: Greg Howe, Jonathan Butler, Frank Zappa, Nicki Kin, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Steve Vai, Joey Tafolla, Brendon Small, Bunny Brunel, Craig Chaquico, Alex Lifeson, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Al Di Meola, Wolf Mail, Yngwie Malmsteen, Willie Nelson, Danny Elfman, Joe Walsh, Shawn Lane, Tony Mac Alpine, Timothy B.
Carvin Guitars has been offering kits, bodies and necks since the early 1990's, for the musician who also enjoys woodworking and related hobbies.
Later, Carvin switched to manufacturing through-neck guitars, attracting metal players such as Jason Becker.
Starting in the 1970s, Carvin developed a niche in the musical instrument world by only selling directly to the public via mail order, In the 1980s they began to offer guitars and basses built to a customer's specifications, based on available body shapes, woods, colors, electronics, and other features.
Lowell Kiesel founded Carvin in San Diego, California in 1946 as the L. Around 1948, it returned to Southern California—and, in 1949, moved to Baldwin Park, California, where the company name changed to Carvin, after Kiesel's two eldest sons, Carson and Gavin.
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In 1991 the company opened showrooms in Southern California that resemble a full-fledged music store, only lacking effects devices, keyboards and drum gear.