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Carvin Kiesel Jason becker JB200C Flamed Top #1


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In 1988, up-and-coming neo classical guitar virtuoso Jason Becker and his Cacophony bandmate Marty Friedman came to Carvin Guitars in search of their ideal instruments. Marty took to the V220, while Jason bonded with the more traditional DC200. The Custom Shop built Jason his dream guitar, a tremolo- equipped DC200 finished in sapphire blue on flamed maple with a flamed maple fingerboard, tung-oiled neck, and black hardware. This guitar would become one of Jason's main instruments, and appeared in magazine articles and print ads, as well as on stage. Becker fans know the rest of the story: just a week after signing on with the David Lee Roth Band as lead guitarist in 1989, Jason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). Despite being given only 3 to 5 years to live, Jason is still going strong over 20 years later, composing music on a computer, and communicating with his eyes using a system developed by his father.

In response to his still-strong legions of fans around the world, Carvin Guitars has created the Jason Becker Tribute JB200C electric guitar. The Custom Shop worked with Jason to design this instrument as closely as possible to his original DC200. The JB200C is loaded with many upgraded standard features, combined with our state-of-the art modern manufacturing processes. The JB200C is built in the USA, and is an instrument that you'll be proud to play and own for years to come.


The JB200C has a standard alder body and maple neck-through design. Alder is a high-quality tone wood used by many manufacturers because of its relative light weight and fine resonating tone. It's slightly darker in color than maple, which accentuates the tung-oiled neck of the JB200C. Alder also has a subtle and attractive grain that looks great in any of the Custom Shop's many finishes. A highly figured AAAA flamed maple top is standard, finished in Deep Sapphire Blue, just like Jason's original DC200.

The standard maple neck has a tung-oiled finish on the back, which is preferred by many guitarists. The custom JB neck profile is .030" thinner than the neck on our ST/DC Series guitars. Available 5-piece necks of different combinations of maple, walnut, koa and mahogany add to the already great looks of this instrument. All of our necks and fingerboards undergo a long conditioning process in our de- humidification chambers to remove any stress in the wood and prevent future warping or twisting. The dual-action, fully adjustable truss rod helps keep the neck straight and true, and allows you to set the action just the way you like it. The standard headstock is a flamed maple pointed 6-inline style which matches the body finish, adding to the aggressive looks of the instrument. A special engraved Jason Becker truss rod cover adorns the headstock.

The JB200C features a standard 25" scale flamed maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, a 14" radius and 24 jumbo stainless steel frets. The "Rapid Play" low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the smooth neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret.

An original Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut is standard. Premium locking tuners with a 19:1 ratio ensure you'll stay in tune no matter what your playing style is. Standard hardware is black.