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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.Excellent value and quality that's typical of Korea today. Click the link for a full description and feel free to email Martin Miranda directly at the address on the page. A killer metal axe with cool looks with Tribal graphics, Widow headstock, and beveled edges which catch light and give it a very 3D look on stage.This 2011 model was only made in one small run so there aren't many of these around - most of the Harm 3 models feature the eye f-hole in a semi-hollow design while this model was a limited edition production model that's no longer available. The main attraction of this axe, however, is one major upgrade in the tone dept.I've seen this type of sculpt on a number of other boutique guitars from the 90's and on, but this is the earliest use I've seen.Hardware is Gotoh, all black, with a vintage tremolo with bent steel saddles, and locking tuners with a low profile that doesn't require use of a string tree.Has the same Brian Moore signature looks including sculpted headstock, sleek contoured body, and unique rear output jack of the higher end models.When BM went in search of factories to do their imports they did it right and the quality rivals some US makers in my opinion.
Compare this to the Chinese guitars you can get for 0 today and this is an excellent value at 5.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., whose bio reads like a who's-who of modern guitar manufacture.He has built and/or designed guitars for Yamaha, Fender, Taylor, Musicman, G&L, and Ibanez, and countless big name players, as well as writing columns for Guitar Player mag.
The i81 features bolt-on neck, mahogany body with beautifully bookmatched flamed maple top, classic " i M" Alnico humbuckers, and "i M" precision tuners.