If you are in the market for a new guitar, you have undoubtedly heard of both Yamaha and Carvin guitars.
Both companies are extremely well known, and make excellent guitars.
The question is, which company is the better choice when purchasing a new guitar?
We will be discussing the merits of both companies and their guitars, as well as the features you should be considering before making your final choice. The process is much easier once you have a side by side comparison of the two brands you are trying to decide between.
How We Choose Our Ratings
First, let’s discuss what we will be evaluating when looking at these two guitar manufacturers.
It is vitally important to us that our reviews are as honest and accurate as possible. To ensure this, we take a few extra steps when writing out the reviews.
We read and research through customer reviews and testimonials. This ensures that we are getting a broad view of what buyers thought of the product and the company itself. Hence, the review is not biased or only based on a small percentage of customer opinions. It also allows us to pinpoint any widespread issues that may occur with items.
On top of that, we also research the specifications and features of each product thoroughly. As a result, you know exactly what you are purchasing, what dimensions an item has, and any additional accessories that come with it.
Lastly, we consider the reputation of the company making the item. That way, you know you are purchasing from a business you can trust and stand behind.
For this particular review, we will be considering a few different qualities – the overall quality of the company’s products, the pricing and how it compares to the quality, the company’s customer service, and how they compare to other brands beside each other.
What are Carvin and Yamaha & How do Their Products Work?
Carvin was an American corporation that was family-owned, and they manufactured guitar products and audio equipment. They started in 1946, and were known for using plastic in the 1940s, and making electric guitars from Resinox.
In 2015, the corporation split off the guitar parts of the business into the new company known as Kiesel Guitars. They continue to make both acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitars, MIDI synth guitars, and a plethora of other instruments under the Carvin Guitar brand. However, Carvin Corporation closed its doors after over 70 years of business in October 2017.
As of January, 2018, Carvin Amps and Audio did announce that they would be re-launching their website, and creating a new tube preamp guitar pedal.
Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese multinational company and conglomerate that offers an extremely large range of products and services. Predominantly they sell music instruments, sports equipments, and electronics. It is the largest piano manufacturing company in the world.
The corporation was established in the year 1887, originally as a reed organ and piano manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha. The logo of the company has remained, to this day, as a trio of tuning forks interlocking with each other.
Both companies are well known in the guitar and general musical instrument community, and have decades of experience behind them.
What Makes Their Products Unique?
Carvin Guitars have a lot of unique qualities about them.
For one thing, they sell all of their guitars through special order. Unless you are near one of their three physical locations in California, you have to order one online.
The guitar you order is specially made for you, and built from the materials and the design that you request (unless you go with one of the handful of premade instruments they offer). This can be unnerving for guitar players, as they aren’t able to physically play them and try them out before purchasing a Carvin guitar.
Being able to customize every single aspect of your guitar is a fantastic way to ensure you are getting a product that you will absolutely love, and Carvin can do that for you.
They also have a wonderful 5-year warranty, as well as a 10- day money-back guarantee. This is an amazing feature, especially with products that you are specifically having made for you.
Yamaha also has unique qualities to speak of as well.
Their guitars are known to be consistently well made and to have an amazing sound. The company has been making guitars for decades, and really knows how to make a quality product.
Another feature of Yamaha guitars is that many of them are extremely reasonably priced. Yes, they do have some extremely high-end guitars that will cost you much more, but their moderate and lower-end guitars as far as pricing goes are still known to sound amazing.
Overall, their prices for premade guitars are fairly comparable to each other. The acoustic guitars range anywhere from $150.00 to $1500.00 depending on the design you go with, and the electric guitars are similarly priced.
However, the big difference between the two is the fact that Carvin Guitars makes custom made guitars that you can choose everything for. This is where you will spend the most money – typically the ones we see are at least several thousand dollars.
The nice thing about ordering a custom guitar from Carvin though, is the fact that you can order one for as little as 20% down to get started.
Public Perception (Other Carvin Guitars/Yamaha Guitars Reviews)
Now we are going to take an in-depth look at reviews for both companies, to get a better idea of how they are perceived by their customers.
Starting with Carvin, there is a lot of positive feedback for this company and their guitars.
Yamaha also has many great reviews to its name as well.
What We Think: Which Brand is Better?
Overall, both of these brands provide consistently wonderful products. They have both been in the business for decades, and know how to treat their customers correctly.
So which one is better?
Personally, we think that it truly depends on what you are looking for.
For a custom made guitar, you cannot go wrong with Carvin Guitars. They allow you to pick each and every aspect of your product, and have a great return policy in case you decide that you would rather go with something else. Their pricing, while expensive, is well worth the hand crafted, custom guitar that you will end up with.
Now if you want a ready-made guitar, we would be more prone to suggesting Yamaha for your new instrument. They specialize in premade guitars, and they have been making them for decades. Their prices range from extremely affordable, to high–end guitars for more advanced players. They also have a range of accessories that will be perfect for your new musical instrument.
No matter which company and design you decide to go with, we definitely think you will be thrilled with your choice.
If you have either a Carvin guitar or one from Yamaha, would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?