So I got the Carvin today, and got quite a bit of playing time in on the Mesa. Here's some pics:
Thoughts? Bright. As. Fuck. Seriously, holy shit. Sterile. Honestly, I don't know what the fuck I was thinking ordering another one. Granted, the stock pickups are bright, but I just don't know that I want to take the chance getting this damn thing routed or modifying other pickups just to see if I can get rid of some of the sterileness (is that a word?), coldness, and brightness. Fucking ice picky.
Quality-wise, it's pretty nice, though once again Carvin can't manage to get a guitar out without some fucking weird oddity; there are some blemishes near the pup selector, and there are marks on the sides of the fretboard from where they were finishing the frets.
Another major thing after playing quite a few Schecters, including the ATX I had, is that I just can't go back to a 25.5" scale guitar for 7's. This thing came with 10-56's, and the low B felt way too rubbery.
Ugh. I have OCD, and I just can't be happy with shit. I have the same damn 3 Ibanez guitars since 2002, and I finally with the Mesa have found an amp I don't want to flip. Other than that, I've gone through 8 frigging guitars at least in the last 5 years.
I think I'm going to give up for awhile. The guitar I want isn't made, and I really can't swing a custom from someone who can make it. Ah well!
Looks nice though