Okay, well, I've decided it's time for a new guitar. Don't get me wrong, I like scouring eBay and CL for deals, but then I have to modify whatever I find and compromise with options I don't necessarily want.
I think KxK and Sherman are out of my league. I'm not feeling adventurous to try someone I've never heard of before, so that leaves me between Carvin and Warmoth.
I spec'd out a C66 with a Floyd from Carvin, but here's what bothers me: I'm going to have to pay for parts that I don't want (stock pickups and the OFR). I've made my peace with the Graph Tech floyd on my Xiphos and want to use one for the new guitar. The sales rep I talked to at Carvin told me that they will not put a GT bridge in for me (even though they've done it for others).
I'm going to talk to Warmoth tomorrow (thanks to Donnie for the hookup). What I like about Warmoth is I have more options when it comes to radius, I don't have to pay for parts I don't want, and I can send the Graph Tech floyd studs in to them to be placed in the body I want. In addition, the control cavity is nice and big to fit the Hexpander shit I'm going to need. What scares me is getting parts and hoping like hell everything works together, and the brutal looking square heel.
Finally, I just wanted to put a poll up.
So, if you have experiences in these areas, kindly voice them.
You could always wait on a KxK run, they're still a bit more than your price range but they can still get very reasonable?