Last Thursday was a horribly slow day at work, for later that evening, a new member of the family was set to arrive.
Its a Carvin!
Still a Carvin!
A shot for you ass guys out there
matching headstock with abalone logo
DC700 with Fixed Bridge FT7
Active A70 pickups
5 piece Walnut neck with Maple stripes
Burl Maple top in Clear gloss
Birdseye Maple fretboard, no inlay, SS Med-Jumbo frets, 20" radius
Tung oil back of neck (a nice touch here, they did tung oil all the way up the back of the headstock, and the sides of the headstock, and only cleared the top)
I was a little bit worried at first that the walnut/maple combo would be a bit too bright, thankfully I was wrong. The walnut seems to give it a heavy, focused and clear low end growl, and a nice mids presense.
I was also a bit worried that I wouldn't like the stock pickups.. fortunately, that is also not the case. I am very happy with them. They are fairly hot, but tight and focused in the bridge, and fluid and open in the neck. Also, they sound incredible clean.. the neck pickup on the clean channels has a very acoustic, chimey quality to it, and I love it!
As far as playability goes I would rate this as good, if not better than my JPXI. The tung oil neck is absolutely amazing. I would say the neck profile is really similar to my RG7420, but with rounder shoulders.
The fit & finish on this is absolutely impeccable. Not a single flaw, the fret work is awesome, not a single sharp edge anywhere, action was set stupid low when I opened the box and no buzz anywhere on the fretboard at all.
This is my first Carvin, and I daresay it will not be the last.