I fully expect this to derail into a massive cork-sniffing, flame-throwing dustchuck thread... but I've been looking at the new Carvin CT7 and DC600 and drooling a bit lately. However, every time I get deep into a thread here or elsewhere on the web, I run into complaints regarding delivery times, the overall brightness and "deadness" of their instruments, and various quality issues like a "chewed up fretboard."
Do hot and dark pickups tame the brightness?
Does a set-neck 25" carve-top Carvin come across as bright as a neck-thru 25.5" thinner-body Carvin?
Does the Wilkinson trem really blow that hard?
Is their delivery performance and customer service really that spotty?
Carvin is building some really beautiful instruments, but are they worth the ~$1200-1500 for the typical build?
I know some people here are total Carvin whores, and a lot of people have at least one Carvin they really love the hell out of, so I'm really confused about the typical experience of ordering a custom instrument from them. I trust the collective wisdom of MG.org in these matters.
Also, keithb just posted, so I can't wait to hear from the resident Carvin Zealot.
I could have bought whatever i wanted on my last guitar, but i went carvin for the quality at that price plus the specs.
IMO, the people sending back carvins are usually too anal and thats why they send them back. Sure, every guitar company has some issues, but carvin makes it right when you do have an issue.
As for wait times, they were right on the mark each time i have delt with them.
My 2 main players are carvins, and i'm not tooting their horn because i own some. I own some because they are a great company that makes a great product with great customer service.
Oh, and i'm sure most people dont care, but i do : USA made. Its means something to me and i prefer to buy american where it works and this is a great company to support IMO