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  1. #1

    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Location: Capital of NY
    ME: Strandberg Boden7 OS
    MA: 90's era Fender 12 string
    MB: Ibanez ATK300 (MIK)
    Rig: ZT Lunchbox Jr. combo

    iTrader: 5 (100%)

    Just received news that my Carvin has shipped...

    Scheduled delivery date is Jan. 13, making this about a 4-5 week build time.

    I have wanted a Carvin 7 string for a while now, and of course I finally got around to ordering my first one just days before they announced the new 27 inch-scale model! But, I am still looking forward to it.

    While I could easily have loaded it up on options if I had the dough, I made it a goal to really streamline this and make it as affordable as I possibly could. This meant I skipped things like string saver saddles (which don't really add much value on a hardtail bridge), coil-splitting & active circuitry, nicer inlays, etc. I would really have liked to get it made of all koa, but I opted for my second choice of all walnut for a savings of $300. I ordered it on Black Friday, so I got the free soft case and even used a $20 coupon from the catalog. The total, with shipping, is still below $900, so I think I did okay.

    I also paid attention to the advice proffered here a few months back when discussing what people thought about Carvin guitars, and some flat out didn't like the neck-thru models. In hopes of maximizing my chances of getting a "good" one, the 2 main suggestions/comments were to use a single piece of wood (no 5-piecers) for the neck with just the body wings, and to not get a thick finish. Mine will be all walnut (no top wood) with a full body/neck tung oil finish. Ebony fretboard with no inlays, chrome hardware, and the only options other than the walnut I splurged on were the ss jumbo frets and $5 for rosewood knobs.

    I can't be 100% certain, but I spoke with Mike in customer service and he mentioned he was posting a pic of my guitar from his factory tour (which he does daily I guess), and I think this is it (see pic attached):

  2. #2

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Riverside, Ca
    ME: Jackson DKMGT
    MA: Martin GPCPA5K
    Rig: Mindy the Framus Dragon

    iTrader: 1 (100%)

    That's some seriously striped walnut! Looks sweet. Congrats on the upcoming NGD.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Dec 2013
    Location: New Orleans Area, LA
    ME: Aristides 070
    MB: Schecter Diamond Bass
    Rig: Fractal Axe FX II

    iTrader: 0

    dude it looks like she will be amazing! congrats! You will love it!

  4. #4

    Join Date: Mar 2010
    Location: Wisconsin
    ME: Schecter Loomis
    MA: Ibanez classical
    MB: Ibanez SR400QM
    Rig: Fenders

    iTrader: 0

    Very nice!

  5. #5

    Join Date: Jul 2009
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    ME: RG1527
    MA: Eastman AC-420
    Rig: Mesa Stiletto Ace

    iTrader: 7 (100%)

    Looking forward to your NGD!
    "Sometimes you have to confront your own patterns and expectations of yourself and do away with things that you enjoy doing in order to move forward and keep evolving as a musician. That's exactly the definition of the word progressive of course." —Steven Wilson

  6. #6

    Join Date: Jan 2014
    Location: Illinois
    ME: Guerilla MR6FR
    Rig: multi-watt triple-rec

    iTrader: 0

    Like the way the striping is more uniform than the typical black-walnut.
    Can't wait for the back shot, and some tonal assessments.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Feb 2013
    Location: NY
    ME: Strandberg* Boden 8
    MA: Acoustics?
    MB: Carvin LB76p
    Rig: AxeFXII - Mesa 2:90

    iTrader: 0

    Clean and simple is the way to go! Congrats on the impending NGD!

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