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