I really like Carvins. I'll take another look at them. I have a Bolt Plus with a Floyd Rose, but it's Swamp Ash and sounds pretty much exactly the opposite of my JS
. Not a problem, but as a backup guitar, I would like something that sounds fairly similar.
I'm not stuck on the made in US thing. I just am not very comfortable with outsourcing. Especially when America keeps borrowing money to pay for unemployment benefits. Seems to me that we wouldn't need to borrow the money if we simply made more of the products that we purchase........
If the 24P fretwork is nice and the neck is straight, then really the only thing holding me up would be the quality of the hardware. I have had a few guitars with the 1000 series Floyd Rose. They seem to play almost as smoothly as my guitars with the Schaller made original Floyds. The base plate is a little bit thicker and there is not as much attention to some details, but other than that, they feel solid.
I really like the looks of the ESP ST-1, but I can't get a red one with a rosewood fretboard. I know it's trivial, but I have a super bright sounding Carvin. Not sure I want another bright guitar.
The thing that keeps me coming back to the JS
is the buttery rich neck pickup tone!