Re: Carvin DC400TA anyone played/has one?
I wish I could play the Carvin, but unfortunately I found it online, so it is out of the question. I decided to buy it since the US$ to Euro ratio is so favorable at the moment, that if I decided to sell it localy I wouldn't loose any money and someone would be getting a bargain.
FYI a DC400TA with the option this one has costs new $1400-$1500 max. The Greek distributor has them for 2200 Euro ($3400 at the current rate)
A couple of years ago I was very biased towards unfinished necks. I only used to play my RG550 which I have sanded the neck... Nowdays I also play my S540 which is the same wizard neck but I haven't sanded it at all, a Levinson Blade strat which has a very glossy/sticky finish (but it's a strat, thicker neck, no real shreding on that one, but it is doable)... Also my RG7620 neck is left original.
I do feel confortable sanding the neck on the Carvin but I wouldn't do it because it looks very quality and from the pics I've seen it has a nice flame that really stands out with the finish. Unfinished you wouldn't see that much.