So who would buy this guitar? It will easily fit the bill for any low-end power chord stuff. Jazz guitarist looking for easy-access bass notes might find the tone too bright and edgy. The nut does not look like it will support heavy strings (it comes with 10s), and these strings are a little too light for solid bass notes on high chords. It fits my style perfectly. I tend to play in a very linear fashion, and also use a lot of extended chords that 7-strings excell at. I also use alternate tunings frequently, and can really make use of an extra string. It will take a while to get used to the extra string if you are not already comfortable with it, and you will find yourself grabbing a chord only to find you are one string off. I have had a 6-string bass for several years but still once in a while get on the wrong string. One thing a 7-string guitar is not that great for is the standard open chords, so if you are a heavy chord-strummer I'd stick with a 6-string, as you have to find new ways to block out that low-B string, which is problematic if you are already blocking out the low-E. I have been tending to block out the low-B of some chords by using the tip of a finger on the low-E string (usually the first), rather than the thumb. Keep in mind the fretboard is wider, and large hands are a very big plus. But overall it is one of the best if not the best guitar I have ever played, and suits my technique perfectly.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1078.95 (new)
Where Obtained: carvin.com
You can get most of the options available on 6-string Carvins on this one. No tremolo, though, I believe. Enough options to get the 7-string that you want.
Super fast neck, great action, very comfortable to hold, everything placed in just the right place.
Brilliant, crisp sound, lots of high partials. Distorts very well, very easy artificial harmonics.
Well made all around. Virtually flawless finish and craftsmanship. The kind of guitar you'll want to keep in its case and polish frequently.