I know what it is like spec'ing out a Carvin. My first was a DC150 which isn't even made anymore i dont think. But then I wanted a piezo bridge so I had to narrow down the choice and I think it forced me into active only electronics and the DC 127 style is where i ended up.
I sort O' regretted the active only at first but for the last couple of years I guess I have grown to accustomed to the electronics. But that is about it.
The ebony fretboard, I like very much. The abalone Inlays are beautiful, but i could take it or leave it but at the time i had to have them. Now I would get a Birdseye fretboard with no inlay, i dunno?Locking tuners
are very nice indeed I would get again.
Humbucker coil splits
and out of phase switch
, I would get again as well.
The peizo bridge is something I would get again as well but doesnt apply to the dc145Straplocks
, I didnt but should have gotten.Stainless frets,
I dont think was an option but I hear great things about them and wished I had them.Tung oil
back of neck, I love it and would get it again.
i got the swamp ash body wings mine took the stain and/or paint really well but I understand swamp ash can be difficult to finish, I dunno.
I also got a maple neck and flamed maple top. It is a bright sounding guitar. I dont play alot of electric so maybe I am off.
I wasn't looking for a Garcia-type/style looking guitar, but I wanted a crystal clear tone almost Violin -ish, if that makes any sense. However my first color choice was yellow flamed maple top, but i wanted a dark color guitar, i dunno.
The fit and finish is very good still after 7 or 8 years it polishes up real well. The frets show some wear but nothing unexpected. It was quite a process for me and if i did it today some would be different but a lot would be the same there is just too many choices for a wacko like me.
this is what it looked like when it arrived, in early 2003. Jack a Roe, the cat, checking it out as usual.