Hey there SSO! I'm finally doing a proper NGD for my latest and final (...for now) acquisitions! The modern: A Carvin DC7X -Walnut Neck and Body -Stainless Steel Extra Jumbo Frets -No Top Inlays -Gloss body, Tung Oil Neck The ultimate 'natural' guitar for me. I love the simple aesthetic. In fact, the only items of intrigue are the streaking in the ebony (Carvin...you are full of wood-working geniuses) and the abalone headstock logo. Sound The Lithium pickups are fantastic. I'm extremely impressed and I have no plans to swap them out for something else. They have been the first humbucker I've ever used where the split coil sounds are inspiring and authentic. I'd prefer the neck pickup to have more gain (maybe 12kOhms), but I'm able to do pinch harmonics while it's selected, so there's obviously some power under the hood. It's worth mentioning that the clean tones from this guitar are unmatched in my collection. Fit and Function Flawless construction; that's all I can say. The neck is thicker and rather wide, which I love, but I can see people having difficulty adjusting to it. The guitar is also somewhat heavy (around 9lbs), but again, that's one of my favorite features. Verdict Carvin's peerless construction in the 'production' guitar world blows me away. Versatile clean and distortion tones, excellent grain matching, and an inherent inspiration-developing quality set this guitar apart. If I had one takeaway to pass on to the rest of SSO...GO WALNUT!