I mainly play a GL Tribute L2000 for most of our bands songs with the occasional use of a Yamaha BBG5 when our guitar player goes to a drop D tuning. I like the tone choices of the Tribute but it has it's quirks. The Yamaha has great tone as well and a thunderous B string but it is a tank and the neck is a bit too wide for my taste. Although that's probably part of the reason why that neck is the most stable I have ever had. Since Carvins are not generally found in music stores I am looking for some input on the quality, tone adjustability, etc. I like a good growl and like to throw in some slap here and there. We mainly play a rock / progressive blues style of music. This will give you an idea. www.reverbnation.com/thebuzzcontenders I am very intrigued by the thru neck designs. Looking at the Icon or LB series 4 or 5 string, not sure yet. Leaning towards a 5 if I can find a neck that fits me better than the Yamaha. Anybody have time in the saddle with these?