It was recommended that I post this here as well as on the Player's Forum. So, here it is:
Please find pasted below the text of an email that I just sent to Barry Cleveland.
In actuality, I don't really expect a response. It's pretty clear that the editorial staff pays absolutely no attention whatsoever to subscriber emails.
Good Morning Barry,
Thank you for your insightful and informative review of the Carvin SH550.
I would like to make one observation. The AAAA flame maple top is not an upgrade. That's the default top. NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.
Barry, how did this guitar hit a $3,000.00 price point? It must be the maple body. Was the finish applied to the entire guitar or just to the top?
Out of curiosity, I visited the Carvin website and used their builder tool to build an SH550. There was no optional maple body available!! Where the hell did this thing come from? Was the review published to coincide with an upcoming marketing thrust?
Anyway, in my opinion your assessment was absolutely correct. The SH550 represents an incredible value and deserved the Editor's Pick Award.
If you play cool, you are cool.