I've seen this type of sculpt on a number of other boutique guitars from the 90's and on, but this is the earliest use I've seen.
If you're looking for an easy to play guitar, the action doesn't get any lower than this baby. Owned by Martin Miranda, my world-class tech, who was a close friend of Bernie and this was the last guitar that Bernie ever built, albeit not quite finished, and he was working on it the very day of his untimely passing. Rich Kerry King King V with Kahler Tremolo - EMG-KFK Upgrade, (front/back), (headstock), (Kahler).
He said it appeared to be original other than the pickups, and that it would have sold for around 00, which equates to nearly K in 2012 dollars.
This isn't your cookie cutter maple-necked alder body Strat.
These guitars will be shipped with optimum setup, better than your local store or online superstore and are available in the following: Charcoal flametop, List 5, Sale 5 Cinnamon flametop, List 5, Sale 5 Tuquoise flametop, List 5, Sale 5 Carvin DC-200, (front/back), (headstock).
Carvin remains one of the best buys on the USA guitars - especially on the used market.