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Old 01-12-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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What's the general consensus on Carvin basses and bass kits?

Good value? Good sound? Like them? Hate them?
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:10 PM   #2
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Good value on the used market (resale is pretty much shit on Carvin gear).

The basses I have played are very well made. The elctronics are pretty sub-par IMO.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:17 PM   #4
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I can't stand them. Visited their store in Hollywood and tried a bunch of guitars and basses.....not my cup of tea.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
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Hollywood? I thought they were in San Diego.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:25 PM   #7
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I really like the two I have but they aren't the "standard" carvins. One is a Bunny Brunel BB75 and the other is an old 80's LB40.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:42 PM   #8
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I did a 5 string kit bass. It came together nicely, no assembly issues. I opted for a flamed maple cap, and it turned out really nice. I got a lot of compliments on the looks.

Action and playability were outstanding. It compared to my Warwick in that regard.

Tone - that's where it fell short. It didn't sound bad, mind you, just.... well.... unremarkable. It lacked any sort of character. it was pretty vanilla.

I tried upgrading to Nordstrand pup and Aggie preamp, and while that helped, it didn't add the liveliness I was looking for.

I ended up converting it back to the stock electronics and sold it.

I've since recieved a Bunny Brunnel BB75, and I like it a lot more. Maybe the neck through makes the difference over the bolt on kit?? It has a clear, piano like, articulate voice. Same high quality of action and playability, and good construction overall.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:49 PM   #9
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I did a fretless kit in Walnut years ago, that was a cool bass . All the options are available too so give them a call if you want something different . The tone was not bad for me but they have pretty thin necks and it didn't like heavy strings much .
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:59 PM   #10
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had a carvin neck-through bass, reloaded with an audere preamp. didn't care much for it, but i'm not sure if it was electronics or build. seemed built well, but i'm not a big fan of neck-through basses. i frequently ponder picking up a carvin bolt kit and building it, but just haven't done it yet...

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Old 01-12-2011, 04:01 PM   #11
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I bought a Carvin neck-thru four string for $35, which I was planning on giving to my nephew, but now I think I might just chop it up and use it for firewood
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #12
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I still think the Bunny basses have the best looking upper horns of any bass.


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Old 01-12-2011, 04:51 PM   #13
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Pro sound.......
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:00 PM   #14
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My first 5-string and still my go-to bass. I have stacked humbies, and maybe the other guys had single-coils, I don't know, but the tone is pretty good - not great, not outstanding, but still pretty darned good. And, of course, it also depends on what kind of amp/cab you run it through, and I run it through some really good heads and cabs. And, tone is more subjective than any other criterion.

Mine is all mahogany, neck and wings, which is more punchy than some other woods. Ebony f/b. The workmanship was also impressive. Mine is about 15-16 years old, now, and still goes with me to the studio and the stage. Several of you guys have heard recordings with me using it, patched through an Avalon U-5 first.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:03 PM   #15
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Pro sound.......
Is that a jab at them not being professional quality?
Don't have any personal experience with their stuff, but I've heard it's definately not the best out there. The term "Pro Sound" is kind of a funny term, though, because it's used --at least around here-- not to describe the level of quality, but just the application of live sound reinforcement. So you could have "Amature pro sound" to mean like a small set up for a DJ working as a side gig, regardless of whether he's using Behringer or Makie amps.
Kind of makes sense when you think about it, though, describing the application as a profession or job rather than by quality level.

What did the professional drummer say when he got to his job?
 
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But yeah, still kinda funny, Carvin Pro Sound.
Kinda like Fender Quality Control or Military Intelligence.
Sorry...bored at work and just typing thoughts as the flitter through my brain.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:05 PM   #16
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At work? Its 11pm here. Thats just insane. how can we both be communicating at the same time, unless you are working late, or have invented a time machine.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:13 PM   #18
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I dont trust wikipedia. Anyone can edit it. You may have changed the entire article to suit your agenda. I call shenanigans
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:18 PM   #19
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:23 PM   #20
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:33 PM   #21
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Ive always wanted to try a Carvin kit bass.............I do have a 1986 Carvin LB60 in Koa thats pretty stinkin kewl
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I had a fretless LB76F and although the material, construction and finish was almost flawless... It was bland. Sorta.. 'meh'. It was a good bass, but nothing to be in love with.
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lame, ugly and uninspiring.
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lame, ugly and uninspiring.
A bit like some posts
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a bit like your face!
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I really dig the Bunnies. Put some Nordies in there and you've got a winnah. Problem is- these days, they're not the bang for buck they once were.
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