Carvin BBS ID: chucko
Another frequent visitor the the
Carvin BBS is Chucko, and here is his very cool collection of Carvin 5-string
and 6-string basses. He also has some Carvin guitars and amps - check 'em
out on his website.
||First up is a 2000 model koa/maple
LB75 that Chucko scored at the Carvin store in San Diego.
Must be nice to live close to one of their showrooms! Says Chucko:
"I bought this gem in July 2000
at the Carvin factory store in San Diego. It was the most resonant
5-string hanging on the wall, thanks in part to the wide, 5-piece
laminated neck. The fact that it had a bargain price tag didn't hurt
either! Originally equipped with J99 pickups, it now has a pair of
Sadowsky single-coils. What was already a very solid-sounding bass
became positively thunderous!"
|Next is a very nice all koa LB75.
I'm a huge fan of the all koa models - having lived in Hawaii myself, and
having an all-koa DN640, these have always been my favorites.
"This was an eBay find in March
2002. I believe it to be a 1993 or '94. The pictures don't show some
slight scratching and dings in the wood - nor did the eBay photos. This
bass was well used, and it has a few minor battle scars. But fortunately
none of them affect the playability. This bass is light and well-balanced,
and the standard neck makes it more nimble than the koa/maple bass above.
The tradeoff is that the low B isn't quite as solid as on the one above.
It came with H50 stacked humbuckers. And yes, those are Sperzel locking
||Finally, a gorgeous LB76
with a great vintage yellow quilt. Of all the quilts, vintage yellow
is by far my favorite - it's close to the natural wood color, so it's not
to obtrusive. I like the colored quilts as well, but who's ever seen
a blue tree? This is just subtle enough for my tastes (which
admittedly are strange).
"My most recent acquisition, this
was picked up at the Covina store on July 3, 2002. It had a ridiculously
low price tag hanging on it - low enough that the salesman did a
double-take when he saw the price! But it was legit, the bass having been
a showroom queen that was priced to move, and I couldn't leave the store
without it. Isn't she a beauty? And surprisingly playable for a
Yes, it must be nice to live close to a