Stephen Dell's Collection
Carvin BBS ID: AhClem

With his recent addition of the BB70P (above, left), Stephen has joined the rank of Carvin bass collector.  And a nice collection it is - kits and Custom Shop models, 4 and 5 stringers, single coils and humbuckers, swamp ash & walnut - nice basses, and great utility in the various configurations.

Stephen's newest addition is this BB70P.  He says:

"I wanted to try the BB body style, as I like to hold the bass up high and near-vertical; I love it - well balanced for my style; this was in stock (took advantage of the after-NAMM sale); 5 piece maple neck with walnut stripes, gloss walnut body wings, black chrome. I'm still experimenting, but so far I love the different tones available, especially with the piezo bridge"

Here's a swamp ash BK4 kit.  Very nice natural finish - very classy.  Stephen says:

"Made in August 2002, swamp ash, black hardware; my first kit, and not knowing quite what I was doing, I finished "plain Jane" with 5 coats of tung oil. Easy and very, very satisfying."

I love these kits!  And here's another great example, which was made in October 2002 on the heels of the BK4.  This is the scoop:

"The B5 is swamp ash with 2 coats of Minwax cherry stain, then 4 coats of tung oil, then lemon oil. Came out well, I think, pretty much what I wanted, anyway. Despite my fears, the maple of the headstock and neck took the stain pretty well - almost a perfect match with the body."

It's not just about basses over Stephen's way, either.  Stephen says:

"(The DC200 on the right was) my first Carvin. Custom order in August 2001 - all tung oiled koa, Floyd, abalone neck inlays, gold hardware, , rounded body, sperzels. Koa is what turned me on to Carvin, I saw a guy in a local band with a fretless koa LB and it was the most beautiful instrument I'd ever seen outside of a museum."

"(The SC90 on the left) was in stock purchase in  February 2002 - Tune-o-matic bridge, 5 piece maple neck with koa stripes, koa body sides, rounded body, gloss classic sunburst, black chrome hardware"

Stephen has more non-Carvin gear, as well - check 'em out right here.