Basses

All was quiet in the bass department in the early part of 2005.  Although the guitar department was making Carved Top models as fast as they could, and the Tony MacAlpine TMAC models began generating buzz of their own, bassists had nothing new to get excited about as the year began.  Still, there were more basses with more options offered at this time than at any point in Carvin's history.  However, by the end of the year, bassists had several new items to add to their wish lists, including the long-requested Cobalt bass, and the exotic Elite Series.

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Fall 2005 Carvin Catalog Cover

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Near the end of 2005, bassists were treated to Carvin's most exotic bass ever, the Elite Series.  Like the Anniversary Series, this was a souped-up LB model, available on an LB70, LB75 or LB76.  This bass has a 5-piece maple/walnut neck, walnut body, and a 5-piece body made from a 5A quilted front and back, walnut center, and black phenolic layers.  The headstock also had a quilted front and back with the black phenolic layers and matching quilted truss rod cover and gold Carvin logo.  A 5-piece maple/walnut neck was standard, as was gold hardware, 18V P Series electronics with an HB series pickup and an H50N in the neck position.  The LB70EP sold for $2299; the LB75EP was $2369; and the LB76EP was $2449.  These were also available on the XB series (XB75EP, XB76EP) for an additional $50.00.

2005 Carvin Elite Series Bass

2005 Carvin B4 & B5 BassesCarvin's bolt-neck basses, the B4 and the B5, were the same as the 2004 models.  Like the guitars, they increased in price by $50.00, but with the $50.00 off sale, they actually remained the same in price as 2004.

From left to right, the winter catalog showed a B4 in Umber Stain/Sunsetburst on flamed maple with matching headstock, abalone dot inlays, HB2 pickup and gold hardware; a B4F in Greenburst; a B5 in Jet Black with matching headstock and HB2 pickup; and a B5 in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock and black chrome hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right, the newly-redesigned summer catalog showed the same Umber Stain with Sunsetburst edgesB4 and the same black B5 as the winter edition; also shown was a B4 in clear gloss on swamp ash and a B5 in blueburst with a birdseye maple fingerboard.

2005 Carvin LB20, LB70 & TBS4 Basses

The LB70 turned 20 in 2005, more-or-less, having  been produced in 1976 & 1977, and then again from 1988-2005.  However, it and other Carvins based on it, the LB20 and TBS4, were unchanged.  With the $50.00 off special, the prices were the same on all three models s in 2004.

The catalog showed an LB70P in walnut with 5-piece neck and black hardware; an LB70 in Pearl White with black chrome hardware and HB pickup; an LB20 in Classic Sunburst with matching headstock and black chrome hardware, and a TBS4 in Cherry Sunburst on flamed maple with matching headstock and gold hardware.

Although not widely publicized, a bass version of the CT headstock was made available in 2005.  It's shown on the right on an LB70AP.

2005 Carvin LB75 & XB75 BassesThe LB75 and XB75 5-string basses were unchanged for early 2005.  The catalog showed, from left to right, an LB75P with flamed koa top, swamp ash body, 5-piece maple/koa neck and black chrome hardware; an LB75 in Classic Sunburst on swamp ash with matching headstock and HB2 pickup; an XB75P with Claro walnut top and headstock, no-show neck, Birdseye maple fingerboard and gold hardware; and an XB75P in Translucent Green on swamp ash with chrome hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fall 2005 catalog showed an unusual all-maple LB75 (right).  In addition to the maple body and neck, this one has a maple fingerboard and black chrome hardware.  Also shown was an LB75P in Pearl Blue with a rosewood fingerboard and chrome hardware; an XB75P in trans Emerald Green on swamp ash; and an XB75P with dual HB pickups and a satin-finished flamed koa top and matching headstock.

 

2005 Carvin LB76 & XB76 BassesLike the other basses, the LB76 and XB76 were unchanged for 2005.  The catalog showed an LB76P in black stain on quilt with matching headstock, 5-piece maple/walnut neck, abalone block inlays and black chrome hardware; an LB76PF in koa with gold hardware; an LB76 in clear gloss with blackburst edges on quilted maple with matching headstock and gold hardware; and an XB76P in Blueburst on flamed maple with matching headstock and abalone dot inlays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fall 2005 catalog showed several other styles of LB76 and XB76.  First up, and LB76P in figured walnut with blackburst edges, chrome hardware and no inlays.  The black stain LB76P was the same one as in the catalog shown above.  Next, a pair of XB76Ps; the first in greenburst on flamed maple with dual HB pickups, and the second in Sunsetburst on walnut with dual HB pickups.

2005 Carvin Bunny Brunel Series BassesThe Bunny Brunel Signature Series basses were unchanged, as well.  The catalog showed a BB70 in Umber Stain on quilted maple with Birdseye maple fingerboard, Birdseye maple headstock, HB series bridge pickup and gold hardware; a BB70F in Sapphire Blue on flamed maple with matching headstock, Hipshot detuner, HB pickup and black hardware; a BB75F in Umber Stain on flamed maple with matching headstock, HB pickup and gold hardware; and a BB76PF in Jet Black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with other models, the BB series had a new design in the summer '05 catalog (right).  Shown were a BB70F in Sapphire Blue on flamed maple, a BB70P in Umber Stain with cherry sunburst edges on flame, a BB75F in Umber Stain on flame, and a BB76P in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple.

2005 Anniversary & Claro Walnut Series Basses

The Claro Walnut and Anniversary Series basses had some new photography in the catalog, as well as some new models.  For the first time, XB model basses were official available as an Anniversary or Claro Walnut model.  In the past, an XB bass could be ordered with the features of an A or W series bass, but it wasn't an "official" model. 

The catalog showed an LB75AP in clear gloss on quilted maple, and an XB75WP in figured walnut.

Also, the reference to an XB70W was a misprint - there was no extended-scale 4-string model offered.

2005 Carvin AC40 & AC50 Basses

The AC40 and AC50 acoustic/electric basses were the same as the 2004 models.  From left to right, the catalog showed the AC50 in satin finished koa with matching headstock, body binding and gold hardware; an AC50F with flamed koa top and matching headstock with chrome hardware; an AC40 in Traditional Sunburst on flamed maple with matching headstock and body binding, and an AC40 in clear gloss on flamed maple with matching headstock and body binding.

In addition to the Elite Series, bassists had something else to be excited about at the end of 2005 - the introduction of Carvin's first true acoustic bass, the Cobalt C450T.   This was a jumbo-bodied bass, with AA spruce top and mahogany back and sides.  Gloss finish was standard with a satin neck, and a satin finish was optional on the body.  It has chrome hardware, and abalone soundhole purfling.  Electronics consisted of a Fishman Matrix pickup with a Fishman Prefix Plus-T module with a built-in tuner.

2005 Carvin Cobalt C450T Acoustic Bass