2005 ended on a high note
for bassists, with the introduction of the Elite Series and the Cobalt
bass. But those new additions were just the beginning of big
changes for the Carvin-playing bassist.
Notably, and shown on the
catalog cover, an entirely new model, the Icon. This was the first
entirely new solid-body bass (not based on an existing model) since the Bunny
Brunel basses were introduced in 1992. But the new model was just
the beginning. With the new model, and available on other models,
were new pickups. Once again, not redesigned pickups, but entirely
new ones. These are soapbar humbucking pickups, dubbed the SPN
(neck) and SPB (bridge), and were designed for use with
active or passive electronics.
Carvin also replaced the
Hipshot bridge that had been used since 1998. The new bridge was
also a Hipshot; the A-Style. This was a heavier bridge that the
previous one, and was available with chrome, gold or black saddles.
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This is the
new Icon bass, available as the IC4, IC5 or IC6. Everything about this
bass was totally new. It has a completely new headstock shape, with
the tuners angled slightly rearward. The body was somewhere in between
the LB and BB basses, with a longer upper horn than an LB, but shorter than a BB,
with an offset rear bout, giving the overall body an unusual and interesting
shape. A figured walnut or flamed maple top was standard, which was
5mm thick. The top being thinner than other models was a deliberate
design cue, so that the top was outlined by the alder body. Like the
Elite Series, the top and body were separated by a thin black layer,
furthering outlining the top. The Icon also used the new Hipshot A
to the new design, the Icon came standard with Carvin's new soapbar pickups
and electronics package. The electronics are an 18V system,
active/passive modes controlled by a push/pull volume control. The
rear large knob is the pickup blend, and the lower knobs are stacked
concentric bass and high frequency, and stacked concentric mid frequency and
with standard flamed maple or figured walnut and matching headstock, is
priced at $1199. The IC5 is $1269, and the IC6 is $1349.
2006, several months after the introduction of the Icon, the S Series was
added to the Icon's available options. This model was the same as the
other Icon basses, but didn't have a standard flamed maple or figured walnut
top; it was available in any solid or translucent color that Carvin offered.
Bolt-neck B4 and B5 basses were unchanged for 2006, except for one
thing - the new H50S pickups were standard, replacing the
single-coil J99s that had been standard for years. The catalog
photos showed the old-style Hipshot bridge, but presumably, the
A-Style was standard on new orders.
From left to right, the catalog showed a B4 in tobacco sunburst, a
B4L in blueburst, a B5 in walnut with a black painted headstock, and
a B5 with a figured walnut top and blackburst edges.
introduction of the SP2 soapbar pickups, many of the basses in
the winter catalog were shown loaded with them. The H50S
pickups were standard, and the HB2 humbuckers were optional, as
were the SB2s, however, all LB series basses were now equipped
with 18V electronics, with improved bass mid and treble
controls. Although the walnut LB70P and Timothy B. Schmit
signature model TBS4 were shown
with the old Hipshot bridge, these were old photos that had been
used in previous catalogs.
Shown, from left
the right, an LB70 in blueburst with SP2 pickups, an LB70P in
walnut, an LB20 in greenburst with SP2 pickups, and a TBS4 in
Ruby Red stain on quilted maple.
Like the LB70, the
LB and XB75 and LB and XB76 had H50S pickups standard, but could
be ordered with SP2 pickups. They also had 18V
electronics, as well as the new Hipshot bridge.
From left to
right, the catalog showed an LB75 in mahogany with Birdseye
maple fingerboard and SP2 pickups, an XB75P in Classic Sunburst
on quilt, and LB76 in Umber Stain on quilt with SP2 pickups, and
an XB76P in Greenburst on flamed maple with dual HB2 pickups and
Birdseye maple fingerboard.
Series and Claro Walnut series were unchanged, but like other
basses, the H50S pickups were standard, and SP2 pickups could
also be ordered.
The catalog showed
an LB75AP in clear gloss on quilted maple, and an LB76W with SP2
Carvin's other high-end bass, teh Elite Series was not shown in
the winter catalog - probably to make room for the 2-page Icon
The Bunny Brunel
series basses also came standard with H50S pickups and the new
A-Style bridge, and as the catalog showed, the SB2 soapbar
pickups could be ordered for an additional $60.00.
showed, from left to right, a BB75 in walnut with SP2 pickups, a
BB70 in Tobacco Sunburst on swamp ash with SP2 pickups, a BB75
in figured walnut with rosewood fingerboard, and a BB76P in
clear gloss on quilt.
The AC40 and AC50
basses were unchanged from the previous year. From left to
right, the catalog showed an AC40F in figured walnut, and AC40
in Sunsetburst on quilt, and AC50F in black, and an AC50F in