Check this one out! One of the nicest BB75s on the site, this one has the right combination of woods to give it a great look. Peter says:
"Here are some photos of a nice Carvin BB75. The body is swamp ash with a quilted maple top, done in clear gloss. The neck is 5 piece maple with walnut stringers, finished with tung oil. Fretboard is birdseye maple. The pickups are H50Ns. The bass is light, with good balance, and has one of the best necks I've played. The wider string spacing is just right for me. The axe was shipped in a nice vintage style case.
I already had put together a 5 string Carvin kit bass, but I was very curious about the quality of a Carvin-built instrument. I put pondered alot of different options and finally settled on the ones you see here. I took the ten day trial and decided that the sound wasn't exactly what I was looking for, so I returned it for a no hassle refund.
However, I now know that Carvin has excellent build quality and I may some day order another Bunny Brunel model with different wood/pickup combinations. I wanted to share this great looking bass with your viewers."
I'm not sure where to begin on this one. I got an e-mail from the owner asking some questions about his V440 (pictures coming soon), and we got to talking (via email) about his BB75. So, I bugged him to send me photos, which he did. There are some unusual things about this one, and as usual, my pals at Carvin have filled in the gaps.
First of all, here's what Tim has to say: "BB75 with maple body and neck, clear gloss quilted maple top and gloss finish on back of neck. Active electronics w/ J99 (probably) pickups, Sperzel locking tuning machines, Wilkinson bridge. No fret markers (side dots only). Installed GHS Bass Boomers long scale mediums in gauge .045, .065, .085, .105, .130.
That's it! I need to have it setup, since I never did after installing the GHS's. There's a couple real small nicks on the headstock (natch! I probably put them there!!) and the top finish has a couple flaws on the upper horn and a couple small cracks in the finish around the input jack. Purchased in Santa Clara, CA. at the Starving Musician about 5 yrs. ago for the princely sum of $900 + tax."
It turns out this is most likely a 1993 model BB - the first real year of production. Evidently, the first and second year models had features that disappeared on later year BB's. Most obviously, there is no "Bunny Brunel" siggy on the headstock. This was the standard in '93 and '94, but the truss rod cover was engraved signifying the model.
Next, you'll notice that the input jack is on the front of the bass, versus on the side like all other Carvin basses. The first two years of the BB series had a thinner body that their other basses - so thin that it wasn't practical to put the input jack on the side. In '95, a mid-range control was added, so the jack had to move to the side, and a slightly thicker body was introduced to accommodate this. Finally, the lower cutaway is more sculpted than on later BB's, allowing better access to the higher frets. This is another feature that came and went.
Andrew Douglas' BB75P
I love this one! For one thing, you don't see too many BB75's, and I think the antique brown stain on flamed maple is just outstanding. Andrew says:
"I immediately took off the roundwounds it came with (no point in chewing up the fingerboard) and installed a set of Tomastik-Infeld jazz flats on it, tweaking the truss rod in the process (those T-Is are pretty thin). Played with it for the first time last night. I'm going to have to give the truss rod another touch and maybe lower the saddles a bit, but it's pretty good.
Even though I've got small hands, the wide spacing of the BB
neck is not a
Great tone, though the piezo by itself is very thin and weak. The big MM-type bridge pickup is KILLER. I wound up biasing the mix control towards the MM pickup, adding a bit of piezo and giving the EQ a bit of a scoop (boosting lows and highs and cutting mids). I've got a new cabinet on the way (Avatar B212) which should alter how I EQ things.
I also have a late-90s LB75, which has the 3-band EQ but no pull-up defeat switch. On that bass I bias the control towards the neck pickup, which is a clear indication of how great that MM-style pickup is when it comes to delivering real grunt.
The P-series controls have different placement than those on my other bass, (on the older bass the tone controls are bass-treble-mid, and the pickup blend control works in opposite direction from the P series), which means I have to pay attention to what I'm doing. No big deal... I tend to find a tone and leave it there anyway."
This is a stunning 2006 model BB75P, with an incredible flamed koa top and headstock. The body is also koa, and it has a 5-piece maple/koa neck. Other features include a birdseye maple fingerboard with no inlays, stainless steel frets, and gold hardware. This one also has the new 18V electronics, with stacked controls. Nice!
This bass was originally made for Bunny Brunel, but for whatever reason, he decided not to take it, so it wound up in Carvin's In Stock section and on eBay. It's a 2005 model, and most obviously, has a custom blue swirl paint job. Other features include chrome hardware, dual HB2 pickups, and block inlays.