Gary Daniels' BK5A

I love the color of this one, and the finish looks flawless - Gary obviously took his time.  From the pictures, it looks almost like a factory job.  And Gary upscaled this one, as well, with active electronics ( gold hardware.  Nicely done!

Gary says:

"The body was finished with two coats of Minwax water based stain (burgundy). I applied seven coats of tung oil . Next I wet sanded with  600, 1000, 1200, 1500 and 2000 grit sandpaper, rubbing the oil into the wood. I didn't like how it turned out, so I resanded starting with the 600 and working my way up to the 1200 grit sandpaper. I then sprayed it with Minwax polyurethane, let dry three days, sanded with 1500 grit, another coat of poly, let dry three days, sanded with 2000 grit and sprayed the final coat of poly. The back of the neck was finished with 4 coats of tung oil, 1 coat lemon oil . The matching headstock was finished the same as the body. I love to hunt so I put the deer track logo on the headstock using masking tape when I applied the burgundy stain. I think it turned out well. The whole process took about 5 weeks. I absolutely love the way this bass plays and sounds."


Charlie Nixon's B5
Carvin BBS ID: cnix

Here's another great kit - Charlie built this so he could learn bass (he's a guitar player, with a Carvin DC127 among other instruments).

This one looks really nice - you wouldn't it was a kit by looking at it.  A testament to Charlie's skills, or the quality of Carvin's kits...or both!

Colin Nicholl's BK5A

I love seeing what people do with Carvin's kit basses.  And here's a really nice example from the 5-string side of the house.  As much as I like gaudy and flashy (just look at my LB70!), there's something to be said for a nice, clean bass.  Who knows, I may shift gears like this someday myself!  Colin ordered this pre-finished, but did the tung-oiling on the neck himself, and offers this advice: "It helps to have superior tape for masking, but apart from that it's difficult to screw up with tung oil."  So true!  Details, details!

There are more pics of Colin's BK5A right here, as well as info and pics of his TL60.  Take a look!