Carvin BBS ID:
aren't too many BB76s floating around out there, and this is probably
the nicest one you'll ever see. It's a 2004 model, with the P Series upgrade, as
well as an unlined fretless fingerboard, and gold hardware. What
really sets this above any other BB76 is the body - this one has the
3-piece Anniversary body, with koa back, maple center, and a gorgeous
flamed koa top. Other features include a 5-piece neck with a
tung-oiled finish, flamed koa headstock and Dunlop Straploks.
The CL450 classical guitar is a fairly recent addition to Carvin's
lineup. The vast majority of these instruments have a spruce top
with mahogany back and sides, but this example has been upgraded with a
flamed koa top and headstock. This is the only Carvin model not
that have the Carvin logo on the headstock, but it does have the label
shown below inside the soundhole. Other features on this example
are gold hardware, and no inlyas on the fingerboard.
C66 & HF2
Carvin BBS ID: Van
Van's 2004 Contour 66, dubbed
"Hawaiian Punch". It has a tung-oiled koa neck, koa body, and
flamed koa top with matching V headstock and gold Carvin logo.
Other features include abalone block inlays, stainless steel frets,
gold hardware, string saver saddles and coil splitters and bridge
on/off switch on a C22B/AP11/C22B pickup configuration.
koa, and then there's koa. This is one of the most stunning koa
top I've ever seen, and it maybe be one of the finest guitars Carvin has
produced in recent memory. In addition to the extraordinary top
and matching headstock, this one has a mahogany neck and body, matte
satin finish on the back of the neck, no inlays on the ebony
fingerboard, black chrome hardware and stainless steel frets.
Carvin BBS ID: shredfan
This is an incredible
DC127, just loaded with features. Most obvious is the beautiful
flamed koa top. Also very obvious is the reissue "pointy"
headstock, also in flamed koa. The body is walnut, with a
tung-oiled 5-piece maple/walnut neck. Other features include a birdseye
maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, gold hardware, piezo
Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware. Electronics consist of an
M22SD in the bridge position, and an H22N in the neck position.
"This DC127T is my
first Carvin guitar, and as long as I have the funds, I know this won't
be my last. I wouldn't change a thing on this guitar, its completely
perfect for me. I can't say enough, but I know I can say too much, so
I'm gonna stop and go play it some more."
||Jason Andreasen's DC127T
Carvin BBS ID: Jason_A
is a real beauty, especially for fans of koa wood. In addition to
the fantastic flamed koa top and matching headstock, this DC127T has a
koa body, 5-piece maple/koa neck with tung oil finish and gold hardware.
Of note, an option you don't see very often anymore is the non-rounded
body sides. Compare the edges of the body to the DC127 above - see
See Jason's website above
for more details and pictures on this one.
Carvin BBS ID: EyesLikeFire
beautiful Holdsworth! And this 2004 model is absolutely
feature-laden, as well. Most obviously, it has a great flamed koa
top with matching headstock. However, that's where the similarity
between this H2 and most, if not all, other Holdsworth's ends. The
standard Holdsworth body is alder, and it's chambered, and an alder neck
is standard (although mahogany is sometimes used for the neck and body.
This H2 has a solid koa body (no chambering), with an alder slice
in-between the main body and flamed koa top (similar to an Anniversary
model), and a koa neck that could almost be described as "burled", even
though koa generally doesn't fall under this classification. Other
features include gold hardware, ebony fingerboard, and gold Carvin logo
(the first guitar to sport this). Electronics consist of
Holdsworth pickups with phase switching and coil-splitters. Also
of note are the custom-made burled walnut and maple truss rod cover and
pickup mounting rings that Sergio added. Very nice!
The Webmaster's LB70K
This is a 2004
model LB70K, with koa body, 2-piece koa neck, flamed koa top, Birdseye maple
fingerboard (with no markers), traditional headstock, H50N stacked humbuckers
and gold hardware with 24K gold logo. Although this appears on the
Webmaster's Collection page, it's
worth showing here with other LB70s, to give an idea of the wide assortment of
features and options Carvin offers.
||Woody Green's LB70
has a real knack for finding beautiful flamed koa tops (see the
Webmaster's LB70 and
Van's HF2), and this is no exception.
Woody's LB70 also has koa body wings and headstock overlay with
non-rounded body sides, maple neck, J99 pickups and black chrome
Woody also has a new B5
bass - see it right here.
Richard Hildebrandt's B4
This is the nicest B4
- in fact, one of the nicest basses in general - ever submitted to
the Museum. It has a walnut body with a sunsetburst flamed koa
top and mahogany neck. What really sets this B4 apart from
most is that it has dual HB-Series pickups with coil splitters for
each. Other features include chrome hardware, stainless steel
frets and abalone dot inlays. Richard says:
"When I played my AC40F for the first time, I fell in love with the
feel of the neck. The more I played it, the more I hated the feel
of the neck on my Fender, (great sound, ugly feeling neck, but that
is just me) so I almost immediately started planning my next
Carvin. It took me a little over 2 years get my B4 and now I have a
hard time putting it down, so the photo's don't do either bass
justice. My B4 is everything I had hoped it would be. With two
HB2's & splitters for both I can get about any sound I could need or
want, and it is so loud I had to open the back and make sure they
hadn't slipped in a battery! I just can't imagine needing another
bass to add to my two Carvins."
can see Richard's AC40F right here.
Wow, check this beauty
out. This is simply a gorgeous XB75P, with a great flamed koa
In addition to the
flamed koa, this XB has a matching flamed koa headstock, 5-piece
neck, no inlays, and black chrome hardware.
Dougal also has an early
90's LB75 - be sure to take a look. And if
you want to see full sized pics of this beauty, go right
Carvin BBS ID: bojo
Jonathan's 2005 DC127. It has a beautiful flamed koa top, koa neck
and body, and flamed koa headstock, all with a gloss finish. Other
features include an ebony fingerboard, reverse inline headstock, gold
Carvin logo, gold hardware, Fishman acoustic bridge and jumbo frets.
Like the Bolt Plus, the pickups are C22s, with coil splitters and phase
Carvin BBS ID:
Next is Mike's 2005 HF2.
This is a real beauty, finished in clear gloss on flamed koa with a
matching headstock. It has a rosewood fingerboard with abalone
dots and low-wide frets and black hardware.
Carvin BBS ID: Dirty
This is Dave's newest addition, a stunning 2005 LB70. It has a
flamed koa top, with koa body and 5-piece maple/koa neck.
Other features include an ebony fingerboard with no inlays, rounded
body sides, HB2/J99 pickups, and black chrome hardware.
This is a 2004 BB75P.
It has a koa body, flamed koa top with matching headstock, and 5-piece
maple/koa neck. The electronics consist of the HB/J99 combo with
HB coil splitter and piezo bridge. It also has stainless steel
frets and gold hardware.
Michael has an excellent
collection of Carvin basses - see them all
I Play Um's
Carvin BBS ID: I Play Um
Next is this
beautiful 2004 Bolt Plus. It's all koa, with a 2-piece koa body, 2-piece
koa neck and flamed koa top. It has a tung-oil finish on the back of the
neck, rosewood fingerboard with abalone dots, stainless steel frets, gold
hardware, and C22T, AP11 and C22B (with coil splitter) pickups.
Michael Goodwin's BB75PFK
Carvin BBS ID: mgood1
This is Mike's latest addition - an '05 BB75PFK (P
Series/fretless/koa), and it's just loaded with features. It
has a 3-piece koa/maple/flamed koa body (similar to the Anniversary
Series) with a 5-piece koa neck with maple strips. It also has
a tung-oil finish on the back of the neck, black hardware and
Straploks. Electronics consist of a pair of H50N humbuckers
with a piezo bridge.
Mike has plenty more
Carvin guitars and basses - see them