|Purple stain (and
purple burst) is one of Carvin's more popular finishes.
However, it's a tough color to photograph, and depending on
lighting, flash, and camera quality, can look almost blue (in
pictures only), or almost black. In real life, however, it's a
deep, rich purple, and it looks great, especially on quilts and
is the first official Icon bass ordered. It was ordered on
December 30th, 2005, and received on March 22nd, 2006. It's got a
maple body and maple neck, with a flamed maple top finished in deep
triple-step purple. Other features include a Birdseye maple
fingerboard with black dots, black chrome hardware, soapbar pickups and
the new A-style bridge.
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Next is this Bolt+, which was received in early 2006. It has a
mahogany body with a maple top finished in deep purple.
This one also has the re-issue reverse pointy headstock, which
looks great on this Bolt. Other features include a
Birdseye maple fingerboard with black dots on a maple neck,
chrome hardware, Straploks and Wilkinson tremolo.
Electronics consist of an M22SD in the bridge with an on/off
switch and a C22 in the bridge position.
the rest of his collection right here.
BBS ID: Mosaic
Brad received this
gorgeous CT in May of 2005, and it's a real looker! Deep purple on
quilted maple (with an amazing quilt pattern), with dot inlays on ebony,
chrome hardware and Wilkinson tremolo. Fantastic!
Brad also has a DC727 in
Harlequin Prismatique - see it right here!
This is a CT6M that Carvin made for the 2005 Winter NAMM Show,
held in Anaheim. It's deep purple on quilted maple with ebony fingerboard
and abalone dot inlays. It appears that this particular model had a bit of
a custom burst to it - darker purple on the edges, and lighter in the middle. Chrome hardware and C22 pickups round out the
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really nice CT6 - in this case, deep purple on flamed maple
with matching headstock. Other features include
abalone dots on ebony and black chrome hardware.
Carvin Museum Forums ID: PurpleDC400A
Here's another Anniversary
model, this time finished in a very cool deep triple step purple stain
on quilted maple. Other features include abalone block inlays on
an ebony fingerboard, black chrome hardware, an M22SD in the bridge
position, and an M22V in the neck position.
Carvin BBS ID: LostInDaJungle
This is a very
cool TL60 - one of the more unusual ones Carvin has produced.
It's a 2005 model, with a swamp ash body finished in deep purple
stain, but what really sets this one apart is that it has a
Holdsworth headstock, which looks really good with the TL body
style. Other features include an ebony fingerboard with
dot inlays, hardtail bridge and gold hardware. Electronics
consist of an AP11 single coil in the neck position, a TBH60
Twinblade in the middle, and a C22B in the bridge position.
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Here's a very cool LB70P, which is
finished in deep purple on quilted maple. It has a 5-piece maple/koa neck,
koa body sides (note the flame in the koa - nice!), stainless steel frets,
abalone block inlays and gold hardware. Electronics consist of the HB2/J99
combo with piezo bridge.
||Woody Green's B5
This is a very nice 2005
B5 model, finished in translucent deep purple. It also has the
active electronics upgrade with HB-series humbucker and black chrome
Woody also has a gorgeous
LB70 in flamed koa - see it right here.
Here's a great
looking 2004 model DC145, with all the bells and whistles. It's
finished in Deep Purple stain on quilted maple with matching reverse
inline headstock. The neck is maple with a birdseye maple
fingerboard, and the body is mahogany. It came stock with
H22N/AP11/M22SD pickups, but Drew upgraded both humbuckers to C22Bs, and
coil splitters were factory installed. Other features include
jumbo stainless steel frets, Floyd Rose tremolo, Sperzel locking tuners
and black chrome hardware.
Carvin Museum Forums ID: aeronius
This is a very interesting
CT4, with several unusual features. For starters, Aaron ordered
this in May of 2004, making it one of the very first (if not the first)
production CT4s made. The most obvious unusual feature of this CT
are the direct-mount H22N and M22SD pickups - all other CTs have pickup
mounting bezels. This cleans up the front of the guitar
This one also has a maple
neck (mahogany is standard) and a one-piece mahogany body. It's
finished in translucent purple, and has natural body binding and a
Although not obvious in
the pictures, Aaron also was able to get the control cavity cover
autographed by the members of Dream Theatre. Cool!
Lizzy Daymont's LB75 & LB76
Carvin BBS ID: lizzyd
Here is Lizzy's latest addition, which she scored on eBay in
November of '05. It's a 1995 model LB76, and Lizzy has it on
good authority from Carvin that this was most likely the first
Purpleburst Carvin bass made. It has a quilted top with a
matching headstock, tung-oiled neck, and no inlays on the ebony
fingerboard. Other features include a Wilkinson bridge, and
Sperzel tuners, which were standard at the time. Electronics
consist of a pair of H50N stacked humbuckers with active electronics
and a midrange control, which was optional at the time.
Here's a recent addition to Lizzy's
collection - a
'99 LB75, which was once owned by
It has a one piece maple neck, alder body with flamed maple top with
matching headstock in Deep Purple, rounded body sides, mother of
pearl block inlays, gold hardware, Straploks and J99 pickups.
The one on the left is a 1994 LB76, in translucent purple on
poplar with a maple neck, ebony fingerboard, H50N stacked humbuckers and
black chrome hardware. This used to belong to Lizzy, but has since
To see all of Lizzy's
gear, visit her Collection
Carvin BBS ID: delta362
DC127 has a maple neck and koa body, with a quilted maple top and
matching headstock finished in purpleburst. Hardware is chrome, and the
ebony fingerboard has abalone block inlays. Electronics consist of M22N
and M22T pickups, with the DC200 upgraded active electronics. To see all
of Mike's Carvins, click here.
Carvin BBS ID: Guit Fiddle
Next is Ben's
This Bolt is deep purple over a lightweight, one-piece mahogany body, a very
unique 5-piece maple/walnut neck with CT headstock, rosewood board with no
inlays, stainless frets, and active electronics. The active module was
removed and a Graph Tech GHOST system was installed in its place. The
magnetic pickups are now passive and wired '50's style', with a single mag
volume/tone, a piezo volume, a synth volume, and a synth up/dn switch. The
13-pin jack resides in a route cut into the side of the guitar right above
the dual output jacks.
This IC4 (which looks amazingly
similar to the one the Webmaster ordered) appeared on the In-Stock section in
March of 2006. It's finished in DTS purple on flamed maple, with a
birdseye maple fingerboard and chrome hardware.