Umber stain was added to Carvin's color lineup in 2003, and was almost immediately followed by Umber Stain with Sunsetburst edges, both of which are shown on this page.

Note that as with all photographs, there is quite a bit of variance in the color, depending on the lighting conditions, camera used and skill of the photographer.

Lucky's LB75
Carvin Museum Forums ID: lucky

Wow, look at this one!  Received in April 2005, this extraordinary LB75 is finished in umber stain on quilted maple, with a mahogany neck and body.  Other features include abalone block inlays on a ebony fingerboard, black chrome hardware, and a pair of HB-series humbuckers with coil splitters for each. 

Lucky says:

"I absolutely love the way the quilted maple top came out with the burnt umber stain, in fact the mahogany  came out good with that stain as well.

The asymmetrical neck is fantastic, I can hardly believe how easy it is to play this new bass.  And forget what the majority says, I really LIKE the abalone block inlays.

Wicked looks, TWO humbucking pickups (with separate coil splitter switches thanks to you and mgood1), great playability, this IS my new weapon of choice."

Lucky also has an early SC90 - see it right here.

Erik Nett's DC127C
Carvin Museum Forums ID: syrnett

This is a beautiful DC127C, with an interesting backstory.  Erik says:

"I had placed my order in October 2005 to my exact specifications. Unfortunately 4 weeks later I canceled the order for a variety of reasons. In early January 2006, I happened to browse the Carvin web sites In Stock section, and was shocked to see my exact guitar for sale. Even though I canceled the order, for some reason they went ahead and built the exact guitar anyways. I jumped on the chance once I saw how gorgeous it looked and bought the guitar. But looks alone wont cut it with me... it has to play and sound great.

Six days later it arrived. As excited as I was to have my guitar waiting for me when I got home today, there was a big part of me that was extremely tentative. I knew it was gorgeous since I was fortunate to have Carvin provide a professional level photo of the actual guitar via the In Stock section where I ordered the guitar, but how would it feel and sound? I opened the box knowing very well that this guitar may be getting shipped back the next day no matter how it looked. I did my homework before ordering this guitar and heard all the horror stories. I read all the posts on multiple sites from the Carvin bashers and the fanboys alike. I read every review on Harmony Central. I was prepared and expected the worst when I opened the box."

Pretty cool story!  Needless to say, Erik got a real winner - you can read his entire review on the Carvin Museum Forums, right here.

And this one is seriously loaded.  It's finished in Umber Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock and rounded body sides.  The body and neck are mahogany, and the Birdseye maple fingerboard has abalone dot markers and jumbo stainless steel frets.  Other features include an original Floyd Rose tremolo and Sperzel locking tuners in chrome.  Electronics consist of C22N and C22B pickups.


Dave's DC727
Carvin BBS ID: Dave Frattaroli

This is a very nice DC727, in one of Carvin's newer finishes, Burnt Umber Stain on flamed maple.  It also has an alder body with tung-oiled maple neck, matching headstock, ebony fingerboard with abalone dot inlays and black hardware.  Electronics consist of a pair of C26 pickups with coil splitters and phase switching.

Dave is also in the middle of building his own guitar, totally from scratch.  Check out his website to see very detailed photos and descriptions of the build process.

Drew's H2T
Carvin Museum Forums ID: FastRedPonyCar

This H2 Holdsworth was actually originally owned by Tom, owner of the spalted HF2 above.  However, recently Tom sold it to Drew, which makes his 2nd Carvin. 

It's finished in Umber Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock.  Other features include a birdseye maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, Wilkinson tremolo, and black chrome hardware.  Active electronics consist of "zebra" Holdsworth pickups, dual coil splitters and phase switching.

Jim Alkire's IC6
Carvin BBS ID: boogie5strg

This was the first IC6 ordered from Carvin, and Jim received it on 3/28/06.  It's finished in umber stain on quilted maple with matching headstock, alder body, and 5-piece maple/koa neck.  Other features include a Birdseye maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays and stainless steel frets.  Electronics consist of Carvin's new soapbar pickups and new 18V preamp.

Jim says:

"All I can say is, Carvin has out done themselves. This is by far the best bass I have played. it just smokes my other Carvins in how it sounds. These new Soapbar pup's along with the new 18volt electronics are outstanding. It is the first bass I've ever played that after 5 minutes of playing it for the first time I was wanting another. They are that nice."

Jim has an impressive collection of Carvin basses and guitars - see the rest of them right here.

Brad Smith's BB75

This is a great example of a BB75, with the new (and very nice) umber stain with sunsetburst edges finish.  It also has a killer quilted top, with chrome hardware, ebony fingerboard with no inlays, and a 5-piece neck.  Brad says: 

"I purchased this beautiful BB75 almost a year ago from the Covina, CA Carvin store. I had seen this bass in the catalogs for years and never bothered to check it out. I have had a pair of Tobias "Killer B" bolt-ons since 1991 - one fretted and the other fretless. I was convinced the Toby's were the best until I played the new MTD basses, but who has $3,000 or $4,000 for one of those? I then purchased a Lakland Skyline 5 string - sold it within a few months - not happnin'. Then there was the Fender Deluxe 5 string - no good. Owned a couple G&L's too - necks are too narrow at the heel.  I've been checking out everything at NAMM shows for years too. Nothing. I don't know what got me to go check out the BB75. I had been looking at it in the catalog and digging all the options and the cool figured maple tops with all the nice color options. I think it's the upper horn that I didn't like at first, but it's actually just a little longer than the Tobias. Anyway, when I strapped one on, it sat just right and it's pretty lightweight too. It feels right. It feels like a high-end bass that would cost a few grand, but I think I paid around $1,100. The string spacing is right on. 3" at the heel is good. My Tobias is 2-7/8, which is a little tight. The Ken Smith 5's are too wide. Anyway, moving on to the sound - incredible. The MM and the J style is a good combo. I like the fact that I could order the bass without the dots on the face - I think it's a high-end look. The umber stain/sunset burst on quuilted maple is amazing.  The matching headstock is cool. The only thing I don't like is the arrangement of the 3-band eq controls. I'd rather have bass, middle, treble - from the bridge moving toward the neck. Here's the deal: I haven't even been playing my Tobias much since I got the BB75.  I bring both to gigs, but the Carvin sounds and plays better. And I thought Tobias was the sh#@. I'm even thinking about picking up another BB75 in a different finish and maybe another fretless one too - after I unload some other gear on ebay and get some bread together! Just thought I'd share this info."

Tim Warstler's AC50F
Carvin BBS ID: desertracenbass

Tim's AC50F one has a very beautiful Umber Stain with  Sunsetburst edges over quilted maple, with the headstock and back of the instrument finished in just the burst color.  Other features include tung-oil on the back of the neck, tortoise body binding, drop-shadow logo, fretlines with no inlays and gold hardware.

Tony Campisi's CT6M
Carvin BBS ID: KOR

Another great example of the new California Carved Top - in this case, the 2nd one ordered from Carvin, and possibly the first with a quilt top.  And what a quilt!  The umber stain with sunsetburst edges looks fantastic, and these pictures probably don't do it justice.  Other features of this one include matching headstock, abalone block inlays on ebony fingerboard, and chrome hardware.  Nice!


The latest addition to the collection is this 2005 Holdsworth Fatboy.  It's finished in Umber Stain with Sunsetburst edges on quilted maple with matching headstock, and has a mahogany body and neck.  Other features include no inlays on the ebony fingerboard, stainless steel frets and black chrome hardware.

In-Stock DC747C

Generally, instruments from Carvin's In-Stock section aren't listed in the Player's Gallery, but this DC747C is worth a look at.  It's finished in beautiful umber stain with sunsetburst edges, but what really sets this apart is the solid quilted body (versus just a quilted top).  Notice that the neck also has some nice flame to it, as well.  Other features include gold hardware, a Floyd Rose tremolo, and a birdseye maple fingerboard with no markers.