Chris Martin's C66T
Here's a very nice newer
C66T, finished in Vintage Yellow on quilted maple. It has gold
hardware, Sperzel locking tuners, a Wilkinson tremolo and an ebony
fingerboard with no inlays.
Although represented on my
Collections page, my XB75
is probably worth a second look.
It has a mahogany body and neck with quilted maple top and matching headstock, finished in
Vintage Yellow. And that's where the similarity to every other XB75 ends.
Most obvious is the pickup and controls. Yes, only one HB5 pickup - to the
best of my knowledge, the first factory-built Carvin with a single HB5 humbucker. The lower knobs are the same as other Carvin
basses - bass boost, treble & midrange, and the forward top knob is a standard
volume. However, the pan control actually pans between the coils of the HB,
allowing a single-coil tone in two positions, or a blend of both. Also,
notice the headstock - it's a hand-made flying V style, a feature that's not
offered on 5-string basses. A beautiful Birdseye maple fingerboard with
abalone dots and gold hardware round out the package.
Dave Terry's Contour 66
Carvin BBS ID: dto
Dave's 2005 Contour 66. It's a hardtail model, finished in vintage
yellow on flamed maple with matching headstock. The body is mahogany,
and the neck is maple. The fingerboard is birdseye maple with no
Carvin BBS ID: Dr. Shrinker
This is one
of the coolest DC145 models out there. At first glance, someone who
has some knowledge of Carvins would think it was an early 90's model, based
primarily on the headstock shape. However, on closer inspection, this
guitar has features that weren't available in the early 1990s, such a
Sperzel tuners and a 5-piece neck. So, what gives? In 2004,
Carvin offered a reissue of the 90/91 "pointy" headstock on any new models,
and this is one of the first guitars to be made with that feature.
It's a 2004 model, in Vintage Yellow on quilted maple with matching "pointy"
headstock, Birdseye maple fingerboard and chrome hardware. Read more
about the pointy headstock reissue on the
2004 Guitars page.
Here's a gorgeous example of a vintage
yellow DN612 from the early 90s. I think this was on eBay a while
back - but I don't remember for sure. Regardless, it's probably
the nicest example of a DN612 I've ever seen - quilted top, maple fingerboards,
reverse 6 headstock - extraordinary!
Note the non-standard
control configuration on this one. The 12-string neck has the
usual volume and tone controls, as well as a neck selector switch, and 3
other controls. Phase switches? Coil splitters? The
6-string neck has three knobs - most certainly, there is a tone and
volume, but what does the 3rd one do?
Carvin BBS ID: StudioHack
a very nice 2004 model Fatboy, finished in vintage yellow on quilted
maple with matching headstock. Other features include an alder
body, no inlays on the ebony fingerboard, and black chrome hardware.
Electronics consist of H22 humbuckers with coil splitters and phase
switching. Sam says:
ordered this after my visit to the Carvin store in San Diego. I love its
resonance and versatile tones. The neck is very comfortable in my large
hands, and it's so easy to play. By far the best guitar I've ever owned."
Carvin Museum Forums ID: Paradiddle
This is a left-handed 1994 model, which was pretty loaded for it's
time. It's finished in Vintage Yellow on flamed maple with a
matching headstock, tung-oiled neck and gold hardware. It has
Sperzel locking tuners, and no inlays on the ebony fingerboard.
Theo also has a left-handed BB75 - check it out on
purchased my first ever Carvin, used from a pawnshop near Indianapolis
IN USA. Of course I'm in love with it. What's interesting is, what got
me looking for a Carvin in the first place. As a left-handed player,
shopping at music stores left me with very few options. My first bass
was a 4-string model from the high-end line of a well-known
manufacturer. I really liked that bass. I was fully prepared to be
brand-loyal to that maker. . . until I decided I wanted to play
Not only were my choices limited to the more expensive model lines
(usually involving an additional upcharge for lefties), this maker and
several others refused to make a 5-string bass in a lefty configuration.
I even spoke the the local distributor of my bass' manufacturer and he
said "Your best bet would be to look into Carvin" After losing a few
eBay auctions, I finally snagged the beauty you see here. Since then,
Kevio and several Carvin employess have been very helpful in identifying
the features and history of this instrument."
Carvin BBS ID: Willie T
great looking SC90. It features a mahogany body and a plain maple
top, with the
not-too-often seen non-rounded body sides, maple neck, and a vintage yellow finish.
It also has chrome hardware, Wilkinson tremolo, and a C22N neck
pickup and a M22SD bridge pickup. This was bought in 2002 from
Carvin's Hollywood showroom. Nice!
left-handed TBS-4 appeared on Carvin's In-Stock page in early 2006.
It's finished in Vintage Yellow on quilted maple, with chrome hardware and
birdseye maple fingerboard.
Next is Brian's 2004
TL60-FA, which was formerly owned by
It's finished in Vintage Yellow over quilt maple with a clear mahogany
body and two-piece neck with ebony fingerboard and abalone block inlays.
Other amenities include a flat top (no arm
contour), tortoise shell binding, chrome hardware and Sperzel locking
tuners. Electronics consist of M22SD and C22N pickups, with active
electronics and Fishman acoustic bridge.
a 2001 model TL60T, which has very nice upgrades. It has a
mahogany body with flamed maple top finished in Vintage Yellow. It
also has a matching reverse-inline headstock, birdseye maple fingerboard
with no inlays, black chrome hardware and tortoiseshell binding.
right is Michael's 2004 BB75PF. It has a mahogany body,
5-piece maple/walnut neck, and is finished in Vintage Yellow on quilted
maple. It has the J99/HB pickup configuration with a coil splitter
for the HB, and a piezo bridge. Hardware is black.
Michael has an excellent
collection of Carvin basses - see them all
Carvin Museum Forums ID: WoodyG3
This is Woody's latest addition - a new AC40
acoustic/electric model, finished in vintage yellow on spruce, with
a mahogany neck and body. Other features include black chrome
hardware and traditional headstock.