Carvin Forums ID: mattd
This is just cool.
In the summer of 2006, Matt bought the parts from Carvin, and had this
custom 7-string V220 built for him. It has a tung-oiled maple neck
and alder body and ebony fingerboard. The pickups are DiMarzios
(Tone Zone in the bridge position, Blaze in the neck position).
Notice also the headstock inlay - an homage to 80's era Carvins.
See more construction
right here, and the rest of Matt's collection
||Adam Ravitz's Bass
This is a cool one! Made with a
Carvin neck with birdseye maple fingerboard and Carvin active/passive
electronics module, this cool creation features the ultra-swank Kahler
bass tremolo, Bartolini pickups (split coil in the neck position, and
triple coil in the bridge position) and Sperzel locking tuners.
The body is alder with a very nice figured spalted maple top. Well
See more pictures here.
John Isch's XB-75 Project
Carvin BBS ID: Jisch
What we've got here is an XB-75 5-string
neck (5-piece, natch), walnut body and tiger maple top. Very
cool. I particularly like the lower end of the neck that extends
slightly out of the body curve. A very nice touch. John has
many photos of the bass in progress on his website,
so be sure and take a look - and hats off to him on this great
example of what someone with a vision, a father with power tools and the
know-how to use them, and parts from Carvin can become. The first
time I saw this, I remember thinking "I don't remember Carvin
offering a model like this...". I actually thought this was a
custom shop job, not something a guy and his dad built in the
garage. I'm actually quite envious - I can do the web stuff you
see here, but I don't think I could carve a pair of chopsticks.
Colin Evans' Guitar & Bass
Here's a pair of very
nice handmade guitars that Colin made with his grandfather. Below
is what he had to say:
first one is a fretless 4-string bass (left) we made for my brother as a
graduation/18th birthday present. It has a maple body capped (front and
back) with purpleheart, EMG Select Jazz pickups, 2 volumes, a tone, a
3-way switch, a Gotoh bridge, Gotoh tuners, and a satin finish.
The second instrument is a 6-string electric (above) for that we built
for myself that has a bubinga/cocobolo body with a purpleheart strip
inlaid on the headstock and the end of the neck-thru, Tom Anderson
pickups, volume, tone, 3-way switch, Schaller bridge, Schaller locking
tuners, and a satin finish.
The Carvin necks are absolutely fantastic. The fretless bass plays like
a dream, and the inlaid fret lines are a great addition. My guitar has
the tone that I've been searching for, and has become my main "go-to"
guitar. I sanded the neck down on treble-side of the neck to make it
asymmetrical, and that also made it a very fast and easy neck to play.
Carvin's workmanship was topnotch in both cases, and I would happily do
business with them again!"
Unknown P-Bass Hybrid
This bass has been listed for sale
on GBase for years, and is identified as "made by Carvin". We
know better though, don't we? My best guess is that someone bought a
Carvin neck, and put it on a generic P-Bass style body. Still, it doesn't
look bad, at least from the photo.