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.
And if you're interested,
the totem pole was completely hand-carved by my late father. A
great backdrop for taking guitar pics!
Wow, check this beauty
out. This is simply a gorgeous XB75P, with one of the best
looking flamed koa tops I've seen. Pictures I'm sure do not do
this one justice.
In addition to the
obvious flamed koa, this XB has a matching 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
|Dave Dulansey's XB75P
Forums ID: bunkbedboy
the XB basses are relatively new, you don't see too many of them, but
this is a great example. It's finished in gorgeous antique brown on
quilted maple (with "no-show" neck), gold hardware, and the
HB2/J99 that is standard on the "P" option. Very nice!
This one recently switched
hands - it was originally owned by Carvin BBS member cmak9, went on to
Dave, and has since moved on again.
Bill Knehans' XB75PF & LB75P
Carvin BBS ID: bigdaddy
who thinks that one bass just isn't enough is OK with me - and here's a
great example of that philosophy. A pair of fivers, in this case an
XB and LB model, both in koa, both with the P series upgrade. Note
the side-by-side comparison of the two, illustrating the position of the
pickups and bridge relative to the neck, controls and rear of the bass.
bass #1: "The Big Kahuna" - 2001 LB-75P, gloss koa, 5 piece neck
with koa stripes, black hardware, H50N, strap locks. (right)
bass #2: "Kamehameha" or "The King" - 2003 XB-75PF,
gloss koa, 5 piece wide, asymmetrical neck with koa stripes, no inlays,
black hardware, H50N, strap locks. (left)
Obviously, the newer bass was made with slightly darker, more figured wood,
but I tried to keep them as identical (visually) as possible. They
both sound incredible, and have become my primary gigging basses. You
should hear some of the comments I get when the two guitars are sitting next
to each other in their stands on stage."
Carvin BBS ID: groovy
Now this is nice.
I've never seen a piece of Claro walnut with the kind of flame this one
has - looks really good. In addition, this one has black chrome
hardware, wider asymmetrical neck, no inlays and straplocks.