Thanks for the review. I hope you enjoy the new bass. A couple of notes:
Originally Posted by Coiltap
...my one concern when ordering the Claro walnut bass was if the wood top would be of the same quality as shown on Carvins Web site. What I revieved was good with some flame figuring but not exceptional- for a 100 fee they would track down a piece of wood that meets your criteria but the bass would no longer have the 10 day money back deal-
If someone at Carvin told you that, I believe it is in error. Carvin will not take back custom options that make the bass hard or impossible to sell to someone else once they take it back. Picking a certain piece of top wood would certainly not meet that criteria.
...I would have prefered the SB 5000 pre amp with two volumes - Carvin couldn't do it. SB preamp won't fit in the ICON. . so much for the statement that there is a zillon ways a Carvin bass could be built.
Okay, so there are only a HALF a zillion ways.
Carvin does have an incredible number of options, but they do want models to be somewhat unique in certain features, and it's inevitable that "problems" will come up like a preamp built to fit a classic Jazz style bass won't fit in a modern styled neck through.
Anyway, your review was well written and thought out. Thanks! Also, how about a couple of pictures?