Bass Selection (MTD Kingston or Carvin) Input Needed
I have been wanting a Carvin LB70 in J/MM configuration for ages. Built out the way I want, the bass would cost roughly $1,500.
When I look at the Kingston Heir, it matches more than 90% of the Carvin build - but "only" costs about $900 new.
That said, there ARE some differences...
1) The Carvin is built in the USA.
2) The Carvin would have a 5-piece neck.
3) I'd order the Carvin with black hardware (Just aesthetics, but hey, if I'm ordering...).
4) If the Carvin single coil J pickup drove me nuts with hum, I could easily exchange it for an H50A. (Hum really bugs me!)
5) The Carvin has a hipshot style bridge with thru-body string capability, the Heir has the MTD quick-shot.
I'm sure there are more differences, but these seem to be the highlights.
So... Is the Carvin $600 better than the Kingston?
Any thoughts and insight you could share would be greatly appreciated! -Spiff
Another difference that came to mind after I posted...
6) The Heir neck is asymmetrical and larger compared to the "C" and somewhat thinner neck of the Carvin. Strings spaced accordingly.
In a word-probably.
The Carvin is going to be neck-thru with an EBONY board(unless you choose some other wood for the board). That may not be a big deal to some, but it's usually only mega high-end builders that do that combo. Plus it's worth a few bucks to have it built the way you want it!
I've owned a couple of Carvins(LB-75 & BB-75)and they were really great basses! I like the fact that they were made here(again, not a huge deal, but it is nice)
I've never played a Kingston Heir, but I did own 2 USA MTDS and I do know that Michael Tobias wouldn't put his name on a product that wasn't up to his standards, so I'm sure the Heir is a solid bass, but $600 more for a bass that's built the way YOU want it and you can try it out for 10 days, doesn't seem like a bad deal.
Then, again, it is $600...
Don't forget the Lakland 44-02. There's also the Warwick Streamer Jazzman. I consider both a step up even from Carvin.
Also consider a used Lakland 44-94, which you can probably get used for that $1500.
Thanks guys! Excellent points/ideas all around.
I still have a lot of thinking to do. I don't really mind spending the extra money if it's warranted.
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