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Carvin LB-70 Swamp Ash price ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassman197835, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Bassman197835

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    Im buying a 1997 Carvin 5 string LB-70 Swamp Ash body,5 piece NT with Ebony fretboard. It has the 9v Active/Passive with one J style pup at the neck and one Humbucker at the bridge. Trying to come up with a fair price if anyone can help?? ImageUploadedByTalkBass1390351305.860379.jpg
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    Has a few nicks and dents and some pick wear also. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1390351420.537861.jpg
  3. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

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    You can run through Carvin's bass builder feature on their website and figure out what it would have cost you to buy new. Assuming it's in good shape, I usually figure fair used price is about 2/3 the new price.
  4. Bobster

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    I think $550 - $650 is a pretty reasonable range for LB-70s.

    Bob
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    Strictly speaking, if it's a 1997 five-string Carvin, then it's an LB75 - not an LB70. That said, what is the seller asking for it?

    The LB75 is under-rated, IMO. Though others here will surely disagree, I think that $750 in not an unreasonable sales price. Not unreasonable at all.

    MM
  6. Bassman197835

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    Well.. The owner is a long time friend who was gifted the Bass in 98. We're kinda trying to figure out its worth together so neither gets ripped off. I was thinking between 5-7 so it sounds like Im on the right page. With the pick wear and dings I'm thinking we may meet in the middle at 600.
  7. Bassman197835

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    And yea you're right! I would never! have thought of a Carvin Bass but my Warwick was stolen and my buddy loaned me this one. Ive fell in love! Active:/Passive,coil tap,it can get a nice growl and a smooth warm tone just as well.
  8. Bassist4Eris

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    I don't necessarily disagree with you, but I got my first LB76 for a mere $600 (plus sales tax). That is, however, 2008 dollars. I have no idea how inflation may have affected that value.
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    We settled on 500 bucks. Sound good to you guys?? They new models are running 1,700 from Carvin and Ive found a couple for 6-800 used. Ebay has several models but they run anywhere from 7-1,300
  10. Bassist4Eris

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    Nice. I'd go for it at that price.
  11. Bassman197835

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    Cool! Appreciate it guys!
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    One more question for you Carvin guys. Does the toggle that Im calling a Coil Tap actually just split the double buck into a single? Then you have the blend knob to adjust the amount you want in each pickup?
  13. BigOkie

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    That's the way mine works! I have a 2000 LB75, solid walnut, maple/walnut neck, ebony fingerboard. I love it. ♥♥♥
  14. Bassman197835

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    I was sure that was Swamp Ash but the more I look the more confused I get.. Its either Alder,Swamp or Koa. Anyone tell from the pics? Its hard to tell looking at the Carvin site.
  15. Bassman197835

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    Bigokie im with you! Im in total amazement at this Bass. Im in the process of buying a Fodera Monarch Standard and the Carvin is SOOO!! close as far as looks and electronics. Im very happy with this Bass already. Great range of tone! I can get that old school R&B warmth or a hard rocking growl like my Warwick had. Really cool Bass and gery affordable.
  16. Mystic Michael

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    I don't doubt it. There are many other players who have obtained their Carvins at an even sweeter song. But I'm not necessarily referring to market rate, per se.

    My position is that the entire Carvin brand is generally undervalued and underrated. Compared - not with the price of its brand new Carvin counterpart, but with nearly any other make of roughly similar quality, i.e. EBMM, Lakland, Sadowsky, etc. - a used Carvin LB75 of these materials, this build quality, with these features, could easily sell for $1,000, or more.

    MM
  17. Bassman197835

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    They do seem to be very!! Underrated dont they.. I wouldnt have even thought of a Carvin till I saw this one. I was gonna take it as a loaner and after 10 minutes I said "How much??!" I just wish I could tell if the body is Swamp Ash or Alder...
  18. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

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    Great...after reading this thread now I'm GASsing even worse for a Carvin.
  19. Handyman

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    I don't knowing if its ash or alder matters much for your purposes - the two sound awfully similar, and ash is currently only a $40 upgrade.

    If you like how it plays and sounds, grab it.

    For a frame of reference, Guitar Center's selling this LB70 from roughly the same era for $369. Its in a wild and totally bizarre metallic finish, which is explains the low price.
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    They're also selling an earlier solid koa LB70 with the much maligned Wilkinson bridge for $500
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  20. Runnerman

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