NBD - Carvin LB-50 (You Heard Right)...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassclef112, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Several months ago I came a cross one of these in black. I always used to get the Carvin Catalogs back when these were new (80's) and I always wondered what they were like. I did read whatever I could over the years and finally decided to grab one when it came around. It's all original except for an added thumb rest. Well, other than some honest wear it was in pretty good shape so I threw a set of flats on it the day I got it and went off to a gig that same night. Homerun! It sounded fat and clear and played great. Love it. For those of you that don't know about these, build quality is tip top, it's all maple with set neck/ebony board, Schaller hardware, brass nut and V-T-V-T with coil split on their own humbuckers. Plus it's wired for Stereo if you want it (like a Ric). A lot of bass for the price in any book!

    I've been looking for another one since and just grabbed this one. Other than multiple Jazz basses (all different) I don't have 2 of anything so that's got to say something about these! This one looks to be in even better shape and I'm anxious to get it. Maybe one of these will become a candidate for the set of Alumitones I recently picked up - something to think about. And it was $100 cheaper than the other one!!! An absolute bargain since they're off the radar - most don't know what they are, and how well made. Kinda like the old Peaveys...

    BTW - you can't really date these but this version was made between '83 and '85.

    I really like the neck profile, it balances great, isn't heavy at all (for all maple) and sounds really darn good. I kinda wish I got one when they were new!

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  2. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Great score. Congrats!
  3. jetgraphics


    Dec 12, 2007
    I bought one in 1981.
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  5. ilovenofrets


    Dec 25, 2010
    I have always wanted one of these. Saw a gorgeous white one a few years ago with a Kahler trem; unfortunately it was a lefty. Great score bro!
  6. Feltch Wyzard

    Feltch Wyzard

    Mar 11, 2015
    Theres a couple nice ones on ebay
  7. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Thx - now i got classic Carvin gas.
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    My black fretless '85 LB40 was one of my gigging basses, always wanted to find a similar LB-50. Nice. I'll take one of those over their new stuff. I'm strange that way. :D
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    What he said.
  10. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Cool bass, nice score.
  11. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    Very nice! My guitarist has one of those - cool basses!
  12. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Wow! Nice.

    Those pickups look like they have as many pole pieces as a guitar pickup. Never noticed those before.
  13. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    At that time those were the guitar pickups, just rewound for bass. I would've liked them a bit wider to better accommodate the bigger amplitude of the E string. The A & D sound really good. Not a bad pickup and they do the trick, but just okay. I'm thinking about dropping something different in there. I have a set of Alumitones my friend says work great for bass, and I'm also considering TV Jones.

    There's always the fallback position of EMG's.
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  14. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Man, you don't ever see those older ones around anymore. Nice score. I've got a couple of their 90s models, and think that they are pretty swell instruments.
  15. I wonder if the OP still has it as it's been almost a year now.

    If so, nice bass!
  16. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    As a matter of fact I just finished playing it this afternoon for a couple of hours! I love the neck profile and balance of it, and am now prepared to focus on updating the pickups. I will post the results of that when it happens in the near future.

    I also still have the black one one which I bought first and prompted me into this buy.

    I really like them!
  17. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    If you decide to unload the original pickups.... ;)
  18. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    I'm not even sure they were rewound, I think that era of Carvin, the basses all used regular guitar M22N (and perhaps M22T in the bridge?), I asked Carvin, that was their answer, though I didn't ask whether the bridge bass pickup was the M22T or another M22N.
  19. That maple LB50 is a cool looking bass. I would like to see one come along in fretless.

    I have a 1998 LB70F and have always been impressed by it's lightness, quality, neck and clean tone. It is also eye candy for black bass fans. Very different look from the earlier generations.

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