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Need help IDing a Carvin on eBay

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PaulYeah, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. PaulYeah

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    Mods: if I'm not allowed to post a link to an eBay auction, my apologies, and please move this to the correct forum or delete it.

    This Carvin 6-string on eBay is closing today. The seller doesn't have much information on the instrument. Are there any Carvin aficionados that can ID it?

    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=171205901117
  2. braud357

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    Definitely a LB76 - probably circa 1993-1996, because of the Wilkinson bridge. They went to a Hipshot bridge around 1996-1997. Maple neck - Koa body sides - standard electronics.
  3. PaulYeah

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    Thanks! I might pull the trigger on this one.
  4. smcd

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    Carvin LB76. If that stays anywhere near that price, it's a nice deal.
  5. Caca de Kick

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    Yeah, LB76, mine looked exactly like that one; same woods, same bridge, and spertzels and everything. It was a late 91 or early 92. Could have been mine but I don't remember the serial.
  6. mmbongo

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    Identical to the one I bought in 92 or so, except mine was fretless. Sperzel tuners and Wilkinson bridge (warning...it's an awful, awful bridge) make it an early 90's model.

    You'll also need to replace the E string tuner or at least get a new locking pin and lock for it. It cannot function without those two things. I'd replace all the tuners with normal tuners though, those Sperzels do not work well on bass.
  7. smcd

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    Will this solve the E-tuner problem?
  8. PaulYeah

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    Thanks, guys! I'm the only bidder so far. Wish me luck!
  9. PaulYeah

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    I've been playing bass off and on for 23 years and wasn't familiar with sperzel tuners. There's always something to make me feel like a noob. :)
  10. Nobody

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    I had an LB20 from that era with the same hardware and it had excellent build quality.
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    Sperzel has great customer service as well. I was missing a locking pin on my tuner and they asked for my address and sent one in the mail for free. You'll need the locking knob screw as well.
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    Actually.....I couldn't stand them for bass because they didn't work well with large strings. You can only use certain strings with them because the holes for the strings are so small. So, you have to use a string that tapers down enough to fit through the hole.

    The locks also had trouble holding onto larger strings.

    There's a reason everybody quit using them on bass :)

    I wouldn't let them stop me from buying a bass with them though. If they work for you and your strings, they do work quite well.
  14. smcd

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    $550 for a quality, US-made 6 string w/hardshell case. That's a nice deal.
  15. millsbass5

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    It looks to be a 1992-95 Carvin LB76, with a maple neck, ebony 'board, and koa wings, finished off with some gloss. It was this period that Carvin used those locking tuners. I have a '97 LB75 that I still gig on a regular basis (pun :p).

    You just may be able to find out more on www.carvinmuseum.com
  16. PaulYeah

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    I bought the Sperzel knob that mmbongo linked to, and Sperzel hooked me up with a replacement pin, no questions asked (other than my address!) The knob was a snap to install.

    The neck on this thing is great (compared to the MIM jazz I'm accustomed to) and the tone is fantastic. Looking forward to hearing it through a PA.

    What's a good replacement bridge for this bass?

    Thanks for everyone's help, btw!

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