New (Used) Icon with Spalted Maple Top

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WoodyG3, Nov 21, 2012.


  1. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    Here are a few pics of my new (used) Carvin Icon. It has an aftermarket preamp, Carvin soapbar pickups, walnut body and neck with spalted maple top. It has a great neck with perfect fretwork, and a very nice, "modern" tone.

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  2. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard

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    That's a lot of pretty woods. Enjoy!
     
  3. CnB77

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    Stunning. What preamp ended up in there?
     
  4. redhed

    redhed TUBE LOVER! Gold Supporting Member

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    Did they play that thing! Sweet bass! Congrats!
     
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  6. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

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    What a beaut! :cool:

    I've got a couple of Icons myself. Love 'em!

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  7. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    I'm told it's a Bass Mods. It seems like a reasonably good pre. Still thinking about putting a Carvin pre back in. Also thinking of trying the Carvin radiused single pickups. But, it sounds really good as is, so I'll probably just leave it. :)
     
  8. EagleMoon

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    That's gorgeous. Just how I'd want to make one if I got one. Love spalted maple. How much does it weigh out of curiosity? I've been thinking about Carvin but it seems like most of their basses are on the 9+ lb. weight.
     
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  10. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    I don't have a good scale and I haven't weighed it, but since it's walnut, it's not light. It's not what I'd call heavy, though. I'd guess it's 8 1/2 to 9 pounds. But, that's just a guess. It's really well balanced, which helps keep it comfortable on the old shoulder.

    As far as Carvins go in general, the SB basses are on the heavy side, but the other models are generally average to light IME.
     
  11. EagleMoon

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    I played an Icon at GC one time and just loved the feel and looks of the bass. Sounded nice too, though pretty modern. My main bass is 7.3 lbs. so almost anything is heavy compared to that. :)
     
  12. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    Is that your Sadowsky? 7.3 pounds is crazy light!
     
  13. Jaco D

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    Very nice! I never was fond of black and/or gold hardware, but black and gold fits in this case. If the truss rod cover were black that would be IT (but that's just me)! Enjoy your find!
     
  14. aproud1

    aproud1 I don't feel tardy? Gold Supporting Member

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    Thats her silly light and fancy and great playing and great sounding Sadowsky.... :p I guess it's pretty nice.




    I love the Icon series. Almost bought one myself recently. Easily my favorite bass in Carvins lineup.
     
  15. Quackhead

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    The spalt on that isn't over the top, but it has nice color and the flame figure is really nice.
     
  16. bhunt1

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    beautiful bass woody - any pics of the back?
     
  17. Gabriel51

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    An instrument has to have enough mass to offset the string vibration especially a B string.
    I had a fretless LB75 Carvin that weighed 7 LBs and was a nice bass but the B string was less than stellar.
    The best sounding basses for me have always had some weight.
    Nice looking Icon!
     
  18. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    Here ya' go:

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  19. Immigrant

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    Congrats! WOW.

    I love basses that reveal a whole new character simply by flipping them over. I know that sounds loaded with innuendo, but it was unintended.
     
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  21. fourjazz

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    Absolutely beautiful instrument. It looks like it sounds great....
     

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