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Why doesn't Carvin make a P type pickup?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ciubz, Nov 13, 2012.


  1. ciubz

    ciubz

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    I would love to have a b50 bass in a p/j configuration, wouldn't you?
     
  2. Modern Growl

    Modern Growl Supporting Member

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    Why don't you ask Carvin ? :eyebrow:

    lol... you honestly think we know?
     
  3. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies!

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    I dunno, TB is full of know it all's. Someone will at least claim to know.

    You should call them bro. Let us know what you find out.
     
  4. Eublet

    Eublet Supporting Member

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    Because they don't match those 80's-style head stocks? :bag:
     
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  6. ciubz

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    I did send them an email but got no reply.
     
  7. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I'm going to treat OP's question as rhetorical and give it a +1. For a J-style bass, I much prefer a Carvin to a Fender. But for a P-bass, I play a Fender, cuz Carvin doesn't make one.
     
  8. bassike

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    I would suggest maybe posting on the Carvin forum.

    there is a guy that works at Carvin that goes in the forum pretty often.

    nothing wrong with posting about it on TB, but it'll be easier to get carvin's atention in the carvin forum.

    I have the SB and I would buy the P if they offered the option.
     
  9. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr Hack with nice gear. Supporting Member

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    A B50 with a p/j pick up configuration? I'd buy one in a second! May even consider a B40 with that set up too.
     
  10. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

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    It certainly couldn't hurt to pester Carvin for it. Who knows? Your request could complete the critical mass that finally nudges them past the tipping point.

    But FWIW, Carvin has been fielding requests for a P Bass and P Bass pickup for years. And to the best of my knowledge, they've never built one yet. :meh:

    Can you provide the irresistible force that overcomes Carvin's "immovable object"? Time will tell... :smug:

    MM
     
  11. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

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    I know you are joking, but they actually have several different headstocks, not all 80s style.

    Like this one, for example, which doesn't look 80s at all:

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  12. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    I am quite sure there is a tb member who had Carvin built a bass with no pickups and he had somebody route in a precision pickup.

    As far as why they don't? No clue, but I doubt this is the first time they've been asked... maybe precision basses are evil...
     
  13. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging! Supporting Member

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    You can buy a kit from Carvin and modify it to accommodate P p'ups.

    Getting a pickup cover to match the new pickup routing might be a challenge, though.

    Might be fun to make a custom pick guard to replace the original. Perhaps birdseye maple, like the Conklin sidewinder!
     
  14. Rip Topaz

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    I've seen that one, its a fiver.

    That would be your best route(!), get Carvin to build the kit with NO pickup routes, then do it yourself.
     
  15. Eublet

    Eublet Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I was just joking, though that headstock looks very much like the Ibanez SR headstocks, from the 80's. :D

    Still joking, no insults intended.
     
  16. darkstorm

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    Carvin has never used P pups. No reason to. The founderrs of carvin was into J and staked J humbuckers and soapbar type pups. Carvin wasnt interested in making variation of fender basses. They was interested in making own original basses.
     
  17. jbrew73

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    No reason to? I see no reason to build a bass with jazz pickups.
     
  18. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned

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    I think Carvin started making the J and MM pickups because they were getting popular at the time.

    before that, and the current soapbars, they had some original designs like these humbuckers from 1977:

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    I had one of the older plastic covered humbuckers in my '73 Rick, and it had a very nice tone. Before the humbuckers they made single coil soapbars, like in the old Mosrite basses.

    Carvin has been making pickups a long time.

    They used to sell Fender instruments. Here's their first bass from 1959 with one of their own pickups:

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  19. wcriley

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    Seeing those pages sure makes me wish I'd kept the catalogues I got in the mid 60s.
     
  20. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned

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    I have one from '74 around somewhere.

    [​IMG]
     
  21. Grateful

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    Guilty as charged. I ordered this B50 unrouted pickups. They routed for electonics and all that stuff. This is how I got it:

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    Then Pat Wilkins was kind enough to let me be the guinea pig for his new line of pickups, so I ended up with the very first Wilkins VR5P pickup. When he was done it looked like this:

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    It's strung with LaBella flats, and so far it's knocked a US Fender P5 and a few other basses out of my arsenal...
     

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