78 Carvin LB50

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wyleeboxer, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. I have an old Carvin LB50 with maple neck, fret board and body. I had installed about 12 yrs ago some EMG soap bar PUPS and electronics. this bass is great for slappin and tappin. However I would liketo go back to the org. pups and electronics but cant remeber how it sounded. Anyone know of these basses and thier sound? Also how hard would it be to find some of the old pups and have them re-installed? The passive toggle switches etc... look like a nightmare to hookup! Thanks for any info
  2. could always get there new PUPs
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    No, he couldn't. Early Carvins had humbuckers.

    Good luck with that.
  4. Thanks for the humbucker info from Carvin. I just wish I could remeber what this bass sounded like before I put the EMG in years ago? I dont want to put some pups in it that maybe never really worked in the first place.
  5. zac2944


    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Funny... I just started a thread about this bass. Well, actually the SB40, but they are similar. I really want one of these basses!

    Your bass had Carvin M22 bass humbucker pickups. They have 11 adjustable pole pieces just like the Carvin C22 guitar humbuckers that are available today. Maybe they are the same? You could send an email to Carvin?

    What did you do with the origional pickups?

    For more info about your bass check out: www.carvinmuseum.com
  6. Well of course I was young and stupid, wait maybe I still am? :) anyway, I left them with the owner of Erickson guitar repair. I wasnt thinking when I PU the bass at the time to get the old pup's back. Im sure he kept them for whatever reason? But he actually made his own basses very similare to the LB50.
    But even if I had them Im not sure if putting the old pups in will sound all that great? Other then for maybe vintage value.
  7. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    It won't make it a slap machine, but a pair of darkstar pups would probably fit in your instrument, and would sound awesome for sure.
  8. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Some people here at Carvin, people who've been around almost since we used the M22 bass pickups, say that they were basically the same thing (maybe exactly the same, depending on who you ask) as the M22SD guitar pickups which are still available.

    Some people I've mentioned this to, people who do not work at Carvin, tell me that's a bunch of BS.

    I don't know. I'm just telling you what I've heard.
  9. Thanks Mgood! I know that I could find close to the same pup design as the org. through Carvin or somewhere else. Im just still wondering if the sound of the m22sd (or org.) pup's is something thats going to sound good, or should I just keep the emg's in it? Such choices! :) thanks again.
  10. zac2944


    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    You'll never know unless you try it.

    I would guess that the origional pickups would sound a bit Lo-Fi, smooth, and bass heavy. Not at all bright and punchy like a jazz bass, but fat and smooth. That's just a guess though.
  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
  12. thanks guys! yeah I went into the Carvin santa ana store today and they called and talked with Mgood at Carvin(who is very helpful A+). It is the m22sd pup that is basically the same as the org. but are guitar pup's. so Im just thinking if I should put them in for vintage value or leave the emg in for what is a very bright mid slappin/tappin bass tone ala Claypool? thanks again and I think Im going to sleep on this one. :)