For you Carvin bass fans (both of you! ), I finally got my latest creation from their Custom Shop. For those people who say Carvin isn't a "real" custom shop, here's proof to the contrary: It's a 35 1/2" scale XB75, mahogany body and neck (neck-thru), with vintage yellow quilted top and headstock, birdseye maple fingerboard with abalone dot inlays, and gold hardware. Of note, and most obviously, just one big-ol' HB pickup - no neck pickup, like on "standard" Carvin basses. As far as I know, this is the first single-pup bass Carvin has made (notwithstanding the old early 80's basses that were stock with one pup). The pan pot pans between each coil, making for a single front-coil/single rear-coil or blend-of-both configuration - very nice. Also notable, the V-shaped headstock. Carvin makes a V headstock for a 4-string, but not a fiver. They actually made this headstock by hand for me (not on the CNC). Very nice. The tone is just great. The single pickup configuration is very bright and trebly, but the mahogany deepens and warms the tone, which is exactly what I expected when I ordered it. As always, fit & finish are perfect, and it's super-playable. The neck is nice and fast, and the action is low with no dead spots. The extended scale is easy to get used to, although I don't notice any huge difference in string tension over a 34" scale model (I had read in various places that the tension was better on a longer scale model). Still, the B is nice and tight, without excessive "flop". The obviously question, that I've answered many times, is why not just buy a MusicMan, instead of having a Carvin made similar to a MM? Well, it really is only superficially similar to a MM. I wanted neck-thru, and I wanted mahogany and quilt. I've only played a MM once or twice, so I wasn't trying to replicate the tone - I just wanted a single pickup model with a good sound. And since I've had such great luck with Carvins (this makes number 10), it seemed like a natural idea. The fact that Carvin was willing to do this, plus make the custom headstock, and do it at a good price with a minimal wait sealed the deal. Woohoo! If you care, you can see the rest of 'em, plus hundereds of pages and thousands of pictures of Carvin basses at the Carvin Bass Museum.