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Carvin AC 50

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by grooveguru, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Anyone have any experience with these? I'd be interested in hearing. I just bought this today and won't get it for a couple of days.
  2. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    i like these a lot.

    kind of a poor man's Rob Allen.

    fretless is my pref. but, i was surprized at how much i liked the fretted.

    needs some technique adjustment due to the nature of the piezo beast.

  3. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    That's what I was hoping to hear. I sold both my Rob Allen and Renaissance and have been kicking myself so I think this will help easy the pain. ;)
  4. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    let me temper my initial comments:

    it is no way a replacement for a Rob Allen or a Turner.

    there is something REALLY Carvin about the AC-50 that keeps it out of the league of the RA/Turner.

    peronally, i would get the cheapest one forgoing fancy woods, binding, etc...until you can get an MB-2 again.

    i'm in the same boat, i got rid of my MB-2 and i miss it daily.

    i had an AC-50 for the trial period. i returned it.

    nice, but not close enough.

  5. TxBass


    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    I'd like to know how you like it after you get it...it's one of those "additions" I have been looking at for a long time and just haven't had the funds for. Hope it works out great for ya! :)
  6. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    I realize it's not a replacement for my Rob Allen but for $675 and the amount it'll see use.....
  7. mike mcd

    mike mcd

    Dec 11, 2002
    I have had an AC50f for a few years and have had a lot of fun with it. The playability is excellent, as is the construction and finish of the instrument.
    I just got another set of the Labella tape wounds to replace the TI Acousticores that I tried on it. The TI's were great, but I think the Labella's are best on this bass for me.
    I have no experience with the RA or Turner, but I am sure they are great instruments. But at around half the price, the Carvin has made me quite happy.
  8. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    I haven't had the chance to play the Carvin AC series, but for a minimal amount more you can move up into the Godin A-series, which are amazing instruments and much closer to the RA vibe than the Carvin's.
  9. Chapbass


    Dec 11, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I had an all walnut AC50f for the trail period. Loved the bass, played great...just couldn't pass up a deal i got on a tacoma thunderchief acoustic, so i had to return it.

    The action was mega low, and the all walnut body/neck made the low stuff sound almost mean even on a fretless (which i consider to be more of a smoother, "nicer" tone). was a really neat sounding bass. Id definitely consider getting one as my 4th bass (after i add a 4 string peavey cirrus).
  10. Interesting... many of the "less than glowing" opinions are from those who haven't had a chance to play them.