I originally sent this review to the Bass Gear Review Archive but for some reason it never got posted. Before I resubmit it, I'd like to give you folks a preview, remember you saw it here first on Talkbass! Features: -Swamp ash body sides -5 piece maple neck-through with 2 walnut stringers, tung oil on back -Birdseye maple fingerboard, no inlays -Quilted maple top -Clear gloss finish -2 H50N stacked humbuckers, 3 band pre-amp -Chrome hardware Beautiful to look at, a real stunner. The quilt top is beautiful and the birdseye fingerboard makes it look real classy. It was shipped in a nice vintage case. Build time was estimated at 8 weeks, but I received it earlier than predicted. Action fit and finish: Carvin is known for build quality and this bass is no exception. Nice woods, beautiful glossy finish and a nicely tung-oiled 5-piece neck. The transition between the gloss finish and the tung oil on the back of the neck was clean and straight. I couldnt feel the laminations on the back of the neck (unlike some other instruments) and the BB75 arrived in tune, probably a testament to the stability of the neck. It had a nice low action and didnt require any truss rod adjustment. The asymmetrical neck was very nice to play on, one of the most comfortable Ive tried. It balanced well and was light, thanks to the swamp ash body. The whole thing was beautifully put together. The only adjustment needed was to raise one of the preamp control knobs, which was sitting a bit low on its shaft and rubbing on the body as I turned it. Im a sustain nut and I felt that it could have used a bit more sustain, though it wasnt bad. Maybe an ebony fret board would help. Also, the outside strings were fairly close to the edge of the fingerboard. I sometimes do hammer-ons where I pull the string outward (rather than inward) and this caused the string to come off the fret. Otherwise, playability was top notch. Sound: OK, I sent the bass back to Carvin within their ten-day trial and here is why: It sounded good but I felt it lacked warmth and was a bit sterile sounding. I know some people dont care for Carvin electronics and wind up replacing them, but I dont think the pickups were the issue here. The unplugged tone just wasnt doing it for me and I think it was my choice of woods. I want to point out that the Carvin did not sound bad, in fact it sounds good on a recording I did, but for the amount of money I spent I want something that really wows me. Id definitely consider a Carvin again but with different woods, perhaps the more standard alder body and ebony fingerboard. The swamp ash body and maple board make this a good slap bass. It also had a good, solid sounding B string. Reliability: I didnt own the Carvin long enough to comment on its long-term durability but it seemed plenty solid, plus it comes with a 5 year warranty. Customer support: Ive ordered several items from Carvin and always gotten exactly what I ordered. This is the first time Ive returned merchandise but it went smoothly, no hassle at all. The friendly fellow I spoke to told me the procedure. He asked me to include a sheet of paper with my comments with the bass, which I did. Carvin is interested in your input, which is great. The credit showed up on my next Visa bill. Overall rating: I dont think this bass will take long to sell at the Carvin showroom, it just wasnt for me. I would definitely deal with Carvin again. The hard part is the educated guesswork involved when selecting your options. I own other Carvin gear and the company has great quality and bang for the buck. Here's a photo of the bass: [/IMG] Nice huh?