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Carvin Custom

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Oct 1, 2001.


  1. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    i am in class with an extremly talented woodworker, and was flirting with the idea of making a bass. i would get the carvin 6 string neck thru neck. the electronics would be left to my stepbrother. i have calculated this out to be around 550, and also flirted with the idea of why not just go for the full monty and do a six fretted six fretless doubleneck.
    what do you guys think?
     
  2. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    AWESOME idea. I say we go for the doubleneck! But use swamp ash if you can get it -- anything else is gonna be REAL heavy. (Turner's double 7 weighs like 23 pounds!)
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Very cool idea, LW.

    Like eli said, go for the doubleneck! Be sure and post some in progress pictures as you make it.:)
     
  4. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Yep, good idea. Carvin used to make several doublenecks, but they've been discontinued. There was a six-string guitar and 12-string guitar, a 6-string guitar and 4-string bass (I wanted that one), and a 4-string fretted bass and 4-string fretless. They used to make them with maple necks and maple bodies. Probably why they stopped, nobody could lift one!
     
  5. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    A Maple body DOUBLENECK! What were they THINKing?

    And be sure to go the current hi-tech route and position the two necks at a slight angle, not parallel. Like in the pic of the Pedulla double halfway down this page:

    http://www.markegan.com/bio.html
     
  6. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    IF i actually build it. the doubleneck would be sweet as ****, but i dont think carvin makes a fretless neck thru. i dont know, ill have to contact them and see what they can do. possibly a melted top too, not too eleaborate, but nice looking.

    the ideal body wood is swamp ash
    the top will be made from ebony and zebrawood. like i said this guy is real talented so we'll see what he can do.

    problem is, no one i know has built anything but furniture. a doublenck would be a bitch to make, especialy when neither of us hasd expearience. the single would be a huge undertaking, and the doble would be unreal.
     
  7. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Up until 1989 or '90, maple was the standard wood for bodies and necks on all their guitars and basses. Koa has been an option for as long as I've been getting the catalogs ('83 or '84).


    They do make fretless neck-throughs. And you can buy the necks seperately. All of the neck and headstock options are available on the necks you buy by themselves even though many of them are not listed in the catalog or on the website.
     
  8. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    we've decided on a single neck 6 string fretted, at least at first. it will have a melted style top with ebony and zebrawood, a mahogony body i think. it will cost about 600$. brian (the woodworker) says that he wouldnt want to do a double as his first instrument. maybe later on
     
  9. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    I wonder if that's why their bodies used to be so SMALL -- so they'd be a little lighter.
     
  10. Justin V

    Justin V

    Dec 27, 2000
    Alameda, CA
    That's genious!!! Somebody should make one of those. Maybe Fender or Gibson? I'd buy it.
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    the guitarist in my band has a doubleneck carvin, 6/12 . he's not that crazy about it - the 12 string neck kicks butt, but he has some issues with the way the 6 string neck plays. still though, it's a pretty decent guitar.

    he's probably going to sell it and get bill conklin to build him a doubleneck guitar. i know he's talked to bill about it.
     
  12. beermonkey

    beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    A double-neck 6 string bass? That's quite possibly the most worthless idea I've ever heard. What would be the point, other than to have a ridiculously large instrument that would be prohibitively heavy.
     
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Why?
     
  14. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :rolleyes:

    ah, yes, the ignoramous vote has weighed in.
     
  15. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    I just saw a post from another guy on the Carvin board. He doesn't work for Carvin or have any "inside" information, just a guy that owns several and is interested in more. He said that someone at Carvin told him on the phone that they will still build doublenecks. If you want one, they'll build it. BUT, once you order it, you can not change your mind about options, and you can't return it just because you don't like it like you can with their other guitars and basses. Evidently they don't want these things in stock gathering dust.
     
  16. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    I'll handle this, jt...

    beermonkey --

    You're not from around here, are you? :p

    Go look at this and count carefully...

    http://www.lordonly.net/lojtbas1.htm