Carvin LB76 Reviews?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hjschwartz, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. hjschwartz


    Jun 7, 2013
    I'm thinking of picking up a 6 string and I saw a Carvin LB76 online used for a pretty reasonable price. I'm a leftie so the choices are a bit limited in my price range. On the other hand, I've heard that the electronics have a pretty bland sound. If you have one or have played one, what do you think?
  2. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    Never had an LB76 but another Carvin I had felt kind of 'chunky' to me...
  3. The Carvin electronics have changed over the years so you will need to specify what year the bass was made if you know. I'm puzzled by the 'chunky' comment in the above post. I have a LB75F and the neck is very thin front-to-back. Any 6-string bass is going to have a wide neck, some will be wider than others depending on the string spacing.

    The big band that I play in almost never notices what bass I am using. The sax section always commented on how good the LB75 sounded with the stock pickups and electronics. This is the early 90s 2-band EQ and humbucking Jazz pickups. I had the bass routed for EMG DC pickups and put in an EMG BQC tone circuit and the comments about sounding good stopped. I put the original pickups (under dummy soapbar shells) and original preamp back in and the band started commenting on how good the bass sounded again. Not a scientific study but at least my particular bass sounds best with the original electronics.

    Rick B.
  4. RickC


    Jun 9, 2005
    One of the best bangs for the buck in a used 6-string, imo. As mentioned above, the electronics changed over the years. Early ones were humbucking with 2-band (what I have), then later single coil with 3-band, and maybe some other variations as well. I'm actually quite happy with the electronics in mine, but note that Bartolini makes a drop-in replacement for these basses. At the price these usually go for (I paid $600 for mine, in very clean condition) it doesn't hurt too much to have to upgrade the electronics if you want.

  5. TheArchitect


    Aug 4, 2009
    My LB76 is a circa 2000 model. OBP, 3 band EQ and 2 jazz style pickups that I believe are hum cancelling. If they aren't they are the quietest single coils I have ever heard. The preamp is good and the EQ offers a lot of flexibility but I am finding that I prefer to use the passive mode for recording.
  6. hjschwartz


    Jun 7, 2013
    Thanks, it was good advice, I'm already trying to figure out which responsibilities I can blow off to get in more playing time on this beast.
  7. jg42


    Jul 12, 2012
    Ok, not a lb76, but a 6 string fretless Icon here. Love the neck and string spacing (I have small hands), preamp is ok, however the pickups didn't work for me that well. Not enough highs for me - they have a roll off in the treble area and somewhat exaggerated high mids. It was mentioned above, there are a few options for an upgrade, I chose Delano and very happy with them so far.
    Also, please keep in mind that wood choice will affect the tone as well and had I ordered something brighter sounding (mine is mahogany) the stock pickups could have very well worked better for me.
  8. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    I never saw this thread until now--sounds like you took the plunge and like what you've got. I also have an LB76 (fretless). Would love to see some pics, if you've got 'em.
  9. hjschwartz


    Jun 7, 2013
    Sorry, I haven't been on here in quite a while. All the none bass related crap in life has taken up most of my time. Since you asked for some pictures, here they are. Its got a few dings and some extra paint on the neck where the previous owner added some marks for drop tuning, but overall it looks good and plays great.

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  10. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Nice! I get seasick looking at that upside down thing, but she is a beaut!