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Carvin PB5 or Fender Precision V?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aparker82, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Carvin PB5

    97 vote(s)
  2. Fender USA Precision V

    85 vote(s)
  1. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    So, thinking about the next bass to add to my stable(Currently a Ray35) and I am very intrigued by these two basses, before I had a 5 string my favorite 4 string I ever owned was a 4 string Fender P MIM Bass.

    So I'm wanting to hear what the TB community thinks. Both look like amazing basses.

    Resale on the Fender would probably be better if I ever sold it but after watching the sb5000 sell pretty well used I'm not so sure the PB5 won't do the same unlike other Carvins.

    Looking forward to your input!
  2. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I own two Fender American Standard P5s. I am very happy with both. However if I were in the market again for a new 5 string Precision style bass, the Carvin PB5 would be at the top of my list for consideration.
  3. Fit4pain

    Fit4pain Gold Supporting Member

    May 30, 2012
    San Antonio Texas
    You can buy a Fender or you can order a Carvin made just for you, just the way YOU want it.
  4. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    Fender makes great 4 strings. I voted for the Carvin.
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  5. inthebassclef

    inthebassclef Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    I vote Carvin. I Love Fenders but hate Fender 5 strings. I find their B strings to be super muddy. I have played the 5 string carvin Jazz and it is superb!
  6. imandan


    Apr 30, 2006
    New Jersey
    Depends a lot on if you like to resell your basses. Carvin has virtually no resale value. Just my humble opinion.
  7. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    I'd start with the Carvin. If you don't like it, send it back within ten days!
  8. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    Is there a restocking fee or shipping fee or any other hidden fee
  9. aparker82


    Sep 19, 2012
    What specifically would draw you to the Carvin over your Fenders?
  10. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    More personalized choices, woods, colors, fretboard, fret wire, multi-laminate necks and active/passive switching. I have not actually tried an PB5 or SB5000 for that matter. But there has been enough enthusiasm for the products here from people whose opinion I trust that I would definitely want to try one.
  11. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    The body shape isn't the same as Fender's and that bugs me. But I'm sure it's a great bass.
  12. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yeah, I think the body shape is pretty good, but not great IMO. I recently saw a pic of a PB5 with a beautiful custom pickguard. It looked awesome.
  13. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Upland, California
    Carvin Carvin Carvin
  14. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    I recently picked one up, got a killer deal on it from G.C., I put flats on it and it does a great job. Sunburst with tort guard, American-string thru. Picked it up and it very much satisfied me after I played it thru an Ampeg SVT.
  15. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Which bass are you talking about? ;)
  16. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    Considered both. Bought a Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass V, and Christmas presents for half my family.

    I guess that means I voted carrots?
  17. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Same here, no regrets.
  18. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I voted to go with the Fender. I'm with the others that say the Carvin really takes a hit as far as resale goes. Also, I've never really thought the Carvins offered anything special. I know you can get them custom built to your specs, but even then, I've never played one that thrilled me.
  19. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Just shipping.


    On another note, I'm one of those people who thinks it's probably not the healthiest situation to buy a bass, if you are already thinking about selling it (potential resell value) before you even buy it.

    and besides, most newer Carvins are selling for $700+ on here. That's pretty good resell value. The PB is also a brand new model. You wouldn't have issues selling it, if needed.
  20. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Interesting thread, it would be even moreso if any of the voters had actually played both.

    The P5s and VMP5s do not have muddy Bs but I agree earlier Fenders I have played or heard did. Fender got it right on these, even the $299 Squiers.