Carvin Players

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Grant22, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Grant22

    Grant22 Groovin' the gospel

    Oct 29, 2005
    Winter Garden FL
    Do you use the stock strings or did you change them?

  2. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    On my LB75P:

    1) Stock Carvin's
    2) DR Fat Beams
    3) Ken Smith Rock Masters
    4) Labella Hard Rockin (in the mail)

    I have not found a low B yet that I am satisfied with. The search continues.
  3. Give a try to the Zon Regular 5 String... it's officially called UltraSonic Stainless 5-string bass set regular gauge ($37)
  4. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    1. stock
    2. D'Addario XL170
    3. Dean Markley Will Lee's SR2000

    I like the odd sizes (.047, .067, .087, .107, .127). They just seem to feel better than the .050's or the .045's. Also, they are tapered so that only the core rests on the bridge (and not the winding). I like 'em, others do not.

    If I had trouble finding them, I would go back to the D'Addario's.
  5. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    When I was into the bright stainless steel thing, nothing really did it for me but Rotosound RS66LD. But I haven't used them in a while. I've been very happy with the Carvin strings nickel roundwounds. They're made for us by Labella. I've been told I need to check out some Elixers, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. My V440T I bought on eBay has Trace Elliot strings on it because that's what it came with and I haven't gotten around to changing them. I'm not real thrilled with them. But I don't really play that bass much, it's more of a novelty.
  6. SwitchGear


    Mar 23, 2005
    On my B5, Carvin nickel rounds sound the best so far and have lasted a good long time. In fact, I have not had a set of nickel plated rounds on any bass that have lasted as long as these have.

    I in fact had a set of Elixers on it but the B string went dead in a only a couple of weeks.
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    my favorite string when I was playing an LB75 tuned tenor were the purple silked Ken Smith steels.... "Rock Masters" I think
  8. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith

    Sep 9, 2001
    The stock strings are perfectly fine. After a few weeks I swapped 'em for DR Hi Beams and was happier, but still, the stock Carvin's are fine.
  9. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    I've never changed the roundwound strings that came on my lb75f 5 years ago. The sustain hasn't suffered, but the old strings and the fact that it is frettless, make it definately a more round and less bright sounding instrument. I play it so much that I am tempted to change them, but it sounds so good now, why bother to change.

    If I had a fretted carvin, I would probably have changed the strings a couple of times by now, but when you like to cut the highs anyway, it becomes less vital to change the strings often.
  10. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    That was the first thing I changed on both my B5's. The Carvin strings were terrible, almost made me return my first one!

    Once I put on D'Addario XL170-5's.....whole new bass!
  11. BlacksHole


    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    On my fretless 5 I prefer the tapewounds that you can get through Carvin. On my Fretted 6 I'm using TI rounds.
  12. Lucky Flameout

    Lucky Flameout Dark Stage Krawler

    Nov 20, 2005
    Falcon, Colorado
    I was given a set of stainless Ken Smith Rock Masters by a well-known bass maker, and I had to raise the action SO high just to get them to stop buzzing. I left them on my LB75 for 2 days, then tossed them.......................

    After 20+ years of playing Ernie Ball Super Slinky (pink pack) guitar strings, and some 10+ years of playing Ernie Ball Super Slinky 5-string bass strings (green pack), I went back to the Ernie Balls, lowered the action way back down and I have been gigging steadily in a classic rock band, and very happy with the EB's..........................
  13. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    I recently switched to Daddario Pro Steels on my LB 75. .135 B string sounds like thunder. These strings last really well, and have a great, defined top end. Before that, I was using a custom set of chromium alloy strings made for me by Phil Petillo, with a .139 B. These were a little more "polite" than the Daddarios, but also sounded great.
  14. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    sounds like they were a lesser tension then the strings you truss rod were set too. When I switched from Roto Swing bass strings I had to mess with the rod at least 4 or 5 times over a 2 week period.

    I've played nothing be stainless steels since the early 80s. Rotos to start, then Smiths. I had a deal on GHS stuff and stayed with their Super Steels but never really dug them. Now I usually string with SIT Rock Bright Steels or D'Addario Pro Steels. Both are killer Stainless rounds IMO/E.
  15. I used their flatwounds on my fretless for a while before I switched over to D'addario roundwounds (I they're its D'addario. And I'm not really sure if I spelled it right.)
  16. Darth Tater

    Darth Tater

    May 20, 2005
    Carvin strings are made by LaBella...they are the same strings as the Deep Talkin' Bass.
  17. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
  18. tenor 5-string? how do u tune that C-G-D-A-E or F-C-G-D-A?
  19. The strings that came with my LB76F are the best strings i've ever used, I used Daddario's after that and the low B sounded very faint, then i switched the low B to a Elixer Nano web of my 5-String trail pack, and it still sounds faint, I got my LB75 used so i don't what strings came on it, I've used Blue Steel and Ernie Ball strings and I use the Ernie balls and they sound fine, the B sounds just as good as the rest of the strings
  20. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I actually tuned it E-A-D-G-B... like a guitar tuned an octave lower with a broken High E string. There was no internet, hardly a bass specific mag, just me with no real means of learning what was in my head but to take guitar lessons and teach myself the bass I wanted to play.