Carvin PreAmp Installation

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Hambone, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. T prove that I actually get to do some guitar work sometimes here's a pic of a just finished project - Installing a Carvin 501B Active Bass Module in a 5 string fretless Samick owned by the bassplayer in our churches praise band.


    The deal involved designing a new cavity using as much of the old one as was possible. I routed it using a pattern I had drawn on the computer and cut on a CNC router. The position of the controls was patterned also so they fit properly. Then the cavity was lined with copper, soldered, and the electronics, pickups, and battery were installed. This was a pretty easy alteration and was done because it was cheaper than a new set of pickups. The only thing missing from the middle is the post between the PCB's that is the mount for a single screw that holds the back on. Along with a fingerboard shaping and dressing, the whole project took about 8 hours over a couple of weeks. I had to go slow since this was someone elses baby. If it were mine it wouldn't be as flawless!!
  2. *pats Hambone on the head* Thats nice dear.


    Hmm the cavity for my active electronics doesn't have any shielding whatsoever. Is this a problem?? The bass sounds ok, never had a problem with it sounding distorted etc.

  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    It looks like those pots for the tone controls are mounted on the circuit board. Is there any flexibility for knob placement with the Carvin preamp or do you have to have the holes for the pots in the exactly the right place?
  4. Nice looking work! [​IMG]
  5. The volume (active/passive) and the pan pot are on 1 board with the bass and treble on another. The midrange has it's own small board. You do have some flexibility with the placement of the 2 main boards and the midrange but it's limited by the 4 black wires you see looping over the boards. What I'm saying is that between the 2 pots on each board, there's no flexibility but between the 2 (or 3) separate boards there's more.
  6. My washburn has the pots mounted on the board. It is annoying. I have to replace the dual gang 100k volume pot. But because the thread is extra long, the place i am ordering it from is looking to order it from the States or Korea because its just not available from within Australia.



    Hey Hambone when did u become a supporting mod? Or did u sweet talk paul for an avatar??? And how come u don't have Supporting Mod under your name?