Did Bunny Brunel leave Carvin for ESP?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Grand Moff Tim, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. So, this was in a recent ESP newsletter email:

    "Also new to the ESP roster, jazz/fusion great Bunny Brunel is introducing the LTD BB-1004/QM and LTD BB-1005FL/QM. Respective 4-string and 5-string fretless basses, the basses include neck-thru-body construction, quilted maple tops, a special Aguilar pickup set with OBP-3 active preamp, and ebony fingerboard."

    And this pic is floating around:


    I tried searching to see if there's already a thread about this here, so apologies if it is, but seriously, ***? I didn't see this coming at all. Was the Carvin not selling anymore? Anyone know the reasons behind this?
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  2. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC/JAM USA: Distributor of Ashdown amplification
    Yes, he did. I'm pretty close to the Sr. VP of marketing and sales at ESP. This happened a few months ago. I was quite interested since Bunny was my biggest influence in the early 80's.
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  3. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    Looks cool, kinda Conklin shaped but less stretched out, I like the headstock too.
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Doesn't look much different from his Carvin bass, but I guess that's understandable. Neat bass, though.
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  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    The Bunny was always my favorite Carvin design. Looks like they are gone from Carvin's site.
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  6. tobias3469

    tobias3469 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    West Los Angeles
    The Frank Bello model with the polished pick guard looks kinda sweet
  7. scourgeofgod


    Aug 17, 2006
    Totally, I had p-fever a while back and came close to buying the 204 a couple of times.
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  8. tobias3469

    tobias3469 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    West Los Angeles
  9. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    The Bunny Brunel had been a Carvin endorser for what, 20 years? That's a heck of a long endorsement arrangement.

    The ESP version of his bass looks pretty nice. Nearly the same as the Carvin, but with a nicer looking headstock. :)
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  10. tobias3469

    tobias3469 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2013
    West Los Angeles
    Bunny Brunel has been in the Carvin catalogs since I started playing

    Not sure exactly how long.
  11. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    Kinda ironic since Carvin still has a double B initial endorser (Brian Bromberg).
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  12. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    I've come close to ordering a fretless Bunny a few times. This might be cool. I think the electronics may be a step up from what Carvin offers.

    I love my RB1005.
  13. It looks like Carvin's doing a good job of running off their loyal, long-time endorsers and signature artists...
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  14. Papazita


    Jun 27, 2008
    Ya know, as influential as the guy has been in the instrument world (don't forget he's the "BB" in Yamaha's BB series, too), I don't think I've ever actually heard Bunny Brunel's music.

    I know who he is, but do I know anything he played on? Not that I'm aware of.

    This ESP looks nice; just like the Carvin but with a cooler headstock. I like it.
  15. He's all over YouTube. Check out some of his stuff, especially with Chick Corea. He's a monster in the Jazz/Fusion world. He's also one of the nicest musicians I've ever met. Really open and down-to-earth.

    +1. Maybe instead of fancy colors (and often too many of them at once) maybe Carvin should revamp their headstocks!
  16. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    I saw Bunny with Chick Corea on the Tap Step tour in the early '80s. :bassist: I also have some CAB CDs.
  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Not a fan of the 5 inline headstock at all. I do like Carvin's headstock better on that bass.

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  18. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Agreed, the 5 inline looks goofy. I'm liking the 4 string version, thought.
  19. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Wow, I did not know that.

    [edit: ...and apparently for good reason: Not true, as per below.]
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2015
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  20. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    The Carvin looks better, but Carvin's got the finish thing down.