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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LuoLi, Oct 4, 2001.


  1. LuoLi

    LuoLi

    Apr 2, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I got my Carvin this week and things are good. It's a 5 string fretless Bunny Brunel model with 2 HB2 pickups, the piezo bridge and the "jaco" fretboard coating (my name for it).

    The good
    Very well made instrument, it's light, very well balanced, looks really nice. The EQ has a very noticible boost and cut. Easy to play but I might get it adjusted soon (I'm in Ohio). The piezo sounds pretty good, but it picks up everything, so be careful. Price was very reasonable.

    The OK
    I still have the strings that came with it. They are stainless and the combination of the string and the fretboard coating is a little metal on metal sounding. And the b string is OK (it's 34" scale). The pickups by themselves are OK, you need the EQ on to really make them sound good. Can't get a good "mwha" yet. It's in there but it maybe a string issue.

    The bad
    Not any fault with the bass. I have no band, and I just bought the Diablo II battle chest and it has taken away some playing time.

    So if anything, I need to adjust the neck and have an option of putting in better pickups/preamp, but that's far in the futre. I have some Fodera strings coming my way so hopefully they should make a difference. This is going to the blues jam on Sunday and Monday, so we'll see.

    My question for all you fretless Pedulla owners.. What kind of strings to you use? Because I've had a much easier time with the "mwha" on them and my bass should have the same fretboard coating.
     
  2. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Great to see another Carvin player around here. What made you decide to get the 2 HB pickups? I've heard a lot of people say they don't like them. What woods did you select? And which finish?

    My BB75P is scheduled to be completed on November 5. I ordered it with the 5-piece maple neck with two koa stripes, koa body sides with tung oil finish, black chrome hardware, no inlays on the fingerboard, straplocks, and an H50N stacked humbucker in the neck position. Since it's a P-series with the piezos, it will have the HB pickup at the bridge position, but if I don't like that pickup, I'll send it back and get them to make me another one like it but without the piezos and without the HB. I really thought about getting two H50N's or maybe two J99 single coils, but I wanted to try that piezo bridge, and it only comes with the HB bridge pickup for some reason.
     
  3. So is that two MM style humbuckers?
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I don't own a Pedulla Buzz, but Pedulla recommends nickel roundwounds for use on the Buzz fretless.

    Congratulations on your new bass!:)
     
  5. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
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    The HB5W HB Alnico-5 humbucking bass pickups

    Wide spacing 5 string bass humbucker with large Alnico-5 pole pieces. 2.9" spacing between center of outside string poles. Dimentions: 4.6"L x 1.9"W
     
  6. LuoLi

    LuoLi

    Apr 2, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    On the 2 HB2s. I just wanted a bigger sound, and thought it would be different. I got the basic wood options, and I have a blueburst finish. I'm supprised you didn't ask about the "Jaco" coating... :)

    The pickups are the only thing I not very happy with. They sound much better than what I had before, but it's a little hard to explain, but something is missing. I have a really good starting poing, and i can always change the pickups. It's a really fine bass, but it's not "oh my god, this is awsome" good.

    Be careful with the piezo, there can be a lot of noise there and you might have to mute the other strings because you will hear them.

    I got my Fodera strings (the "diamond series") and it sounds much better.
     
  7. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Ok, I am kind of curious what a "Jaco" coating is.

    About the piezos, most people I've heard from that have them on Carvin basses seem to think they get the best results by using mostly the sound of the magnetic pickups and just blending a little bit of the piezo sound in with it. Would you agree with that?
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I don't know specifically about Carvin, but on my Sonus Custom fretless 5, I blend the bridge pickup and the piezo 50/50.
     
  9. LuoLi

    LuoLi

    Apr 2, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I agree abou the piezo bridge. It brings out the sound of the strings more but the magnetic pickups are much quieter.

    OK.. The "Jaco" coating is a little know option Carvin provides. It's a special order item and it's very time consuming so it's a little secret. I found out about it becasue I saw Bunny on the CAB tour and his bass had a really shiny coating. I asked him about it later and he said it was the "special Bunny Brunel coating". I asked a question via the carvin web page and yes it did exist and it would cost X amount. I called a product specialist and he confirmed the option. It's a polyurathane (and epoxy ?) finish.

    When I ordered, the guy didn't know what the hell I was talking about and wasn't going to give it to me. So after a couple of days they finally hooked me up with the guy that told me about it on the web page and we were set up. So it's little know inside the company.

    So if you want the option, go to the web page and ask a product specialist what the "bunny Brunel coating" is anbd tell them you saw him play and noticed the shiny fretboard. They'll tell you if they can do it or not (this is a special order item), then you want to talk to the guy that sent you the e-mail.
    And it's called the "Hard as Nails" coating, but I like the "Jaco" name better. It does add 3 weeks to your build time though.
     
  10. mgood

    mgood

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Ok, it seems like I've heard of them putting some kind of coating on fretlesses before. I didn't really know what it was about.

    There are options they have that are not listed in the catalog or on the website. Some are more well known than others. The double HB pickups you have is an example. They say they don't always list everything because of space and printing costs. :rolleyes:
     
  11. LuoLi

    LuoLi

    Apr 2, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    They could provide a list on the web page. But you know how expensive bits/ bandwidth is..:)