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It's official. New Carvin model

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mark beem, Feb 5, 2014.


    PBFACTOR Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2001
    Boise, ID
    looks like an esp.
  2. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, Source Audio, Hipshot
    Might be cool in a trans finish with a figured top. As-is, doesn't do much for me.
  3. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    I'm disappointed. 5-string only? Why?

    Oh, and Carvin? The 80's called. They want their "new, aggressive headstock" back.

    And why oh why is the only pic in that hideous finish?
  4. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
    :( I had hoped that Carvin would- just for once- make a decent looking instrument. No luck yet.
  5. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    No, 4 and 6 string models are also available.
  6. Handyman

    Handyman Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    This is obviously targeted at the metal crowd, of which I'm not a part. I am curious about their updated radiused humbucker, though.

    For what its worth, I thought the blue bolt on prototype they brought to NAMM looked much cooler.
  7. From the link:

    The Xccelerator X54 is also available in a 4-string and 6-string configuration, the X44 and X64.
  8. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    OK, I missed that. But the only one on their site right now is the fiver.
  9. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    I'd like to see one in some natural finishes. I kinda dig it.
  10. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    The LBs, the Icons, and the Brombergs are all more than "decent looking". Some of them are downright beautiful. :eyebrow:

  11. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Pointy instruments aren't my idea of style either, especially the pointy headstock, but I must say that any trend toward basses based on a P-J configuration (actually P-H here) with more than 4 strings is always deemed an advance by me. Especially when you can order two as a fretted-fretless pair.
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    Meh. Not my thing. Like a cross between an LTD and a Jackson.

    Not sure why Carvin wouldn't rerelease the REAL 80's Carvin basses such as the V220. That would be a cool bass for metal!

  13. Saltymule


    Jan 21, 2014
    Northern Utah
    (Not sure why Carvin wouldn't rerelease the REAL 80's Carvin basses such as the V220.)


    I was thinking the same thing today. My daughter has a white '86 V220 w/ Kahler. It's still new. It's uncomfortable to play so it stays in it's case.
  14. georgiagoodie

    georgiagoodie It's all fun&games 'til the winged monkeys show up Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    'Not crazy about the angled tuners.
  15. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Cross between a Jackson JS2 and a Washburn.
  16. 5StringPocket

    5StringPocket Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I also liked that beveled blue bolt on prototype they brought to NAMM. There was a pic of Brian Bromberg holding it which also showed the headstock. Looked like it used a pair of the radiused humbuckers. I hope they go forward with that one.
  17. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    I think the Bromberg line is pretty sharp.
  18. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    This is probably a perfectly good bass but the demographic is pretty apparent. This wasn't built for the masses; Carvin has that covered. Yeah, it's a bit on the metalic side for my taste too but I wouldn't knock it without playing it. And heck, with the right finish, I might be into it.
  19. Turkeypills


    Nov 8, 2012
    St. Louis
    I am looking forward to picking up a 6 string version in the future. I really dig the look in a metal context. For everything else I will probably just use a P bass.