NBD Carvin AC50

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by woodyng, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    Just got this in a trade for an Avatar cabinet. It's a fretted 5 string,to compliment my AC40 Fretless. It came with a new set of Rotosound tapewounds,which appear to be too big for the nut slots. (the d string is the only string sitting IN the slot,the others are almost completely on top of the nut). Even though i love the Labella tapes on my fretless,the Roto's sound clacky and kind of warbly on this bass. Anyone try any other string types on their fretted ac40/50's? This is actually the first 5 string bass I've ever owned,so there is going to be a learning phase of seeing if i can get accustomed to playing it. It has one of the most comfortable (wide and shallow) necks i've played,and the feel overall is great. I am really impressed by Carvin's build quality and well designed details.

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  2. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Congrats! When I had an AC40 I only used LaBella tapes, so I can't help you there.

    Have fun with that beauty!
  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I don't know about the b but I know the stock labella tapes that come on the ac40 have a 115 e string. The roto e string can't be bigger than 115 can it? Maybe the nut was replaced at some point.
  4. Bassist4Eris

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    Awesome! I love Carvins, and I've always wanted one in greenburst.
  5. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    The Roto trubass set is 65-135,with a 115 E,pretty much the same as the Labella set,so i don't know. The wrap on the rotos is a lot bigger and looser looking than the labellas on my fretless. I have ordered a new set of the Labella white tapewounds for the 5 string. I will probably try to sell the rotos,since they are brand new. I have not used or liked any rotosound strings in decades now,and it looks like these are not going to change my mind about them. The nut looks original to me,so if the new labellas don't fit in the slots,i will file them a bit. I was thinking about puting flatwounds or even half rounds on the bass,but i think the labella's are a great sonic match for these basses.
    Meanwhile,here's another pic of the back of the bass. The trans green looks really nice over the mahogoney,doesn't it?