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new (to me) Carvin LB75F

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by g00eY, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    :) :bassist: :cool: :smug: :p ;) :hyper: :D

    here she is:

    letting her acclimate for a couple hours before i open it, since UPS probably drives with their doors open and my house's temp is significantly greater than outside right now in chilly suburban Chicago.

    i'll post more later, after i actually open it and play it. i can't wait!
  2. You're toying with me..
  3. You know it's bad when the wait is killing US!!! :D

    Any specs you can post before you open the case to behold all its glory? ;)
  4. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    What an anticlimax...I'll be watching this one! :ninja:
  5. this is one of the best threads yet haha

    cant wait to see what it looks like.
  6. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    here we go! i finally opened up the case and she is beautiful. from what i know:

    Carvin LB75F Lined Fretless Bass
    - 1995-1997
    - neck-through construction
    - H50N stacked humbuckers
    - added optional midrange control
    - Wilkinson bridge
    - Carvin tuners
    - flamed maple top
    - i'm guessing classic sunburst?
    - matching headstock
    - body sides i guess would be poplar, but i could be wrong
    - ebony fingerboard
    - drop dead gorgeous :)

    that's all i know off the top of my head. it's really hard to find out everything if you buy a used Carvin, especially if the specs aren't passed down from the original owner/designer.

    first, the Carvin LB75F with my Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 and 115 BLX-II cab:

    my baby sitting on it's stand:

    the Wilkinson bridge - the bridge that was great at its time, but has long since been surpassed:

    pic of the flame and the pickups:

    the B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L flamed maple top:

    another picture of the pickups from the top:

    the knobs, including the added midrange control:

    yummmmmmmm, fretless:

    the matching headstock:

    made in USA:

    word. the bass is just amazing, especially for being 10 years old. my only bass right now is this one, and fretless is friggin hard, but hopefully i'll pick it up real fast :) .

    and props to Gorgula for selling this baby to me, for the great job as a seller, and the packaging.
  7. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    nice Carvin 6er you got there. fretless is great, i just finished playing around with it some more, and i'm really getting used to it already!
  8. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
  9. It looks great! Congrats!
  10. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    You will be pleased to know that the body wings are probably not poplar, but are probably alder. As usual, I could be wrong, but I think that this is the case.
  11. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Oh yeah, nice bass.
  12. Do you happen to have a photo of the back of the body?
  13. TK65


    Jan 16, 2003
    The body wings are most likely alder. Poplar was used from 1990-1995, and the Wilkinson TW-4 bridge was used from 1991-1997. However, those look like Carvin tuners, which were used from 1995-present, and it has the midrange control, which was optional in '95, standard in later years. So, I'd date that as a '95-'97 model, meaning unless it's an early '95, it's alder. Most likely - there are *always* exceptions when it comes to Carvin gear.

    Your friendly Carvin Museum webmaster. http://www.carvinmuseum.com
  14. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    thanks everyone! yup, i took a look at the Carvin Museum after the Carvin rep suggested i go there to find more. i pretty much narrowed it down to 95-97, too.

    i'll try to get a good pic of the back sometime today.
  15. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Wow, what a stunner! I'm not usually a fan of "painted" basses but thats looking very cool!
  16. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    here are the requested pics of the back :) :

    one of the tuners:

    attempt at a good picture of the wood grain:

    pic of the back of the neck:

    the whole thing:

    the back of the body:

    an angle shot of the body:
  17. Can anybody tell if that's Alder or Poplar?
  18. g00eY


    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    sorry for the poor quality pics, my camera was dying :meh: .
  19. For identifying the parts/woods, have you tried contacting Carvin w/ the serial #? Don't know if they'll have any records of old instruments but u can try....