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New (Used) Icon with Spalted Maple Top

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WoodyG3, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Here are a few pics of my new (used) Carvin Icon. It has an aftermarket preamp, Carvin soapbar pickups, walnut body and neck with spalted maple top. It has a great neck with perfect fretwork, and a very nice, "modern" tone.





  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That's a lot of pretty woods. Enjoy!
  3. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    Stunning. What preamp ended up in there?
  4. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Did they play that thing! Sweet bass! Congrats!
  5. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    What a beaut! :cool:

    I've got a couple of Icons myself. Love 'em!

  6. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I'm told it's a Bass Mods. It seems like a reasonably good pre. Still thinking about putting a Carvin pre back in. Also thinking of trying the Carvin radiused single pickups. But, it sounds really good as is, so I'll probably just leave it. :)
  7. That's gorgeous. Just how I'd want to make one if I got one. Love spalted maple. How much does it weigh out of curiosity? I've been thinking about Carvin but it seems like most of their basses are on the 9+ lb. weight.
  8. wednesdayagain


    Sep 28, 2012
    That's a beauty
  9. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I don't have a good scale and I haven't weighed it, but since it's walnut, it's not light. It's not what I'd call heavy, though. I'd guess it's 8 1/2 to 9 pounds. But, that's just a guess. It's really well balanced, which helps keep it comfortable on the old shoulder.

    As far as Carvins go in general, the SB basses are on the heavy side, but the other models are generally average to light IME.
  10. I played an Icon at GC one time and just loved the feel and looks of the bass. Sounded nice too, though pretty modern. My main bass is 7.3 lbs. so almost anything is heavy compared to that. :)
  11. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Is that your Sadowsky? 7.3 pounds is crazy light!
  12. Very nice! I never was fond of black and/or gold hardware, but black and gold fits in this case. If the truss rod cover were black that would be IT (but that's just me)! Enjoy your find!
  13. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Thats her silly light and fancy and great playing and great sounding Sadowsky.... :p I guess it's pretty nice.

    I love the Icon series. Almost bought one myself recently. Easily my favorite bass in Carvins lineup.
  14. Quackhead


    Jan 17, 2012
    Elk Grove, CA
    The spalt on that isn't over the top, but it has nice color and the flame figure is really nice.
  15. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Older than dirt ;)
    beautiful bass woody - any pics of the back?
  16. Gabriel51


    Sep 30, 2008
    An instrument has to have enough mass to offset the string vibration especially a B string.
    I had a fretless LB75 Carvin that weighed 7 LBs and was a nice bass but the B string was less than stellar.
    The best sounding basses for me have always had some weight.
    Nice looking Icon!
  17. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Here ya' go:


  18. Congrats! WOW.

    I love basses that reveal a whole new character simply by flipping them over. I know that sounds loaded with innuendo, but it was unintended.
  19. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Gorgeous bass!
  20. Absolutely beautiful instrument. It looks like it sounds great....