i've been on a bit of a buying spree lately...started about two months ago when i picked up a fender p-bass lyte deluxe off ebay, ordered a carvin BB70...and started waiting... (at some point during that wait, i got bored and bought a sadowsky...shame on me!) but anyway the carvin arrived and here's the review custom bb70 4 string bunny brunel bass koa sides, maple neck through w/ flat wounds installed single coil neck humbucking bridge 3 band eq some tap split switch all tung oil everything (no laquer for me, thanks!) total price, approx $1050 wait, about 5 weeks first thoughts...pretty much dead on with what i expected...certainly not overwhelmed, comfortably pleased koa was reasonably grained, certainly nothing great, but not bad either... bass felt a bit heavier than i thought it would be. i was told it should come in around 8.25 lbs and 8.5 lbs and it's closer to 9.5 lbs, speaking of which, while i'm on the subject of confusion, i should mention that my experience with the carvin salesfolk was a bit more confusing than others -- some said the bass won't weigh more because of koa, others said 2 pounds, etc etc. i also special ordered a no signature headstock, which one salesman said, no big deal to, another screamed at me for taking the "artist's name off a painting"...anyway... fit and finish was absolutely immaculate, i mean 100% perfect. in fact i'm comfortable saying that it's probably pretty darn hard to physically put the pieces together than these guys do. wiring was nice, all parts in tight and solid. and now...the scary part...well if you've heard anything about carvin that's bad it either's the post-sales service or the sound...unfortunately my story is the same... even through my polytone combo 15" amp with some serious eq tweaking, the bass just did not have the warmth of the mahog fender (and not even close to the sad, but i would argue that's no where near a fair comparison). best way i can describe the tone is: "bright, techy, flash-bass sounding." now don't get me wrong, if this were it, i'd just chalk it up to my inexperience with the bass, eq, etc...but what has pushed me over the edge is this...the neck of that bass is just a bit wider than i'd like. the string spcing is quite difficult to get used to... conclusion: it's an "ok" bass, would i recommend it? doubt it. as i suspected, carvin's are a darn fine $5-700 instrument and most purchases that i'd recommend from their catalog are in that price range. i'd imagine spending $500 or so on a nice bolt on bass, swapping the neck pickup for a duncan or something with more tone in it, swapping some thomastiks in there and playing the heck out of it...for $1000+ though, i personally feel it doesn't do it for me... now...don't get me wrong, i can see how that bass may be the holy grail for some, and sheesh with the fit and finish it must be...heck maybe some people LOVE those wide string spacings for popping and slapping madness, but i think it's hard to argue with the electronics needing at least some minor form of upgrading...perhaps a nice duncan neck or something to get the "flashy" brite tone out of it...hrmph anyway, flame away!