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Replace PU's For Carvin LB75?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by rickreyn, Aug 31, 2001.

  1. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I am acquiring second hand a mint Carvin LB75 with J and HB pickups and piezo's. I wanted to know upfront if I can replace the stock pickups with Bartolinis down the road? Will routing be necessary and can I leave in the existing wiring? My luthier friend will do the work. I would be open to other PU suggestions as well. Also, who has the best relationship with Bartolini to get an order filled in this century? My idea is that the Bart's will be the coup de grace, given the premium woods on the guitar. On the other hand, I may not like the guitar and I may sell it, or I might just like the stock setup. Just looking ahead. I know other threads exist on TB, especially re: the HB (e.g. Basslines PU replacement), but I wanted to kill all my stones with one throw.
  2. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I believe that they will fit right in, I have heard of cases where there was some very minor filing that had to be done down inside the pockets but is covered up by the pups. My good freind is a luthier and has a direct line I believe to get the barts so email me or let me know and i will hook you up so it wont take all year.
  3. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I got my Carvin and would like to know if anyone has ever replaced the HB pick on a Carvin and with what?

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  4. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I replaced the HB on my 4 string LB70 with the ceramic Basslines Musicman pickup. It made a huge difference in the sound. I also changed the coil tap switch to a 3 way switch (series/split/parallel) for even more tonal options. The Basslines really sounds good in series and the default for Carvin HB is parallel. There was no routing or anything else needed. I did have to reverse the wiring on the basslines pickup because it was magnetically out of phase with the J99 I have in the neck, but that was no big deal. My local luthier did the install of the pickup, the switch, and the wiring correction for about $50 and gave it a garantee. I now have the Carvin J99 in the neck and the Basslines MM in the bridge and I love the sound. (I also kept the original Carvin electronics). After all of that, I sold the Carvin HB pickup on ebay for quite a bit of money :)
    that more than paid for the install of the Basslines.
    BTW, I bought the Basslines from Warmoth.

  5. mjw


    Jun 12, 2001
    Spring, TX USA
    Hi KB,

    How would you characterize the difference in sound? My LB75P has an HB2 in the bridge and a stacked HB in the neck. I'm wondering how an MM would sound with the stacked HB neck pup.

  6. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC

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