The Carvin went back

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LuoLi, Oct 11, 2001.

  1. LuoLi


    Apr 2, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    So I dropped it off at UPS yesterday for the long journey back to San Diego.

    But there is something weird about this. I called and told them I was returning my bass, and I wanted refunded, and the guy was like .. "OK". Didn't ask me why, didn't ask me anything..

    Now you would think that if someone would build a custom bass for you, with a special order option on it, would want to know what the deal is. And if it was an issue with the bass, you would want to know about it.

    Just ranting here... But now I have to find another 5 or 6 string fretless bass and it's not going to be easy.
  2. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    A lot of companies do that, especially if you return it quickly. I think it's odd that a bass company would do that though, but I wouldn't worry about it. Just because they did that doesn't mean you won't get your refund. I'm pretty confident you will get your money back.

    - Chris
  3. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I think that was just Carvin's "No hassle" return policy in effect. I wouldn't be suprised if they contact you to find out what you didn't like.

    Good luck finding something you like better.
  4. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Just out of curiosity, what was it that you didn't like about the bass?
  5. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Fretless 6 String?
    Aria PRO II Steve Bailey Fretless.
  6. LuoLi


    Apr 2, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Just out of curiosity, what was it that you didn't like about the bass?

    It had no "mwah". And I would have had to replace the pickups. And the "hard as nails" wannabe jaco coating was starting to get scratched up (after 5 days).

    I've tried the Steve Baily fretless. It was nice, but I just didn't care for it.

    Carvin will probably call me and rap with me when they get the bass. My friend returned a Carvin bass and they asked him what was wrong, but gave him no problem.
  7. Sorry the Carvin didn't work out. If you are ever in the market for a fretted bass give them another try, I think you will be pleased.

    Give the Ibanez BTB1005 fretless a try. The fretted version is very nice and they are close to the Carvin in price.
  8. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    They take it back without hassle because that's the way they deal with the "I won't buy an instrument I can't try out" attitude. You can try it, at home, at practice, at a gig, whatever. If you decide you don't want it, that's ok, maybe next time, and good luck finding what you're looking for. That's part of what makes Carvin so cool.
  9. I ordered a LB76 fretless from them a couple of years ago with "all the options". I didn't send it back, but should have for the exact same reasons as you - didn't like the tone. I tried several types of strings, settings, setups, etc. I ended up trading it for a new Zon Sonus Custom less than a year later and had no regrets. If you haven't played a Zon fretless, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. IMHO, they make one of the best fretless basses available.

  10. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    It was probably a little bit of a hassle to order it, wait for it, try it out, be disappointed, have to return it, then still continue searching for a new bass. But......Carvin makes a pretty good bass on the whole, and I think it's great that they give you the option to try it and return it if you don't like it. And hey, you have to find an instrument that you're happy with, so in the long run, all the hassle was really worth it.
  11. tyson


    Feb 9, 2000
    Dallas, TX
    i don't have a Carvin but when i get a 5 string i am intending for it to be a Carvin. those custom babies are so damn pretty and i've heard a lot more positive things about them then negative. does anyone have any info on how good the B string sounds on their 5-strings?
    you baby you return will be put on the carvin website and resold...someone will adopt it and be very happy with your creation!
  12. I have an LB75 with the H50N Jazz style pickups and the B sounds great.
  13. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
  14. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    bump again
  15. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador