I looked at Fender, Ibanez, and Peavey basses, but this particular bass was just so easy to handle and the sound quality was what I was looking for at the time - I have Fender P bass that gives me the good punch - this was more for some finesse stuff I was wanting to try to learn, and has worked out well. If I get another bass, it won't be another Carvin, but on the other hand, I won't ever get rid of this bass.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Direct from the Carvin Factory in San Diego
Made in US at Carvin factory in San Diego
Body and neck are walnut and other hardwoods in a laminate, one piece neck and body, custom made at Carvin.
5 string fretless
two pickups - humbucker and standard
Unfinished wood (my pref)
bridge style is string thru body.
This guitar plays well, but lacks the kind of punch that you'd get from a Warwick fretless, for example. Other than that "edge" it's a very nice instrument.
EFX: Boss GT 6B
Shure UC4 wireless transmitter
Amp: SWR SM 900
Cabs: Carvin: 8 10s and 1 18
Comparison with other basses - see above.
Has a dead spot on the G string at B - otherwise gives good sound.
Better on stage than in the studio
The pickups tend to loosen some after a long time of playing and need readjustment, but that's easy and fast. The active pickups batter is very easy to change, no hassles of having to remove the cover. I've never had it in a situation of varying climate so can't comment on that. Factory strap locks were inadequate so I removed and put my own on.