Richard bought this
from Carvin's Basses-In-Stock section back in 2003. It has the
standard mahogany neck and body, with a beautiful reverse-chevron
flamed maple top, finished in blueburst. Other features
include inlaid fretlines, matching traditional headstock, body
binding and black chrome hardware.
Richard also has a stunning B4 - see it right
Carvin BBS ID: kingputty
great example of of an AC40, in a unique finish with great appointments.
Here's the details:
nothing super special about my AC40 (except that its mine ;-) ) I went
with the AC40 as opposed to AC50 because I wanted the look of the
traditional head stock. On top of that, I already have two other five
string Carvins (along with a six and a five string fretless). So anyway,
its just an AC40 with traditional headstock with matching quilted wood,
black stain on quilted maple (I went with that because I noticed most
people go with natural wood finishes on acoustics. I thought I'd step
out of the box. Besides, doesn't it just look like it was dipped in
chocolate?? I love the stain on quilt on this bass) I opted for all
black hardware to keep her sleek looking, and added the abalone block
inlays for a touch of class!!!
The one option that I'd like to point out is the one most overlooked by
people; the engraved truss cover. You'll notice that mine says "Gran
Ma". While I was having this bass made, my Grandmother passed away. I
added this little feature as a tribute to her. I figured what better way
to show my appreciation of her; her beautiful memory engraved on a
beautiful bass that in my mind's eye makes beautiful music. Both Carvin
and I got it right!!!"
I sold the blueburst AC40
below to buy this 2002 model. I happened to see this one in a
local music store, and just had to have it. The blueburst one was
very nice, but this had a much more traditional look to it, which I
thought was better suited to an acoustic. It has a mahogany neck
and body, flamed maple top with a clear gloss finish, and koa headstock
overlay. I made the matching koa truss rod cover. Other
features include tortoiseshell body binding and gold hardware.
Subsequent to buying it, I
found out it was formerly owned by Lynn Wamp, wife of, and bassist with
local bluegrass mainstay
I've actually become good friends with the Wamp's, who I met through my
The Lovell Sisters Band.
This was the Webmaster's,
until recently, when I sold it to buy another AC40 (see my
page). It's a great bass, as is the new AC40, and I thought this
photo did great justice to it. It's now part of
Dirty Dave's collection.
Here's what I said when I originally bought it:
"Shortly after having the Custom
Shop build my LB70, I decided to order this AC40 from the
Guitar-in-Stock section. OK, it's not what I'd've ordered if I was
going to have it custom-made - in fact, I was real unsure if I'd even
like the blueburst on quilt finish. But let me tell you - it's
gorgeous! My first choice would've been vintage yellow on quilt,
but this is going to be a seldom-used, but necessary, instrument, so I
decided to save a few bucks, and give a good home to a bass that was
sitting in the warehouse. And I'm glad I did! I actually
really like the blueburst finish, and the quilting is great. The
bass itself plays amazingly well - the action is as fast as my LB70, and
the tapewound strings are incredible. And at about 6 pounds, I can
play it forever! It's a far cry from the doublenecks further down
the page, in terms of weight."