a beautiful 1986 model LB60K (the "K" being the designator for koa wood
in the 1980's). Koa was still pretty exotic in those days, and
wasn't widely used, so getting solid pieces like this with nice figure
wasn't too hard. In the 1980's, Carvin didn't have "plain" koa or
"flamed" koa - all their koa had some figure to it, some more than
In addition to the koa naeck
and body, Rick's LB60 has a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, black
M22B humbuckers with phase switching, coil splitters and stereo wiring, and
1987 LB60 is extremely indicative of what Carvin was doing in the latter
part of the 1980's. Although they offered natural maple and koa
woods, wild colors were all the rage, and this model in Platinum Pearl
Pink with chrome hardware is a great reminder of an era gone by.
I recently sold this one,
and now it's part of my good friend
Matt D's Collection.
Dave Farmer's LB60
Carvin BBS ID: Farmer Dave
some other '87 model basses seen here, Dave's '87 LB60 sports the new
block logo, which wasn't officially introduced until 1988.
Additionally, this pearl blue model has black hardware, H11B pickups,
and a Kahler bass tremolo.
Dave also has a nice V220 - see it here.
Carvin BBS ID: BigT
This is the epitome of an 80's Carvin
bass, and it's nice! This particular model is an '87 (probably
early in the year, right before the switch to H11B pickups), with maple
body and neck, and maple fingerboard with mother of pearl dot
inlays. Black chrome hardware rounds out the package. Nice!
||John Monetti's LB60
Here's another rare bird I was thrilled
to see. This is a
- but do you notice anything special about it? It's got the '88
block logo on the headstock. This is just like my V440 - a late
'87 model with the '88 logo on it. However, we can be sure it's an
'87 - note the 22-fret neck. '88's and up and the 24-fret neck
through design. Regardless, this is a great example of a
little-seen Carvin bass.