|James Lomenzo's LB75
In James' early career
with White Lion, he was a Carvin endorser and player, and he is
shown here with his 1989 LB75, finished in clear gloss on maple with
gold hardware. Although in his later days with David Lee Roth
and the Black Label Society, James has switched to Warwick basses,
fans will remember seeing him in
print ads in the late 1980's representing Carvin.
||Rain De Leon's LB75
Carvin BBS ID: Rain
Here is frequent Carvin BBS contributor
Rain's blueburst LB75. She says:
"Electra is a 2000 LB75, TL, NAL,
BC, NIN, ETR. We ordered her in December of 2000 (cos I just had
to have a Y2K Carvin), and brought her home at the end of January,
skipped out on some pretty important bills to bring her home.
She's taken some pretty hard clutzy hits, but she's still going strong."
nice! Rain also has a BB70 which is equally
George Werner's LB75 & LB75P
Carvin BBS ID: 75player
Here's a gorgeous 1999
tung oiled Koa LB75, that George plays with the band Deciding Factor. We
all know I'm a big fan of Koa, and I really like the grain on this one.
The Koa stripes on the 5-piece maple/Koa neck is a nice touch, as well.
The neck is the asymmetrical version also, which is thinner on the treble side,
making for faster playing, especially up high. Electronics are active
HB2/J99 pickups, and black chrome hardware rounds out the package. Thanks,
And here's George's latest addition
- a 2003 LB75P. This one features tung-oiled
flamed maple with a walnut body, 5-piece wider asymmetrical neck with abalone
block inlays and black chrome hardware. A great counterpart to George's
koa LB75 - and super nice!
||Christopher Stone's LB75P
Carvin BBS ID: deadp0ol
Here's another outstanding
LB75P, from late 2004. This one has a mahogany body, with a
mahogany/maple asymmetrical neck, and is finished in clear gloss with
Sunsetburst edges, which is a great look. In addition to the "P"
option, is has a pair of HB pickups with coil splitters for each.
Abalone dot inlays, stainless steel frets and black chrome hardware
round out the package.
Carvin Museum Forums ID: lucky
look at this one! Received in April 2005, this extraordinary LB75
is finished in umber stain on quilted maple, with a mahogany neck and
body. Other features include abalone block inlays on a ebony
fingerboard, black chrome hardware, and a pair of HB-series humbuckers
with coil splitters for each.
"I absolutely love
the way the quilted maple top came out with the burnt umber
stain, in fact the mahogany came out good with that stain as
neck is fantastic, I can hardly believe how easy it is to play
this new bass. And forget what the majority says, I really LIKE
the abalone block inlays.
Wicked looks, TWO
humbucking pickups (with separate coil splitter switches thanks
to you and mgood1), great playability, this IS my new weapon of
Lucky also has an
early SC90 - see it
Bill Knehans' XB75PF & LB75P
Carvin BBS ID: bigdaddy
who thinks that one bass just isn't enough is OK with me - and here's a
great example of that philosophy. A pair of fivers, in this case
an XB and LB model, both in koa, both with the P series upgrade.
Note the side-by-side comparison of the two, illustrating the position
of the pickups and bridge relative to the neck, controls and rear of the
bass. Bill says:
bass #1: "The Big Kahuna" - 2001 LB-75P, gloss koa, 5 piece
neck with koa stripes, black hardware, H50N, strap locks. (right)
bass #2: "Kamehameha" or "The King" - 2003 XB-75PF,
gloss koa, 5 piece wide, asymmetrical neck with koa stripes, no inlays,
black hardware, H50N, strap locks. (left)
the newer bass was made with slightly darker, more figured wood, but I
tried to keep them as identical (visually) as possible. They both
sound incredible, and have become my primary gigging basses. You
should hear some of the comments I get when the two guitars are sitting
next to each other in their stands on stage. I have, or can get,
more pictures if you want them, but I didn't want to clobber your inbox
without asking first."
Craig Jordan's LB75
Wow, look at the quilt on this one.
Craig scored this on Carvin's Guitars-in-Stock
section, and received in on February 4, 2003. These photos look far better than the one's from
Carvin.com - nothing like a good burst shot to show of the beauty of a
great top. Here's the scoop:
- 5 piece laminated maple neck with two
- wider asymmetrical neck
- Black Chrome Plated Hardware
- Maple neck and Koa body
- Flame or Quilt top covers 5 piece
- AAA Quilted Maple Headstock overlay
- Clear Finish over Quilted Maple
- No inlays on fingerboard
There are more photo's of Craig's bass on
site - check it out!
Rod Thompson's LB75PF
Carvin BBS ID: jointus
Fresh off the Guitars-in-Stock section is Rod's
LB75PF. Walnut sides, 5-piece maple/koa neck, no fretlines, tung oil
finish and the "P" series upgrade. This is one of the great
things about the Guitars-in-Stock section - you get to see the actual instrument
that you're gonna get - when dealing with wood grains and such, this can be a
Matt Stuart's LB75P
Carvin BBS ID: bokononrock
believe this is the first 2003 model that's been submitted to the site -
thanks! Very nice blueburst over mahogany, with the "P" series
upgrade. Delivered to her new owner on February 4th, 2003 - well done!
Carvin BBS ID: mjw
Whew, what a beauty! This is a
walnut LB75P, with black chrome hardware (which looks great against the
walnut), and all the "P" features - active electronics,
H50N/HB5W pickups, rounded body sides, piezo pickups on the
bridge). And next to it, the massive Carvin RL1018 bass stack -
now that's a rig!
Mike's got more photos on the way, so
check back soon!
Out of the Bay Area is Andrew Benzie and
his 1996 LB75. Very cool blueburst finish, with black chrome
hardware and J99's.
Andrew runs this
through a Carvin Redline RC210 combo, with an additional V118
Andrew also plays drums, and has all
sorts of cool things going on at his website - stop by and take a peek!
||Damon Rudisill's LB75P
Carvin BBS ID: GraceGuitar
another very nice
walnut models - just beautiful!
"I'm new around the Carvin boards
and recently discovered the CBM. I think you've done a great job with
it. Thought I'd give you some pics of my bass to include, if you'd like.
It's an LB75P, walnut wings, maple/walnut 5-piece neck and gold hardware
with a clear satin finish. I bought it out of their stock when they were
clearing out their NAMM stuff back in January."
Robert Black's LB75
has a pair
of Carvin basses, and this mid-90s model in in koa with a satin finish
is very nice.
"I find that I use my LB75F the
most. This particular bass has a nice deep sound yet still has
clarity. I believe that this is in part due to its all koa
construction and also in part due to the tapewound strings which I
really like. My LB76F is quite a looker but it is heavier, so it
gets less use. It also is a bit of a strain on my relatively short
fingers. I string this one with roundwounds ATM, and it has great
tone. If there is one thing I wish I had done differently, it
would be to have a natural stin finish on the back of the neck - it
wouldn't look as cool, but it'd be nicer to play. Not that the
finish is hard to play - I just like the feel of a satin finish neck.
As you can sere in a couple of the photos, I made some plastic
pickguards that are held on by simple pressure against the p.u.s.
I did this because sometimes I dig in too much and scratch the finish of
my basses under the strings. They may look a little stupid, but
they're quite functional."
Be sure and check out Robert's LB76F right
Markus Nee's LB75
was one of the first contributors to the site, with his LB75. It's
finished in sapphire blue on alder, with a maple neck, ebony fingerboard
and black chrome hardware.
also has a B5F - see it right here.
Ricárdo Rodriguez's LB75
Here's a very cool 1989
LB75 that Carvin built for Ricárdo. In addition to the 5-string
Kahler tremolo, Ricárdo had this built with rounded body sides before
that was a standard option. Very nice!
In addition to the LB75, Ricárdo has
some other very nice, non-Carvin basses. Stop by his website
and check 'em out, as well as some great MP-3's from his various
Here's a great
example of an early 90s model, with the "pointy" headstock that's coming back
into vogue. Chip says:
"I have an
LB75 I found in a local music store about 1990. Picked it up for $450 (original
hard case and strap included). It's got the gold plated Schaller TB5 bridge and
hardware, large Mother-of-pearl inlays and optional Deep Pearl Blue finish. I
don't know anything else about it. I just discovered the year from looking at
the Year-by-Year pics on your site. This is one great bass! Everyone who hears
it just raves on about the great sound it produces. More pics of this and my
TL-60 can be found on my web site
Jay Terrien's LB75
Jay plays a very sweet mid-90s LB75, through a Carvin ProBass
500 amp, and his playing is just fantastic! Somewhere
between Primus and Genesis arrangements and music, and Joe Jackson-esque
vocals is where you'll find him - very melodic, prominent bass lines,
with an assortment of unique sounds, complex arrangements, and unusual
instrumentation. There are lots of MP3s on his site (which he
played all the music on, as well as wrote and arranged) which are well
worth a listen. Finally, the website itself is very cool - swing
by and check it out!
Here's a blast from the
past. The recent past, anyway. This is an early 90's LB75,
with that great headstock, and all those knobs and switches.
black one is my 1992-ish (Bought in the UK direct for my 18th birthday
-- looks like it might have been old stock by the time it got to me
(looks like a 90-91 headstock)) LB75. Been a workhorse for years. Beaten
to hell & back but plays lovely. I don't know what wood lurks
beneath the surface."
if you think that's cool, be sure to check out Dougal's new XB75P
- it's gorgeous.
can also see larger pics of both his basses right
This is a
very nice LB75 from 2002 in tung-oiled walnut with a maple neck. Other
features include black chrome hardware, an asymmetrical neck and J99/HB2
active electronics. Steve says:
bass I ever played. Any and every sound I could ever want and think of, I
can get with this LB75. I had played a lot of fenders, Warwicks and Laklands
but found Carvin to be by far the best all around! I had played as my main
bass a custom build Fender jazz, but now my Carvin is my weapon of choice.
From low and thumpy to crisp and chunky, if you are looking for a top-notch
pro bass get a Carvin! This is simple the last bass I will ever need to
Carvin BBS ID: Grant
a very sleek 2005 LB75, in a left-handed configuration. It's jet
black, with gold hardware and no inlays on the fingerboard. Very
William Wigand's LB75PL
Carvin BBS ID: southclawer
beautiful 2006 LB75PL, in clear gloss on quilted maple with matching
headstock. It has a maple fingerboard with black dots, alder body,
black chrome hardware, and tung-oiled neck. Electronics consist of an
HB series humbucker in the bridge position, an H50S stacked humbucker in the
neck position, and a piezo bridge.
Carvin Museum Forums ID: Paradiddle
This is a left-handed 1994 model, which was pretty loaded for it's
time. It's finished in Vintage Yellow on flamed maple with a
matching headstock, tung-oiled neck and gold hardware. It has
Sperzel locking tuners, and no inlays on the ebony fingerboard.
Theo also has a left-handed BB75 - check it out on
purchased my first ever Carvin, used from a pawnshop near Indianapolis
IN USA. Of course I'm in love with it. What's interesting is, what got
me looking for a Carvin in the first place. As a left-handed player,
shopping at music stores left me with very few options. My first bass
was a 4-string model from the high-end line of a well-known
manufacturer. I really liked that bass. I was fully prepared to be
brand-loyal to that maker. . . until I decided I wanted to play
Not only were my choices limited to the more expensive model lines
(usually involving an additional upcharge for lefties), this maker and
several others refused to make a 5-string bass in a lefty configuration.
I even spoke the the local distributor of my bass' manufacturer and he
said "Your best bet would be to look into Carvin" After losing a few
eBay auctions, I finally snagged the beauty you see here. Since then,
Kevio and several Carvin employess have been very helpful in identifying
the features and history of this instrument."
Here's a very interesting left-handed LB75 from 1998. It
started life reasonably stock, with a maple neck, koa body sides and
chrome hardware. However, somewhere along the way, Jason had
it autographed by some of the best musicians around - very cool!
"This LB75 is
one of a kind! I took it with me to Victor Wooten's Bass /
Nature camp in 2002. It's signed by Victor Wooten, Regi
Wooten, Steve Bailey, Bela Fleck, Christian McBride, Chuck
Rainey, John Billings, Anthony Wellington, Dave Welsch, Adam
Nitti, and Jeff Coffin. I almost feel bad playing this
sometimes, but it sounds too smooth to sit in the case."
Scott's second Carvin (the first is an '87
V440), and this is a prime example of an an early '90's model; in
this case, a '91. It's finished in gloss white with black
hardware, Wilkinson bridge, and H50 pickups.