This si a
great addition to the site -
Greta is a Carvin endorser, and has made a real name for herself by
touring with Moby (appeared on the Letterman show with Moby also, right in
high-fiving distance of fellow Carvin endorser Will Lee), as well as
playing with the Debbie Harry band and loads of other talented
"I love my Carvin, for two main
reasons: it is very light, and the neck is SOOOO comfortable! Plus,
I've played in the blazing tropical heat and in the snow, and it never
goes out of tune!"
Right on, Greta! Thanks for sharing!
Greta also referred me to her photographer, Russ
Red Star Photo.
He took all the photos you see here, so obviously, his work his top notch.
If you need someone to shoot your publicity photos, CD inserts, or your basses
to send to me, give him a shout. And thanks to Russ for allowing me use
Photos of Greta © Russ Bryant/Red Star Photo
Richard Hildebrandt's B4
This is the nicest B4
- in fact, one of the nicest basses in general - ever submitted to
the Museum. It has a walnut body with a sunsetburst flamed koa
top and mahogany neck. What really sets this B4 apart from
most is that it has dual HB-Series pickups with coil splitters for
each. Other features include chrome hardware, stainless steel
frets and abalone dot inlays. Richard says:
"When I played my AC40F for the first time, I fell in love with the
feel of the neck. The more I played it, the more I hated the feel
of the neck on my Fender, (great sound, ugly feeling neck, but that
is just me) so I almost immediately started planning my next
Carvin. It took me a little over 2 years get my B4 and now I have a
hard time putting it down, so the photo's don't do either bass
justice. My B4 is everything I had hoped it would be. With two
HB2's & splitters for both I can get about any sound I could need or
want, and it is so loud I had to open the back and make sure they
hadn't slipped in a battery! I just can't imagine needing another
bass to add to my two Carvins."
can see Richard's AC40F right here.
Carvin BBS ID: briman
This B4 is very nice - certainly rivals high-end basses made by
other manufacturers, and I'd pick it over a P-bass or something similar
any day. That's one of the great things about Carvin - you can get
a good priced bass with high end features that looks and plays better
than basses costing 2 or 3 times as much.
And look at that flame! One of the
nicest flame tops I've seen. Most of 'em are a tight pattern, but
this is somewhere between a flame and a quilt, which I think is very
nice. Well done!
Carvin BBS ID: shiva
a great looking B4, in Pearl Silver. Other features include chrome hardware, and the venerable HB2/J99
pickup package with coil splitter. Very nice! Russ says:
"My benchmark bass for comparisons is a
1982 Gibson Victory Bass...The B4 is approximately HALF the weight, and
completely perfectly balanced. Although incredibly light (by my standards
anyway) it feels so completely solid, almost as if it were a neck through.
Action seems a bit low, and the minor buzzing is there (but will be giving it
the recommended 1-2 weeks before messing with the truss rod) (NOTE: 4 days
later, dead on PERFECT). Intonation set perfectly. I went with the HB2 in the
bridge, passive electronics ("I" really have no need for 4-5
variations of equalization in the chain with the music I play). The sound of the
J-99 alone, eh, nothing that thrills me, but, doesn't suck...the HB2 alone,
balls to the wall snot, way cool. Blended equally (both volume full) has a very
nice, full, powerful sound (my favorite of the 3). The finish, first off, I
would not call it pearl silver...maybe "metallic charcoal" would be
more appropriate...I absolutely love the color, the fine metal flakes, and the
overall finish. It IS a very pretty bass, and am anxiously looking forward to
our gig this Saturday to see what it looks like under the lights...I'm sure
it'll pick up several colors, as I noticed last night that it almost had a
greenish tint to it, but it was really a reflection thing...should be
||Woody Green's B5
This is a very nice 2005
B5 model, finished in translucent deep purple. It also has the
active electronics upgrade with HB-series humbucker and black chrome
Woody also has a gorgeous
LB70 in flamed koa - see it right here.
This is a terrific example
of an early 2000's B5F. It's finished in Harlequin Prismatique,
with an unlined ebony board on a maple neck and an alder body.
Electronics have been upgraded to active, with an HB-Series humbucker in
the bridge position. Black chrome hardware rounds out the package.
Ken Burgner's B5 & B5F
Carvin BBS ID: bassclef
Wow, take a look at these.
Just incredible - so similar, yet so different. Both were made in
On the left is Ken's B5 (fretted),
featuring a quilted maple top on alder body, maple neck/maple
fingerboard, strings-thru-body, Hipshot bridge, J99 pickups and active
On the right is the B5F (fretless).
It obviously is made from walnut, with a maple neck. It also
features stings-thru-body, Hipshot bridge, and a J99/HB2 pickup
combination with active electronics.
Markus' second Carvin bass (behind his LB75 - see it right here).
This is a cool unlined fretless model, finished in Vintage Yellow with
left is Markus playing his B5 (fretted) with his band,