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Carvin Unveils PB4 and PB5 Basses

Carvin PB5 bass body closeup

New for summer 2013, Carvin has added to their bolt-on basses with the PB4 and PB5 Classic Bolt-Neck Basses. The new designs take cues from a classic design while adding a few of Carvin’s own touches, like Carvin’s locking bass bridge, a sculpted neck heel, and newly designed pickup.

Specifically, the passive SCP split coil P-type humbucking pickup utilizes a single large Alnico V magnet and vintage plain enamel wire. The result is a pickup that is suited for both 4- and 5-string basses and prevents drop off seen in P-type pickups when strings are aligned correctly between the pole pieces. Carvin also offers the addition of a single coil pickup in the bridge position for a P/J configuration and more tonal variety. The standard controls include passive volume and tone knobs but can be upgraded to active electronics.

Standard builds include an alder body, a tung-oiled maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. Again, the company offers many options for upgrades and customization.

The Carvin PB4 and PB5 Basses are available for order now with direct prices of $869 and $939, respectively. For more, check out the Carvin website.

Carvin PB4 and PB5 Bass Photos:

Carvin PB4 Bass Specs:

  • Construction: Bolt-On Neck
  • Scale Length: 34″
  • Body: Alder With Smooth Comfortable Neck Heel
  • Neck: Tung-Oiled Maple With SB-Style Headstock
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 14″ Radius
  • Inlays: Standard White Dots
  • Neck Width: 1.54″ Wide @ Nut, 2.48″ Wide @ 20th Fret; .79″ Thick @ 1st Fret
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Carvin Bridge With Adjustable Lockdown Saddles & Strings-Through-Body or Top Loading
  • Tuners: Carvin Premium Tuners, 20:1 Ratio
  • Frets: 20 Medium-Jumbo, .103 Wide X .048 Tall
  • Pickup: Spc Split-Coil With Alnico V Magnets
  • Electronics: Passive With 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Strings: Carvin Medium-Light Roundwounds
  • Dimensions: 44.5″ Long, 13.25″ Wide Body, 1.65″ Thick Body
  • Average Weight: 8.25 Pounds

Carvin PB5 Bass Specs:

  • Construction: Bolt-On Neck
  • Scale Length: 34″
  • Body: Alder With Smooth Comfortable Neck Heel
  • Neck: Tung-Oiled Maple With SB-Style Headstock
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 14″ Radius
  • Inlays: Standard White Dots
  • Neck Width: 1.76″ Wide @ Nut, 3.00″ Wide @ 22nd Fret; .79″ Thick @ 1st Fret
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Bridge: Carvin Bridge With Adjustable Lockdown Saddles & Strings-Through-Body or Top Loading
  • Tuners: Carvin Premium Tuners, 20:1 Ratio
  • Frets: 22 Medium-Jumbo, .103 Wide X .048 Tall
  • Pickup: Spc Split-Coil With Alnico V Magnets
  • Electronics: Passive With 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Strings: Carvin Medium-Light Roundwounds
  • Dimensions: 44.5″ Long, 13.25″ Wide Body, 1.65″ Thick Body
  • Average Weight: 8.75 Pounds