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XB club...the Red-headed stepchild of Carvin basses...

Postby biguglyman » Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:17 pm

After playing an LB75 for over twenty years, I finally made the jump to the XB. I'm a big guy with big hands and this bass just fits. Great sounding b-string. My only issue so far is finding strings that are long enough to string through the body. Any suggestions? Pics to come...

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re: XB club...the Red-headed stepchild of Carvin basses...

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:24 pm

Would any of these strings help you out?
http://www.bassstringsonline.com/35--36 ... _1109.html

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Postby biguglyman » Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:28 pm

I gotta do some measuring I guess. Guitar player in my band is an endorser for Ernie Ball so if I can find a set of Ernie Ball strings that fit (and sound good!) I can get them pretty cheap. Wondering what other people use.
"There's enough bass in the mix when the first two rows are having involuntary bowel movements."

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Postby biguglyman » Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:38 pm

Pics as promised.

My babies:20+y.o. LB75 in koa on top, new XB75 in mahogany on the bottom. Both tung oil finished.
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My "rig":
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"There's enough bass in the mix when the first two rows are having involuntary bowel movements."

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re: XB club...the Red-headed stepchild of Carvin basses...

Postby tbonesullivan » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:06 pm

The strings that Carvin used to ship and sell for the XB basses were the La Bella Nickle plated steel EXTRA LONG scale. These are long enough to rear load the XB75 basses. The XB is definitely a great bass, and I've always been surprised that the longer scale basses haven't taken hold much with Carvin. Many other bass manufacturers have really embraced the 35+ scale for a better low B. Carvin certainly took the the 19mm string spacing change very quickly by comparison.

Anyway, here's my XB75 in translucent blue pearl

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RAD-H pickups, Swamp Ash body, Maple/walnut neck.
Guitars: Bolt in Electric Blue, Cobalt 750T
Basses: B4A in classic sunburst , B5 in sunsetburst, XB75 in TPB, PB4 in Blue Burst, LB70F in Pearl blue

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re: XB club...the Red-headed stepchild of Carvin basses...

Postby Catman10 » Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:12 pm

I always like seeing that blue beauty of yours, "tbone". And "biguglyman", yours is no slouch either. Very nice!

Here's my XB75P, which was my first Carvin.

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Postby biguglyman » Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:36 am

Love the look of "naked" wood. That's why I get the tung oil finish. That blue, however, IS sweet...
"There's enough bass in the mix when the first two rows are having involuntary bowel movements."

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Postby biguglyman » Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:55 am

Tried on a set of Ernie Ball extra long "slinkys" and they fit and sound great. A little heavier gauge than the originals from Carvin, but I can live with that.
"There's enough bass in the mix when the first two rows are having involuntary bowel movements."


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