Carvin’s Vanquish Basses Have Come to, uh, Exterminate Other Basses

How does one reinvent an instrument? We’ve certainly seen some oddball takes on the guitar, and some innovations in the field of drumming. But Carvin’s Vanquish basses? The company calls them a “radical departure from traditional bass guitars,” but, well, I suppose the body’s shape is somewhat distinctive.


Otherwise there’s plenty of nice features, but nothing that makes my jaw drop while I attempt to scream “holy crap, they did what?” but can’t because I no longer have a bottom jaw. The Vanquish series features an alder body, tung oil maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. The 5-bolt neck and 18v preamp are cool, and I can get behind 24-frets. But yeah, nice, yet I don’t see anything earth shattering.

For more info and specs, head over to Carvin’s website. What do you guys think of that wood binding on the top of the body?


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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • Fuck Carvin and fuck this boring as shit bass.

    • Nah.

    • I own three Carvins. They are an awesome company and have worked with me on my last couple builds. Being lefty, I’m very impressed with their offerings, as there isn’t much to choose from on the market. Got my hands on a lefty Fender Jazz after years of playing. What a piece of absolute garbage next to each of my Carvins.

      I’m thinking you don’t know much about them or just have some really strange bias.

      BTW, Bass Player mag just gave this thing a rave review. Pretty much like all their other models get.

  • I prefer their more streamlined looking models, or even the Bunny Brunel model with the asymmetrical neck. This looks too gaudy to me, but if I were hired to play a real funky gig, then these would sit right at home there.

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