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Carvin Icon 5 5-String Electric Bass #101808 - Used  From Other

A handsome and versatile 5-string from Carvin.


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What We Think

Condition: Used, Excellent

From the first note, this bass is one of those instruments that just seems effortlessly approachable. Every position on the neck is comfortable, responsive, and speaks with clarity and authority. Thanks to the 4-band active preamp, there is a wide world of tones accessible; no matter what sound you're after, this Icon can get you there!

SP Luthier Notes: Setup and fret dress

Manufacturer's Description from Other

The Icon has a body made from alder, which is a high-quality tone wood used by many manufacturers because of its relative light weight and and fine resonating tone. Alder has a subtle and attractive grain that looks great whether finished or left clear. It's slightly darker in color than maple, which accentuates the IC5's maple neck. Although alder is the standard wood, optional woods such as swamp ash, maple, mahogany, walnut and koa are available, all of which have their own tonal characteristics. Exotic tops woods, such as bookmatched AAAA flamed maple, bookmatched AAAA quilted maple, figured California Claro walnut, flamed Hawaiian koa, flamed spalted maple, burled maple, purpleheart and zebrawood are also available. All of the Custom Shop's woods are carefully hand-selected and inspected to ensure your new bass will be free of natural defects.

Carvin Guitars Custom Shop Exotic Woods

The IC5 has a neck-through design, meaning the neck wood runs the entire length of the instrument. This adds definition, sustain and punch, and is extremely stable. The neck itself is maple with a high-gloss finish standard, or you can choose a tung-oil or satin finish on the back of the neck. The maple neck clarifies the overall tone of the instrument, but other neck woods, such as mahogany and koa are offered for their own slightly warmer tonal qualities. Optional 5-piece necks of different combinations of maple, walnut and koa add to the already great looks of this instrument. The neck shows through the top wood, or you can choose the neck not to show on the top or not. Each neck goes through an exclusive several week long conditioning process which maximizes the stability of the neck forever. Two high-strength carbon-fiber reinforcing rods are placed in all bass necks along with a very stout and reliable easy to adjust dual action truss rod. The Icon-style headstock is also finished to match. A think black wood layer between the neck wood and headstock wood matches the body. A metallic gold Kiesel headstock logo adds just the right touch of class.

A 34" scale ebony fingerboard with white pearl dot inlays, a 14" radius and 24 medium-jumbo stainless steel frets is standard. The Custom Shop offers more fingerboard options than most manufacturers offer for their entire bass lines. You can choose from rosewood, maple, birdseye maple, flamed maple or zebrawood fingerboards; dot, diamond or block inlays in mother-of-pearl or genuine abalone along with diamonds or blocks in black acrylic; and fingerboard radii of 10" or 12". Kiesel Guitars also offers a number of fretwire options, including jumbo, low-wide and gold EVO in various sizes. For the fretless player, you can choose an unlined ebony fingerboard, or an ebony fingerboard with white inlaid lines and with or without dot position markers. All fretless necks have small position markers on the side of the fingerboard. The "Rapid Play" low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the smooth neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret.

A Hipshot™ A-style bridge with strings fed through the body is standard. Carvin Guitars has used an assortment of bridges throughout the years, and we've found the Hipshot to be one of the best available. This bridge provides deep punch and definition, and has individual side-to-side string adjustment which allows you to custom-tailor the playability of your bass. The Hipshot bridge allows you feed the strings through the body (standard), or top load the strings. The Icon comes equipped with medium-light roundwound strings, and you can also choose flatwounds or medium-light stainless steel strings. Premium tuners have an extra-fine 20:1 ratio, and are silky smooth and durable. You can also add a Hipshot bass detuner on the E string, which allows you to drop the tuning of the string by a half or full step at the flip of a lever. Standard hardware is chrome, and you can upgrade to gold or black.

The Icon comes equipped with a pair of Kiesel Radium KRH radiused humbuckers. These pickups have a deep, smooth bass response with excellent mid-range punch and top-end definition. Kiesel Radium KRJ radiused single coil pickups, as well as a split-coil neck pickup are also available. The 18V active/passive electronics provide unlimited headroom and super clean response to satisfy the most aggressive slappers. Controls consist of volume, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass and high frequency, stacked concentric mid frequency and sweep. The volume control doubles as a push-pull switch to select active or passive mode.

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About Manufacturer

Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Model: Icon 5

Serial: 101808

Weight: 9.3 lbs

Construction: Neck-Through

Scale Length: 34"

Body: Alder

Neck: Maple w/Two High-Strength Carbon Fiber Rods

Fingerboard: Ebony

Fingerboard Radius: 14"

Inlays: White Pearl Dots with Standard Black-Ring Luminlay Super Blue Side Dots

Neck Width: 1.75" @ Nut, 2.75" @ 24th Fret

Hardware: Chrome

Bridge: Hipshot A-Style with Strings-Through-Body

String Spacing: .670"

Tuners: Carvin Premium Bass Tuners, 20:1 Ratio

Frets: 24 Stainless Steel Medium-Jumbo

Pickups: Kiesel Radium KRH radius top alnico humbucker pickup in the neck and bridge; optional Kiesel Radium KRJ single-coil pickups, optional neck SCP split-coil pickup

Electronics: 18V active/passive electronics, master volume/push-pull active passive switch, pickup blend, stacked concentric bass/treble, stacked concentric mid with sweep

Body Length: 45 3/8"

Body Width: 12 1/2"

Body Thickness: 1 5/8"

Case: Hardshell