I've only been able to play this for about an hour now (got it today while I was at work), but I am digging the hell out of this so far. It's surprisingly lightweight...for a 6 string bass, anyway. And the neck, in my opinion, is perfect--not too thick, and not too thin. When I was shopping around, necks were a huge (sometimes literally) thing I was looking at. Some necks (Ibanez) seemed way too thin, but others (Music Man) seemed to...big. Too be honest, I was worried about the Carvin, but so far I am extremely happy with it.
I got the new radiused humbucker pickups put in it, and I'm pretty happy so far. They seem to pick up all the strings evenly, which is nice (remember though, I did come from the Brice). And the variety of tones you can get is pretty slick. My only criticism about the electronics is that they seem to be pretty neutral. Like, it doesn't have a crazy amount of character to it. Sometimes that's nice, so it's easier to try to lock in on a ton that you want, but I know some people like to have some character from the pickups. Overall, I'm happy with the electronics so far.
edit: One thing I really like about these electronics, is that they are really clear. I like a lot of high end in my tone (not overly clicking though. This is still a bass!) and the electronics are doing a good job with it. Slap is clear. Tapping is clear. And I can dial in just enough high end to add some aggression when I play finger style/pluck/whatever you want to call it.
One other thing worth mentioning- the Icon is a 34" scale length. I thought "what the hell. I have small hands, so it'll be perfect!" And so far, I do like the change (my Brice is a 35"). But if you haven't seen or played a 34" before, it may take some adjustment. That's not necessarily bad though.
But that's just, like, my opinion, man.
Again, remember....my last bass was a 6 string Brice. Which wasn't bad...but it's definitely not a Carvin
Originally Posted by jaxadam
Well shit, now I'm disappointed in this thread!
I should probably eat dinner, but all I want to do is groove on this thing!