Just in case anyone is interested in older Carvins. I was at the pawn shop with my wife yesterday and they have a pearl white LB75 that appears to be a 1988-90 model. The bass seems to be in pretty good shape overall with its share of battle scars but nothing unusual for the age. It seems to play pretty good, though the 5th string was throwing me off. I've never tried a 5 string before and its been a long time since I picked up any bass, but it didn't seem it has any major problems. Being a pawnshop they are asking an exorbitant $685! I would guesstimate the correct value to be around $300. The bass looked very similar to this one: More pics. I was tempted but the price was out of line and the dudes at the pawnshop are typical predatory pawnshop jerks. Pay people half of what an item is worth then try to sell it for at least double what it's worth. No deal for me here. And after playing it a bit more, I know that whenever I get a bass it will be a four stringer. Nothing wrong with this one, but for me I think 4 strings would be plenty.