Basses

Late in 2003, Carvin made a bold and welcome marketing change - the return of the full-sized, 8 X 11 catalog.  The small-format catalog was 10 years old, and had started to appear dated, despite the new photography in the Summer 2003 edition.  The photography of the new catalog was similar to the last small-format one, but the new larger format allowed more instruments to be shown on each page, in a unique and visually appealing "one large, three small" layout.

There were a few minor changes with Carvin basses at the end of 2003 - the dual HB2 pickup configuration, which had been a "hidden" option, was now shown in the catalog.  A new hybrid color, Burnt Umber with Sunsetburst, was introduced.  Additionally, rosewood was offered as a no-charge fingerboard option.

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2004 Carvin Catalog Cover

Carvin's Bolt basses, the B4 and B5, were unchanged, but like many other models in the new catalog, fully loaded models were shown, versus the mid-level equipped (or even bare-bones) models that had been shown in the past.  Prices on both these models dropped, to $569 for a B4 or B4F (fretless), and $669 for a B5 or B5F.

From left to right, the catalog showed a B4 in Umber Stain/Sunsetburst on flamed maple with matching headstock, abalone dot inlays, HB2 pickup and gold hardware; a B4 in Translucent White on swamp ash with HB2 pickup and gold hardware; a B5 in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock and black hardware; and a B5 in Sapphire Blue on swamp ash with HB2 pickup and chrome hardware.

The picture and prices are from the Fall/Winter 2003 catalog.

The LB-bodied four-string basses, the TBS4, LB20 and LB70 were unchanged from the previous catalog.  All three models were priced the same, at $899 for the TBS4, $669 for the LB20, and $749 for the LB70.

From left to right, the catalog showed the TBS4 in Umber Stain on quilted maple with chrome hardware; an LB20 in Sunsetburst on maple with black chrome hardware; an LB70 with figured walnut top and matching headstock and gold hardware; and an LB70P in Tobacco Sunburst on swamp ash with matching headstock and chrome hardware.

The picture and prices are from the Fall/Winter 2003 catalog.

2004 Carvin LB75 & XB75 Basses

2004 Carvin LB75 & XB75 BassesThe XB75 was moved to the page with the LB75, versus sharing a page with the XB76.  Base prices on the LB75 and XB75 remained the same as 2003, at $799 and $869, respectively.

From left to right, the catalog showed an XB75P with satin finished flamed koa top with matching head-stock, dual alnico pickups and gold hardware; an XB75P in emerald green on swamp ash; an LB75 in Ruby Red Stain with blackburst edges on quilted maple with matching headstock, MOP block inlays and black hardware; and an LB75P in koa with chrome hardware and no fingerboard inlays. The inset picture shows an XB75P with a figured Claro walnut top with birdseye maple fingerboard, alongside an LB75PF in walnut, an LB75P in umber stain with sunsetburst edges, and an LB75 in classic sunburst on swamp ash.

Like the XB75, the XB76 moved to the page with other LB-bodied 6-string basses.  Base prices on the XB76 and LB76 were unchanged from the previous catalog, at $969 and $899, respectively.

From left to right, the catalog showed an XB76P with clear satin finish with 5-piece neck, dual HB2 humbuckers, Bird's Eye Maple fingerboard and gold hardware; an XB76 in Sapphire Blue on flamed maple with matching headstock, abalone dot inlays and gold hardware; an LB76 in clear quilted maple with blackburst edges, matching headstock and gold hardware; and an LB76P in Cherry Sunburst on quilted maple with matching headstock, MOP block inlays and gold hardware.

The picture and prices are from the Fall/Winter 2003 catalog.

In May 2004, Carvin made an unprecedented move, and announced on their BBS that  a 1990/91 model DC200 reissue, complete with pointy, angled headstock and large Carvin logo, would be made available in a limited run for anyone who placed an order for it by the end of June '04.  During the next few weeks, at the request of the BBS members, the project evolved to the point that any guitar (except Holdsworths, Cobalts and the CL450 classical) could be ordered with the 1990 headstock for a $100 upcharge. Even Carvin's kit guitar could be ordered with this option.  Soon after, the "Pointy" became one of Carvin's many "hidden" options and the June 30th deadline was eliminated. The official option code: PTH.


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1991 LB70

The Bunny Brunel Signature Basses, the BB70, BB75 and BB76, were unchanged, and their prices remained the same, at $849, $899, and $999, respectively.

From left to right, the catalog showed a BB75F in Umber Stain on flamed maple with matching headstock, fretlines and chrome hardware; a BB70P in clear gloss on swamp ash with traditional headstock, MOP block inlays and gold hardware; a BB75P in clear gloss on figured walnut with 5-piece neck and black chrome hardware; and a BB76P in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock, MOP block inlays and chrome hardware.

The picture and prices are from the Fall/Winter 2003 catalog.

Carvin's LB70, LB75 and LB76 continued to be available in the Claro Walnut Series (W Series), and had no changes from the previous catalog.  The prices were also unchanged.

The catalog also shows the Anniversary model (A Series), which was also unchanged.

The base price on the LB70W/A sold for $1149, and $1249  for the "P" option.  The LB75W/A was $1199, and $1299 for the "P" option, and the LB76W/A was $1299, or $1399 (from $1449) for the "P" option.

The picture and prices are from the Fall/Winter 2003 catalog.

 

 

 

The acoustic AC40 and AC50 basses were unchanged from the previous catalog, and the prices remained the same, at $799 and $849, respectively.

From left to right, the catalog showed the AC50 in satin finished koa with matching headstock, body binding and gold hardware; an AC50F with flamed koa top and matching headstock with chrome hardware; an AC40F in clear gloss on quilted maple with matching traditional headstock; and an AC40 in clear gloss on flamed maple with matching headstock, abalone block inlays, body binding and chrome hardware.

The picture and prices are from the Fall/Winter 2003 catalog.