Spring 2007 Carvin Catalog Cover 


2007 was an exciting year for Carvin.  Rather than resting on their laurels after the success of the 60th Anniversary, Carvin pulled out all the stops with new models and new options. 

2007 Basses

2007 Guitar Amps

2007 Bass Amps

As shown on the Spring catalog cover (left), the big news was the return of the V220 and Ultra V, models that had been discontinued in 1989 and 1993, respectively.  Customers had been requesting the return of these models for years, and in typical fashion, Carvin listened, and the models were debuted at the 2007 NAMM show. 

Carvin also listened to requests for a MIDI access guitar, and introduced the NS1, which was a nylon-string model, similar to the CL450, but with a Graphtech Hexaphonic pickup and 13-pin MIDI output for use with MIDI controllers.

There were also new options for 2007 - notably, the addition of the M bridge and an SSH pickup configuration on the Contour models, diamond fingerboard inlays in abalone or mother-of-pearl, an inlaid abalone headstock logo, and a new color, White White. 

The original V220 was introduced in 1984, and lasted for 5 years, when it was replaced by the X220.  However, in those days, the available options weren't nearly as broad as they were in 2007.  So, customers ordering a reissue V220 could choose from a huge selection of colors, woods, pickups and other options.  The standard configuration of the V220 was alder body sides, a neck-through maple neck, V headstock, M Series bridge and C22 pickups.  The only other bridge that was offered was the Floyd Rose tremolo. 

The reissue Ultra V was based on the second-generation Ultra Vs, which were originally produced from 1988 through 1993 (the original Ultra V, released in 1987, had body edges similar to the V220, versus the more sculpted edges of the 2nd generation model).  Features were the same as the reissue V220, except that the pointed inline headstock, similar to the 90-91 headstock, was standard.  Like the V220, the M Series bridge was standard, and the Floyd Rose tremolo was optional.

2007 Carvin V220 and Ultra V Guitars

2007 Carvin NS1 Synth Access Guitar   2007 Carvin NS1 Synth Access Guitar

The NS1 (above) was something entirely new from Carvin.  It was the first ever MIDI synth access guitar they produced, and it was created in conjunction with jazz guitarist Steve Oliver.  Although a sneak peek was given at Carvin's 60th Anniversary celebration in August '06, it didn't officially join the lineup until the spring of '07.  Everything about this instrument was totally different from anything Carvin had created in the past - from the chambered mahogany body with mahogany neck-through, to the Graphtech Hexaphonic pickup and electronics, to the dual 1/4" and 13 pin MIDI outputs.  The 1/4" allowed the NS1 to be used as a traditional nylon-string classical, while the 13 pin MIDI output allowed connection to synth controllers from such companies as Roland and Axon.  Controls consisted of stacked volume controls for MIDI and piezo, stacked mid cut/boot and mid sweep (similar to the controls released in 2006 with the Icon bass), stacked treble and bass cut/boost, and a mini switch for scrolling through MIDI patches.

Standard features included a 4A flamed maple top with natural body binding (as on the CT6) with matching headstock, gold hardware and gold Carvin logo, and 20" radius ebony fingerboard with no inlays.

The CL450 nylon string classical guitar was unchanged from 2006.

2007 Carvin CT Series Guitars

The California Carved Top series continued to enjoy huge success, becoming one of Carvin's most popular models.  There were no significant changes to the CT models, other than the new options that were being offered.

2007 Carvin DC400 Series Guitars

The DC200 & DC400, and the DC400A and DC400W were unchanged.  However, the DC120 12-string sported a new standard headstock, which was based on the CT headstock.  This new design allowed the tuners to be closer together, thereby reducing the overall length of the instrument.

2007 Carvin DC127 Series Guitars   2007 Carvin DC727 & DC747 Guitars

The DC727 and DC747 seven-string guitars (above, right) were unchanged from 2006, as were the DC127, DC135 and DC145 (above, left).
2007 Carvin SC90 & TL60 Guitars   2007 Carvin Holdsworth Guitars

Also unchanged were the SC90 and TL60 guitars (although one of the TL60s was shown in the new White White finish), and the Holdsworth H2 and HF2 guitars.
2007 Carvin C66 Contour & Bolt Guitars   2007 Carvin Acoustic Electric Guitars

The Contour 66 did get a much-requested upgrade in 2007 - the addition of a SSH pickup configuration (single coil pickups in the neck and middle positions, and a humbucker in the bridge position).  Also added was the M Series bridge, which had proven quite popular on other Carvin models.  The Bolt/Bolt-T models were unchanged, and although not pictured, the Bolt Plus was still available.

Because catalog space was needed for the new NS1 and V220/Ultra V reissues, Carvin's acoustic/electric models were condensed to a single page.  All the models from 2006 were still offered, but only some were shown in the catalog.  Other than the new 12-string headstock on the AE185-12 and AC275-12, there were no changes to the line.