were some minor changes in Carvin's guitar lineup for 1963, but
nothing dramatic. The doubleneck models had redesigned bodies,
and several models had a new electronics control layout. Also,
the famous Bigsby vibrato was added as an option on most models.
Despite the changes in the solid-body guitar line, the steel guitars
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Model #63-SGB (left) was similar to the #62-SGB from the
previous year, but it had one obvious and significant change - the
addition of an optional Bigsby vibrato. This would be the
first Carvin to offer a Bigsby, and would begin a tradition of these
vibratos being used that would last into the 1970's. The other
obvious change from the '62 model was the reconfiguration of the
electronics. Instead of dual volume and tone controls, the
#63-SGB had a master tone and volume control, with on/off switches
for each pickup. As in 1962, the body wood was specified as
"genuine hardwood", with a 19 fret, 25 1/8" scale maple neck with
rosewood fingerboard. The #63-SGB sold for $159.90, and the
optional Bigsby vibrato was $39.90. Carvin's own Guitar Vibro
could also be used, and it was $19.50.
Model #32-SGB (right) was unchanged from 1962. It had
the same electronics configuration and other features as the
previous year's model. It was shown with Carvin's Guitar Vibro
(inset), but could also be ordered with a Bigsby vibrato. The
#32-SGB sold for $119.90, and the Guitar Vibro or Bigsby was the
same price as on the #63-SGB. It could also be ordered as the
#42-SGB, which had non-adjustable A-1 pickups. The price on
teh #42-SGB was $99.90.
in 1962, the
model #11-SGB (left) was Carvin's entry-level electric guitar
for 1963, and it was unchanged from the previous year. It was based
on the #63-SGC, but with a single AP-6 adjustable pickup, and single
volume and tone controls. All other aspects were the same. The
model #11-SGB sold for $79.90, and was also available as the model
#22-SGB, which had a single, non-adjustable A-1 pickup, and
sold for $69.90. Neither the Bigsby vibrato or Guitar Vibro
were offered on this model.
#10-LSGB guitar (right) was the same as the #32-SGB, in a
left-handed version, and was unchanged from 1962. It sold for
The Guitar Vibro was offered on this model, for an additional
#1-MB mandolin (above, far right) was unchanged from the 1962 model
It had the same features and construction as Carvin's other 1962 models.
Despite being unchanged, it still retained the design cues from Carvin's
earliest guitars - notably, the outward points on the waist of the
instrument. The Model #1-MB, with adjustable AP-4 pickup, sold for
$89.90. It was also offered as the #2-MB, with a non-adjustable
A-Series pickup, which sold for $79.90.
Both of Carvin's doubleneck models were redesigned for 1963.
Primarily, the bodies were redesigned to more closely match the
solid-body guitars, which meant the outward point on the upper waist
(similar to the #1-MB mandolin) was removed. The electronics
configuration on both was changed, also - instead of 2 volume and 2
tone controls with a 3-way pickup selector switch, these new models
had a master volume and master tone control with an on/off switch
for each pickup, which meant any combination of the 3 pickups could
be used at the same time.
Model #1-MS (left) had the same features as the Model #32-SGB
guitar and #1-MB mandolin. It sold for $229.90, and was also
offered as the #2-MS, which had non-adjustable A-Series pickups, and
sold for $199.90. The Bigsby vibrato was offered on the guitar
neck for an additional $39.90.
Model #4-BS (right) had the same features as the #32-SGB
guitar and the #72-BG bass.
The #4-BS sold
for $229.90, and the #5-BS (without adjustable pickups) sold for
$199.90. The Bigsby vibrato was also offered on this model.
Carvin continued it's steel guitar tradition in 1963, offering
single and doubleneck models, in 6 and 8 string configurations.
Additionally, they offered a full line of accessories, including
legs, cases and string changers.
Model #6DHG-5B and #8DHG-6B (right) were Carvin's
entry-level models for 1963, and were unchanged from 1962.
were constructed of maple, with plastic fretboard, molded nut and
bridge, ivory tuners and single AP-6 or AP-8 adjustable pickup with
volume, treble and bass controls. The model #6DHG-5B 6-string sold
for $49.90, and was also available as the #6DHG-6B, with
non-adjustable pickup, for $39.90. The model #8DHG-5B 8-string sold
for $69.90, and was available as the #8DHG-6B, with non adjustable
pickup, for $59.90.
Model #80-B (left) and it's 6-string counterpart, the Model
#60-B were Carvins upscale single-neck models for 1963. It
similar in design to the DHG series, but had the 3-position tone
changer (note the lever on the bridge) that allowed the guitar to be
instantly retuned to A, E or Cm7. The model #80B sold for $129.90,
and the 6-string #60B sold for $99.90.
#C8806-D (right) was a double-8 steel guitar, that had the
3-position changer on the outer neck. Construction & materials were
the same as other Carvin steel guitars. The #C8806-D with
adjustable AP series pickups sold for $179, and the #C8806-E,
with non-adjustable pickups, sold for $159.90.
There were some other variants available, such as the #C8806-SF,
which had two tone changers on 8-string necks, and the #C6806-SF,
which was a 6-string/8-string doubleneck with tone changers on each
#6606-B (far left) and the model #8806-B (near left) were
essentially the same as the #C8806-D, without the 3-position
changer. The #6606-B double-six with adjustable AP-series pickups
sold for $89.90, and the #8806-C with A-1 non-adjustable
pickups sold for $75.00. The #8806-B double-eight was $119.90, and
the A-2 equipped #8806-C sold for $99.90.