Guitars

1965 saw quite a few changes to Carvin's guitars and steel guitars.  Most obviously, some of Carvin's 6-string solidbody guitars and steel guitars were now finished in sunburst.  The Bigsby vibrato was now standard, and Carvin's experimental Guitar-Vibro was evidently no longer offered.  On steel guitars, a string changer was no longer offered, but a new line of pedal steel guitars debuted.

 

1965 Basses

1965 Guitar Amps

1965 Bass Amps

1965 Carvin Model #64-SGB Guitar

The Model #33-SGB (right) solid-body guitar replaced the model #32-SGB from 1964.  It had been changed somewhat significantly from it's 1964 counterpart, but continued to use the A-38 Höfner maple neck that had been introduced the previous year.  In 1964, Carvins were made from eastern hardrock maple; in 1965, it was called "genuine hardwood", but it may still have been maple, or possibly ash.    The #33-SGB also came standard in sunburst, which was a first for Carvin.  In addition to sunburst, however, the #33-SGB could be ordered in natural blonde finish at no extra charge.  Electronics consisted of a pair of Carvin AP-6 adjustable pickups with dual volume and tone controls and a 3-way selector switch.  Price on the #33-SGB was $119.90, which was the same as the '64 model.  It was also offered as the #43-SGB, which had non-adjustable A-1 pickups, and sold for $99.90.

The Model #64-SGB (left) replaced the #63-SGB, and got the same upgrades as the Model #33-SGB, but with a 3-pickup configuration.  Each pickup had an on/off switch, allowing for 7 different combinations.  A master volume and master tone control was standard.  The Model #64-SGB sold for $159.90, in sunburst of natural blonde finish.  The Guitar-Vibro that was available in '64 (and previous years) was dropped in favor of the famous Bigsby vibrato, which would be Carvin's only vibrato/tremolo until the late 1970's. The Bigsby option had been available in 1964, but it dropped in '65 to $29.90.

1965 Carvin Model #33-SGB Guitar
1965 Carvin Model #11-SGB Guitar

The Model #10-LSGB (right), was unchanged from 1964, and even though the #32-SGB was upgraded, the #10-LSGB evidently still used the design elements from 1964, or at the very least, retained the old catalog photo.  Price on this model was $139.90.

Carvin's entry-level guitar, the Model #11-SGB (left) was unchanged for 1965, which would be it's last year.  It was made from "genuine hardwood" (versus maple as on the other models) and had a single AP-6 pickup with one volume and one tone control.  Price on the Model #11-SGB was $79.90, or could be ordered as the #22-SGB, with a non-adjustable pickup, for $69.90.

1965 Carvin Model #10-LSGB Guitar
1965 Carvin #4-BS Doubleneck Bass Guitar

The Model #4-BS doubleneck (left) was unchanged from 1964.  It had a clear finish on maple, and had bolt-on maple necks with adjustable truss rods, bone nuts, and rosewood fingerboards.  Electronics consisted of one AP-4 and two AP-6 pickups, with on/off switch for each, and master volume and tone controls.  The #4-BS sold for $229.90, and was also offered as the #5-BS, which had non-adjustable pickups, and sold for $199.90.

The Model #1-MS doubleneck (right) was also unchanged from 1964.  It was a mandolin/guitar model, constructed from maple with maple necks and rosewood fingerboards.  Electronics consisted of 3 AP-series pickups with individual on/off switches, and a master volume/tone control.  Price on this model was $229.90, or $199.90 for the #2-MS, which had non-adjustable pickups.  The #1-MS shown in the 1966 catalog would be more like the #33-SGB & #64-SGB, so it probably was changed at some point during the '65 model year.

1965 Carvin Model #1-MS Doubleneck
1965 Carvin #1-MB Mandolin

In addition to guitars, Carvin offered a solid-body mandolin in 1964, the Model #1-MB.  This was constructed with similar materials as the #11-SGB guitar, with a single AP-4 pickup with single volume and tone controls.  The #1-MB sold for $89.90.  It was also offered as the #2-MB, which had a non-adjustable pickup, and sold for $79.90.

 

1965 DeArmond Pickups

In addition to their own line of  pickups, parts and accessories, Carvin also sold DeArmond acoustic transducer pickups for mandolin, ukulele, banjo and other stringed instruments.

1965 Carvin Guitar Features and Components

 

 
1965 Carvin #6DHG-5B Steel Guitar Like Carvin's solidbody electrics, the steel guitar lineup was changed for 1965.  The Model #6DHG-5B 6-string (near left) and the Model #8DHG-5B (far left) both got a new finish - in this case, sunburst.  These were constructed from hardrock maple, with AP series pickups and volume and tone controls.  The #6DHG-5B sold for $49.90, and the #8DHG-5B sold for $69.90.  Both were offered with non-adjustable A-1 pickups as well, for $10.00 less each. These prices were the same as 1964, despite the new finish.

The model #6606-D (click here for picture) and model #8806-D (left) steel guitars were also now finished in sunburst, and benefited from new catalog photography which showed the guitar with it's legs inserted.  Although these models had a new finish, they were otherwise essentially the same as the '64 models.  The 6-string #6606-D sold for $89.90, and was offered as the #6606E, which had non-adjustable A-1 pickups, which sold for $75.00.  The 8-string #8806-D sold for $119.90, or $99.90 for the A-1 equipped #8806-E. String changers were no longer offered on any of these models.

1965 Carvin #8806-D Steel Guitar
1965 Carvin Model #81 Pedal Steel Guitar

All new for 1965 was Carvin's new line of pedal steel guitars.  These guitars used the same 22 1/2" scale fingerboards as the #8806-D, and were offered in single- and doubleneck designs.  The body was maple with a black crackle aluminum frame.  The model #41, which was a single-neck model with 4 pedals, sold for $299.90.  The model #61, which was a single-neck model with 6 pedals (click here for picture) sold for $349.90.  The model #81 (left), which was a doubleneck 8-string model with 8 pedals sold for $499.90.

As shown on the back cover of the 24-page 1965 catalog, Carvin also offered Kent pickups in addition to the the DeArmond pickups shown above. 

1965 Carvin Catalog Back Cover