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
The Model #33-SGB
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
shown on the back cover of the 24-page 1965 catalog, Carvin also
offered Kent pickups in addition to the the DeArmond pickups shown