Guitars

Like the bass line, very little changed in Carvin's guitar line for 1967.  All the U.S. made models were unchanged, and the imported #I-909 was changed only in name (it was called the #I-902 in 1966).  The doubleneck #4-BS was slightly different, with interesting angled pickups.

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1967 Basses

1967 Guitar Amps

1967 Bass Amps

1967 Carvin Model #65-SGB Guitar

The model #65-SGB (left) and the model #35-SGB (near right) were unchanged from their 1966 versions, despite the catalog saying these were "all new" guitars.  Even the catalog pictures and pricing were unchanged - although these models were changed in 1966, so most likely, the same catalog page was used to cut production costs.

As in 1966, the #35-SGB was offered in a left-handed version, the #10-LSGB (far right).  It had the same features as the #35-SGB.

The model #65-SGB sold for $159.90, and was not offered with non-adjustable pickups.  The #35-SGB sold for $119.90 and was offered as the #45-SGB with non-adjustable A-1 pickups for $99.90.  The Bigsby Vibrato (shown on the #65-SGB) was available in either for an additional $29.90.  The #10-LSGB was $139.90, and was not offered with non-adjustable pickups or a Bigsby.

1967 Carvin Model #35-SGB Guitar 1967 Carvin Model #10-LSGB Guitar
1967 Carvin Model #1-MS Doubleneck Guitar/Mandolin 1967 Carvin Model #1-MB Mandolin

The model #1-MS doubleneck (far left) was unchanged from 1966, as was the model #1-MB mandolin (near left) that it shared parts with.  Both had maple necks and bodies, and rosewood fingerboards.  They also both came standard with Carvin's AP series adjustable pickups.  The #1-MS sold for $229.90, or $199.90 in the #2-MS configuration, with non-adjustable pickups.  The #1-MB sold for $89.90, or $79.90 as the #2-MB, with non-adjustable pickups.

The #4-BS bass/guitar doubleneck was changed slightly from 1966 - the pickups were mounted at an unusual angle.  Other than that, it was the same as the previous year.  Price on the #4-BS was $229.90, or $199.90 as the #5-BS, with non-adjustable pickups.

The Bigsby Vibrato was offered on the  #1-MS and #4-BS for an additional $29.90.

1967 Carvin Model #1-MB Doubleneck Guitar/Bass
1967 Carvin Model #I-909 Guitar

In 1967, Carvin offered it's first 12-string guitar, the model #12-A (right).  This guitar was made from the same components as the #35-SGB, with the necessary modifications to facilitate 12 strings.  An interesting note about this guitar is that it appeared on the back cover, almost as an afterthought.  There was a note indicating that it wouldn't be available until May 1st, 1966, which would seem to indicate that the 1967 catalog was actually issued sometime in 1966.  Price on the #12-A was $199.90, and it wasn't offered with non-adjustable pickups.

The model #I-909 guitar (left) was an entry-level imported model.  It was identical to the 1966 #I-902, but had a new name.  It was made from mahogany with rosewood fingerboard, 3 adjustable (non-Carvin) pickups, on/off switches for each pickup, master volume and master tone control and tremolo.  The price on the #I-907 was $69.90.

The imported model #I-905 Spanish acoustic guitar that had been offered in 1966 was no longer available.

 

1967 Carvin Model #12-A Guitar

In the fifties and sixties, Carvin included pickup wiring schematics in the catalog.  They had made their name initially by selling pickups, so providing this information was of obvious benefit to potential customers.

1967 Carvin Pickup Schematics
1967 Carvin #6DHG-5B & #8DHG-5B Steel Guitars 1967 Carvin #10-1 & #1010-1 Steel Guitars 1967 Carvin #8806-D & #6606-D Steel Guitars

The 1967 model #6DHG-5B 6-string steel guitar (far left) and the model #8DHG-5B 8-string steel guitar (2nd from left) were unchanged from 1966.  Both were made from maple, and had AP series pickups.  The #6DHG-5B sold for $49.90, and the #8DHG-5B sold for $69.90.  Both were also offered with non-adjustable A series pickups.

The model #1010-1 doubleneck ten-string (center, left) was new for 1967.  It too was made from maple, and had AP-10 adjustable pickups with master volume and master tone controls.  It sold for $159.90.  The model #10-1 ten-string steel guitar (center, right) was similar to the DHG series, but in a 10-string configuration.  It sold for $99.90.

The #6606-D doubleneck 6-string (2nd from right) was unchanged from 1966, and sported the same features and construction as the other models.  Price on it was $89.90, or $75.00 with non-adjustable A-2 pickups (model #6606-E).  The model #8806-D doubleneck eight-string steel guitar (far right) sold for $119.90, or $99.90 with non-adjustable pickups (#8806-E).

1967 Carvin Steel Guitar Cases & Stands

In addition to the wide assortment of steel guitars offered by Carvin in 1967, they also offered plenty of accessories.  Like today, steel guitars couldn't be ordered without a case, to protect the instrument during shipping.  Carvin also sold telescoping legs which would fit any of the above steel guitars.

Carvin offered several pedal steel guitars in 1967.  First up was the model #61 (below), which was unchanged from 1966.  This was an 8-string, 6 pedal instrument made from natural maple with chrome hardware and a single AP-8 pickup.  The model #61 sold for $349.90.  Not shown was the model #41, which was identical in construction to the model #61, but had 4 pedals.  It sold for $299.90.  Also offered was the model #81, which was a doubleneck 8-string model with 8 pedals.  It sold for $499.90.

1967 Carvin Model #61 Pedal Steel Guitar

The model #1010-A doubleneck 10-string pedal steel was new, and was Carvin's top of the line in steel guitars for 1967.  Like the #61 above, it had a crackle-finished aluminum frame, maple bodies and plastic fingerboards (most steel guitars had synthetic fingerboards; ebony or rosewood wasn't necessary since the strings didn't actually touch the surface).  The #1010-A had a pair of AP-10 adjustable pickups, and master volume and master tone controls.  It sold for $599.90.  Also offered was the model #10-A, which was a single-neck 10-string model with 6 pedals.  It sold for $399.90.

1967 Carvin Model #81 Pedal Steel Guitar

Teisco Del Rey #1-MS Article

Below is a great example of the #1-MS doubleneck.  This particular model is owned by Teisco Del Rey, and was featured in a 1980's issue of Guitar World magazine.  The #1-MS is vintage Carvin, with sunburst finish on maple body, Carvin-made mandolin neck, Hofner-made guitar neck (both with rosewood fingerboards) and Kluson tuners.  The pickups are Carvin AP-series, each with an on-off switch.  A Bigsby vibrato, which was optional on most Carvin guitars, rounds out the package.

The article that accompanied the photo (left) has a wealth of information on this model and other models from the 1960's. 

Teisco Del Rey's 1967 Carvin #1-MS Doubleneck