First up is the hollow-body AB-45
(left). This bass was available in sunburst finish, and was equipped with the
standard 22-fret Höfner-made neck that would be a mainstay of Carvin
basses until they began producing their own necks in the late
70's. The catalog referred to the body as "German
made", but did not specifically mention if this was also made by
Hofner. Other features of the AB-45 were Kluson tuners, rosewood
fingerboard, pearl inlays, and APB-4 pickups with dual volume and tone
controls, and a 3-way selector switch.
Direct price on the AB-45 was $154.95
and the AC-21 softshell case was an additional $15.95.
Carvin's other bass model for 1971 was
the SB-40 (right). Like the AB-45, the SB-40 featured a
"German made body", as well as a Hofner neck with Kluson
tuners, rosewood fingerboard, pearl dot inlays and sunburst finish.
Electronics also consisted of fully-adjustable APB-4 pickups with dual
volume and tone controls and 3-way selector switch.
Direct price on the SB-40 was $149.95,
and the SC-21 hardshell case was $29.95.