In the early 70's, Carvin basses
featured bolt-on necks made by Höfner, and this is an example of
that. This is an AB45 30" scale acoustic/electric
model (right), with inlaid pearl dot rosewood fingerboard, Kluson tuners and a
hardrock maple neck with black polyester front and and clear polyester
back. It also featured 2 APB4 bass pickups with individual
volume and tone controls with 3-way switch, polished cast aluminum
bridge, brass frets, and MOP pickguard. It was also available in
a left-handed model.
Direct price on this was $169.96, or
$179.96 for the lefty. The AC21 soft case was also offered for
On the left is the SB40, which also featured a
Höfner neck that had all the same appointments of the AB45. This
bass was made of "high quality wood" (that's a quote from
the catalog), and was available in a sunburst finish. The
pickups and electronics were the same as the AB45.
This model was only available in a
right-handed version, and sold for $149.95. The SC18 hardshell
case was available for $29.95.