In 1977, Carvin offered 3 bass models, as
well as a doubleneck guitar/bass model. Two of these were new
models (which replaced other models), and one, the LB70, had some minor
changes. The SB61 and the CB100 were both discontinued
after only one year, although the CB100 would reappear in 1978.
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obvious change on all Carvin guitars and basses for 1977 was the
addition of chrome pickup covers on all AP-series pickups. This
one feature makes it easy to identify a 1977 model - the '76 models had
black pickups (without covers), and in 1978, the new 22-pole M22 pickups
would be introduced. Therefore, and Carvin guitar or bass with
chrome pickup covers is a 1977 model.
left is the SB120 bass. It featured a bound short-scale 30" rosewood fretboard,
dot markers and dual APH4 pickups with dual volume controls, master tone
control, pickup selector switch and phase switch. Tuners were
Schaller #M4S jumbos, and the bridge was a Carvin tune-o-matic (probably
also made by Schaller). It was only offered in a clear finish, and
sold for $249.00, plus $46.00 for the HC15 hardshell case.
right is the SB125 stereo bass. It was basically the same as
the SB120, with upgraded features such as an ebony fingerboard with
mother-of-pearl block inlays and headstock inlay. Electronics upgrades
consisted of coil splitters for each APH4S pickup, and stereo wiring.
It was offered in black (SB125B) or clear (SB125C) for $339.00,
and in a black left-handed model (SB125L) for $349.00.
headstock inlays on these two basses. The necks on both of these
basses were made by Höfner, and the inlays were the same as the ones
used by Höfner. The SB120 has a decal resembling a sword, with a
decal Carvin logo; the SB125 has an MOP inlaid Carvin logo with the
double-diamond logo that would be used until the late 1980's (and is
still used by Höfner to this day). Essentially, the higher quality
neck with an ebony fingerboard used in the MOP inlays, while the
rosewood fingerboarded-neck used decals.
left is the Carvin LB70. This is the oldest Carvin model (bass or guitar)
that exists in a current-year version (although the LB70 model name disappeared
for a period in the 1980's). Like the initial 1976 model, this bass was
similar to the Fender Precision, especially the headstock. The neck was
the same scale length as a Fender Precision bass (34") and the body
shape is also very similar. It was equipped with two APH8 pickups
with dual volume and tone controls, phase switching and 3-way pickup
selector. Coil splitters and stereo wiring were optional.
Other features included an oval rosewood fingerboard with binding and
Schaller #M4SL tuners. It was offered in black (LB70B; the model
shown) for $259.00, or in black with coil splitters and stereo wiring
(LB70SB) or clear with coil splitters and stereo wiring (LB70SC) for
$299.00. The HC17 hardshell case was $46.00.
The DB630 was dramatically
different than the '76 model. The bass neck was moved to the bottom, so
that the instrument would be better balanced, and the body itself was wider. Each neck had a
master volume and master tone control with phase switching and coil splitters. The
bolt-on maple necks had ebony fretboards with MOP block inlays and white
binding. It was offered in a clear finish on birdseye maple
(DB630C) or black on standard maple (DB630B) - either model was $539.00,
plus $51.00 for the HC19 hardshell case.