the case in '80 and '81, if you wanted a Carvin
bass in 1982, you had basically one choice: the LB50.
It was made from Eastern hardrock maple, with set neck and ebony or maple
fingerboard. It featured a standard black headstock, with abalone inlaid
headstock logo, side position markers and top position markers.
Chrome plated Schaller hardware was standard; gold was optional. Electronics featured 2
volume and 2 tone controls, dual single/double coil switches, phase
switch, and mono wiring. There were some new options this year - red
or white finishes, as well as the reintroduction of koa wood, but the
electronics and other specifications of the LB50 remained the same
as the previous year.
The LB50 was
available in several models (with prices in parenthesis):
- clear finish/maple fretboard ($375)
LB50BE - black finish/ebony fretboard ($395)
LB50CE - clear finish/ebony fretboard ($395)
LB50L - lefthanded model, with ebony fretboard, available in black or
LB50F - fretless model, with ebony fretboard, available in black or
There were options
available, as well. $20 would get you stereo wiring, gold hardware
was available for $50, and red or white finishes could be had for an
additional $20. Koa wood was also available for an additional $40. The
HC14 hardshell case cost $68.
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Carvin also continued the
doubleneck tradition with the DN612 (6-string/12-string guitar) and
DN640 (6-string guitar and 4-string bass). These were
basically the same as the '81 model, with the exception of the Gibson-esque
headstock pattern, which was dropped. Standard feature were
black or natural finish, MOP inlays and chrome hardware.
Electronics were the same as the LB50 (bass) and DC150 (guitar), with
the exception of 1 tone control versus two. Both had two output
jacks; one for each neck - therefore, stereo wiring wasn't
available. The base price on the DN612 was $895, while the DN640
was $865. It could also be ordered in red or white for an
additional $40, or in Koa wood for an additional $80. Gold
hardware was available for an additional $100. The HC15
hardshell case sold for $75.
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