Guitars

There were no significant model changes in 1983, with the exception of the new FTB6 fine-tuning tailpiece, and it's non-fine-tuning counterpart, which became standard issue.  The DC160 Stereo and DC160 Koa had the same catalog photos (with the old Schaller tailpiece/bridge), and the same price as 1982.  All other models, except the DN models, got new photography to be standard with the dark background pictures that debuted in 1982.

1983 Basses

1983 Guitar Amps

1983 Bass Amps

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1983 Carvin Catalog Cover

1983 Carvin DC160 Curly Maple

The DC160 was the same as 1982, and although there was a new tailpiece on all models, the old photo was used, with a footnote that the tailpiece was actually different.  The price remained the same as 1982, at $685, or $715 for a left-handed model.  The HC10 hardshell case was $60.

1983 Carvin DC200 Koa Guitar

The DC200 Koa (left) got an updated photograph to show off the new bridge, but otherwise, it was unchanged from 1982, including the price.

The DC200 Koa came standard with chrome hardware, MOP dot inlays, stereo wiring and the same electronics of the DC160.  Gold hardware was a $50 option, and abalone block inlays were a $60 option.  The base price of the DC200K was $460, and the HC11 hardshell case was $60.

The DC160K (right) was unchanged as well, but also used the '82 photograph, despite the new tailpiece.  The DC160 Koa remained at $685, and the HC10 case was $60.

1983 Carvin DC160 Curly Koa

The DC200 was also unchanged, except the bridge, but did get a new picture, showing a black and white model.   The base price of the DC200, in clear, red, white or black, remained $495, and the HC11 hardshell case was $60.  Gold hardware was an additional $50, and MOP dot inlays reduced the price by $40.

It was also available as the DC120 12-string guitar, which had a base price of $495.

1983 Carvin DC200 Guitar

1983 Carvin DC100 Guitar

The DC100 (left) also sported a new tailpiece, but without the fine-tuners of the DC200 (dubbed the B6 tailpiece).  Base price of the DC100 increased to $329, and the HC10 hardshell case was $60.

The DC150 (right) got updated photos for 1983, ending the pastel backgrounds that had been used for several years. It still had 3 different model configurations - the DC150BE, which had a black finish and ebony fingerboard, and sold for $435; the DC150 CM, which had a clear finish and maple fingerboard and sold for $415; and the DC150CE, which had a clear finish and ebony fingerboard, and sold for $435.  Red or white finishes were an additional $20, and gold hardware was available for $50.  A left-handed model was offered, at $30 additional to the model desired, and natural koa was also offered for an additional $40.  The HC10 case was $60.

1983 Carvin DC150 Guitar

1983 Carvin CM130 Guitar

Also unchanged from 1981 and 1982 were the CM130 (left) and CM140 (right).  The only new feature was the bridge/tailpiece (fine tuners on the CM140, but not on the CM130).  These Les Paul-style singlecuts were essentially the same instrument, with the CM140 offering stereo wiring and abalone block inlays, while the CM130 was mono with MOP dot inlays.  They had the same options, at the same prices, as the DC150.  Prices remained the same as 1982 - the CM130CE and CM130BE were $395, and the CM130CM was $375.  The CM140CE and CM140BE were $485 (a "CM" model was not offered) and a left-handed version was $515.  The HC10 case for any of these was $60.

1983 Carvin CM140 Guitar

1983 Carvin SH225 Guitar

The SH225, made by Höfner for Carvin, was unchanged for 1983.  The photograph was the same, as well - it had the new tailpiece in 1982.  Standard features on this semi-hollow electric were dual M22 pickups, dual volume and tone controls, pickup selector switch, ebony fingerboard, abalone block inlays and natural finish.  Also offered was the SH225S, which featured stereo wiring, and coil and phase switches.  Gold hardware was an addition $50, and a black laminated pickguard could be added for $15.  Base price on the SH225 was $620, and the SH225S was $670.  The HC18 form-fitted hardshell case was $79.

1983 Carvin DN612 & DN640 Doublenecks

There was no change in the photo, price or specs on the DN612 (6-string/12-string guitar) and DN640 (6-string guitar and 4-string bass).  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.