With the departure of
the LB40, a new bass was needed to fill the void. Enter the LB90.
This model sort of split the difference between the LB40 and the LB60.
It had a single volume and tone control like the LB40, but had two pickups
like the LB60. It also sported the "arrow" headstock of the
V440, which gave it a unique and interesting look, especially for the bassist
who wanted some with more pizzazz than the LB40, but not as extreme as the
It was available with all the same options as
the other models of this year, which hadn't changed significantly from
'86. The one exception was the reintroduction of a maple fingerboard,
which was only available with the clear finish option (called the LB90CM).
Base price on the LB90
and the LB90CM was $389.
The Kahler bass tremolo
(left) was still offered on all Carvin basses in 1987, for an additional
$120. These were available in chrome, black and gold, and were
featured prominently in the '87 catalog.
DN640 (and DN612) were still available in '87. As in previous
years, the same photo was used in the catalog, and there were no price