Basses

1992 was the last year for the large 8 X 11 catalog, published annually.  The next year, the catalog would be smaller in size, and would be published 4 times a year, allowing for the addition of new models and options at various times of the year, versus just once a year. 

1992 Guitars

1992 Guitar Amps

1992 Bass Amps

'92 would also see Sperzel locking tuners replace the Carvin-brand tuners that had been in use for several years, and a new headstock design, which allowed for straighter string pull, and was less Jackson-seque.  The H50B pickups were replaced with the new H50N, which provided a fuller tone and extended top end.  Finally, a new model with an extra string would be added for multi-string enthusiasts, and a "mystery photo" would suggest things to come...

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1992 Carvin Catalog Cover

1992 Carvin LB20 & LB70 Basses

As in previous years, and year to come, the LB20 and LB70 (left) were basically the same instrument, with the LB20 being a passive bass and the LB70 being active.  These models, with their now-expanding features and options, remained the same as '91.

Base price on the LB20 was $519, and the LB70 was $599 - both of which were the same as '91.  The HC17 hardshell case was $80.

The catalog photo showed an LB20F in Classic White with black hardware, and an LB20 in Pearl Blue with chrome hardware.

Cosmetically, the '92 LB75 (right) was almost the same as the current model.  The major exception was the 3 X 2 headstock, although the '91 5-inline headstock could be ordered as an option.  

The base price on the LB75 was $669, a slight increase over '91.

The catalog photo showed an LB75F with fretlines, koa body wings and gold hardware, and an LB75 in Jet Black with black hardware.

1992 Carvin LB75 Bass

1992 Carvin LB76 Bass

1992 would see a completely new model added to the line up.  This was the LB76 (left), Carvin's first 6-string bass.  This featured the same string spacing as the LB75, making the transition from 5 strings to 6 relatively easy.  This was the first Carvin bass to show a quilted maple top, versus the AAA flamed maple tops that had been shown in previous years.  Interestingly, quilted maple was not listed in the available options in the '92 catalog.

The base price of the LB76 was $799, and it was available with all the options of Carvin's other basses, including lefty and fretless versions.

The catalog showed an LB76 in clear quilted maple with gold hardware and matching headstock, and an LB76 in Sapphire Blue on flamed maple with black hardware and matching headstock.

All three doublenecks were still available, but wouldn't be for much longer.  And, as in previous years, only the DN612 (right) was shown, not the DN640 or DN440.  The 12-inline headstock was dropped, although an inline headstock could be ordered on the 6-string neck.  The base price for all 3 models remained the same as '91, at $1399.

1992 Carvin DN612 Doubleneck Guitar

1992 Carvin Bunny Brunel BB75 Bass

An interesting photo was shown on the bass endorser page.  Without fanfare, Carvin was announcing it's first-ever signature instrument (the Holdsworth guitar was still 4 years away).  This was the BB75, created in conjunction with longtime Carvin endorser and bassist extraordinaire Bunny Brunel.  And what you see on the left is all there was regarding this model.  A picture, and a request to call for more information.  Clever marketing ploy, or was it just not ready for production when the catalog went to press?  You decide.  Either way, it was an unusual introduction for an instrument that was destined to become one of Carvin's most popular models.