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The LB20 and LB70 remained
the same as the '92 models, although the list of options were
expanding. In addition to more color, finish and wood options, a
neat new gadget was added for bassist - the hipshot de-tuner.
This allowed the bassist to "drop" the tuning a whole step
with the flip of a lever on the headstock (generally from E to
D). Like the Kahler bass tremolo (which was dropped after '92,
as Kahler began to fold), this was an innovative tool, and Carvin was
willing to gamble on whether or not bassist would like it. Since
it's still being offered today, I'd say the votes are in!
'93 base prices were $589 and $639.
Bassists were teased in '92
at the prospect of a new bass, the BB75, and in 1993, it would
be officially introduced and featured in the catalog. This early model had a thinner body than
other Carvin basses, and therefore, the output jack was located on the
front of the bass, versus on the side. Additionally, the
"Bunny Brunel" logo was absent, and only the engraved trussrod cover gave any indication of the signature status of this
bass. It also had several unique features that remain to this
day, including an asymmetrical neck that was thinner on the treble
side, and dot inlays that were off-center, so that the dots were not
directly under the A string. Base price on the BB75 was $809,
and it was available with the majority of available options, but was
not available in a lefty.
The LB75 was unchanged from
'92. It's base price was $709.
Like the LB75, the LB76 saw no
significant changes for '93. Base price on the LB76 was $839.
1993 marked the end of an
era for Carvin that began in 1954. This was the last year they
would manufacture doublenecks of any sort. This was because
these models had evidently lost their popularity, which may have been
due in part to rather dramatic price increases. The '93 DN612,
DN640 and DN440 had a base price of $1649, so a nicely appointed model
with case could easily hit two grand, putting it out of reach of many
players. The DN612 shown in the catalog would've sold for
a total of $2123 (gold hardware, quilted top & matching headstocks