Quite a few things happened in
1992. The most obvious one was the new catalog. Up to this
point, Carvin had produced catalogs once, sometimes twice a
year. This new marketing would generate catalogs every 3 months,
which would blur the line between different year models, as new
features were added, and less popular features were removed during the
year. For example, this catalog was the first of the new design,
and was the last one to feature the Ultra V - later catalogs from 1993
would not have it. Later catalogs from 1993 would also offer new
products not in this one. So, among collectors and aficionados,
this could create some confusion, but the benefit was that customers
didn't have to wait a full year for new products to hit the street.
This particular catalog listed a retail
price, a direct price, and a sale price, to promote Carvin's current
sale. These sales would take on all sorts of forms of the years,
from free cases to 50% off options to a simple price cut. Prices
referenced on this page refer to the sale price at the time.
addition to new marketing, Carvin guitars had a list of new
features. The most significant one was the new scale
length. Most Carvin guitars (except the LS175 and BC130) had
used a 24 3/4" scale length since the late 70's. In 1993, the
scale length was expanded to 25". Also, the neck heel was
was redesigned, allowing easier access to higher frets. The
Kahler and Floyd Rose tremolos were gone, in favor of a
Carvin-licensed Wilkinson tremolo, and strings-thru-the-body was added
for fixed bridge guitars. Lastly, the large Carvin logo on the
headstock was replaced with the small one that was used on Carvin
basses - a good way of differentiating a '92 from a later model.
Carvin's line of colors
continued to expand, with an assortment of 27 finishes available in
various combinations of solid colors, translucent colors and natural
The DC125 (far left) and DC127
(near left) were basically unchanged, except for the new 25"
scale length and Wilkinson tremolo. The DC125 still used the
M22SD, while the DC127 continued to use the M22V and M22T. Price
on the DC125 was $579, while the DC127 was $629. The catalog photo showed the DC125 in
Pearl Red with black hardware, matching headstock and Wilkinson
tremolo, and the DC127 in Sapphire Blue with matching headstock and
This was the last Ultra V
would appear in a Carvin catalog, bringing the pointy-guitar era to a
close. The X220 had already been
retired, and the V was riding off into the sunset right behind
it. Apart from the scale length change, this Ultra V was
essentially the same as it's predecessors, and sold for $569, or $649
with tremolo. The catalog showed the Ultra V in Jet
Black with black hardware and tremolo.
The DC135 (far left) and DC145
(near left) were the same as 1992, with the exception of the other
changes mentioned on this page. One exception to this was the
stacked humbuckers on both models - the H60N stacked humbuckers were
replaced with S60 single coil pickups. The base price on the
DC135 was $589, or $669 with tremolo, and the DC145 was $619, or $699
with tremolo. The DC135 was shown in tung oiled koa
with gold hardware and tremolo, and the DC145 was shown in Pearl Blue
with chrome hardware and tremolo.
The DC120 (near right) and DC200
(far right) remained the same as 1992, with the exception of the new
features noted elsewhere on this page. The DC120 sold for $749,
while the DC200 sold for $669, or $749 with Wilkinson tremolo.
The catalog photo showed the DC120 in
Classic White with gold hardware, and the DC200 in clear gloss koa
with matching headstock and gold hardware.
The DC400 (left) continued to be Carvin's
flagship guitar, and it enjoyed a substantial price drop, to $919 in a
hardtail version, or $999 with tremolo. Part of the reason for the
price drop was in part due to the fact that the body was no longer made
of koa, but were made of poplar (body) and maple (neck). The catalog showed a DC400 in Vintage
Yellow on flamed maple with matching headstock, Wilkinson tremolo and
gold hardware, and one in Cherry Sunburst on flamed maple with matching
headstock, Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware.
This DN612 (right) marked the end of an era
for Carvin. This was the last official production doubleneck that
would appear in a catalog, one year short of the 40th anniversary of the
first Carvin doubleneck model. Evidently, their popularity had
waned, which was probably partly due to the rather dramatic price
increases over the years. The base price of this model was $1649,
although with the sale that was going on, all three doubleneck models
were advertised at $1449, which by itself represented a $350 increase in
5 years. The catalog photo showed a DN612 in
Emerald Green on quilt, with matching headstocks and gold hardware.