1995 Carvin Catalog Cover


There were several interesting additions to the 1995 model lineup:  the 4-string BB70, and the AC40 and AC50.  The BB75 also went through a design change, with the input jack being moved from the front of the body to the side.  As a precursor of things to come, a mid-range control option was added for the A500B active electronics module.  Also, Sperzel tuners were phased out on Carvin basses (primarily due to availability issues), and Carvin's own line of tuners were reintroduced.  The '95 catalogs showed the new guitar headstock shape, but the bass pictures still showed the older, pointed headstock.  Presumably, the new rounded headstock was phased in throughout 1995, although actual images wouldn't appear until 1996.1995 Carvin Bass & Guitar Parts

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1995 Guitars

1995 Guitar Amps

1995 Bass Amps

A new term was added to the Carvin lexicon in 1995 - the Custom Shop.  Although Carvin had technically been running a custom shop for many years, allowing customers to specify finishes, woods, pickups, tremolos, inlays and so on, in 1995 it was recognized as an official entity, with it's own logo and even a tee shirt.  Although detractors would debate whether this really was a "custom shop", it was far more than any other manufacturers would offer, especially at Carvin's low direct prices.  As the years passed, the Custom Shop would expand more each year, offering players the ability to design a guitar that was totally unique, from thousands of available combinations of options.

1995 Carvin Bass Features
1995 Carvin LB20 & LB70 Basses

The LB20 and LB70 remained the same as the past three years, and the catalog showed new versions of these basses.  

The base prices were the same as '94 at $579 and $629.

The HC17 ABS case for either model was $78, and the HC18 vintage tweed hardshell case for either model was $98. 

The catalog showed an LB20F with maple neck and koa body, and an LB70F in tobacco sunburst on mahogany with fretlines, black hardware and optional midrange control.

The BB75 saw some changes in '95.  To facilitate the addition of the optional midrange control, the input jack was moved to the side of the bass, as on other models.  However, in order to do this, the body had to be made slightly thicker, as the original BB75's had thinner bodies than their counterparts.  Even with this change, the BB75 still had a thinner body than the LB series basses.

The BB75 also got a little brother, the BB70.  Although it wasn't pictured, it was listed on the BB75 page. And for the first time, the BB models were available in left-handed models.

The LB75 was unchanged from the previous year.

Prices on the BB75 and LB75 were the same as '94, at  $799 and $699.  The new BB70 had a base price of $729.

The HC17 ABS case for either model was $78, and the HC18 vintage tweed hardshell case for either model was $98. 

The catalog showed a BB75F in clear gloss on quilt with fretlines, optional midrange control and gold hardware, and an LB75 in translucent purple with midrange control and gold hardware.

1995 Carvin BB75 & LB75 Basses

1995 Carvin LB76 Bass

The LB76 saw no changes, except the midrange control that other models also had available.  The base price on this model stayed the same at $799, and the available cases were the same as the other models.

The catalog showed an LB76 in mahogany with a tung-oil finish, and an LB76 in classic sunburst on flamed maple with abalone block inlays and gold hardware.

Released at the end of 1995 were the AC40 and AC50 acoustic/electric basses.  These basses featured a mahogany neck, mahogany body and AAA Engleman Spruce top.  The AC40 was available with the traditional 2 X 2 headstock, or the inline headstock, and both models were available in lefty versions, and were available with options such as body binding, quilt or flamed tops, and fretless.  These models featured active electronics with the F40 acoustic transducer pickup, and were equipped with black tape-wound acoustic strings.

The base price on the AC40 was $709, and the base price on the AC50 was $789.  The HC18  was the only case available for these models, and was $98.

The photo is from the Winter 1995 catalog, and showed an AC40 in natural spruce with gold hardware, and an AC40 in classic sunburst on flamed maple with inline headstock and abalone inlays.  An AC50, in natural, was shown in the inset.


1995 Carvin AC40 Bass Guitar