Guitars

1995 was a busy year in the Guitar Department.  One model was dropped, and 2 exciting new models were added.  New colors, such as Crimson Red, Blueburst, and Greenburst were added, as was solid mahogany.  Also available for the first time was the Engraved Truss Rod (ETR) option - an innovative option that allowed customers to personalize their own instruments.  Also in 1995, Carvin packed up and moved from Escondido to a new facility in San Diego, where they remain to this day.

1995 Basses

1995 Guitar Amps

1995 Bass Amps

Construction was still the same, with maple neck and poplar body standard, ebony fingerboard (optional maple), graphite nut and FT6 bridge.  A new headstock shape was phased in in early 1995, which had a rounded tip and corners (versus the pointed headstock of 1992-1994). The original Floyd Rose tremolo, which was added back to the line in 1994, was now added as a model number option - for example, a DC127 with a Floyd was referred to as a DC127C (Wilkinson-equipped guitars were appended with "T").  The AE150 was dropped, due to the addition of a new acoustic/electric model.

The pictures and prices on this page are from the Winter '95 catalog.  Click each picture for a larger version.

Spring 1995 Carvin Catalog Cover
1995 Carvin Guitar Features

1995 Carvin Custom ShopA 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.

The DC127 (near right) and DC135 (far right) were unchanged for 1995, all the way down to the prices.  The DC127 was $529, or $599 with the Wilkinson tremolo.  It could also be ordered with an original Floyd Rose tremolo for $639.  The DC135 was $559, $629 with the Wilkinson tremolo, or $669 with the Floyd Rose tremolo.

The catalog showed the DC127 in Emerald Green with matching headstock and gold hardware.  The DC135 was shown in Sapphire Blue with matching headstock, chrome hardware, Wilkinson tremolo and optional coil-splitter (note the 4th mini-switch).

1995 Carvin DC127 & DC135 Guitars
1995 Carvin TL60 Guitar

The TL60 was identical in it's sophomore year, all the way down to the price and the catalog photo.  Base price was $529, or $599 with Wilkinson tremolo.  The Floyd Rose tremolo was evidently not offered.

The catalog photo showed a TL60 in Jet Black with chrome hardware, M22 bridge pickup and Wilkinson tremolo, and in Tobacco Sunburst on quilted maple with gold hardware.

All new for 1995 was the SC90.  This singlecut model was unique in the industry, and represented what would become a very popular model for Carvin.  This model featured all the construction features and options of other Carvins, including the new Floyd Rose tremolo.  The SC90 with FT6 bridge sold for $569, the SC90T with Wilkinson tremolo sold for $639, and the SC90C, with Floyd Rose tremolo, sold for $679.  The HC12 hardshell case was $88, but under the current sale, could be had for free if $90 worth of options were ordered.

The catalog showed an SC90 in classic sunburst with mahogany neck and body with cream/black pickups, and an SC90 in Vintage Yellow on flamed maple with matching headstock, gold hardware and cream/black pickups.

1995 Carvin SC90 Guitar
1995 Carvin AE185 Guitar

The AE185 was unchanged for it's sophomore year.  The base price of the AE185 remained $799, plus $88 for the HC12 vintage tweed hardshell case.

The catalog showed an AE185 in classic white with gold hardware, and an AE185 with clear gloss on quilted maple with matching headstock, body binding, cream pickups and gold hardware.

The AC175 got a spruce top as a standard feature, and this dropped the price down to $699 (versus $799 in 1994).  Otherwise, all features remained the same, including mahogany neck and body, 24-fret ebony fingerboard and ebony bridge.

The catalog showed an AC175 with natural spruce top, body binding and gold hardware, and with clear finish on flamed maple, with inline headstock and gold hardware.

1995 Carvin AC175 Guitar
1995 Carvin DC200 & DC400 Guitars

The DC200 (far left) and DC400 (near left) were unchanged, all the way down to the catalog photo and price.  They were both available with the re-added Floyd Rose tremolo, but all other options and features remained unchanged.

The catalog photo showed the DC200 in Pearl Blue with chrome hardware, and the DC400 in Vintage Yellow on flamed maple with Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware.