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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.