Basses

1996 was a big year for Carvin.  This year marked their 50th anniversary, as well as a move to a new factory.  In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, an Anniversary model guitar and bass were added to the lineup.

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1996 Carvin Factory

1996 Carvin LB20 & LB70 Basses

1996 Guitars

1996 Guitar Amps

1996 Bass Amps

 

 

 

 

The LB20 and LB70 remained the same as the past four years, and the catalog showed new versions of these basses.  The only significant change was the switch back to Carvin premium tuners, due to availability problems with Sperzel.

The base price of the LB20 dropped $10 to $569 and the LB70 remained the same as '95 at $629.

The HC17 ABS case for either model was $78, and the HC18 vintage tweed hardshell case for either model was $98, although the HC17 was offered for free with $80 in options on any bass.

The BB75 saw a minor cosmetic change in '96.  Gone was the engraved truss rod cover, and it was replaced with Bunny's signature on the headstock.  This also took affect on the BB70.  

The LB75 was unchanged for this year, with the exception of the Carvin premium tuners.

The inset photo also shows another new option for Carvin basses, the 5-piece neck, in several combinations of wood, which made for a much stronger, more stable neck.

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. 

1996 Carvin LB75 & BB75 Basses

1996 Carvin LB76 Bass

The LB76 had the same change to the tuners as the other models, but was otherwise unchanged.  The base price on this model stayed the same at $799, and the available cases were the same as the other models.

In celebration of Carvin's 50th anniversary, the LB76A (pictured), the LB75A and LB70A were introduced.  These were arguably the finest basses Carvin ever offered, and had features only available on this model, in addition to many "standard" features that were considered options on other models.  The 3-piece body was made from alder, with a thin layer of Koa in the middle, and a flamed or optional quilted maple top.  The matching headstock, midrange boost control, and 5-piece neck were standard, as was fully rounded body edges, which was a new option for LB series basses.

Prices on these models were $1059 (LB70), $1129 (LB75) and $1229 (LB76).

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

1996 Carvin Anniversary Series Basses

1996 Carvin AC40 & AC50 Acoustic Basses

The AC40 and AC50 were reduced in price slightly from their introductory prices to $699 for the AC40 (from $709), and $769 for the AC50 (from $789).   Also, black LaBella tapewound strings became standard on these models (bronze acoustic strings were standard in 1995).  Other than that, they were unchanged. 

The catalog showed an AC40 in clear finish on spruce with traditional headstock and gold hardware, and an AC50 in classic sunburst with body binding and chrome hardware.