Basses

Not much changed for 1997, after the major changes of '96.  Prices remained constant, and many of the catalog photos were the same.

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1997 Guitars

1997 Guitar Amps

1997 Bass Amps

 

1997 Carvin Catalog Cover

1997 Carvin LB20 & LB70 Basses

The LB20 and LB70 remained the same as the past four years, and the catalog used the same photos as in the '96 catalog.

The base prices of both these models remained the same, at $569 and $629.

The HC17 ABS case for either model was $78, and the HC18 vintage tweed hardshell case for either model was $108, although the HC17 was offered for free with $80 in options on any bass.

The BB75 was also unchanged for '97, as was the BB70, which was still not pictured. 

The LB75 was unchanged as well.

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 & '95, 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 $108. 

1997 Carvin LB75 & BB75 Basses

1997 Carvin LB76 Bass

The LB76 was also unchanged for 1997, but the catalog had a new photo, showing the rounded body side option that was introduced the previous year.  The price on the LB76 was unchanged at $799.

The LB76A and it's 4 and 5-string counterparts were also unchanged, and despite the passing of the 50th anniversary, the model continued to thrive. 

Prices on these models went up slightly, to $1129 (LB70), $1199 (LB75) and $1299 (LB76).

The HC17 ABS case for either model was $78, and the HC18 vintage tweed hardshell case for either model was $108. 

1997 Carvin Anniversary Series Basses

1997 Carvin AC40 & AC50 Acoustic Basses

The AC40 and AC50 were now a year old, and going strong.  Options and features were unchanged, but they did get a new catalog photo, showing in particular the Koa headstock overlay that was available.

The base price on the AC40 was $699, and the base price on the AC50 was $769.  The HC18  was the only case available for these models.

Although Carvin had offered a wide range of guitar and bass parts for many years, including necks, pickups, electronics and hardware, in 1997, a complete kit was offered for the first time.  Three kits, actually - the BK4 passive 4-string kit, the BK4A active 4-string kit, and the BK5A active 5-string kit.  These kits were comprised of the same parts used to make the B4 and B5 basses, and included everything needed to build a totally unique instrument.  All the routing and drilling was done at the factory, making it very easy for the hobbyist to assemble.  Chrome hardware and H50N stacked humbuckers were standard, and fretless necks and black or gold hardware could be optionally added.

The price on the BK4 was $339, the BK4A was $399, and the BK5A was $449, and these prices would remain the same for the next 5 years (at least).

1997 Carvin Bass Parts