Basses

1998 Guitars

1998 Guitar Amps

1998 Bass Amps

1998 saw a few significant changes, including 2 new models, the B4 & B5.  The Hipshot bridge was now standard on all electric models, and the 2-Tek bridge was available on some models with rounded body sides (all but the LB20, BB75 & lefthanded models).  The new  501B electronics models featured active/passive modes, and the mid-range boost control was standard.

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This year, Carvin introduced a bass for Everyman - the B4.  This was an entry-level, bolt neck bass, but what made this stand apart from other bolt basses was that it was offered with all the options and features of Carvin's high-end models.  Most other manufacturers only offered a handful of colors, and maybe chrome or black hardware, but with the B4, and it's 5-string counterpart, the B5, you could choose from over 20 colors, plain, flame or figured tops, black, chrome, or gold hardware, active or passive electronics, and much more.

The B4 started at a very reasonable $469, and the B5 started at $599.

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

1998 Carvin B4 & B5 Basses

1998 Carvin LB20 & LB70 Basses

The LB20 and LB70 sported the new Hipshot bridge, as well as new active electronics on the LB70.  Colors, woods and most everything else remained the same as '97.

The base prices of the LB20 was $579, and the LB70 was $649.

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 any Custom Shop order.

The LB75 was unchanged as well, except for the new electronics and Hipshot bridge.

The price on the LB75 was $719.

The HC17 ABS case for either model was $78, and the HC18 vintage tweed hardshell case for either model was $108.  The free HC17 was also available for free with any Custom Shop order.

1998 Carvin LB75 Bass

1998 Carvin LB76 Bass

The LB76 (left) was also unchanged, with the exception of the items noted on the LB70 & LB75, and the catalog had a new photo for these models.

  The price on the LB76 was unchanged at $819, and it had the same case options as the other models.

The BB70 (right) finally got some representation, alongside the BB75.  These models also sported the new features that were available on the LB series basses (with the exception of the 2-Tek bridge).  

The base price on the BB70 was $749, and the base price on the BB75 was $819.  The case options were the same as the LB series basses.

1998 Carvin Bunny Brunel BB70 & BB75 Basses

1998 Carvin Anniversary Series Basses

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 go strong. 

Prices on these models were also unchanged from 1997, at $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. 

The AC40 and AC50 continued to make their mark, and were unchanged for 1998.

The prices and case options on these models were unchanged from the previous year.

1998 Carvin AC40 & AC50 Acoustic Basses