1998 was a quiet year for Carvin.
After releasing several new models over the past several years, this
was the year to stop and take a breather, although there was one new
model - the AC275-12, which was a 12-string variant of the
AC275. Also, the 502G active/passive guitar module was
added, which replaced the active module that had been used on guitars
with active electronics, and allowed the guitar to be run in active
mode, or passive mode. Other than that, and some very minor
price fluctuations (in both directions), everything remained the same.
The pictures and prices on this page
are from the Spring '98 catalog, and at the time, the HC11 hardshell
case was offered for free with any Custom Shop order.
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The Bolt got a new catalog photo
(although one of the guitars appeared to be the same as '97).
Apart from that, everything was the same. The price rose
slightly, to $459, and
the Bolt-T, with Wilkinson tremolo, had a base price of $519.
The catalog photo showed a Bolt in
Classic White, with red tortoise pickguard and chrome
hardware, and a Bolt-T in translucent blue, with maple fingerboard,
Sperzel tuners, white pearloid pickguard, C22 bridge pickup and gold
hardware. The inset photo showed a Bolt-T in Ruby Red Stain on
quilt with matching headstock, black pearloid pickguard and
black chrome hardware.
The DC127 (near right) and DC135
(far right), were unchanged for 1998, and the same photo was used from
1996/97. The prices dropped slightly,
starting at $539 for the DC127 and $569 for the DC135.
The catalog showed the DC127 in
tung-oiled koa with matching headstock and rounded body sides,
Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware. The DC135 was
shown in Cherry Sunburst with alder neck, matching headstock and
rounded body sides, chrome hardware, and Wilkinson tremolo.
The TL60 was also unchanged for
1998, and the same catalog photo that had been used for several years
was used again. Base
price dropped slightly on the hardtail model to $539, and remained the
same at $599 with Wilkinson tremolo.
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.
The SC90 was unchanged, and the
same catalog photo was used as in '97.
Prices remained the same, at $579, while the SC90T with Wilkinson tremolo
remained $629, and the
SC90C, with Floyd Rose tremolo, remained $669.
The catalog showed an SC90 with the
Custom Flame Package (Ruby Red Stain), with gold hardware and cream
pickups, and an SC90 in classic
sunburst with alder neck and body, rounded body sides, cream/black
pickups and chrome
The DC200 and DC400 were
again unchanged, with the exception of the new active/passive guitar module.
The same catalog photo was used, showing the
DC120 and DC400, but not the DC200. The price on the DC200
hardtail remained $679, and rose to $739
with the Wilkinson, $779 with the Floyd Rose). The DC120
12-string rose slightly to $779. The DC400 hardtail dropped slightly to
for the base model, or $959 and $999 with the Wilkinson or Floyd Rose
The inset photo showed the DC400
Anniversary model, which was a highly upgraded DC400, with 5-piece
maple/koa neck, flamed maple top and matching headstock, and 3 piece
alder/koa/flamed maple body. It was available as a $200 upgrade
to the DC400, DC400T or DC400C.
The catalog photo showed the DC120 in
Jet Black with rounded body sides, and the DC400 in Vintage Yellow on
flamed maple with Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware.
The Holdsworth was unchanged for
1998, but the prices rose a bit after the substantial drop of '97. Base price on the H1
was $749, or $799 with Wilkinson tremolo, and the H2 was $799, or $849
with Wilkinson tremolo.
The catalog showed the H1 in Jet Black
with Wilkinson tremolo and black hardware, and the H2
in clear gloss on quilted maple with matching headstock, coil
splitters and gold hardware.
The AE185 and AE185-12
were unchanged for 1998. The base price of the
AE185 remained $799, and the base price of the AE185-12 was $849.
The catalog showed a AE185 in
flamed koa with matching headstock, body binding, coil
splitters and phase switches and black hardware, and an AE185 in
Classic White with coil splitters and phase switches and gold hardware.
The inset photo showed an AE185-12 in clear gloss on flamed maple with
matching headstock and gold hardware.
The AC175 and AC275 remained the
same, but a 12-string version of the AC275 was added. Base price on the AC175
was the same as '97 at $699, and base price on the AC275 dropped to
$749. The AC275-12 was $799.
The catalog showed an
natural spruce top, gold hardware, and inline headstock. The
AC275 was shown in Classic Sunburst on flamed maple with body binding
and chrome hardware. The inset photo showed the AC275-12 in
clear gloss on flamed maple with matching headstock, body binding and