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.

1998 Basses

1998 Guitar Amps

1998 Bass Amps

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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1998 Carvin Catalog Cover

1998 Carvin Bolt Guitar

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.

1998 Carvin DC127 & DC135 Guitars
1998 Carvin TL60 Guitar

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 hardware.

1998 Carvin SC90 Guitar
1998 Carvin DC120 & DC400 Guitars

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 $899 for the base model, or $959 and $999 with the Wilkinson or Floyd Rose tremolo, respectively.

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.

1998 Carvin Holdsworth H1 & H2 Guitars
1998 Carvin AE185 & AE185-12 Guitars

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 AC175 with 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 black hardware.

1998 Carvin AC175 & AC275 Guitars