Here's a great vintage
DC150, from 1977. This is from Carvin's transitional period, as
the AP series pickups were replaced in favor of the M22's, and the
Höfner necks were retired as Carvin began building their own.
Mary's still has the classical appointments, however - chrome-covered
APH-6 pickups and 24.5" scale 24-fret made-by-Höfner neck. Mary
"I was looking at your
vintage museum and found my old Carvin DC-150 made in 1977.
This guitar I got in the late 70's. I traded a 1967 Harley
Davidson Sprint for it. I have always loved it and will
keep it forever. It has such a rich tone and when I got it hardly
anyone knew what a Carvin guitar was. I have had it forever
and after seeing your website I finally know what year it was made.
Mine is in great shape and only has some wear on the back from years
of playing. Lots of people have tried to buy it from me but I
have always hung on to it. I still have the orig. case too.
It is great to record with!!"
||Jeff Jordan's DC150
Here's a very nice vintage
DC150, from 1979, which was the
first year of set-neck production. This model has a maple body and
neck, ebony fingerboard, abalone dot fingerboard and headstock inlays,
chrome hardware, and M22 humbucking pickups. Additionally, this
model has some nicely-done custom graphics.
||David Renson's DC160
In the 1980's, you could
order a DC150 with a solid quilted body, block inlays and gold hardware
- the model was dubbed the DC160. This is either a '79 (first year
of production) or an '80 model - the 3 knobs are the giveaway.
From 1981 forward, DC150s and DC160s had two volume and two tone
controls. Later 1980's models also had more elaborate quilts (see
Craig Wiper's DC160, for
example), but this is still a wonderful example of Carvin's early
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Here's a classic DC100
from 1983, finished in clear gloss on maple with a maple set neck.
The DC100 was an entry-level guitar at that time - it was constructed
with the same materials and methods of the DC150 and DC160, but didn't
have upgraded electronics (phase switch, coil splitter), pickguard, or
fine-tuners on the B6 tailpiece.
DC160 & DC150
DC160 is a
one-of-a-kind model. The most obvious feature is the 3-humbucker
arrangement, which was never a standard feature or even an option on a Carvin in
the 80's. Craig opened it up, and it appears to be a factory job, which is
another example of Carvin's willingness to accommodate unusual customer
requests. Additionally, this one has dot inlays, even though abalone block
inlays were standard at no additional charge on a DC160. Evidently, the
original owner preferred the dots over the blocks. Also notable is the
stunning curly maple body, which was solid, as opposed to a top as in modern
This 1977 DC150 (below)
used to belong to Craig, as well. This is a
great example of what Carvin was doing during the late 1970's, as the
company transitioned from using Höfner components to their own parts.
This is a particularly nice example, with maple fingerboard, maple body
and neck, chrome hardware, and Bigsby vibrato (this was the last year a
Bigsby was available on a Carvin). Also of note on this example
are the chrome pickup covers (the only year this was offered), and
pearloid control cavity cover, which was standard at the time.
has an impressive collection of Carvin guitars, not the least of which
is the DC160 and his former DC150. See his entire collection
This is a great example of
a DC160 from the mid-1980's. The DC160 was an upscale DC150, with
a solid quilted (called curly at the time) maple body and neck.
This one is finished in clear gloss, and has gold hardware and abalone
block inlays on ebony. It's been retrofitted with a Kahler tremolo
in black, and has some other modifications, such as a different bridge
pickup, and Gibson-style speed knobs.