1965 had some significant happenings in the bass department. The Model #72-BG was retired, and a totally new model was introduced, which was the first Carvin bass to be finished in anything other than natural.  Although there was a new 4-string model, the #4-BS doubleneck was unchanged, but would be redesigned in 1966.

Another interesting change in 1965 was the introduction of low-cost imported guitars.  These were the very basic type of Japanese instruments, with no-name pickups and hardware, and no cases.  

1965 Guitars

1965 Guitar Amps

1965 Bass Amps

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1965 Carvin Catalog Cover
1965 Carvin #73-BG Bass Guitar

On the left is the Model #73-BG, which was new for 1965.  The body was maple, and the neck was maple, with rosewood fingerboard and adjustable truss rod.  Electronics consisted of two AP-4 pickups, with dual volume and tone controls, and a 3-way pickup selector switch.  A bone nut, nickel tuners and plastic pickguard rounded out the package.

Price on the #73-BG was $125.00, and was also available as the #83-BG, which had non-adjustable pole pieces.  Not pictured in the catalog was the Model #71LH, which was a left-handed version of the #73-BG.  It sold for $145.00.  Two cases were available, the #21-SGC for $23.90, or the #22-SGC for $19.90.

The Model #4-BS doubleneck (right) was unchanged from 1964.  It had a clear finish on maple, and had bolt-on maple necks with adjustable truss rods, bone nuts, and rosewood fingerboards.  Electronics consisted of one AP-4 and two AP-6 pickups, with on/off switch for each, and master volume and tone controls.  The #4-BS sold for $229.90, and was also offered as the #5-BS, which had non-adjustable pickups, and sold for $199.90.

1965 Carvin #4-BS Doubleneck Bass Guitar
1965 Carvin Imported I-901 Bass Guitar

The imported I-901 bass was a standard long scale instrument.  It features a mahogany body and rosewood fretboard and sold direct from Carvin for $119.90.  This instrument was un-badged, but was most likely made by Teisco, a Japanese instrument maker that sold guitars and instruments under such names as Silvertone and Kay.  For more information, see the 1966 bass page.

Beltone Teisco LogosThe 1960's were an interesting time in the world of guitars & basses.  Gibson & Fender dominated the US market, but import guitars from Japan, Germany and Italy began to flood the American music scene. 

Most of these instruments were made by just a handful of companies, who licensed the guitars to be sold under a variety of names in different overseas markets, just like Samick does today.  The Japanese company Teisco was the king of these companies, selling guitars under such names as Teisco Del Ray, Beltone, Kingston, Silvertone, and Kimberly in the US, and Arbiter, Audition & Kay in Europe.   Carvin was a part of this, as well, selling a bass that was most likely distributed by Beltone, and was in turn made my Teisco (like the #I-902 guitar).

Except for the red finish, the #I-901 was identical to this no-named Teisco bass.   Carvin didn't put their name on the headstock; they were simply a reseller like many other companies.  Notice the pickup, finger rest, control layout, pickguard and headstock are the same as the model sold by Carvin.

For more information, see the Bass Identification Guide