There were several
changes in the Carvin guitar lineup in 1968. Only one 6-string solidbody
guitar, the #35-SGB was offered, but 3 new hollowbody instruments were added,
and the 3 doublenecks offered were completely redesigned compared to the 1967
versions. The #1-MB mandolin was rechristened, even though it remained
unchanged, and the steel guitar lineup was essentially the same as the previous
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model #35-SGB (left) guitar was unchanged from it's 1967
predecessor. It sported the same Höfner neck, Carvin AP-6
pickups and electronics, and was built the same as the previous
model. However, the #35-SGB variants, the 3-pickup #65-SGB and
the left-handed #10-LSGB were gone. In 1969, the #35-SGB would
be gone, as well after a successful 3-year run. The #35-SGB,
with adjustable AP-6 pickups, sold for $119.90. The #45-SGB,
with non-adjustable A-1 pickups, sold for $99.90. A Bigsby
Vibrato could be added for an additional $29.90.
model #12-B (right) was a 12-string guitar based on the
#35-SGB. The body and electronics were the same, with a
12-string Höfner neck. It was only offered with AP-6
adjustable pickups, and sold for $149.90.
Carvin introduced a trio of thin semi-hollow guitars in 1968 which
would be mainstays of the line until the mid-70's. These were
all based on the same body, which was 1.5" thick and constructed
with a spruce top and maple back and sides. The bodies
had binding on the front and back, and a sunburst finish. The
Höfner-made neck was maple, with rosewood fingerboard,
mother-of-pearl dot inlays and Kluson tuners.
model #36-ASG (near right) was the top of the line. In
addition to the standard features, it had a pair of AP-6 pickups
with dual volume and tone controls and 3-way selector switch. It
sold for $139.90, and the Bigsby B16 vibrato was an additional
$29.90. A left-handed model, the model #39-LSGB, was $149.90.
The model #31 form-fit hardshell case was an additional $31.90.
model #37-ASG (center) was the same as the #36-ASG, but with
a single AP-6 pickup and single volume and tone controls. The
Bigsby vibrato was not offered, nor was a left-handed model.
The #37-ASG sold for $99.90.
model #38-ASG (far right) was a 12-string version of the
model #36-ASG. Electronics and construction were identical,
but with a 12-string Höfner neck.
Carvin offered a trio of doublenecks in 1968 - the model #41
bass/6-string (far left), the model #42 6/12 string (not
shown) and the model #11 (near left) mandolin/6 string.
These all used the same components as their single-neck
counterparts. The model #41 sold for $229.90, the model #42
sold for $249.90, and the model #11 sold for $229.90.
available was the #3-MB mandolin. Like the semi-hollow
guitars, this had a spruce top with maple back and sides, and was
finished in cherry sunburst. Electronics consisted of a single
AP-4 pickup with single volume and tone controls. Price on the
#3-MB was $89.90.
continued to offer a wide range of steel guitars, lap steel guitars and
pedal steel guitars in 1968. The model #1010A (left) was a
doubleneck 10 string pedal steel guitar, with 8 pedals. This 23"
scale instrument had an aluminum frame with a black crackle finish and
chrome accents, and was loaded with Carvin AP-10 pickups. Price on the
#1010-A was $599.90. Also available, but not shown, was the model
#10-A, which was a single-10 with 6 pedals. It sold for $399.90.
There were other pedal steels offered but not shown - the model #41
was a single-8 with 4 pedals. It sold for $299.90. The model
#61 was a single-8 with 6 pedals, that sold for $349.90. The model
#81 was a double-8 with 8 pedals. It sold for $499.90.
information on the features and specifications of Carvin's pedal steel
Carvin PRO Series of steel guitars consisted of 2 primary models;
the model #6606-D (far left) doubleneck 6-string model, and
the model #8806-D (near left) doubleneck 8-string model.
Both were loaded with AP series pickups, with a master volume and
tone control. These were also available with non-adjustable A
Series pickups. The model #6606-d sold for $89.90, and the
model #8806-D sold for $119.90.
the singleneck player, Carvin offered the #6DHG-5B (near
right), which sold for $49.90. Also offered was the
#8DHG-5B (far right), which sold for $69.90. These were
loaded with adjustable AP Series pickups, but could be ordered with
non-adjustable A Series pickups.
been the case throughout Carvin's history, you could order a wide
assortment of parts, including necks, tuners, bridges, pots and
The back cover (right)
showed other accessories that could be bought, including a pair of
DeArmond pedals, the Bigsby vibrato, and the Guild Copicat
delay/reverb/echo effects unit.