The 1980's arrived with
a continuation of the expansion that began in the late 1970's.
More guitar and bass models would be added, as well as new models of
guitar and bass amplifiers, with new features and improved
functionality. Although the beginning of the decade only had a
few models to choose from, but the end of the decade, all of
Carvin's departments would enjoy considerable growth.
1980 featured a decent selection of
guitar and bass amps. Not as many as present day, but a good
enough selection to suit everyone from the hobbyist to the
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For the pro bassist, this was the Carvin
bass amp to have in 1980: the Bass Master. Although rather tame
by today's standards (as were all bass amps then), at the time, this
was quite a good amp for the bassist playing decent-sized venues, or
for mic'ing in large halls.
The Bass Master was available in either
a single stack, with a 125W SC2000 solid state head, or a double
stack, with an SC3000 250W head.
Speakers consisted of one or two
15" MagnaLab speaker enclosures. JBL E140 speakers were
optional in these enclosures.
The BM115 single stack sold for $395,
and the SBM215 double stack sold for $600. JBL speakers were an
additional $100 per enclosure.
The heart of the BM115 and SBM215
was the SC series 125W and 250W power amp. The SC series of solid state
amps was pretty basic - a 7-band graphic EQ, bright switch, sustain control
(for adding distortion) and high and low inputs.
The SC2000 sold for $270, and the
SC3000 was $340.
If a combo was more your speed, Carvin
had that covered as well, with the B-115. This 80W combo
included the same features as the SC2000 and SC3000, in a lower
wattage package (the chassis was , in fact, identical to the
SC2000). It also used the MagnaLab 15" speaker in a
bass-ported cabinet, and could also be upgraded to a JBL speaker for
an additional $100.
The B-115 sold for $350.