Carvin stopped to catch it's breath in
1985. With the exception of the V220, now in it's sophomore
year, everything was the same. However, there were slight price
increases across the board - about $20 on each model. That was
offset, though, by a reduction in the cost of the Kahler Pro tremolo,
which dropped $20. The SH225 was absent from the catalog, but
was still available, and would reappear in print in 1986.
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photos and specifications of Carvin's guitar lineup was the same as
the 1984 catalog, but there were new customer comments on most of
the pages, as well as the price increases mentioned above. On
the top row, from left to right, is the CM140, DC150, DC100 and
DC160. On this row, far left is the DC200, and near left, the
The V220 could be seen
throughout the 1985 catalog. It was given the above two-page spread, as
well as the below customer comments page. It also adorned the back cover
of the catalog, as was featured in several endorser's photos. It had one
minor change, and that was the replacement of the plastic knobs with new
chrome or gold metal knobs. Like other models, it's price increased to
$419 (from $399) for the hardtail version, or $569 (versus $549) for the
Kahler-equipped model. Optional koa wood increased to $50.
Like the other guitar models, the DN612 & DN640 (left) used the same
picture as in previous years, but had new customer comments and new
This is the back cover of the 1985
catalog, featuring a white V220 with Kahler tremolo in from of an
X-100B tube stack amp. Beginning in 1984, Carvin catalogs had a
very heavy card-stock cover, making for a nice, protective folder for
There were plenty of big-time endorsers throughout the 1985 catalog.
The catalog had dozens of photos of musicians who were popular in
the 80's, as well as ones who were up-and-coming at the time.
On the top row, from left to right, is Lita Ford, Howard Leese (from
Heart) and Francis Buckholz (from the Scorpions). The middle
row, from left to right, shows Pete Sears (from Jefferson Starship),
Steve Vai, and Roger Capps (from Pat Benatar). The bottom row
shows Jaco Pastorious and Snowy White (from Thin Lizzy).