The NS1 (above) was something entirely new from
Carvin. It was the first ever MIDI synth access guitar
they produced, and it was created in conjunction with jazz
guitarist Steve Oliver. Although a sneak peek was given at
Carvin's 60th Anniversary celebration in August '06, it didn't
officially join the lineup until the spring of '07. Everything about this instrument
was totally different from anything Carvin had created in the
past - from the chambered mahogany body with mahogany
neck-through, to the Graphtech Hexaphonic pickup and
electronics, to the dual 1/4" and 13 pin MIDI outputs. The
1/4" allowed the NS1 to be used as a traditional nylon-string
classical, while the 13 pin MIDI output allowed connection to
synth controllers from such companies as Roland and Axon.
Controls consisted of stacked volume controls for MIDI and piezo,
stacked mid cut/boot and mid sweep (similar to the controls
released in 2006 with the Icon bass), stacked treble and bass
cut/boost, and a mini switch for scrolling through MIDI patches.
The CL450 nylon string classical guitar was unchanged from 2006.
The California Carved Top series continued to enjoy huge success, becoming one of Carvin's most popular models. There were no significant changes to the CT models, other than the new options that were being offered.
The DC200 & DC400, and the DC400A and DC400W were unchanged. However, the DC120 12-string sported a new standard headstock, which was based on the CT headstock. This new design allowed the tuners to be closer together, thereby reducing the overall length of the instrument.
The DC727 and DC747 seven-string guitars (above, right) were unchanged from 2006, as were the DC127, DC135 and DC145 (above, left).
Also unchanged were the SC90 and TL60 guitars (although one of the TL60s was shown in the new White White finish), and the Holdsworth H2 and HF2 guitars.
The Contour 66 did get a much-requested upgrade in 2007 - the addition of a SSH pickup configuration (single coil pickups in the neck and middle positions, and a humbucker in the bridge position). Also added was the M Series bridge, which had proven quite popular on other Carvin models. The Bolt/Bolt-T models were unchanged, and although not pictured, the Bolt Plus was still available.
Because catalog space was needed for the new NS1 and V220/Ultra V reissues, Carvin's acoustic/electric models were condensed to a single page. All the models from 2006 were still offered, but only some were shown in the catalog. Other than the new 12-string headstock on the AE185-12 and AC275-12, there were no changes to the line.