Guitars

1978 brought consistency to Carvin's guitar lineup.  In most previous years, there had been an assortment of body styles, headstocks, and electronics configurations, making one Carvin model look nothing like another.  1978 saw a consistent headstock design, standard electronics configurations, pleasing body styles, and a limited number of finishes.  These changes were paving the way for the modern Carvin guitar, but in 1978, at least made it easy to identify a Carvin.

1978 Basses

1978 Guitar Amps

1978 Bass Amps

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1978 Carvin Catalog Cover
1978 Carvin DC150

The opening of the guitar section of the 1978 catalog showed the best detail of the "wider-at-the-top" headstock found on the Hofner-made Carvin #860 neck.  This was the last year that this headstock would be used, and was already being phased out by the new 3X3 found on the #900 neck.  The catalog also showed a great close-up of the DC150, which was in it's 3rd year of production.

1978 Carvin Headstock

One of the most significant developments of 1978 was the introduction of the M22 and M22B pickups.  These 22-pole adjustable pickups would become the mainstay of Carvin's guitars and basses for many years, and would evolve into a whole line of 22-pole humbuckers over the next 25 years.

1978 Carvin M22 Pickup
1978 Carvin DC150C Guitar

The DC150 was available in two models, the DC150C (left) and the DC150B (right).  Both were constructed of Eastern hardrock maple with 24" scale maple fingerboards, MOP dot inlays, Schaller #M6 mini tuners, and 2 new M22 pickups with dual volume/single tone controls, coil splitters and phase switch.  The only difference was one was black, and the other was clear.  Interestingly, the DC150C was available as a left-handed model (DC150L), but the DC150B was not.  The DC150C and DC150B sold for $355.00, and the DC150L sold for $375.00.  The HC10 hardshell case was an additional $45.

1978 Carvin DC150B Guitar

1978 Carvin CM140 Stereo Guitar

The CM140 Stereo (left) was based on the same singlecut design Carvin had sold under other names (CM95, CM96).  However, the new CM140 could be considered the first "modern" Carvin, with the new M22 pickups, stereo wiring, Schaller hardware and other features that would become staples of the Carvin line.  The neck was a 25" scale model #860, which had an ebony fingerboard and MOP block inlays.  The CM140 was available in black or clear finishes, and sold for $375.00.  The left-handed CM140L was $395.00. 

The CM130 (right) was essentially the same as the CM140, but it had mono wiring, and a rosewood fingerboard with MOP dot inlays on a #820 neck.  It was not offered in a left handed model, but was available in black or clear.  The CM130 sold for $285.00.

The HC11 hardshell case for either model sold for $45.00.

1978 Carvin CM130 Guitar

The CM120 was a 12-string variant of the CM140.  It had the same construction, materials and features of the CM140, with a #950 12-string neck that had an ebony fingerboard and MOP block inlays.  It was stereo-wired, and had a pair of M22 pickups with dual volume controls, single tone control, and coil splitters and phase switch.  It was offered in black or clear finishes, and sold for $410.00.  A left-handed model was not offered.

The DT650 (left) and DB630 (right) would be the last of the small-bodied doublenecks Carvin would produce.  There would be no doublenecks in 1979, and in 1980, the DC-inspired DN612 & DN640 would be introduced. 

The DT650 used the #650 neck of the CM120 and the #860 neck of the CM140 (both with ebony fingerboards & MOP inlays), and a solid Eastern hardrock maple body with a pair of M22 pickups with dual volume controls, single tone controls, phase switching and coil splitters.  It was available in clear or black finishes, and sold for $695.00.  A left-handed version was offered (in clear only), and sold for $755.00.  The HC18 case was $55.00.

The DB630 bass/guitar doubleneck had all the same features of the DT650, with a #790 bass neck.  The DB630 sold for $665.00 in black or clear finish, or $725.00 for a left-handed model in clear.  It was also offered as the DB120C, which had a 12-string guitar on top, 4-string bass on bottom, and a clear finish.  The DB120C sold for $715.  The HC19 case was $55.00.

1978 Carvin DB630 Doubleneck