In addition to new marketing, Carvin guitars had a list of new features. The most significant one was the new scale length. Most Carvin guitars (except the LS175 and BC130) had used a 24 3/4" scale length since the late 70's. In 1993, the scale length was expanded to 25". Also, the neck heel was was redesigned, allowing easier access to higher frets. The Kahler and Floyd Rose tremolos were gone, in favor of a Carvin-licensed Wilkinson tremolo, and strings-thru-the-body was added for fixed bridge guitars. Additionally, the large Carvin logo on the headstock was replaced with the small one that was used on Carvin basses - a good way of differentiating a '92 from a later model. Lastly, this was the first year the vintage tweed hardshell case was offered.

Carvin's line of colors continued to expand, with an assortment of 27 finishes available in various combinations of solid colors, translucent colors and natural woods.

The DC125 and DC127 were basically unchanged, except for the new 25" scale length and Wilkinson tremolo. The DC125 still used the M22SD, while the DC127 continued to use the M22V and M22T. Price on the DC125 was $579, while the DC127 was $629. The catalog photo showed the DC125 in Pearl Red with black hardware, matching headstock and Wilkinson tremolo, and the DC127 in Sapphire Blue with matching headstock and chrome hardware.

This was the last Ultra V that would appear in a Carvin catalog, bringing the pointy-guitar era to a close. The X220 had already been retired, and the V was riding off into the sunset right behind it. Apart from the scale length change, this Ultra V was essentially the same as it's predecessors, and sold for $569, or $649 with tremolo. The catalog showed the Ultra V in Jet Black with black hardware and tremolo.

The DC135 and DC145 were the same as 1992, with the exception of the other changes mentioned above. One exception to this was the stacked humbuckers on both models - the H60N stacked humbuckers were replaced with S60 single coil pickups. The base price on the DC135 was $589, or $669 with tremolo, and the DC145 was $619, or $699 with tremolo. The DC135 was shown in tung oiled koa with gold hardware and tremolo, and the DC145 was shown in Pearl Blue with chrome hardware and tremolo.

The DC400 continued to be Carvin's flagship guitar, and it enjoyed a substantial price drop, to $919 in a hardtail version, or $999 with tremolo. Part of the reason for the price drop was in part due to the fact that the body was no longer made of koa, but were made of poplar (body) and maple (neck). The catalog showed a DC400 in Vintage Yellow on flamed maple with matching headstock, Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware, and one in Cherry Sunburst on flamed maple with matching headstock, Wilkinson tremolo and gold hardware.

The DC120 12-string guitar and DC200 remained the same as 1992, with the exception of the new features noted elsewhere on this page. The DC120 sold for $749, while the DC200 sold for $669, or $749 with Wilkinson tremolo. The catalog photo showed the DC120 in Classic White with gold hardware, and the DC200 in clear gloss koa with matching headstock and gold hardware.

The catalog DN612 doubleneck marked the end of an era for Carvin. This was the last official production doubleneck that would appear in a catalog, one year short of the 40th anniversary of the first Carvin doubleneck model. Evidently, their popularity had waned, which was probably partly due to the rather dramatic price increases over the years. The base price of this model was $1649, although with the sale that was going on, all three doubleneck models (DN612, DN640 6-string/bass, DN440 fretted/fretless bass) were advertised at $1449, which by itself represented a $350 increase in 5 years. The catalog photo showed a DN612 in Emerald Green on quilt, with matching headstocks and gold hardware.


The LB20 and LB70 remained the same as the '92 models, although the list of options were expanding. In addition to more color, finish and wood options, a neat new gadget was added for bassist - the Hipshot de-tuner. This allowed the bassist to "drop" the tuning a whole step with the flip of a lever on the headstock (generally from E to D). Like the Kahler bass tremolo (which was dropped after '92, as Kahler began to fold), this was an innovative tool, and Carvin was willing to gamble on whether or not bassist would like it, and it's still offered to this day. 1993 base prices were $589 and $639 on the LB20 and LB70, respectively.

Bassists were teased in 1992 at the prospect of a new bass, the Bunny Brunel BB75, and in 1993, it would be officially introduced and featured in the catalog. This early model had a thinner body than other Carvin basses, and therefore, the output jack was located on the front of the bass, versus on the side (but would be change in the future). Additionally, the "Bunny Brunel" signature logo was not yet present, and only the engraved truss rod cover gave any indication of the signature status of this bass. It also had several unique features, including an asymmetrical neck that was thinner on the treble side, and dot inlays that were off-center, so that the dots were not directly under the A string. Base price on the BB75 was $809, and it was available with the majority of available options, but was not available in a lefty. The 5-string LB75 was unchanged from '92. It's base price was $709. Like the LB75, the 6-string LB76 saw no significant changes for 1993. Base price on the LB76 was $839.