The Bolt and Bolt-T were unchanged for 2002. The base price of the Bolt was $519 at the beginning of the year, but had risen to $539 by the end of the year. The Bolt-T started at $559, but rose to $579 by the end of 2002. The Bolt was well represented in the catalog throughout the year, with different photos in every issue, including a Bolt-T in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock, Sperzel tuners, black pearloid pickguard, black hardware, and Wilkinson tremolo; and a Bolt in Classic White with matching headstock, Sperzel locking tuners, no inlays, red tortoise pickguard, twinblade humbuckers and black hardware.
The DC127 and DC135 were unchanged for 2002, but were equipped with Elixir strings, as were most models this year. Base prices remained the same on both models at $599, and both models with the Wilkinson tremolo remained $639, but the Floyd Rose-equipped models rose to $699. The new catalog photo showed the DC127 in Tobacco Sunburst on koa with matching headstock and rounded body sides, and with abalone block inlays and gold hardware. The DC135 was shown in Classic Sunburst on swamp ash with matching headstock and rounded body sides, twinblade humbuckers, Wilkinson tremolo and chrome hardware.
The TL60 got a new catalog photo for 2002, but was otherwise unchanged. The base price of the TL60 remained $589 (with the FT6 fixed bridge), or $629 with a Wilkinson tremolo. The Carvin-licensed Floyd Rose tremolo was not available on this model, although the Fishman acoustic bridge was offered. The catalog photo showed a TL60 in Classic Sunburst on mahogany with matching headstock, standard electronics and gold hardware, and a TL60T in Sapphire Blue on quilted maple with matching traditional headstock, abalone block inlays, Fishman acoustic bridge and active electronics with humbuckers.
Carvin's 7-string guitars, the DC727 and DC747 were unchanged for 2002. Prices remained the same, starting at $629 for the DC727 and $659 for the DC747, which had the additional middle position AP13 single-coil pickup. The catalog photo showed the DC727 in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock, abalone block inlays, gold hardware, and Carvin-licensed Floyd Rose 7-string tremolo. The DC747 was shown in Sapphire Blue on quilted maple with matching headstock and chrome hardware.
All new for 2002 was the newly designed DC150 (below). This model had officially retired in 1992, after a successful 16 year run that
began in 1976. The new model took it's basic design from the original, but was more rounded (rounded body sides were standard).
Unlike the original DC150's, this model had 22 frets (versus 24 on the original) had had a standard
mahogany body and neck with figured maple top. C22T and C22N pickups were standard,
as was Sperzel locking tuners, and tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece. Base price on the DC150 was $699. The catalog photo showed
the new DC150 in Classic Sunburst with abalone dot inlays and cream/black pickups. The new DC150 never really caught one with
consumers, and would only last until about 2007, although it would rarely be promosted in laster years.
Unchanged for 2002 was the SC90. The base price on the hardtail model remained $599, and the Wilkinson-equipped SC90T remained $639. The SC90C, with original Floyd Rose tremolo, rose slightly to $699. The SC90 was shown in koa with rounded body sides and gold hardware.
The DC200 and DC400 were unchanged, and used the same catalog photo. Base prices and Wilkinson-equipped prices remained the same, but the Floyd Rose-equipped models rose $20. The DC120 12-string (inset photo on the catalog page) remained $749. The DC400A Anniversary model (also shown in inset), which was a highly upgraded DC400, with 5-piece maple/koa neck, flamed maple top and matching headstock, and 3 piece alder/koa/flamed maple (or Claro Walnut) body was still available as a $200 upgrade to the DC400, DC400T or DC400C. The catalog photo showed the DC200 in Tobacco Sunburst with black painted headstock, Wilkinson tremolo, and cream pickups with black bezels, and the DC400 in Ruby Red Stain on quilted maple with matching headstock, Floyd Rose tremolo and gold hardware.
The Holdsworth H2 and HF2 Fatboy were unchanged, and used the same catalog photo as in 2001. The prices were also unchanged on all Holdsworth models for 2002. The catalog showed the H2 in Tobacco Sunburst on quilted maple with matching headstock and black hardware, and the HF2 Fatboy in Blueburst on quilted maple with matching headstock and black hardware.
The AE185 and AE185-12 were unchanged for 2002, and used the same catalog photo. The base price of the AE185 remained $799, and the base price of the AE185-12 was $849. The same catalog photo was used as in 2000. The catalog showed a AE185 in flamed koa with matching headstock, body binding, coil splitters and phase switches and black hardware, and an AE185 in Tobacco Sunburst on quilted maple with matching headstock and coil splitters and phase switches and black hardware.
The AC175, AC275, and AC275-12 were unchanged for 2002. The base price of the AC175 dropped to $699, and the AC275 dropped to $749. The AC275-12 increased slightly, to $799. The catalog showed an AC175 in Classic Sunburst on flamed maple with matching headstock and body binding. The catalog did not show the AC275 or AC275-12.
New for 2002 was the CC275 (below), which was designed for longtime Carvin endorser Craig Chaquico, who had been playing Carvin V220s and
DN612 doublenecks for 20 years. It was basically a modified AC275, with
standard flamed maple top, Craig's signature MOP inlaid eagle headstock & fingerboard, body binding and gold hardware. The CC275 sold for $899.It was also available
in a 12-string version, the CC275-12.
The AC375 true acoustic and the CL450 nylon string classical were unchanged, and the base prices remained the same as 2001. The catalog showed the AC375 in clear matte sating finish with koa headstock overlay and gold hardware, and the CL450 in clear gloss on red cedar.
The import line of Cobalt acoustic guitars were still strong sellers, so much so that two new models were added for 2002: the Cobalt C780
and the Cobalt C980 (below). These were both jumbo cutaway models with Fishman Prefix Plus electronics and a Fishman Matrix pickups. The C780
had an AA solid spruce top, with mahogany back and sides, and the C980 had an AA solid spruce top with rosewood back and sides, gold hardware,
and Paua shell diamond fingerboard inlays, sound hole purfling and body trim. The C780 sold for $569, and the C980 sold for $769. The other
Cobalt models remained unchanged.
Carvin's bolt-neck B4 and B5 continued to go strong, and provided a high quality, USA-made, entry-level bass at a great price. Like Carvin's top of the line basses, these were available in over 50 different combinations of colors and woods. The B4 was priced at $519, and the B5 was priced at $649. The catalog showed the B4 in Vintage Yellow on flamed maple with matching traditional headstock, Birdseye maple fingerboard, HB pickup with active electronics and black hardware. The B5 was shown in Emerald Green on swamp ash with HB bridge pickup.
The passive LB20 and active LB70 were unchanged for 2002, and the prices were unchanged from 2001. The LB20 was priced at $589, and the LB70 was priced at $659. The LB70P was priced at $809. The May 2002 catalog showed an LB20F in Jet Black with fretlines, optional rounded body sides and black hardware, and an LB70P in Tobacco Sunburst on swamp ash with matching headstock and gold hardware.
Like the other models from 2002, the LB75 remained unchanged, and were available with the "P" option, as well as all the combinations of colors, woods, etc. The 6-string LB76 was also unchanged. The LB75 was priced at $719, and the XB75 was priced at $819. The LB75 was priced at $719, and the LB76 was priced at $819.
The new XB75 (below) was a 5-string, extended scale (35 1/4", versus 34" on the LB series), 22 fret bass, with all the features and available
options of the LB series. Likewise, the XB76 was a six-string extended scale bass, that could be equipped the same as the LB76. Both
XB Series basses had rounded body sides standard. The XB75 was initially priced at $799, but rose to $819 by the end of the year; and the XB76 was initially
priced at $899, but rose to $919 as 2002 ended.