Carvin hit it's stride in the 80's.  Magazine ads and a wider exposure to music in general, thanks to MTV and other video music outlets, brought a new audience to Carvin.  You couldn't watch MTV in the mid 80's for more than 15 minutes or so without seeing a Carvin doubleneck, X or V guitar, or hot pink bass.  This "free advertising" brought a whole new crowd  to Carvin, and luckily, Carvin had the foresight to develop exotic models, wild paint, beautiful woods, and most importantly, high quality for the masses. Catalogs featured an endless stream of endorsers from every genre of music, and some of the best musicians in the world could be seen showing off their chops on a Carvin instrument.

The eighties would also see one of the most significant design changes in Carvin's history, as they moved from set-neck models to neck-thru models as the decade wound down.  Additionally, as the decade progressed, more and more options and features were added, including tremolos, gold and black hardware, flamed maple tops and translucent finishes.

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