#1
So I've been listening to some Steve Vai lately, and I know he uses Carvin. But what does UG think? How are the Carvins? The X100B? The Legacy? Can they get a good classic rock sound? Gimme some feedback


EDIT: I mean Carvin amps

EDIT2: I'm saving up to buy a Orange Tiny Terror. Do you think I should go for a Carvin instead? Which model also?
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Last edited by guitarlord28 at Oct 22, 2009,
#2
Pretty sure Steve Vai uses Ibanez signatures exclusively.

Unless he recently switched...
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Pretty sure Steve Vai uses Ibanez signatures exclusively.

Unless he recently switched...


he meant carvin amps not guitars
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Quote by Zangetsu 101
Pretty sure Steve Vai uses Ibanez signatures exclusively.

Unless he recently switched...


This is the GG&A forum. He uses Carvin amps, not guitars.

I own two Carvin amps (the SX100, and the discontinued Quad-X pre-amp) and I have absolutely nothing bad to say. The bang for buck cannot be beat, the customer service is fantastic, and the quality is outstanding.
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Carvin's are relatively inexpensive, very well built, and sound great - they are very hard to beat (this goes for their guitars and their amps!).
#8
The phrase 'pretty fucking tasty' is appropriate here.

The clean channel on the Legacy is amazing. I'm not sure about how the tone from this one compares to the second model, but the II does have a master volume, plus more power switching options, so it's definately more bedroom friendly.
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x100b has one of the greatest clean tones ever, and a pretty bitchin' lead channel.
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#10
I had a Legacy a long time ago. Its a pretty sweet amp. AMAZING clean channel. Smooth and dark dirt channel that can get pretty aggressive in the right hands.

I'd say just get a Legacy instead of a Tiny Terror. The only complaint I had about the Legacy is how ungodly loud it was, and the lack of a taper on the master volume. Seriously...its a hair trigger.
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I got a legacy 2 months ago and its great ( should post pics in a new thread later.). amazing clean and distortion. Buy the legacy and you wont regret it.
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The Legacy isn't really meant to be a super high gain amp...
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Sorry to thread jack but how would Carvin amps like the Legacy or the MTS handle modern metal like August Burns Red or Protest the Hero?


The Legacy wouldn't be all that great for it IMO. It's not chunky enough. I've never played an MTS though so I have no idea on that one.
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#17
The MTS's probably have the best ability to nail the more metal tones, not to say that the Legacy, X100B, or V3 couldn't. I actually enjoyed the X100B series more than the V3, which I owned for about 6 months.
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It might be because the speakers in my cab have an assload of low end to them, but I've never had any problems with playing a bit of metal.

Jason Becker was heavy as tits with a stock X100b, and the Legacy is pretty much Vai's version of that amp. Remember he uses a seven-string quite often, so I'm sure he had something done about retaining clarity with the lower notes.
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carvin amps are very underrated, my carvin mts rocks, cleans of a fender and dirty that rivals a mesa
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sorry to be another thread jacker, but what is the comparison of the legacy to something like the mesa mk v or dual recto in terms of versatility??
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^ The mesa's get a bit more crunch to them, and have a different voicing.

The good thing about Carvins is they have crap resale value generally. So they can be found used at a cheap price.

The bad thing about Carvins is they have crap resale value generally. So selling them used you don't get much.

But the amps themselves are great for most genres, imo.
#23
So a Carvin would be better for me that a TT? I play Classic Rock, Blues, etc. And which one? Legacy? Legacy II? X100B? V3? And would it really matter for the sound if I bought a head or a combo?
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So a Carvin would be better for me that a TT? I play Classic Rock, Blues, etc. And which one? Legacy? Legacy II? X100B? V3? And would it really matter for the sound if I bought a head or a combo?

Pretty much any Carvin slaughters the TT.
I'd probably get the Legacy II if I were you. Just had a bit of a jam on mine and refreshed myself to how ungodly loud it is. If you want to practice with nice sounding overdrive you'll need the power options of the II.
#26
The Bel Airs and Nomads are also good then?
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Sorry to thread jack but how would Carvin amps like the Legacy or the MTS handle modern metal like August Burns Red or Protest the Hero?


the legacy is not a metal amp but u can always use pedals, also please dont call those bands metal theyre metalcore, in which case there are pedals for that sound