#1
Has anyone seen these in real life? Site says they're available but at the show they said they wouldn't be until March. Sweet little amp from what I could gather online.
#2
Hmmmm, not sure what you mean. They were released last year. I bought one a couple months afterward (my deal came with a free footswitch, others had different deals). Carvin's pretty easy to work with.

But be aware, they have a 10 day return policy. I barely had any time working with the amp before I had to make a decision. I went past the allotted time but they were cool with the extra few days -- I returned it as it didn't quite do what I was hoping it'd do. YMMV.
Richard

I tried setting my password to "penis". It said my password wasn't long enough.

PRSi:
*ME Quatro
*CE-22
*SE Soapbar II
H&K TubeMeister
TC Electronic Nova System

PBT Native
#3
That's the micro head? Maybe I've been looking at all this and was a year off. So they're obviously already available.

That was my main concern. I love the 30 days I get most other places. What didn't you like about it if you don't mind me asking? Also, thanks for the quick response.
#4
I played one at the Carvin shop in Hollywood. They kick ass for rock, and old school metal, but look elsewhere if you need anything modern.
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(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

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Last edited by Offworld92 at Feb 3, 2012,
#6
Quote by lilwill000
That's the micro head? Maybe I've been looking at all this and was a year off. So they're obviously already available.

That was my main concern. I love the 30 days I get most other places. What didn't you like about it if you don't mind me asking? Also, thanks for the quick response.

To be honest, I was more impressed with the cleans than anything else. Channel 2 and 3 have gobs of distortion but it isn't "clean" like I prefer it. I guess how I'd describe it would be like this:

  • Some amps, when I hear a thick chord played, sound very distorted on initial attack, but afterward you can hear separation between the notes.

  • With the V3M it's the opposite. It has a separated attack, followed by a "fuzzy" blend afterward. Almost reminds me of a fuzz box.

I'm not making a judgment on this character being good or bad. It's definitely different than what I'm use to. It might be something Carvin is intentionally doing to have a unique character to their amps.

I was listening to some 80's and 90's rock/metal recently though and this sound would be perfect for some of the bands/music I was hearing. So I don't think I would dismiss this amp altogether. If you listen to the sound Queen gets that would describe how I was getting it to sound.

I realized I had the preamp cranked and the power stage turned down, so reversed them and the amp took on a whole different character (obviously).

I then started fresh with settings that this guy used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCWHZmvPGbk and while I liked it, still wasn't getting that clean break up I prefer.

I played with it more the next few days and keep tweaking knobs & switches. I wish they had a bit longer return policy because I just didn't have enough time to review it before sending it back...

I think this amp is awesome but just didn't suit my tastes. And that's ultimately what I think it comes down to. Carvin's been criticized for not having their own tone -- but everyone compares them to signature tones of other manufacturers. I disagree. I think Carvin does have their own tone. The V3 and V3M tend to support that idea.

Great amp; awesome features, very flexible, low cost, high quality, light weight, etc. If it suits your tone tastes I can't imagine a much better offering out there!
Richard

I tried setting my password to "penis". It said my password wasn't long enough.

PRSi:
*ME Quatro
*CE-22
*SE Soapbar II
H&K TubeMeister
TC Electronic Nova System

PBT Native
#7
Oddly enough I was looking at those H&K TubeMeisters too. Think I can actually check one of those out in person.
#8
Quote by lilwill000
Oddly enough I was looking at those H&K TubeMeisters too. Think I can actually check one of those out in person.

The TubeMeister is (to my ears) a polar opposite of the V3M. It has much more of a "Hi-Fidelity" sound to it. Very crisp with clear note definition. The clean can get a decent crunch to it and the lead channel has a good amount of gain (but not the brootz). It has a boost, to get a more modern high gain sound, but I'm not in love with it like I am the non-boosted channels. They absolutely kick ass!
Richard

I tried setting my password to "penis". It said my password wasn't long enough.

PRSi:
*ME Quatro
*CE-22
*SE Soapbar II
H&K TubeMeister
TC Electronic Nova System

PBT Native
Last edited by richardlpalmer at Feb 3, 2012,
#9
Quote by richardlpalmer
The TubeMeister is (to my ears) a polar opposite of the V3M. It has much more of a "Hi-Fidelity" sound to it. Very crisp with clear note definition. The clean can get a decent crunch to it and the lead channel has a good amount of gain (but not the brootz). It has a boost, to get a more modern high gain sound, but I'm not in love with it like I am the non-boosted channels. They absolutely kick ass!


Will check one out. The Egnater was my first real amp purchase. Hated it. So now I'm reluctant to order something I can'tw see first hand.
#10
Quote by lilwill000
Will check one out. The Egnater was my first real amp purchase. Hated it. So now I'm reluctant to order something I can'tw see first hand.

I hear you on that. The best you can really do is hit up YouTube and then possibly find someone with decent recordings -- possibly on Soundcloud or something like that.

But I've bought a Blackstar HT-5, Carvin V3M & Tubemeister 18 all without trying them in the store. I still have the Blackstar and the H&K, just not the V3M...
Richard

I tried setting my password to "penis". It said my password wasn't long enough.

PRSi:
*ME Quatro
*CE-22
*SE Soapbar II
H&K TubeMeister
TC Electronic Nova System

PBT Native
#11
I totally love my V3m!

I rarely ever crank the gain on channel 2 or 3 gets overpowering sometimes on channel 3, Channel one is great for the blues, My main style of playing.

I also play a lot of Black Label Society stuff. It's good for that, I can get close to Zakks tone with it and my axe but it is no marshall.

A very flexible amp, The footswitch is a must for me anyway.

Thats my two cents on the amp.
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PRS Santana SE
Ibanez MBM2 EMGs
Fender MIM Roadhouse Strat
Ibanez AS93 BLS

Amp
Carvin V3m
Blackheart 4x12 cab

Pedals
Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff
Zakk Wylde Wah
JamMan looper delay