X-100B review by Carvin

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  • Features: 8
  • Sound: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (3 votes)
Carvin: X-100B
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Price paid: $ 240

Purchased from: private party

Features — 8
Reissued in 2008-present. Made in USA. 100 watt tube head/2-12" combo. Active tone controls, plus a graphic EQ. Digital reverb. ONLY rated it an 8, because the amp's switchable FX loop is unusable with the 4-button footswitch when the amp's low volume problem is "FIXED" by manipulating the FX loop level switch...look below......................................................................................................................................................................................................................500 characters yet?

Sound — 7
It sounds great. It has some weird low volume issue, which I have solved. I Rated it a 7, a bit lower because of this low volume issue, but after the volume issue is fixed, it gets a solid 9. How to fix it? Switch the FX loop to an "inbetween" setting. Try it...you can fiddle with this switch and get a HUGE volume boost *IF* the FX loop is switched on, and this switch is put in this inbetween setting. TRY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 500 characters yet?

Reliability & Durability — 9
A very rugged and well made head. I rated it a 9 here, and I would give it a perfect 10, but I can't, because of the FX loop switch issue...Great tolex finish, retro styled logo, study jacks...it's all very well made. Carvin makes great stuff, but this low volume problem, is kind of shameful, but easily "fixed". The pots feel good and solid too. It's about 35 pounds, which is pretty light comparatively, and somewhat narrow at 25 inches wide. The plywood cabinet is light and feels much more sturdy than pressboard.

Overall Impression — 9
****IMPORTANT UPDATE*****
Volume issue "solved"!! The FX loop switch is to blame. If you switch it to an "INBETWEEN" setting, inbetween 0dB and +4dB, you will hear a MASSIVE volume boost. The FX loop must be left on....so if you want real, actual USABLE volume, you'll have to sacrifice the switchable FX loop. This opens up the amp in a great way. It'll stay in this weird inbetween state, through movement and such...so there you go. Try it, and you'll get a massive volume boost and improved tone.

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