Thread: Carvin

chadwick011 - 4/15/2009 at 01:59 PM

Has anyone here ever used any instruments or equipment from Carvin? I got one of their free catalogs in the mail for some reason and their philosophy intrigues me. The products look nice all around, like they're probably good craftsmanship made here in the USA, but are so cheap because they're factory direct. I just never hear anything about them, but it seems as though their products would be competitive with other nice brands. So yeah, anyone here tried some of their stuff and was it any good? Thanks...just curious

lonomon - 4/15/2009 at 03:59 PM

I use to get their catalogs as well.

Got to harmony central for user reviews to get an idea
i think Carvin also has a forum on their website as well

Haisija - 4/15/2009 at 04:06 PM

A couple of guys at work have Carvins. Feel like they are built like a brick **** house.
Tops are very very nice. Actually, they feel and play damn fine.
A few more guys have Carvin PA set ups. Plenty of ooooomph.

nitelite51 - 4/15/2009 at 04:55 PM

My son has a custom-built Alembic bass that was given to him by Jason Newsted of Metallica. When he went away to college he didn't want to take it into the insecure world of dorms and roommates so he left it with us and we bought him a suitable replacement - a Carvin Bunny Brunel 4-string. Got it used for $600 - maple through-body neck, quilted maple top, active Carvin pickups, gold hardware, ebony fretboard. Plays and sounds great.

SantaCruzBluz - 4/15/2009 at 05:26 PM

I've never played one, but they sure build some pretty basses.

trorrer - 4/15/2009 at 09:58 PM

The guy who plays bass in the band I play in used a Carvin amp for a long time. He switched to a Hartkee a while back but I prefer the sound of the Carvin myself. I have always been curious about their guitars and guitar amps but I haven't had the chance to experiment with any of there equipment.

Doesn't Joe Walsh endorse Carvin equipment?

slowhand6 - 4/16/2009 at 11:31 AM

I have a buddy who swears by his Carvin bass. I liked it although it was a little quiet. I guess the feel of is is incredible. Minimal set up required. I used to get their catalog and their guitars looked pretty nice. I have never heard good or bad about their amps.

chiliD - 4/16/2009 at 06:18 PM

I used to have one of the 100 W heads (the pre-cursor of the X100B) with a 412 cabinet back in the mid-80s...I loved it. Only reason I got rid of it was due to financial reasons. The bass player in my band at the time had a Carvin bass amp (a 200W head w 215 cabinet), too...solid, punchy, lots of lows, crisp highs.

My current blues band has a Carvin PA, the thing's a real workhorse.

I've never been a fan of their guitars (just haven't played one that felt comfortable in my hands), but, their basses are nice...and, I give "two thumbs up" to their amps & PA gear.

Yeah, Joe Walsh & Craig Chaquico (ex-Jefferson Starship guitarist) endorse Carvin gear. Of course, and Steve Vai, too; has his own head & speaker cabinet design.

[Edited on 4/16/2009 by chiliD]

Slimzimm - 4/16/2009 at 07:49 PM

I just emailed my brother whom I consider a master guitar player and expert knowledge on amps and guitars. He just bought a Carvin to add to his already huge collection of instruments. For what it's worth here was his reply:

"i own a CT3 --- it is very similar to a Paul Reed Smith in shape and scale ... mine is all mahogany, with 2 humbuckers,, has a coil splitter.... I am more than happy with it, and would buy another Carvin in a heart sounds great,, plays the way I like it, and is made from excellent materials, and workmanship... a bargin.."

nitelite51 - 4/16/2009 at 10:11 PM

Plus, they go back to the late 40s....Southern California contemporaries of Fender.

Charlesinator - 4/16/2009 at 11:15 PM

I can only vouch for their equipment. An old band I was in bought a graphic eq from them. If I remember for the price it was comparable to other way more expensive eqs in features. It seems that the casing wasn't steel. So if you dropped it ... of course if you dropped one of the other expensive models the same thing would have happened. What I'm trying to say is that in this case they scrimped on the case to include features that would only be found on a item 3 x the price. Some of their sound systems look pretty interesting as well. Used to be the Sears Roebuck catelog was the Christmas wishbook. Now it's Carvin.

ampsnob - 4/17/2009 at 02:46 AM

I give "two thumbs up" to their amps & PA gear.

Very expensive to fix when they do break. Lots of propriety parts and not easy to get.

chadwick011 - 4/17/2009 at 02:35 PM

Cool seems like they make some good stuff, but on one on here owns one of their guitars, do they? Just wondering...I know that I overlook them in searching for gear. I checked harmony central, but reading some people's reviews of gear is almost comical. They pull that..."I've played for 35 years, I have owned 132 guitars and played 346, and this one stood out among them all, and I know because I play once a week at a bar" crap, though there are more reasonable reviews too...I don't know, its cool that they're nice and maybe I'll have to check them out sometime (though right now I am certainly in no position to be buying more gear).

slowhand6 - 4/17/2009 at 03:16 PM

Well if you are considering buying one, find out what their return policy is so you can find out for yourself. That is the best way. Opinions are wholly subjective.

gotdrumz - 5/30/2009 at 01:54 PM

The boards are decent if you don't do much outdoor stuff. The PA amps have a tendacy to act up and that gets $$$$ costly. A good friend has a guitar by them and he says it's decent enough, but it's heavy in all the wrong places for the size and shape.

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