Carvin amps... what do you think??

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Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by Rkorn » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:07 pm

To play mainly high gain stuff... compared to the Mark V. I really liked the Mark, but my luthier says Mesa is terrible and Carvin is Great. He doesn't play that much high gain... opinions?

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by MrMason » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:08 pm

It depends on the type of gain you want, really. I love Carvin amps, I love Mesa amps. Carvin amps have a sound that's not like anything else out there: not better or worse, just different. Mesa's have that "signature Mesa" sound...if you like that, go for the Mesa. If you want to be different, try the Carvin. That's my own opinion though, ymmv.

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by boogieman60 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:21 pm

Lets face it.. There are a lot of great sounding amps out there...So it boils down to personal taste. But the Boogies...they really kick. some Great sounding amps only have one or two sounds...But in the MKV's case , It has a pallette of sounds that defies the imagination. so many combinations..so little time..
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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by TimeSignature » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:06 pm

I was happy with my V3, thought it sounded great... Lots of gain. Kind of like a recto.
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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by srf399 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:31 pm

Yes... it's subjective for sure. I went from Mesa to Carvin and am extremely happy I did.
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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by Rkorn » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:45 am

I'm looking for high gain. Instead of a Mark V I was advised to a Legacy...

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by MrMason » Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:36 pm

The Legacy is a great amp, I had one for 9 years and only sold it because I had to replace a capacitor and decided I only wanted my Express at the time. One thing, though, the Legacy is a shredder's amp; high enough gain for some good harmonics etc, but not a "high gain" amp in most people's opinion. It takes distortions and overdrives really well for extra gain in the lead channel, though.

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by srf399 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:28 pm

Agreed....

I have the Legacy II and it is an awesome amp. It does not have the gain on tap that a Stiletto or an Rectifier would have. It is more like a really really good & fat Marshall type tone. Really good acoustic quality clean sounds and a nice smooth thick punchy lead sound.
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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by droptrd » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:55 pm

Carvins are great amps. Owned a X100B for many many years. PLayed in a band with a dude that used a Legacy. Every Carvin ive heard has sounded great. As good or better than amps 2 to 3 times its price. They are extremely well built. Just bad Marketing I supose.
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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by KH Guitar Freak » Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:51 pm

Rkorn wrote:To play mainly high gain stuff... compared to the Mark V. I really liked the Mark, but my luthier says Mesa is terrible and Carvin is Great. He doesn't play that much high gain... opinions?
Sounds like your luthier is biased as hell to me...

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by guitar99 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:22 pm

Ive heard alot of good things, guess I need to actually try one out, seems over the years, the only people who dont like them are people who havent owned one...

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by Rkorn » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:32 pm

Yes, my luthier is REALLY REALLY REALLY biased!!!
I already bought the MV... what a machine!!!!

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by gonzald1 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:55 pm

I have a Carvin V3, Mark V and Roadster. I like all three but I always go back to my Roadster.
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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by gummx97 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:35 am

I have a Legacy I combo, love the clean sound, lead sound is so smooth, nice reverb too. Compared to my triaxis, totally different sound but very pleasing to the ears. Heavy amp and loud as heck too!!

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Re: Carvin amps... what do you think??

Post by soundchaser59 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:49 am

Nobody has any reliability issues with their Carvin amps??
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