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The Year in Gear 2019

November 21, 2019
The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.
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Carvin Amps Announces the New MACH100 100-watt Pedal Amplifier

November 20, 2019
A 100-watt amp that can handle two guitar cabs—in the size of a pedal.
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Carvin Audio Releases the WG5 Wireless System

June 7, 2019
It works with both active and passive instruments and is perfect for both electric and acoustic guitar or bass.
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Quick Hit: Carvin X1 Tube Preamp Review

April 18, 2019
Vai’s “Blue Powder” amp gets distilled into a hefty-ass pedal with convenient recording and practice capabilities.
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Carvin Amps and Audio Introduces the UX1200BGT Wireless System for Guitarists

January 11, 2019
One UX1200BGT can serve as three different workhorses in your inventory by adding additional accessories.
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IK Multimedia Adds 10 Branded Amp and Stompbox Models to AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad

December 10, 2018
The new models include stomps and amps from Dr. Z, Wampler, Orange, Jet City, Carvin, Seymour Duncan, and more.
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Carvin Unveils the X1 Tube Preamp Pedal

September 4, 2018
The X1 aims to put the tone of the company's X100B amp in an all-tube pedal design.
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Ask Amp Man: Tone Tweaks for a Carvin Series III X

April 6, 2018
Bolstering an amp that boogied its way alongside the ’80s competition from Petaluma.
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Carvin Audio Announces Closure of San Diego Factory

October 11, 2017
The factory had been in operation for over 70 years.
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Carvin VLD1 Legacy Drive Review

August 30, 2017
Steve Vai’s fly-in solution is a formidable preamp for backline and recording situations.
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Tools for the Task: Wireless Guitar Systems

July 12, 2017
Cut the cord and run wild and free.
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First Look: Carvin Legacy Drive VLD1

April 10, 2017
PG's John Bohlinger enjoys his first dance with Steve Vai's new signature preamp pedal.
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Steve Vai and Carvin Audio Announce the Legacy Drive VLD1

February 13, 2017
The pedal uses real 12AX7 tubes, utilizing the full Legacy preamp circuit.
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Rig Rundown: Frank Gambale

December 28, 2016
The Australian chops meister dishes the dirt on the gear he uses on the road with fusion legend Chick Corea.
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Carvin Introduces VX Series Birch Guitar Cabinets

March 17, 2016
Available in open back or closed back designs in 1x12, 2x12 and 4x12 configurations.
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Kiesel Guitars and Carvin Guitars Custom Shop Introduce Carbon-Fiber Rods to All Guitar and Bass Models

October 30, 2015
The addition of these rods more than doubles the tensile strength of the neck.
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Kiesel and Carvin Guitars Custom Shop Introduces Chambered Body Option

October 15, 2015
The option is available on CT624 and CT7 California Carved Top electric guitars.
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Kiesel and Carvin Guitars Custom Shop Introduces New Inline Headstock Shapes

August 14, 2015
The So-Cal brand adds a pointed-headstock option to 6- and 7-string guitars.
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Carvin Unveils the Kiesel Roy Vogt Signature Bass

May 18, 2015
Standard features include an alder body, 4A flamed maple top with matching headstock, and 5-piece maple/walnut neck with tung-oil finish.
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Carvin Guitars Introduces Kiesel Passive Lithium Series Guitar Pickups

May 13, 2015
Bridge and neck models are available, in 6-, 7- and 8-string configurations.
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