Carvin V3 amp head

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  1. Empryrean

    Empryrean Undecided forever

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    Whats the word on these? I've got a marshall cab with Celestion v30's in it and am curious if this would be a correct route to go. I was also considering peavey 5150/6505 but I am wary due to the lack of cleanliness.
     
  2. djpharoah

    djpharoah Awwww Yeaaaah

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    The Carvin V3 is a great "budget" head and I hate to use budget because people instantly think budget = no tone. It can sound really brutal (shane gibson I think uses one with korn) and it has some great cleans. It also has a shit load more options and more channels than the 5150/6505.

    However for shear brutalness or rawness the gain on the 5150 will take it especially if that is the tone you head in your head (like me). Lack of cleans on the 5150 - you gotta decide what you want more.

    It's definitely an underground amp - I'd prolly get one down the line as it's very versatile :2c:
     
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  3. Leuchty

    Leuchty Previously CYBERSYN

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    The word?

    VERSATILITY

    great bang for buck amp. I would love to have one too.
     
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  4. Empryrean

    Empryrean Undecided forever

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    Thanks Dan & Mesh! :)
     
  5. kherman

    kherman SS.org Regular

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    I've only had my V3 for a few weeks.
    But, so far I'm really liking it.
    I'm more into the Classic, Prog, and Power metal.
    It has more than enough gain for me.
    It has 3 channels. 1 clean and 2 gain.
    Each channel have 3 modes.
    As well as an expanded EQ switch.
    Each has their own presence control. (use sparingly)
    Master section has a master volume,
    a bright knob (like a global presence)
    a deep knob ( like a global resonance)
    Mid cut (0= no effect. 10= uber scooped)
    Boost knob (add 9db of boost)

    The trick with this amp is to set your master volume high and use your ch. volumes to adjust how loud you want to be.
    This way you're working those power tubes.
    I have my master set around 8. my gain chls. set around 2. Clean around 6.
    And it's still loud!!
    I can't imagine how loud it would be fully cracked open.

    There is so much tweakability with this amp.
    Once you get a feel for the nuances of all those knobs and switches, there are tons of tones you can achieve.
    I'm still experimenting. :)

    I do need to get a better built 4x12 cab.
    That's my next goal.
     
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  6. Empryrean

    Empryrean Undecided forever

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    What cab do you have right now?
     
  7. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer

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    Paired with the right stuff, it will get you into Protest The Hero - fortress territory.

    Search Codyyy on here
     
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    Empryrean Undecided forever

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    Thank you budda!!
     
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  9. kherman

    kherman SS.org Regular

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    Sonic cabinets.
    They're ok.
    Not built as nice as a lot of other cabs today.
    They have a plywood baffle and base.
    But, MDF sides and back.

    So I eventually want to pick up an all ply cab like an Avatar or the actual Carvin cab.


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  10. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery.

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    I love my V3. It's not the most expensive amp I've ever owned, but it's definitely the one I've kept around the longest (unlike my JCM800, Single Rec, and 5150), and I plan to keep it forever.

    With the right tubes and settings it absolutely roars. Not to mention I can get a very smooth almost liquidy high-gain lead sound that a lot of other amps simply can't deliver. At the moment I have a set of GT 5881s in it and it sound phenomenal, really takes away some of the brightness and a bot of treble compared to the stock EL34s.

    It sounds fantastic on it's own, but absolutely HEAVENLY (in an evil way :lol:) with an Overdrive.

    People definitely pass it up from just looking at the price (they can be had for as little as $750 delivered, brand new, thanks to Carvin's sales every couple months), but like I've said, to me, as well as previous band mates, it kicks the shit out of some more expensive amps, as far as both tone and features go. It's simply impossible to find a three channel, all tube, high-gain head, at this price point, that's made in the USA by a company who really stands behind their product, and this slays.

    Just for shits and giggles here's a pic of mine from when I first got it about three years ago. Excuse the super shitty cellphone pic! :lol:
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  11. Leuchty

    Leuchty Previously CYBERSYN

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    The white is epic!
     
  12. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery.

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    Thanks man, I can't tell you how much it pains me to have black/grey amps.

    In fact that faceplate is soon to be swirled. :evil:
     
  13. scottro202

    scottro202 I'm walkin' here!!!

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    This summer when I get a job again, I will hopefully be buying either a Carvin V3 or Carvin XB100IV. I'm guessing as far as overall versatility, the Carvin V3 wins, huh?

    Plus, check this out:

    Carvin.com :: V3L

    LEDS!!!
     
  14. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery.

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    If you want something more along the lines of a Marshall but more versatile the X100B is the way to go. You can easily get both Plexi and JCM style tones out of it with EL34 tubes, though, it's certainly not a super high-gain head.

    I want those LEDs so bad. I'm kinda pissed how Carvin didn't make them backwards compatible in any way. Now I guess I'll just have to get it custom made. At least then I can use my own LEDs.
     
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    scottro202 I'm walkin' here!!!

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    You say the XB100IV is along the lines of a Marshall, is there an amp that you could say the V3 is along the lines of?

    And that sucks about the LEDs, and how you'll have to go custom.
     
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    Samer Dybbuk

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    I have tried a couple of V3's; they all had great tone and plenty of gain, they have a Marshall tone to them but with a bit more gain.
     
  17. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery.

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    Something along the lines of a pre-amp gain based amp like a Recto, with a lot of crunch on tap such as a Marshall. I can't say exactly where it lies to tell you the truth. It sounded very little like either my Single Rec or my JCM800 on their own, but had aspects that reflected them both. I will say though, that with the stock EL34s it was voiced much more like a Marshall, very bright and crunchy, but I've never been a fan of that, so I switched it to 6L6GC, which were nice, but I REALLY like the 5881s that are in there now. The V3 is a VERY flexible (see tweakable) amp, so it doesn't really have a basis in either of the two "classic" camps.

    I just know for a fact the X100B has a similar circuit to a Marshall along with a similar interface (minus the graphic EQ of course), and it ships with EL34s as well.
     
  18. scottro202

    scottro202 I'm walkin' here!!!

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    So with the V3, the tubes really effect the tone? I mean, do they kinda ultimately effect the tone of the amp?

    (Sorry for the hijack OP, hope this is helping you learn about the amp somewhat)
     
  19. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery.

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    Yes, though realize, that's the case for any tube amp. That's one of the reason people love swapping tubes, because it has an effect on the tone beyond what knob tweaking can do.
     
  20. scottro202

    scottro202 I'm walkin' here!!!

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    Yeah, I've been meaning to experiment with tubes in my amp for a while... But there's sooooo many other things I can spend money on!!! :lol:
     

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