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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2008, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

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Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps
January 29, 2008

Carvin is pleased to re-introduce the X-100B Guitar Amp. From its first introduction in 1981 until it went out of production in the early 90's, the X-100B generated tones that satisfied adventurous guitarists like Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, and Alex Lifeson to name a few. Now, the Carvin X-100B has been reincarnated, using the same tube circuitry as the original. Players seeking to rediscover tones from the past will appreciate the attention to detail while creating their own sounds with the X-100B.

Like its predecessor, the X-100B Series IV is a 2-channel, 100 watt tube amp with reverb — available as a head unit or as a combo with dual 12-inch speakers. A High Gain mode on the Lead channel and a Bright mode on the Rhythm channel enable variations of the amp's wide tone palette. Bass, Mid, Treble, and Presence controls are augmented with a powerful 5-band EQ that is assignable to lead or rhythm channel. The unique RMS Power switch enables one to choose between 100-, 50-, and 25-watt settings, making it easier to overdrive the power amp stage for creative expression. The newly reconfigured XLR Direct Out captures the X-100B's power amp dynamics. Other new features include a Master volume control with mute mode that can be alternately set for a foot-switchable volume Boost. Heavy-duty toggle switches replace push-pull pots that could be easily bumped, and were typically difficult to repair. The optional four-function FS-44L footswitch with LED indicators offers switching of channel, reverb, effect Loop, and boost/mute functions. A quarter-inch jack for using the basic 2-button FS-22 footswitch (optionally available) is also provided. As the voice of many innovative guitarists, the X-100B offers a variety of creative tones that many of today's guitarists are searching for. Based on his experience using the X-100B in his days with Frank Zappa and as a solo artist, virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai chose to work with Carvin to design his signature amp, the Legacy, in 1999. Other notable users of the Carvin X-100B have included Craig Chaquico (Starship), Earl Slick (David Bowie), Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo), Marty Friedman and Jason Becker (Cacophony), Vinnie Vincent (Kiss), Izzy Stradlin (Guns 'n Roses), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Howard Leese (Heart) and the legendary Roy Clark.

Carson Kiesel, President of Carvin Corporation, commented on the company's X-100B series IV Guitar Amp, "The X-100B has quite a pedigree of both live performance and recording history. Today, people are rediscovering the sounds of innovative guitarists like Frank Zappa, who used the X-100B extensively. Now, players can own a brand new amp with the same tones as the original, with the inherent flexibility that lets the player create their own sounds."

The Carvin X-100B series IV Guitar Amp carries a direct price of $699.00 for the head unit and $799.00 for the dual 12-inch combo. Both models will be available March 2008.
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

Cool. Nice price too.

Those had 6L6 tubes didn't they?
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

looks simple but effective.. anyone have some clips of the old one?
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nicee, if it sounds nice I might have to check 1 out.... hah
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looks simple but effective.. anyone have some clips of the old one?
It's all over Vai's "Flex-Able"
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Any time I hear about vintage versions of this amp it's always good things. I hope the new version is as good as the original.
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

Nice
I have the original one.
which I might sell
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Oh hell yeah!
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

My '87 is my main amp

(and yeah, mine has 6L6 though the last ones either came with EL34s or you could switch between EL34s and 6L6s)

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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

My '88 1x12 EV combo came with EL34 Groove Tubes. I believe it was the first or second year for the new logo.
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

Nothing on their site yet for the X-100, but they did add an option of colored skins to the V3 series amps.
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Nothing on their site yet for the X-100, but they did add an option of colored skins to the V3 series amps.
It's available for all heads and 4x12 cabs!

"Carvin is pleased to add colored vinyl to it's lineup of guitar amps. These 7 new colors are available on all Carvin 4 X 12 guitar cabinets and guitar amp heads, such as the V3, Legacy VL100, MTS3200 and SX300H. Amp components, such as the grille, handles, piping and corner protectors remain the same as on our classic black-covered amp heads and speakers.

You can add any of these colors to your new Carvin guitar amplifier head or 4 X 12 cabinet by selecting the "Accessories" tab on each model. Please add 3-10 business days for your custom-covered Carvin head or cabinet."

http://www.carvinguitars.com/amptolex.php
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

Cool! Shame we don't have Carvin over here.
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

You guys think I should get this or the V3
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Re: Carvin Re-Introduces X-100B Guitar Amps

It depends on what you play and what you need. I love my X100-B, but I'm good with just one of the amps 2 channels amp and some effects. If you need three channels then you have no choice.
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