Guitar Amps

There were 3 basic guitar amps offered in 1960, as well as a general purpose instrument amp.  Like amps from most manufacturers of the era, the amps could be used for amplification of pretty much any electric instrument, and also had inputs for microphones, making them essentially a small PA.  All these amps were tube-driven, and the 3 guitar amps looked basically the same, and were built on the same amp chassis, with different speaker configurations. 

 

1960 Basses

1960 Guitars

1960 Bass Amps

 

1960 Carvin Catalog Cover
1960 Carvin #8-12-A Guitar Amplifier

The model #8-12-A was a 25 watt tube amp, with a 12" Jensen woofer and an 8" Jensen mid-range speaker.  It had 2 mic/instrument inputs on one channel, and 2 instrument inputs on a second channel.  Controls included a volume control for each channel, and a master tone control, and master tremolo speed control & depth control.  It used a pair of 6L6 tubes, as well as a 12AX7, 12AT7, 6AV6 & 5U4, for a total of 6 tubes.  The #8-12-A sold for $119.90. 

The model #15-LA amp used the same basic amp chassis as the #8-12-A, but it has a single 15" Lansing speaker, and produced 45 watts output.  Controls were the same as the #8-12-A, and used 5881 tubes in place of the 6L6's.  It also used Telefunken 12AX7 and 12AT7 tubes, and a 6AV6 and 5V4 tubes.  Price on the #15-LA was $249.90.

1960 Carvin Model #15-LA Guitar Amplifier
1960 Carvin Mosel #15-8-B Bass Amplifier

The model #28-212-B guitar amplifier was a 40 watt combo with a pair of 12" Jensen speakers, and a pair of  8" Jensen speakers.  Like the #8-12-A, it had two channels; one with 2 instrument inputs, and the other with 2 instrument/mic inputs.  It also used 5881 tubes, as well as 12AX7, 12AT7, 6AV6 and 5U4 tubes.  Controls were the same as the #8-12-A, with a volume control for each channel, and a master tone and tremolo controls.  The #28-212-B sold for $159.90.

The Model #12-C was a general purpose amp that ran 15 watts through a 12" Jensen speaker.  It was loaded with an 12AX7, 6SN7, 6SF5, 5Y3 and a pair of 6V6 tubes.  It had 2 channels, with a single mic input on one channel, and 2 instrument inputs on the 2nd channel.  Controls included a volume control for each channel, and a master tone control, and master vibrato speed and depth controls.

1960 Carvin Model #12-C Guitar Amplifier