Spring 1995 Carvin Catalog Cover

Guitar Amps

1995 was a big year in the Guitar Amplifier Department.  The X-100B tube head and all associated stacks went away after a long and successful run, but it was replaced by the new Valve Master head and stacks.  A new line was introduced, also - the Vintage Series.  Also new for 1995 were the Club Master and Stage Master tube combos, which replaced the XT and XV series of tube combos.  Not shown, but unchanged for 1995, was the SX15 guitar preamp, Quad X-Amp preamp, and Tube 100 power amp.

The pictures and prices on this page are from the Spring 1995 catalog.

1995 Basses

1995 Guitar Amps

1995 Bass Amps

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The new Vintage Tube Series of amps recreated the style of vintage amps from the 50's with modern components.  They were all covered in vintage tweed cloth, and used vintage-style knobs.

The VT410 (right) used the VT50 50W tube head, powering the VT410 cabinet.  The 2-channel head featured parametric EQ on both channels, master reverb, acoustic presence on channel one, and a dynamic saturation circuit on channel 2 (created in conjunction with Allan Holdsworth) which was dubbed "soak".

The VT50 head sold for $499, and the VT410 cabinet, loaded with four VL10 65W speakers, sold for $269.  The VT410 stack, built on these two components, sold for $719.

Also from the new Vintage Tube Series was the 212 Bel Air combo, which would prove to be one of Carvin's most sucessful tube combos.  The 50W amp was based on the VT50 head, and had the same features, but was built in a combo with 2 VL12 speakers.

Price on the Bel Air was $639.

Carvin also offered a pair of single-speaker Vintage Tube combos - the Vintage 33 (shown) and the 112 Nomad.  The Vintage 33 was a 33W combo, powering a single VL12 speaker, and did not have the effects loop or acoustic presence control, but was otherwise the same as the VT50 head.  It sold for $429.  The 112 Nomad had all the features of the VT50 head, in a 50W combo powering a single VL12 speaker.  It sold for $569.

The VM100 Valve Master was the heir apparent to the X-100B tube head.  This head also sported some classic styling, such as the open-grille enclosure and classic knobs, in a DuraTuff II covered cabinet.  It featured two channels, one for lead, and one for rhythm.  The lead channel had a 3-band parametric EQ with overdrive and lead presence, and the rhythm channel sported a standard 3-band parametric EQ and acoustic presence.  The unit also featured an effects loop and master reverb, as well as tube bias control, 5 12AX7 tubes ans 4 5881 power tubes.

The VM100 was available in a pair of stacks - a single and double.  The VM412 single stack used the Valve Master head, and the V412T angled cabinet, which was loaded with 4 12" VL12 vintage series speakers.  It sold for $899.

The VM812 (shown) included the VM100 head, with a V412T and V412B cabinet, both of which were loaded with 4 12" VL12 vintage series speakers.  Price on this double stack was $1249.

The V412 cabinets were also available separately, in top (angled) or bottom (straight) models.  These sold for $369.

The Valve Master head was also used to power the VM212 systems.  These were available with one or two V212 cabinets, each of which were loaded with a pair of 12" VL12 Vintage Series speakers.  The VM212, with single cabinet, sold for $779, and the VM212-2, with two cabinets, sold for $999.  

The V212 speaker cabinet was also available separately, for $249 each.

Also new for 1995 were the Stage Master (shown) and Club Master tube combos amps.   These combos were built on the Valve Master chassis, in a one speaker (Club Master) or two-speaker (Stage Master) combo.  The Club Master sold for $629, and the Stage Master sold for $699.

The SX100 and SX200 solid-state combos were unchanged from previous versions.  The SX100 sold for $379, and the SX200 sold for $429.