Here's another ad for the Steve Vai Legacy amp.  This black and white version appeared in the December 2005 issue of Vintage Guitar.







This ad for the RX1200 mixer appeared in the November 2005 Guitar Player







The layout for this 2004 SX amps ad was based on the CT guitar ads.








This ad for the PM15 speaker and XP880 mixer appeared in the mid 2000s. 







The Legacy amp was featured in this September 2003 ad from Guitar World








This August 2003 ad, from Guitar Player, showed Joe Walsh with his Carvin Bel Air amp.







From 2001, this ad features Steve Vai, and his VL100 Legacy signature amplifier.







The MTS3212 combo was showcased in this ad from the September 1997 issue of Guitar

This ad, which appeared in the January 1993 issue of Guitar, took it's design cues from the newly redesigned 1993 catalog.






This June 1991 ad, from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, showed off a variety of Carvin pro audio equipment.

Winger guitarist Reb Beach was featured in this 1991 ad from the February issue of Guitar World.

Jon Butcher was shown in this ad, also from the February 1991 issue of Guitar World.

This ad is from the October 1991 issue of Guitar World, and features White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta.
This 1989 ad from Guitar featured guitarist Jennifer Batten and Carvin's SX812 stack.
This June 1989 Guitar Player ad featured David Rosenthal, the keyboardist from (at the time) the Robert Palmer Band.

This 1989 ad featured Erik Turner and Joey Allen of Warrant. 

This April 1989 Guitar World layout showed Bob Bradshaw with Carvin's new FET Series power amps.

This 1988 ad, from the September issue of Guitar Player, featured the new SX series of guitar amps.

From June 1989, this Guitar Player ad also touted the SX amps.

This April 1989 spot from Guitar World featured Frank Blair from the Robert Palmer Band with the Pro Bass II amp and LB70 bass.

This 1988 ad, from the May issue of Guitar Player, featured Frank Zappa, who was a mainstay of Carvin endorsers in the 1980's.
Craig Chaquico appeared in many ads over the years, and this one from 1987 features Craig's custom-painted V220, and a wall of X100B amps.
This September 1987 Guitar World spread showed off some of Carvin's pro audio gear - mixers, speakers, microphones, etc.
This September 1987 Guitar Player layout featured the MX2488 mixer.  Notice that the new Carvin logo, which wasn't "official" until 198, was already being used.






This ad, with Steve Vai and a wall of X100B amps, appeared in many publications in the mid 80's, and the photo was also used in several Carvin catalogs.  This was from the October 1986 issue of Guitar for the Practicing Musician.

This two-page spread appeared in the May 1986 issue of Guitar Player, and showed Oingo Boingo and an assortment
of Carvin pro audio gear.

From a 1986 Guitar Magazine ad, here's one featuring a koa LB70 (as well as a pink V220 and a DC400).  This was a pretty popular ad layout in the 80's, because it featured so many of Carvin's products.

The MX1688 mixer was featured in this two-page spread from the August 1984 issue of Guitar Player.

This 1984 ad borrowed from the catalog cover, like many of Carvin's ads in the 1980's.  This particular one appeared in the July issue of Guitar World.

Here's a mid-1980's ad featuring Missing Person's guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.

This 1984 ad, from the October issue of Guitar Player, showed Missing Persons with an assortment of Carvin gear.
Another popular ad from the 80's featuring Craig Chaquico and his flamed V220 and Carvin stacks.  This one appeared in the November 1984 issue of Guitar World.
1983 Guitar Player Ad Steve Vai This was a very popular ad in the early to mid 1980's, with Steve Vai playing through an X100B stack.  Steve is one of Carvin's longest-running endorsers, and now has a whole series of amps bearing his name.

This particular ad is from the August 1983 issue of Guitar Player.

These two ads made up a two-page spread in the August 1983 issue of Guitar Player.  These effectively showed almost everything Carvin had to offer, although basses were notably absent.
Another ad with Craig Chaquico, from the October 1981 issue of Guitar Player.  This was one of the more widely featured ads of that era.
This March 1982 ad, from Guitar Player, used the cover of the 1982 catalog with a description of all the gear.
From the February 1982 issue of Guitar Player,  this had featured the new XV-112E guitar amp.
In the September 1982 issue of Guitar Player, Frank Zappa was shown in his studio with a wall of Carvin mixers.
From the June 1980 issue of Guitar Player, here's an ad touting the new M22 humbucker pickup.
Like many other Carvin ads, this one from the February 1980 issue of Guitar Player used the  cover of the current catalog, with a description of all the equipment shown.
This August 1979 Guitar Player 1/4 page spot showed John Cipollina playing a DC150 through a VT112 amp.

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