Carvin X-100B

100W Head

Made by Carvin

Description All-tube head from 80s.
Posted By Peppe Lahtinen (1754)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (of 5)
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On 6/16/2003, Don Brozz (271) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you ever get a chance to try one of these, by all means do it. I think you'll like it.
Price: $200.00
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Features:
100W all tube (12AX7 preamp EL34 power) Switchable channels (clean and overdrive) Effects loop, 5 band EQ, Reverb and more.
Sound Quality:
The tone is very good, actually much better than I expected. The clean channel responds well to your guitars volume knob and can be overdriven if desired (ala tube Fender) The overdrive channel is awesome, delivering a ton of gain, without sounding "buzzy", and the more you crank the volume the better the amp sounds. The EQ is a real treat, giving an amazing amount of control over the sound. The only amps I've heard do this as well as the X100B are the Mesa Boogies with the built in EQ.
Ease of Use:
Not much to say here, plug in and go !!
Durability:
Bullet Proof ! Built to last (like all Carvin products)
On 9/10/2000, Peppe Lahtinen (1754) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is the right amp for me. Versatile enough, good sound that is big but not too agressive. I believe this is good choice for rock or even blues players who also want a good clean sound.
Where Obtained: Ahosen Musiikki / Finland
Features:
The amp has 4 EL-34 and 3 12AX7 tubes. Two channels (clean/lead) that both have possibility to change the sound via one knob (ultra bright for clean and hi lead for gain channel). The knobs include separate volume controls for both channels, bass, middle, treble, presence and reverb. 5-band EQ and effects loop.
Sound Quality:
I use the amp with custom-made solid-body electric guitar and sometimes use Boss overdrive+chorus pedals. The amp is well suited for many music styles: one of the best things in the amp is very good clean channel that really stays clean even when using high volume. The lead channel sounds good in blues/rock and the overdrive sounds big but not too agressive for non-metal players. One of my favorite things in this amp is really nice low end it has. Spring reverb is good but perhaps little microphonic. The amp is not noisy if there are not too many effects used.
Ease of Use:
The amp is pretty easy to use. It has more features than most of the amps of this age and style but using them is not too confusing. Still i hope it would have more possibilities to mix different features via footswitch.
Durability:
This amp is built to last. I have used it at home and at gigs and never had any problems.