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CARVIN ENGINEERING DATA. OPERATING MANUAL. Congratulations on your purchase of the V3M all tube amplifier. Carvin has been building tube guitar. V. 6.A. V. 7.A. V. 8.A. V. 9.A. Q. C. 7. 2ยต. F. B. 1M 2. R. R. R. C. C. C. C. R. R. R. R. R R. R. R. R. Documents, presets, manuals Carvin V3 – Audiofanzine.

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I love it, the tone is great because it’s pretty much “my” sound. I occasionally toss an MXR Wylde OD in front of it for freaky gain and a slight change of flavor to my gain shape, but the amp doesn’t need that. I tend to use a Wampler compressor in front as well, but that’s my own ccarvin and carvni comment on the amp. Anyway, I love it, it’s versatile and it can bring the hi-gain.

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If you have specific Q’s about it, I’ll see if I can c3. The original V3 is a great amp. It has its own sound. Just a couple points I think that you need to realize are that the amp is not idiot proof.

Many people dial the V3 in based on their pre conceived ideas of how the controls should look when dialing in an amp rather than their ears. This can lead to shit breath tone and thoughts that the amp fails. The V3 has not only a treble and presence knob but also the global bright control as well as the expanded eq switch. That is a shit load of high end frequency control.

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And sometimes people go a little crazy with those things not having previous experience and dial in a crap tone then blame the mahual. So if you get one just be fair to it and use your ears, not your eyes. The only negative to the amp for me is that global control panel.

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Its a great sound shaping tool but at the mnual time I hated it. The reason being you couldnt turn it off or assign it to the channels you wanted to use it on.

So if you dial in the c3 you manuual on the clean channel its quite possible you wont like those global control settings on the dirty channels. Ive heard people say that that is why you have the presence and treble knobs to fine tune but then that just makes the global controls pointless to begin with. And still thats not true as the controls affect different frequencies. The V3 sounds fantastic, you just need to be patient with it.

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Honestly aside from the mmanual and the similar look the amps sound nothing alike. I wanted to love the V3M as it didnt have those pesky globals but the amp has very poor sound. Some amps you struggle to find a bad tone, the V3M is the opposite. I struggled to find a good one. And if your into metal you can forget about it.

For a lack of better description the V3M sounds like a fart through a tubescreamer, I shit you not. A good example of the poor tone is Csrvin very own demo video with kevin michael from sledd.


Without it I would have to rate it in the top 5 worst tube amps for rock and metal in recent years. It’s a fine amp, but it is what it is, and what it is may not be right for you. I had no problem getting nice tones out of all 3 channels, but that was me plugging into it dry at a local GC as well as a local Carvin equipped rehearsal studio. Mine sounds alright with effects, but it’s not doing anything over-the-top like 4-cable method or anything along those lines.

It works well enough, but I’m not that into effects so your mileage may vary. It’s one of those amps like a Mark V where you need to know what you’re doing or you can quickly make it sound rather undesirable. And yes, you have to mind the treble and bright controls, or you can get into the world of fizzy high-end.

The Vintage 30s in my Mesa Recto cabs aren’t especially shrill on the treble end, but some speakers might not deal well if you crank up the bright side on the V3. So I guess the solution is this: Great amp, but yeah, maybe not for everyone. Carvin V3 Head May 22, Subscribe Forum Post Posted by: Carvin V3 Head Posted by waitingtowreck Manal 22, I’ve been looking at this head recently, anyone have any experience with it?

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