Carvin XV-112

Carvin XV-112

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XV-112, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Carvin.

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Carvin XV-112 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Carvin
  • Model: XV-112
  • Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 09/18/2004

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Carvin XV-112 user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 8 reviews )
 4 reviews50 %
 3 reviews38 %
 1 user review13 %

luxi's review"I love it :-)"

Carvin XV-112
tubes: 3x 12ax7a, 4x EL34.. 100W RMS, 2x 12" british series speakers, 32Kg


the tone controls are +/-18db so it's easy to mess up the sound, you must stay where it sounds good..

this the lead drive channel and hi-lead requires high volume to deliver a good sound


I have a Simon Pinder bodythrough neck with EMG gold active pickups and Kahler mechanics

With a Morley wah in front, a LXP5 in loop and sometimes a H&K speaker emulator on the HP output (with a load capacitor) connected on a LXP1 before in the mixtable I just love it :-)

Now I use it almost always directly plugged on it, when I dont play with my Jamman and MPX G2.. :)

Generally it sounds better (basses) when you set the volume high on the amp and lower the volume on the guitar

Now that I'm older I'm almost only using the clear channel..
The grain, the dynamic are very nice, I love the basses and the warm and slamming sound from the tubes,

I set it like 8(bass) 7(middle) 5(treble) 4(presence) and 1-2 (reverb)... I like using low pass filters


I would buy it again without hesitation, but it's just a subjective advice :-)

JakeElee's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Carvin XV-112
So ... it's an all-tube amp (4 EL34 power and 3 12AX7 in pramplification) 100 watts switchable in 50 or 25 watts.
external speaker with choice of Impedance
Effects Loop
XLR output Pramp
connection for crankset (XLR too)

At the rglages, two channels (clear gain) for both with the same line of equalizer: bass treble medium presence
Note that the channel gain becomes hi-gain by the intermediary of a push-pull
Reverb and eq paramtrique just top it off.


For this amp, I managed Tlcharger the manual on the carvin site: explanations are clear and informative. To get the carvin grain, just put the whole equalization 5. rglages to approach the grain marshall and mesa boogie are donns, which facilitates the task.
What is notable about this amp is that the equalizer section is very significant: from 4 5 at low or other rglage completely alters the sound. This amp is a man to do everything by offering a wide range of sonorits diffrentes offering sounds, I would say, very professional.
I compared a safe: doucettement turning all the knobs to get the combination desired.


This amp has a lot of bass in both clean that distortion, although not bnficie a closed cabinet which could tighten the ring in style "stack" (which bsr is not the case).
Passing on the gain channel are obtained crunch sounds very convincing, ledzeppelinniens for me, even if a les paul would be better that.
Hi-gain, with my poor squier strato is slowing a bit: a lack of potato. In contrast, rglages marshall and boogie are bluffing, very well made, very pros. Nevertheless, I say: fans of big current distos, go your way, this amp is not for you.
on the other hand, friends of AC / DC and consors I sr this amp you ravish).
This amp and very versatile and I'm with a team sr guitar doubles it would show its potential, although my single Blue Lace Sensor in bridge not too bad draws its hairpin game finally .dropoff window .dropoff Window
Note for owners of humbuckers guitars: a control "Bright" which allows Lighten sound (apparently it also works on the saturated channel - to do ... after the mystery and ball gum, my home has not seemed to work ...?!).
compar my old marshall transistor (a 5210 "transistor Version" of the JCM 800) Two conclusions can be drawn:
Before, with my only outlet, I thought an amp = a unique sound, very typ. Carvin dmontr me otherwise.
Indeed, between transistors and lamps there's no picture, by far, although the 5210 if you are in OCCAZ, I advise you to try it, worth a detour for the solid state !!

The eq paramtrique assignable channel once: he quickly bought a eq pedal and gives good results.


I use it for 1 year and I am satisfied. I would only use it with another skyscraper that Squier me to make me happy in the bass and distorted sonorits.
The carvin does not emerge as the amp with the sound that kills, but rather as an amp with multiple sonorits very convincing. Well, that's surely not the last word it is a trick of the 80's and god knows that sounds have volus since ...
So it's a good amp, I took as cheap secondhand ... if c'tait again .... I would take a super scratch now that I have the amp to make it sound !dropoff window

WillyY's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Carvin XV-112
It's a combo 100W lamp with 3 12AX7 preamp in, for my part I spent TungSOL V1, V2 and EH Mesa Selected V3 and 4 EL34 power for my part of OUR EI.

HP or a Carvin British ElectroVoice.

All connectors are two jack inputs, one XLR preamp output, ...

Two channels clean and lead (+ Boost switchable)

Without the footswitch to change channels are pulling on the knobs.

It has a parametric EQ and a switchable graphics on either channel.


Config a bit daunting at first as we can make him get everything you want. The clean is just typed mesa high gain and fender back down and lead older Marshall.

Manuel? ...


It is perfect for what I want to play, he even served as the studio for the blues as hard rock.


This will make 3 years I use it I had recovered from a wreck I've completely revamped and I ironed while two 100W lamps bases have been transferred by its former owner.

I will always be a deputy Weber Mass to be able to work the lights more efficient.

Fred7582's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Carvin XV-112
100% super guitar amp config classic lamps (EL34 + 12AX7A ).... is the 100 W that can rduire 50 or 25 w
2 between guitar front, the rear: pramp output (for recording), effects loop, pdalier change channels .... suplmentaire hp output at rglage we have the clean channel (volume / bright), the channel drive (drive and volume), the qualisation: bass, mid, treble ..... the presence, the rverb, and qualiser 5 bands faade ..... Simple and effective!


Grip ultra simple instructions available on the net, the sound is crystal-clear clean of the hard lot of good distortion compression close to some Mesa Boogie!! and yes! he potato ......


It is ultra versatile! I play on Fender and Gibson! The variety of hard rock you name it ......


I have been using The beginning of the 90's ..... APRS seeing NONO STEVE VAI and over jou!! Yet I had the Marshall and Fender in the hands and even a gas plant with lots of rack!! Anyway, I always come back to CARVIN with some pedals in the effects loop for a little color ...... trs a versatile amp, it does not dtriore guitar signal .......... it is for me still my companion for the RPTS and scne !!!!!!!

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