Carvin Quad X-Amp
Carvin Quad X-Amp 01/17/2015

Carvin Quad X-Amp :'s user review

« Overkill....The Right Way »

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Advanced Users
I bought this preamp and amp (T-100) as a pair in April, 1994 (I think). The T-100 stb during a rehearsal. The Quad X has remained a highly-valued part of my rack simply for the sounds it brings to the table.

Channel 1 is a twangy Fender Tweed feel to it (even with a LP). It can be completely sparkling clean with the right EQ (knobs) and touch on the guitar. At some points, it can rival (operative word can) an AC 15 with good technique and the right pickups.

Channel 2 is useless...NEXT....

Channel 3 can really be the end all to preamp high gain and nasal at the same time if you play with the EQ (and yes) Cloaking enough. From Pete Townshend to Angus Young to Early Page to High Gain Adrian Smith, this channel CAN do it all. It can't do them all simultaneously, but it can make every one of those sounds whether you're beating on the strings like the Clash or picking them quietly with a ten pence like Brian May. Best Channel on this preamp.

Channel 4: Like Randy Rhoads, this is your channel. Big loud and totally in your face. Boasting a "Cascade Tube" circuit, Carvin pulls this one out with Over The Top Gain. Big Noise.

Great Little Preamp... Still Love It