Post by Greg Ballantyne on Jul 15, 2016 18:50:52 GMT -5
I have been thinking about buying an amplifier for use with acoustic guitars. I've sort of chosen the Carvin AG300, since it seems to fit most of my criteria - 3 channel, 200 amp, full feature amp, made in the USA. I have never actually seen or tried one in person though. I recall asking this question at least a year ago on the old Seagull AGM website, responses inconclusive...... but, anyone here have any familiarity or experience with Carvin equipment?
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I just checked out the AG300 specs. Wow. If I did solo gigging and needed a 2 channel acoustic amp or small portable PA system, this thing would be a serious contender. Looks like a killer box from what I can tell from the specs. Very nice and affordable alternative to the expensive Bose systems I've seen and heard that some solo giggers like to use. Those things are very pricey.
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Post by newyorksteve on Oct 14, 2020 15:56:58 GMT -5
I lived in San Diego for quite some time and, yes, they're made in northern San Diego county.
They're difficult to find, though, because Carvin sells direct. That means that you can't walk into Guitar Center and check out the Carvin line of amps. If you're lucky, they'll have a used one.
There was probably more available Carvin gear in San Diego than just about anywhere else. Their amps aren't bad, nor are their guitars, but they never really blew my skirt up when compared to others.
Probably the biggest downside for Carvin is that the resale value absolutely sucks. I know that's a consideration for many and, if it is for you, I would recommend looking elsewhere. The gear is good, but it's nothing to write home about...