About the Amp:
Carvin Legacy VL100 Head Legacy 100W All Tube Head as advertised by Carvin:
Take one of the best, most influential guitarist's of our time, then let him design his ultimate amp, and you've got the Legacy amplifier by Carvin. A seamless combination of art and tone, the Legacy is the product of countless hours or development and testing, to create this one-of-a-kind.
"When I considered having a signature series amp built, there were several important issues that needed to be addressed. First, it had to sound superior to any other amp I’d ever come across and it had to be built to withstand the abuse that a world tour could give it. It also had to be something affordable for most musicians and not just a few privileged ones! It had to have the appearance of class and integrity that reflects the sound. I’m thrilled to say The Legacy is all that I dreamed it could be." - Steve Vai
Steve Worked very closely with Carvin Engineering to develop the sound and look of the Legacy Amplifiers from the choice of EL34 tubes to the Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. His involvement with Carvin goes back to the early '80's when Steve played the Carvin X100B amp as a member of Frank Zappa's band. Discussions of the possibility of a signature amp had been ongoing for several years.
Finally, Vai's and Carvin's schedules allowed for serious work on a new amp project. Exhaustive listening tests of various tube and electronic circuits were performed by Steve. He also tested dozens of enclosures loaded with various vintage speakers and speakers. His ear kept coming back to the Celestion speakers. After final approval of the amp and speakers, Steve then put his focus on the styling of the Legacy. His personal touches include the classic color scheme and his personal anagram logo on the nameplate.
The Legacy features 2 incredible sounding channels (clean and overdrive/sustain), with separate Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, and presence controls for each channel. Master Reverb for both channels, 4,8, and 16 ohm speaker impedance switch, effects loop, All tube design: four-EL34, five-12AX7A.
Dual channels (clean & overdrive/sustain)
Separate Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble & Presence for each channel.
Master Reverb for both channels 50/100W output switch
Bias switch for 5881, 6L6GCÍs or EL34 power tubes (supplied with EL34)
Cabinet voiced line output 4, 8 or 16 ohm speaker imp. switch
Effects LoopAll tube: 4-EL34, 5-12AX7A
Hand crafted 7-ply poplar wood cabinet
Optional FS22 foot switch for selecting channels & reverb.
This amp was used by Steve Vai on his 2004 South-American Tour and has a matching 4x12” cab.