carvin preamp?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pumo420, May 4, 2002.

  1. pumo420


    Nov 2, 2001
    i was wondering how many of you like the carvin preamps?

    im planning on supping up my slamer made by hamer and adding a jazz pickup with the carvin active passive preamp.
  2. Its OK by my vote. For an extra 20 dollars you can get a Duncan 3 band with contour switch. I think its a lot better then the carvin. most of what I dislike about the carvin is the board mounted pots and the amount of gear they require. Duncan and Aguliar can both get monster tone without normal pots and a much smaller circut board.
  3. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    The current Carvin preamp isn't bad. Older versions used more chips (read: had shorter battery life) and had a funky design that sucked tone and added noise. The current version is nice and quiet.

    The mid tone control is pretty useful; it adds "thump" to the low-mids where the bass tone control adds "rumble". Battery life shouldn't be an issue for most players; if it is, you can just pull up on the volume knob and go passive.

    The only real gripe I have with it is the quality of the controls.