Carvin unveils Steve Vai Legacy II Series amplifiers
January 10, 2009 by Charlie
The Legacy II amps represent years of design, development, and testing between Carvin engineers and, guitar master, Steve Vai. Some new features of the Legacy II is the amp’s 3-channel operation (the Legacy is a two-channel amp) with clean, lead, and new clean-boost channels. There’s also a new 25 watt output mode in addition to the original’s 50 and 100 watt mode options. While each channel has it’s own volume, there is now also a master volume, allowing adjustments to overall amp volume without having to worry about messing up the overall volumes of each channel. The 3-channel, all-tube Legacy II features all-new circuit designs that have been reviewed and tweaked by renowned amp designer Benjamin Fargen of Fargen Amps.
According to Fargen, the end result is “a powerful blend of high-end boutique sound and rock-solid American manufacturing”.
Steve Vai has a few words too
“The Legacy II is a dream amp,” says Vai. “It’s simple, versatile and the sound is creamy and warm. Finally there is an amplifier that has a Master Volume control that can raise or lower the overall sound coming out of the speakers without changing its saturation or tone. Although the sound has retained the integrity of the original Legacy, there is now an added channel that acts as a boost on the clean channel giving it a bit more hair. No need to keep dreaming, it’s here.”
The Legacy II Series is available as either a VL2100 100-watt Legacy II head, a VL2412 100-watt single stack cabinet, a VL2812 100-watt double stack cabinet or a VL2122 100-watt Legacy II combo amp.
Pricing and availability information isn’t known as of press time, however Gear-Vault will bring you more on the Carvin Legacy II Series amplifiers in our featured NAMM coverage next week.