Carvin VT50 HEAD AMP VINTAGE TUBE 50WATT Manual

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CARVIN ENGINEERING DATA

VINTAGE 33, NOMAD 112, 212 BEL AIR COMBO

GUITAR AMPS & VT 50 VINTAGE GUITAR HEAD OPERATING MANUAL

RECEIVING INSPECTION—read before getting started

INSPECT YOUR AMP FOR ANY DAMAGE which may have occurred during shipping. If any damage is found, please notify the shipping company and CARVIN immediately.

SAVE THE CARTON & ALL PACKING MATERIALS. In the event you have to re-ship your unit, always use the original carton and packing material. This will provide the best possible protection during shipment. CARVIN and the shipping company are not liable for any damage caused by improper packing.

SAVE YOUR INVOICE. It will be required for warranty service if needed in the future.

SHIPMENT SHORTAGE. If you find items missing, they may have been shipped separately.

Please allow several days for the rest of your order to arrive before inquiring.

RECORD THE SERIAL NUMBER on the enclosed warranty card or below on this manual for your records. Keep your portion of the card and return the portion with your name and comments to us.

Vintage 33™

Nomad 112™

VT50 Vintage™

410 Speaker

TONE CONTROLS

The T-Bridge passive BASS, MID and TREBLE tone controls offer a wide range of tone settings. Take full advantage by setting them where they sound best. Your sound may not be at center (5 on the dial). Instead, the treble and bass may need to be at 10 while the mid control at 0 (or) the treble at 1 and the bass at 10 depending dual or single coil pickups. These controls will not affect or color your sound when set at extreme settings, nor do they interact with each other. The greater range of these controls comes from the high impedance 1 meg sealed pots (most guitar amps use 250k pots). The frequency of the bass control is set at 80

Hz while the mid control is set at 650 Hz. The treble control is set at a very high 11k Hz giving the VINTAGE TUBE SERIES it’s dynamic highs.

212 Bel Air™

Congratulations on your purchase of the VINTAGE TUBE SERIES all tube amplifier. Carvin has been building tube guitar amplifiers since 1949. They have been used by top professionals like; Chet Atkins, Jeff Beck, James Burton, Jerry

Donahue, Dan Huff, Jorma Kaukonen, Will Ray, and many other great musicians.

You will discover that these amplifiers represent a significant sound improvement over conventional tube amplifiers. Spend time with your new amp and get to know it’s many sounds.

TECHNICAL DESIGN OF THE VINTAGE TUBE SERIES

The VINTAGE TUBE SERIES is 100% tube design—no IC’s, FET’s or transistors. The design criteria was to build an all-tube guitar amp that sounded better than anything else on the market.

This meant that the VINTAGE TUBE SERIES was going to be totally new from the ground up and that it was going to be an all tube design.

DYNAMIC EL84 POWER TUBES

Premium EL84 power tubes are selected for their excellent saturation and power soak characteristics. Just like early VOX AC30 amps, EL84’s are used for their ideal transconductance delevering a tight bottom and soft drive with superior definition.

HIGH IMPEDANCE GUITAR INPUT

Carvin has long known about the effects of miss-loading a guitar pickup which can cause high frequency loss. The VINTAGE TUBE SERIES guards against this loss with its ultra high input impedance. Also, we considered the capacitance of the average shielded guitar cable which can reduce the high frequency response of your guitar pickups. Unlike other amplifiers, we purposely avoided adding capacitance anywhere in the preamp to control high frequency oscillations. Instead, we controlled oscillations through careful component layout and lead placement allowing its shimmering highs to be reproduced.

REVERB

The FS22 footswith for the long tailed REVERB system in the VINTAGE TUBE SERIES switches only the reverb “send” leaving the tail of the reverb to decay naturally, the way it’s done in the studio. A special pre filter eliminates the spring “boing” normally heard in other systems giving it a “lush” sound. The all tube reverb system offers vibrant clarity with full depth reminiscent of the sixties tube amps. Guitar Player magazine rated this system as one of the best they have heard.

MODEL VT50 HEAD SPECS:

RMS Power:

Output Imp:

Input Imp:

50 watts

4, 8 & 16 Ω

100,000 ohms

Tone Controls: BASS: 80Hz

Both Channels: MID: 600-700Hz

TREBLE: 11k Hz

Ch 1 Sensitivity: 1mV for clipping

Ch 2 Sensitivity: 16mV for full output

Channels: 2—switching

Voiced Line Out: 1.5 VAC @ 100 watts RMS

Preamp Tubes: 5—12AX7’s (dual stage)

Power Tubes:

USA Model:

USA Fuse:

4—EL84’s

120VAC, 300VA

3A 250V slow blow, 5 x 20mm

Export Model:

Export Fuse:

Cabinet Size:

230VAC, 300VA

1.5A 250V slow blow, 5 x 20mm

22.5W x 10.5H x 9”D, 33 lbs.

Cabinet:

Warranty:

Options:

7-ply poplar wood

One Year

CV3200 cover, FS22 footswitch

MODEL 112 & 212 COMBO SPECS:

Speakers:

RMS Power:

Output Imp:

Input Imp:

Tone Controls:

One/Two VL12 Vintage Series 12” spks

33 watts Vintage 33, 50 watts all others

4, 8 & 16 Ω

100,000 ohms

BASS: 80Hz

Both Channels: MID: 600-700Hz

TREBLE: 11k Hz

Ch 1 Sensitivity: 1mV for clipping

Ch 2 Sensitivity: 16mV for full output

Channels: 2—switching

Voiced Line Out: 1.5 VAC @ 100 watts RMS

Preamp Tubes: 5—12AX7’s (dual stage)

Power Tubes: 4—EL84’s

USA Model: 120VAC, 300VA

USA Fuse:

Export Model:

Export Fuse:

3A 250V slow blow, 5 x 20mm

230VAC, 300VA

1.5A 250V slow blow, 5 x 20mm

112 Cabinet :

212 Cabinet :

Cabinet:

Warranty:

Options:

19.5W x 10.25D x 17.5”H, 44 lbs.

26W x 10.25D x 17.75”H, 56 lbs.

7-ply poplar wood

One Year

CV3212 cover, FS22 footswitch

CLEAN AND SOAK CHANNELS

The equalization of the clean and soak channel is designed to offer clarity to your instrument. Special mud-cutting circuits eliminate the unwanted sounds in the 500 to 700 Hz range which normally take away the tone definition of your instrument. You will also take notice of the clean channels rear PRESENCE control which adds acoustic voicing to your instrument. This control boosts only the guitars very highest harmonics which are in the

10k Hz range instead of the normal 3K Hz of a bright switch.

For your records, you may wish to record the following information.

Serial No._____________________ Invoice Date_______________

76-10302 797

12340 World Trade Drive, San Diego, CA 92128

(619) 487-1600 (800) 854-2235 www.carvin.com

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

IMPORTANT! FOR YOUR PROTECTION, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

WATER AND MOISTURE: Appliance should not be used near water (near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc). Care should be taken so that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the enclosure through openings.

POWER SOURCES: The appliance should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions or as marked on the appliance.

GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION: Precautions should be taken so that the grounding or polarization means of an appliance is not defeated.

POWER CORD PROTECTION: Power supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the appliance.

SERVICING: The user should not attempt to service the appliance beyond that described in the operating instructions. All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel.

FUSING: If your unit is equipped with a fuse receptacle, replace only with the same type fuse.

Refer to replacement text on the unit for correct fuse type.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS (EUROPEAN)

The conductors in the AC power cord are colored in accordance with the following code.

GREEN & YELLOW—Earth BLUE—Neutral BROWN—Live

U.K. MAIN PLUG WARNING: A molded main plug that has been cut off from the cord is unsafe. NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU INSERT A DAMAGED

OR CUT MAIN PLUG INTO A POWER SOCKET.

LIMITED WARRANTY

Your Carvin product is guaranteed against failure for ONE YEAR unless otherwise stated. Vacuum tubes are guaranteed for 90 days. Carvin will service and supply all parts at no charge to the customer providing the unit is under warranty. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. CARVIN

DOES NOT PAY FOR PARTS OR SERVICING OTHER THAN OUR OWN. A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL

INVOICE IS REQUIRED TO VERIFY YOUR WARRANTY. Carvin assumes no responsibility for horn drivers or speakers damaged by this unit. This warranty does not cover, and no liability is assumed, for damage due to: natural disasters, accidents, abuse, loss of parts, lack of reasonable care, incorrect use, or failure to follow instructions. This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied.

No representative or person is authorized to represent or assume for Carvin any liability in connection with the sale or servicing of Carvin products. CARVIN SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR

CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

When RETURNING merchandise to the factory, you may call for a return authorization number. Describe in writing each problem. If your unit is out of warranty, you will be charged the current FLAT RATE for parts and labor to bring your unit up to factory specifications.

HELP SECTION

1) AMP WILL NOT TURN ON

Check the power to the amp. Check for tripped circuit breakers, unplugged extension cords or powerstrip switches that may be turned off. Check the fuse. If a dark brownish color or no wire can be seen within the glass tube, then replace. The amp may be perfectly fine but occasionally a fuse may blow because of high AC voltage surges. After the fuse has been replaced with the proper

Slow Blow value and if the fuse fails again, the amp will require servicing.

2) NO OUTPUT with POWER LIGHT ON

Tubes damaged in shipping will be the primary reason for your amp to not function properly. Please give us a call to help guide you through this simple repair.

3) KEEP YOUR AMP LOOKING NEW

Use a damp cloth to wipe the controls on the front & rear chassis panels. Wipe the black vinyl covering with a damp cloth.

C1

C2

C4

C5

Ref. # Description

B1 Junper, 0.5”, 0 Ω

B2 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B3 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B4 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B5 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B7 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B9 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B10 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B11 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B12 Junper, 0.35”, 0 Ω

B13 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B14 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B15 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B16 Junper, 0.8”, 0

B17 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B18 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B19 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B20 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B22 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B23 Junper, 0.8”, 0

B24 Junper, 0.35”, 0 Ω

B25 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B26 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B27 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B28 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B29 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B30 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B31 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B32 Junper, 0.8”, 0

B33 Junper, 0.8”, 0 Ω

B34 Junper, 0.5”, 0

B35 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B36 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B37 Junper, 0.35”, 0

B50 Junper, 0.5”, 0

Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10µF 50V, 20%

Capacitor, Poly, 0.01µF 100V, 10%

Capacitor, Poly, 0.001µF 100V, 10%

Capacitor, Poly, 0.033µF 100V, 10%

C6

C7

C8

Capacitor, Ceramic, 120PF 500V, 10%

Capacitor, Poly, 0.01µF 100V, 10%

Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10µF 50V, 20%

C9 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 400V, 10%

C10 Not Used

C11 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10µF 50V, 20%

C12 Capacitor, Poly, 0.0033µF 100V, 10%

C13 Capacitor, Ceramic, 250PF 500V, 5%

C14 Capacitor, Ceramic, 560PF 500V, 10%

C15 Not Used

C16 Capacitor, Ceramic, 0.0047µF 400V, 10%

C17 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10µF 50V, 20%

C18 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 400V, 10%

C19 Capacitor, Ceramic, 120PF 500V, 10%

C20 Capacitor, Poly, 0.022µF 100V, 10%

C21 Capacitor, Poly, 0.0022µF 100V, 10%

C22 Capacitor, Poly, 0.0022µF 100V, 10%

C23 Not Used

C24 Not Used

C25 Capacitor, Poly, 0.047µF 100V, 10%

C26 Capacitor, Ceramic, 82PF 500V, 5%

C27 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10µF 50V, 20%

C28 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 400V, 10%

C29 Capacitor, Poly, 0.0022µF 100V, 10%

C30 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 10µF 50V, 20%

C31 Capacitor, Poly, 0.0022µF 100V, 10%

C32 Not Used

C33 Capacitor, Poly, 0.001µF 100V, 10%

C34 Capacitor, Ceramic, 56PF 500V, 5%

C35 Capacitor, Poly, 0.047µF 100V, 10%

C36 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 400V, 10%

C37 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 400V, 10%

REPLACEMENT PARTS LIST

(for circuit cards)

Carvin PN

50-00035

51-00050

50-00035

50-00035

44-18000

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

51-00050

51-00050

51-00050

44-18000

44-18000

51-00050

51-00050

50-00035

51-00050

51-00050

51-00050

50-00035

51-00050

51-00050

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

44-18000

51-00050

50-00035

50-00035

50-00035

51-00050

47-10051

46-10312

46-10212

46-33312

45-12152

46-10312

47-10051

41-47342

47-10051

46-33212

45-25152

45-56152

41-47242

47-10051

41-47342

45-12152

46-22312

46-22212

46-22212

46-47312

45-82052

47-10051

41-47342

46-22212

47-10051

46-22212

46-10212

45-56052

46-47312

41-47342

41-47342

Ref. # Description Carvin PN

C38 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 47µF 63V, 20%

C39 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 630V, 10%

C40 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 22µF 500V, 20%

C41 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 22µF 500V, 20%

C42 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 22µF 500V, 20%

C43 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 22µF 500V, 20%

47-47061

46-47362

42-20052

42-20052

42-20052

42-20052

C44 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 22µF 500V, 20%

C45 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 2200uF 6.3V, 20%

C46 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 2200uF 6.3V, 20%

C47 Capacitor, Electrolytic, 2200uF 6.3V, 20%

C48 Capacitor, Mylar, 0.047µF 630V, 10%

C49 Not Used

C50

C70

C71

D4

D5

D6

D7 Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

D8 Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

D9 Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

D10 Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

D11

D12

D13

D14

D15

Capacitor, Poly, 0.0022µF 100V, 10%

Capacitor, Poly, 0.01µF 100V, 10%

Capacitor, Ceramic, 180PF 500V, 10%

C72 Capacitor, Ceramic, 120PF 500V, 10%

D1 Diode, 1N4745A 16V, 1W

D2 Diode, 1N4745A 16V, 1W

D3 Diode, 1N4745A 16V, 1W

Diode, 1N4745A 16V, 1W

Diode, 1N4003 200V, 1A

Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

42-20052

47-22260

47-22260

47-22260

46-47362

46-22212

46-10312

45-18152

45-12152

60-47450

60-47450

60-47450

60-47450

60-40030

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000

60-10000 D16 Diode, 1N4007A 1000V, 1A

D20 Not Used

D21 Not Used

F1 Fuse Clips, (1 pair)

F2

Fuse 1AGC Fast

Fuse Clips, (1 pair)

Fuse 10A Slow

F3 Fuse Clips, (1 pair)

P1

P2

P3

J4

J5

L1

L2

P4

P5

P6

P7

Fuse 1AGC Fast

G1 Ferrite Bead

H1A Cable 10” 2 conductor + Shield

H2A

H2B

H3A

H3B

H5 Wire 10”, 18GA (Pair)

H6 Wire 4”, 18GA (Pair)

H7A Conn. Header, 2 Pin Vert, SHS

H7B Conn. Header, 2 Pin Vert, SHS

H8A Conn. Header, 2 Pin Vert, SHS

J1

J2

J3

Conn. Header, 2 Pin Vert, SHS

Conn. Header, 2 Pin Vert, SHS

Conn. Header, 4 Pin Vert, SHS

Conn. Header, 4 Pin Vert, SHS

H8B Conn. Header, 2 Pin Vert, SHS

Phone Jack, 1/4, 90° Rev Threaded Neck

Phone Jack, 1/4, 3 Pin Plastic, 24mm

Phone Jack, 1/4, 3 Pin Plastic, 24mm

Phone Jack, 1/4, 3 Pin Plastic, 24mm

Phone Jack, 1/4, 7 Pin Plastic Stereo, 24mm

Relay 3V PCB MNT, 5V DPDT

Relay 3V PCB MNT, 5V DPDT

Potentiometer, B100K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, B1MEG, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, 25A25K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, B1MEG, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, 5A500K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, B100K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, B1MEG, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

23-03529

70-21010

23-03529

70-22101

23-03529

70-21010

15-27430

05-00110

23-11002

23-11002

23-11004

23-11004

04-18010

04-18040

23-11002

23-11002

23-11002

23-11002

21-01804

21-06453

21-06453

21-06453

21-06457

70-05303

70-05303

71-14052

71-14070

71-14050

71-14070

71-14060

71-14052

71-14070

P8

P9

Potentiometer, 25A25K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

Potentiometer, B100K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

P10 Potentiometer, B100K, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90°

P11 Potentiometer, Trimmer, 20K PCB MTG

71-14050

71-14052

71-14052

71-22012

P21 Potentiometer, 25A15K-C, O Shaft, 16mm, RX250 90° 71-14048

Ref. # Description

QC1 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.205

QC2 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.205

QC3 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.205

QC4 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.205

QC6A Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC6B Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC7 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC8 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC9 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC13A Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC13B Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC14 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC31 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC32 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC33 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC35 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC36 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

QC37 Spade Terminal, QC Vertical, 0.250

R1 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R2 Resistor, 1.5K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R3 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R4 Resistor, 150K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R5 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R6 Resistor, 1.5K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R7 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R8 Resistor, 1.5K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R9 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R10 Resistor, 4.7K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R11 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R12 Resistor, 47K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R13 Resistor, 1K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R14 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R15 Resistor, 47K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R16 Resistor, 10K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R17 Resistor, 22K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R18 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R19 Resistor, 220

, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R20 Resistor, 2.2M, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R21 Resistor, 47K, 0.8 Prep., 5% Carbon 1W

R22 Resistor, 2.2M, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R23 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R24 Resistor, 1.5K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R25 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R26 Resistor, 1M, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R27 Resistor, 22K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R28 Resistor, 1.5K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R29 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R30 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R31 Resistor, 560

, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R32 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R33 Resistor, 22K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R34 Resistor, 22K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R35 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R36 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R37 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R38 Resistor, 220K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R39 Resistor, 3.9K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R40 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R41 Resistor, 4.7K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R42 Resistor, 2.2K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R43 Resistor, 350 Ω ., SDOF, 10% Sand Bar,10W

R44 Resistor, 100

, 0.35 Prep., 1% Metal, 1/4W

R45 Resistor, 100

, 0.35 Prep., 1% Metal, 1/4W

R46 Resistor, 10

, 0.5 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/2W

R49 Resistor, 100K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R50 Resistor, 1MEG, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R57 Resistor, 4.7K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R60 Resistor, 56K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R61 Resistor, 56K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R62 Resistor, 350 Ω , .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R63 Resistor, 350

, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SER-

VICE PERSONNEL! THIS UNIT CON-

TAINS HIGH VOLTAGE INSIDE!

Carvin PN

50-22055

50-10055

50-56025

50-10055

50-22045

50-22045

50-10055

50-10055

50-22055

50-22055

50-39035

50-10055

50-47035

50-22035

56-35010

50-10021

50-22055

50-47045

50-10045

50-22045

50-10055

50-22025

50-22065

53-47045

50-22065

50-22055

50-15035

50-22055

50-10065

50-22045

50-15035

50-10021

52-10015

50-10055

50-10065

50-47035

50-56045

50-56045

50-35025

50-35025

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

50-10055

50-15035

50-22055

50-15055

50-10055

50-15035

50-22055

50-15035

50-22055

50-47035

50-22055

50-47045

50-10035

06-40045

06-40045

06-40045

06-40045

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

06-40050

Ref. # Description

R64 Resistor, 56K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R65 Resistor, 56K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R66 Resistor, 350

, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R67 Resistor, 350

, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R70 Resistor, 2.2K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R71 Resistor, 10K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R72 Resistor, 470K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

R73 Resistor, 22K, .35 Prep., 5% Carbon, 1/4W

S1 Switch, DP3T Lift Tall Bat, PCB MTG

Switch, Channel Select, SPST toggle, Chassis MTG

Switch, Power, LG DPDT, Chassis MTG

Switch, Stand-by, LG DPDT, Chassis MTG

SPK1 Phone Jack, 1/4, 3 Pin Plastic, 24mm

SPK2 Phone Jack, 1/4, 3 Pin Plastic, 24mm

Vintage Tube 50, 120V Transformer, Chassis MTG

V1

Vintage Tube 50, Output Transformer, Chassis MTG

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube 12AX7A

V2 Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

V3

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube 12AX7A

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube 12AX7A

V4

V5

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube 12AX7A

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube 12AX7A

V6

V7

V8

V9

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube EL84

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube EL84

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube EL84

Socket for 12AX7A/EL84 12VAC, 9 Pin, SIN/RUS

Vacuum Tube, Type Tube EL84

Carvin PN

15-02066

23-91632

65-00127

23-91632

65-00127

23-91632

65-00127

23-91632

65-00127

23-91632

65-00127

23-91632

65-00084

23-91632

65-00084

23-91632

65-00084

23-91632

65-00084

50-56045

50-56045

50-35035

50-35035

50-22035

50-10035

50-47045

50-22045

25-76286

25-75801

25-31350

25-31350

21-06453

21-06453

15-10640

VINTAGE TUBE SERIES FRONT & REAR PANEL CONTROLS

GETTING STARTED QUICKLY

If you are like most players, you probably want to plug in your new amp and get started playing it right away. You can read the rest of the manual later to learn the finer points of operating your amp. In order to get started you will need your VINTAGE TUBE SERIES amp, a 120 or 230 AC grounded power outlet, your instrument and a standard guitar cord. With the amp turned off, you may now plug it into the proper AC voltage.

Now turn all the volume and drive controls off and set tone controls at their mid center position.

If you have purchased the FS22 foot switch, plug it into the rear foot switch jack for switching the channels and reverb. Note: The channel SELECT switch must be selected for channel 1 for the FS22 to function (a hum will be heard if it’s in the wrong position).

Now, turn the power switch and standby switch ON. Allow 60 seconds for the tubes to warm up. Gradually raise the volume controls and re-adjust the tone controls and your ready to go.

Please call if you feel your amp is malfunctioning. Occasionally tubes are damaged in shipping.

Channel 2 is offered for its unique tube soak output the overdrive of the pre 60’s amps, or as an alternate clean channel offering a different voice than channel 1. To get the pre 60’s overdrive, keep the VOLUME 2 down until you have determined your final gain level—think of this control as a master volume. Turn the SOAK control up until you get the amount of overdrive you’re looking for. The setting will vary for the same amount of overdrive depending on the pickups used—single or dual coil and the setting of your guitar.

7. LEAD—BASS, MID & TREBLE

To start off with, set the BASS, MID & TREBLE controls at their center (5) position. These controls are to be set according to the type of pickups used (dual or single coil). It’s normal to decrease the BASS at higher playing levels.

MASTER SECTION

8. MASTER REVERB

Set the REVERB control for the desired amount (this works in both channels).

9. POWER INDICATOR LIGHT

As the amp is turned on, the red pilot light will illuminate.

FRONT PANEL

1. GUITAR INPUT

A standard 1/4” input jack feeds both channels through using the SELECT channel switch.

Use a professional quality guitar cord no longer than 25 feet. Typical cable capacitance should be under 50pf—the longer the cord, the greater the capacitance (you can measure this with a capacitance meter). A long cable with high capacitance will reduce the overall treble response from your pickups.

2. CHANNEL SELECT

Set the channel SELECT switch to the desired channel. Channel 1 is designed for clean playing while channel 2 is designed for overdrive/sustain. For the FS22 foot switch to function, set the channel 2 SELECT switch to the channel 1 position.

CLEAN CHANNEL 1

3. CLEAN VOLUME 1

Use channel 1 for clean playing. Thanks to special mud-cutting circuits that work between the frequencies of 500 and 700 Hz, your guitar tones will be full and vibrant.

4. CLEAN—BASS, MID & TREBLE CONTROLS

You can start at 5 on the dial for each of the tone controls. However, these settings do not represent a normalize (flat) sound. You need to set them where they sound best! Most musicians like to reduce the MID’S between 1 and 4 for deeper bass and crisper highs. If your sound is too bright with single coil pickups, you may want to keep the rear PRESENCE control off.

LEAD CHANNEL 2

5. SOAK—6. LEAD VOLUME 2

REAR PANEL

10. AC POWER & FUSE

The detachable AC POWER CORD supplied is designed to operate with one type of voltage

(the European 230V export model uses a CEE-7 plug cord set). Check the rear power cord label for the proper voltage and fuse value. Make sure the cord is securely inserted into the back of the unit. Plug the cord into a grounded “3” prong” power source. No attempt should ever be made to defeat or use the amp without the ground connected.

The FUSE (some models have circuit breakers) is located within the AC power cord receptacle. To check or replace the fuse, remove the power cord, place a screwdriver under the “FUSE” cap and pull the fuse holder out. The fuse type is a 250V Slow Blow SB 5 x 20mm rated at 3A for 120V & 1.5A for 230V models. Do not use fast acting fuse, only a SLOW BLOW (SB) type fuse will work.

11. POWER SWITCH

The rear POWER SWITCH is to be utilized as the master ON/OFF switch. The front panel light will illuminate when the amp is switched on.

12. STANDBY SWITCH

Use the rear STANDBY SWITCH If you are taking a break. This turns the high voltage off, increasing the life of your power tubes while keeping the power and preamp tube filaments on for immediate use.

13. ACOUSTIC PRESENCE

The rear ACOUSTIC PRESENCE control adds a sibilance to the high frequencies of your guitar.

Most presence controls work in the 3k to 4k range. However, the VINTAGE TUBE’s presence starts at a very high 8k Hz delivering 10 dB at 12k Hz and continues to 20k Hz which extends

Bel Air212 as shown

Vintage 33 & Nomad 112 controls are identical. VT50 Vintage head front & rear panels reversed

1 3 4 2 5 6 7 8 9

Press firmly until cord clicks in.

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

all the upper harmonics of your guitar. The amount of sibilance will depend on the speakers used. To keep both channels totally independent, the ACOUSTIC PRESENCE is switched by relay only into clean channel 1. The effect of the ACOUSTIC PRESENCE will seem ever so slight, however, the result is added sibilance only to the ultra-high frequencies.

14. EFFECTS LOOP

For the lowest possible noise from an effects processor, use the effects loop instead of plugging the guitar into the effects and then into the amp. To use the EFFECTS LOOP, plug the INPUT of your effects into the SEND jack and the OUTPUT of your effects into the RETURN jack. Use shielded cables, not speaker cables. It’s normal to have a slight gain reduction of several dB with some effects units. However, the amp has plenty of gain to overcome any loss.

15. FS22 FOOTSWITCH

Most foot pedals with 2 switches, a stereo cord and plug will work. However, Carvin’s FS22 is recommended because of the correct identification label on the foot switch. First, the channel

SELECT switch on the front panel must be selected to channel 1 before the footswitch will work.

Now that you are connected correctly, the channels and reverb can be switched remotely. If a hum is heard in the speakers, the select switch is in the wrong position.

16. VOICED LINE OUT

The LINE OUT 1/4” jack is “CABINET VOICED” to prevent excessive bass or highs going to your mixer. This greatly aids in sound quality because you do not have to move your mixer

EQ setting to the extreme. The 1.5 VAC output (reference to 100 watts output at 8 ohms) is more than adequate to drive any professional mixer or power amp.

17. SPEAKER IMPEDANCE SWITCH

The IMPEDANCE SWITCH offers the selection of 4, 8 or 16

Ω to match your speaker system.

Set the rear impedance switch to the following impedance: 8

Ω for the Vintage 33™ and Nomad

112™, 4

Ω for the 212 Bel Air™ combo and 8

Ω for the 410 cabinet. In the case of adding another extension cabinet, set the impedance switch to 4

.

18. SPEAKER JACKS

Two 1/4” SPEAKER JACKS are featured to operate several speaker systems at the same time.

Move the IMPEDANCE SWITCH to the correct setting.

HELP SECTION

a) FEEDBACK FROM THE LEAD CHANNEL

The VINTAGE TUBE SERIES will feedback when the LEAD volume, DRIVE, TREBLE and PRES-

ENCE are turned all the way up. Like other highly modified tube amps, this is normal. To help reduce feedback and noise, keep the DRIVE control set around 5 to 7 on the dial. Some of the best lead saturation will be at around 5—not 10. Sometimes replacing V1 (12AX7A) can help reduce feedback.

b) TUBE REPLACEMENT GUIDE

It is not uncommon for tubes to malfunction during shipping. If your amp is not working properly, please call or refer to the following replacement guide to replace tubes.

1) The 12AX7A preamp tubes are located in the following order on your chassis: V1, V2, V3,

V4, V5. To start with, V1 is located next to the outside of your chassis behind the output transformer. It is recommended to turn your amp upside down to replace tubes. Replacing

V1 will help reduce feedback in channel 1. Replacing V2 and V3 can also help but V1 is the main tube to replace. Replacing V4 will correct problems with the reverb system unless there is a defective reverb tank or tank cables. If the power amp is not functioning, check or replace the EL84 power tubes and check V5 by inserting a signal into the Effects RETURN jack. All tubes are keyed in the same direction.

2) The EL84 power tubes are located in the following order on your chassis: V6, V7, V8, V9.

Normally you’ll want to replace these tubes as a set. Please call for our latest prices. Sometimes you can spot defective power tubes when they are glowing red-hot along with an audible hum in the speaker when the amp is idling. If this happens, shut the amp down immediately. After they have cooled down, push the hold-down clamp over the top of the tube and pull out to remove. It is recommended to turn your amp upside down to replace tubes.

All tubes are keyed in the same direction. Running defective power tubes could damage the amp. It is recommended that you have a spare set of power tubes along with several

12AX7A preamp tubes.

Vintage Guitar Magazine

212 Bel Air Review—By Stephen Patt

...The fact that this American business has not only toughed it out for the past 50-odd years but is thriving reflects their devotion to quality, cutting edge manufacturing technology, and the ability to look at what people want and give it to them...Using gain circuits designed in collaboration with noted guitarist Allan

Holdsworth, deriving their basic formula from the original Carvin tube amps of the 1950’s, the Bel Air is a nifty combo amp rated fifty watts, housing two vintage Carvin 12” speakers, and packing all the punch of a mule. The power section, comprised of a quartet of matched EL84s, is easily accessible and shows neat work both inside and out. Thoughtfully placed integral wire clips retain the power tubes and the five 12AX7s safe from loss and vibration, and all the parts, including heavy-duty tube sockets, are high quality.

Externally, the overall impression of the Bel Air is Tweed with a Capital T...Really, I’m a sucker for a tweed combo. But this one sounds as good as it looks. A single input jack sits next to the dual channels on the front panel, and each channel has its own bass/mid/and treble controls, with the addition of a hidden weapon against the doldrums on the back panel; an “acoustic presence” control affecting the 8K-20K range on the clean channel only. It works as well in practice as in theory—with a Tele cranked through Channel One, the

Presence control lends a glossy sheen to the high end, very Fendery and sweet to the ears (featured only on the Nomad & Bel Air)...The “soak”, another word for gain...works on Channel Two only, and adds anywhere from a gritty overdrive reminiscent of Waddy Wachtel’s punchy guitar on Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers,

Guns, Money”, all the way up to a Skunk Baxteresque crunch a la “Reelin in the Years”. Pretty versatile, and the element of the power tube distortion comes into play when this baby gets cranked, making for some realistic tube distortion, unmistakable live or recorded...A brief word about the reverb, which has a depth and lack of boinginess often associated with spring reverbs—this is Carvin’s own circuit, designed to sound smooth and lush by pre-filtering the active signal and letting the tail decay naturally. We demo’d several of our VG test guitars through the Bel Air...The Bel Air sounded great at low volumes, with a firm bottom end one expects from twin 12s, and a tone that was classic and balanced. Channel One sounded natural and clear even at increasingly high volume levels...and a bit of a pleasing growl was detected when the humbuckers were put to use, which softened when the Jaro’s volume was rolled down from ten to eight. Cool.

The Fenders retained their classic twang in the normal channel, and when we switched over to the overdrive channel, a convincing ballsy-crunch became apparent, depending on each increment of the “Soak” control. The switching is predictably silent, with none of the annoying ‘pops’ heard on some amps.

Overall, there was a familiar and versatile feel to the Bel Air, and it proves to be a great all-around amp for club dates, recording, and loud gigs where that smaller amp you have just won’t cut it...Way to go Carvin!...

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