Legacy 3
LEGACY 3: MIDI FEATURES
MIDI PRESET MEMORY:
The Legacy 3 will save the CHANNEL selection (1, 2, or 3), BOOST(on/off),
REVERB(on/off) and LED backlight color in a MIDI program location (1 thru 100).
The settings will be recalled when the same MIDI program number is received.
Volume, Drive and Tone level settings will not be saved.
To SAVE a MIDI program setting: First, set the amp features for saving.
1. Hold down the channel (1,2,or 3) button for the channel setting you wish to save.
2. Now press the other two channel buttons, and release all three at the same time.
The REVERB LED will be flashing.
3. From your MIDI controller, select (send) the MIDI program number you wish to save.
The REVERB LED will stop flashing, and normal operation is resumed.
To change the LED backlighting color:
1. Hold down the channel (1,2,or 3) button to change the LED color for that channel.
2. Now press the other two channel buttons, and release all three at the same time.
The REVERB LED will be flashing.
3. On the back panel, press and release the "SET LED" button to set the lighting color
to GREEN, RED, AMBER or OFF. The REVERB LED will stop flashing.
4. Press and release any channel (1,2, or 3) button to save and exit.
Normal operation is resumed.
HELP SECTION
a) USING THE VAI “HIDDEN FEATURE” :
One of the “hidden” features of the LEGACY amps is using a technique that
Steve Vai requested be part of the amp for his own use. While playing on the lead
channel with a generous amount of DRIVE (around 6), back off the volume on
your guitar. You will find the channel actually “cleaned up” with your guitar at a
lower volume. This is a great feature for playing both rhythm and lead without
switching channels. You will also find that the amp will be very responsive to your
“attack”. An advanced player knows how to vary their attack when picking or
strumming, and the Legacy 3 is designed to respond to this.
b) FEEDBACK FROM THE LEAD CHANNEL:
The Legacy 3 can easily feedback when the LEAD volume, DRIVE, TREBLE
and PRESENCE are turned all the way up. Like other highly modified tube amps,
this is normal. To help reduce feedback and noise follow these tips;
- Stand with the guitar pointed away from the amp, and mute strings not being
played.
- Keep the DRIVE control set around 5 to 7 on the dial. Some of the best lead
saturation will be at around 5-7, not 10.
- If the V1 or V2 (12AX7A) has become microphonic, replacing it can help reduce
feedback.
c) TUBE REPLACEMENT GUIDE:
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.
It is not uncommon for tubes to malfunction during shipping. If your amp is not
working properly (popping noises, bad ringing, or power tube problems), please
refer to the following tube replacement guide.
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.
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)
BLUE—Neutral
BROWN—Live
The conductors in the AC power cord are colored in accordance with the following code.
GREEN & YELLOW—Earth
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.
To change the MIDI receive channel:
1. Press and release all 3 channel SELECT buttons on the front panel.
The REVERB LED will be flashing.
2. Choose MIDI channel 1, 2, or 3 by pressing the 1, 2, or 3 button.
The REVERB LED will stop flashing, and normal operation is resumed.
CC (CONTINUOUS CONTROLLER) COMMANDS:
The Legacy 3 will respond to MIDI Continuous Controller (“CC”) commands. This
allows you to recall a MIDI preset, then switch ON/OFF different amp features on
demand through your MIDI controller.
CC parameters:
#81: Amp channel 1 (any change on CC#81)
#82: Amp channel 2 (any change on CC#82)
#83: Amp channel 3 (any change on CC#83)
#84: Boost (OFF=0-63 / ON=64-127) - toggle with MIDI footswitch in CC mode
#85: Reverb (OFF=0-63 / ON=64-127) - toggle with MIDI footswitch in CC mode
#89: LED backlight colors:
(0-15:OFF) (16-31:GREEN) (32-47:RED) (48-63:AMBER)
(64-79:OFF) (80-95:GREEN) (96-111:RED) (112-127:AMBER)
1) 12AX7 LOCATIONS: V1 is located closest to the INPUT jack. The other tubes
follow consecutively with V4 towards the middle of the chassis. V1 and V2 are
the most critical tubes for noise problems with V1 being the most sensitive (try
exchanging with V3). Replace these tubes if you have popping or a bad ringing in the Lead 2 or 3 channel. Note: Low noise tubes may be hard to find and
must be tested for low noise. V3 and V4 generally do not generate noise into
the amp if they are slightly noisy. V3 drives the Clean channel and Power
Amp IN. V4 is the Phase Inverter for the power amp. If the power amp section is not working, check V3 & V4 by inserting a signal into the rear POWER
AMP IN jack (it’s gonna be Loud!). If the power amp still does not work, read
about the EL34 power tubes V5 through V8.
2) The EL34 power tubes are the larger tube, located in the following order on
your chassis: V5, V6, V7, V8. Normally you’ll want to replace these tubes as
a set. Please contact Carvin for our latest prices. Sometimes you can spot
defective power tubes when they are glowing red-hot, or flashing blue, along
with an audible hum in the speaker when the amp is idling. If this happens,
shut the amp OFF immediately. Check the rear bias switch to be sure that it
is selected for the proper tubes. Unplug the AC power to the amp. After the
tubes have cooled down, remove the metal cover and carefully remove the
spring retainers. Remove the tubes by rocking the tubes in a small circular
motion while pulling them out. 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.
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.
SERVICE
In the USA go to www.carvinservice.com
Outside the USA, contact your dealer or go to http://www.carvinworld.com for your nearest service center. Include a written description of the problem with serial number and date of purchase.
HELP SECTION
1) AMP WILL NOT TURN ON
Check the power to the amp. Check for tripped circuit breakers, unplugged extension cords or
power-strip 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.
CARVIN ENGINEERING DATA
Congratulations on your purchase of the
Legacy 3 all tube signature amplifier. Steve Vai
worked very closely with Carvin Engineering to
develop the sound and look of the Legacy
amplifiers. Exhaustive listening tests of various
tube and electronic circuitry were performed
by Vai. His choice of EL34 tubes and
Celestion™ Vintage 30 speakers provide the
finishing touches on a truly original amp. Take
some time to discover the extensive features
of the Legacy 3.
1 CLEAN, 2 LEAD CHANNELS and MORE GAIN
RMS Power
Output Impedance:
Input Impedance:
Tone Controls:
Channels:
Boost function:
Effect Loop
Master Out / Amp In
MIDI functions:
MIDI connections
Sensitivity:
Voiced Line Out:
Preamp Tubes:
Power Amp Tubes:
AC Power:
Fuse:
Size / Weight:
Warranty:
Country of MFG:
Options:
OPERATING MANUAL
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For your records, you may wish to record the following information.
15, 50 or 100 watts (switched)
4, 8 or 16 ohms (switched)
220,000 ohms
BASS: 80Hz
MID: 600-700Hz
TREBLE: 11kHz
3 - switchable from front panel, FS44M footswitch, or MIDI
Switchable, up to +6dB of volume at the Master, by FS44M or MIDI
Series Loop, pre-Master Volume
Series connection, post-Master Volume
Channel selection, Master Boost, Reverb, backlight LED colors
100 available patch locations, CC control.
MIDI IN, MIDI THRU (5 pin jacks)
Ch.1: 30mV for full output, Ch.2&3: 15mV, Ch.3 w/Gain: 10mV
1.5 VAC @ 100 watts RMS
4 - 12AX7’s (dual stage)
4 - EL34’s (power pentode)
120VAC or 240VAC (switchable), 50-60Hz, 300VA
5x20mm, 120VAC: 6A slow-blow, 240VAC: 3A slow-blow
17.25W x 8.5H x 9.5”D / 32lbs.
One Year
USA
FS44M footswitch for CHANNEL and BOOST with LED indicators
C412T, C412B: (matching 4x12” Vintage 30 speaker cabinets, 16 )
C212S: (matching 2x12” Vintage 30 speaker cabinets, 16ohm)
MODEL VL300 SPECIFICATIONS:
RECEIVING INSPECTION—read before getting started
INSPECT YOUR AMP FOR DAMAGE which may have occurred during shipping. If damage is found, please notify the shipping company and CARVIN
immediately.
SAVE THE CARTON & ALL PACKING MATERIALS. In the event you have to reship 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.
LEGACY 3 TUBE GUITAR AMP: VL300
The equalization of the CLEAN and LEAD channels is designed to offer
clarity to your instrument. The CLEAN channel’s PRESENCE switch adds
acoustic voicing to your instrument by enhancing only the very highest
harmonics in the 10kHz range. The LEAD channels “2” & “3” have seperate DRIVE, VOLUME, and PRESENCE controls. The second LEAD channel “3” features a GAIN switch which adds even more drive to the classic
Legacy lead sound. By changing the tube gain circuits a higher gain state
is acheived while maintaining a smooth, organic sound.
MASTER CONTROL
The MASTER volume control allows you to get the sound you want from
all 3 channels, then adjust the overall volume of the amp without changing your tone or the volume balance between channels.
GIVE YOURSELF A BOOST!
A switchable volume boost is available by footswitch or by MIDI. Set the
amount of boost with the BOOST control. When turned on, it will boost
your amp’s output by up to 6dB for solos or any time you need to stand
out in the mix.
“SMART” REVERB
The REVERB is channel-tracking, allowing you to assign reverb to only
the channels you want. Carvin’s classic “long-tail” feature lets the reverb
ring out after it’s been switched off.
MIDI MEMORY and CC Control
Set the Channel (1-3), Reverb (on/off) , Boost (on/off) and internal backlighting color. Put the Legacy 3 in “learn” mode and it will assign your
settings to the MIDI program number you send from your controller.
The Legacy 3 also responds to CC for each MIDI switching function.
DYNAMIC EL34 POWER TUBES
Your amp is equipped with EL34 power tubes because of their smooth
distortion, responsive sound and reliability. The compression characteristics of these “high-output” power tubes respond to the dynamic range of
lead guitar playing. These tubes react even to the most subtle touch - if
you play soft, the tubes remain clean and if you increase your attack they
respond accordingly.
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. 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 11kHz giving the Legacy 3 it’s dynamic highs.
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Channels 2 & 3 feature seperate PRESENCE controls. The wide range of these
controls, in the higher range of the tonal spectrum, can be set for very different
sounds from each channel. Turning the PRESENCE “up” can allow one channel
to stand out in the mix, or sound more agressive. Turning PRESENCE “down”
can produce a smoother, thicker sound. Adjust each DRIVE, VOLUME, and the
Channel 3 GAIN switch for even more variety.
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LEAD CHANNELS 2 & 3
9. LEAD CHANNEL INDICATORS for CH.2 & CH.3
The red LED will indicate LEAD channel 2 is selected.
The yellow LED(s) will indicate LEAD channel 3 is selected.
10. 11. 12. LEAD BASS, MID & TREBLE
To start off with, set the BASS, MID & TREBLE controls at their center (5) position. These controls are set according to the sound you are looking for. Once you
have the sound you like, you can set the seperate CH2 and CH3 PRESENCE
and DRIVE controls for CH2 and CH3 to get different sounds between channels.
Even though you may have found “your sound”, you may want to change the settings for different guitars or playing conditions. It’s normal to decrease the BASS
at higher playing levels, or adjust the TREBLE or PRESENCE for different
rooms.
FRONT PANEL
14. DRIVE - CH.2 & CH.3 ***
13. LEAD PRESENCE - CH.2 & CH.3
1. GUITAR INPUT
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
Legacy 3 amp, a 120 or 230 AC grounded power outlet, your instrument, a standard guitar cord, a speaker cabinet and speaker cable.
First, make sure the rear 120VAC/240VAC switch is set for the voltage in your
area. With the amp turned off, plug it into the proper AC voltage.
Then, set the rear panel Speaker Ohms switch to match the speaker cabinet(s)
you are using. (If two of the same cabinets are used, set the switch for 1/2 value.)
Turn all the volume and drive controls off and set tone controls to their center
position. If you have purchased the FS44M footswitch, plug it into the rear foot
switch jack for switching the channels 1, 2, 3 and Boost.
Now, turn ON the Power switch, wait 5-10 seconds, then turn ON the Standby
switch. Allow 30 seconds for the tubes to warm up. Turn up the Master slightly,
and gradually raise the Channel Volumes and Drives. Adjust the tone controls
and you’re ready to go.
If you experience problems with the amp, first check all connections and settings. If you still feel your amp is malfunctioning, contact Carvin. Occasionally
tubes are damaged in shipping.
A standard 1/4” input jack feeds all channels through using the SELECT 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 guitar pickups.
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Set the volumes of the LEAD channel 2 or 3 with these controls. The MASTER
control also affects output.
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REAR PANEL FEATURES
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Select proper AC VOLTAGE.
Press firmly to fully insert cord.
27. FS44M FOOTSWITCH JACK (NOT a MIDI JACK)
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19. REVERB CONTROL / REVERB ON SWITCH / LED
Connect only the Carvin FS44M to this jack. Other devices will not work and
may cause damage. The FS44M will allow you to remotely choose channel 1, 2
or 3 and activate the master BOOST function. The LEDs on the FS44M indicate
your selections, and will also reflect changes made through the MIDI IN jack.
If you desire to change from EL34 to 5881 (6L6GC) power tubes, you may do
so by selecting the external BIAS switch to the 5881 (6L6GC) position on the rear
panel. Be sure that this switch is selected to the proper position or excessive heat
will damage your tubes.
We recommend re-biasing when changing power tubes. The internal P11 bias
trim control can be set by a qualified technician. To set the bias, measure the current across the terminals of the STANDBY switch (set this switch to the off position when the amp is on). Set the idle current to 100 mA for all tube types.
18. BOOST / LED
The BOOST control allows you to add an overall volume increase to the amp
by up to +6dB, whenever you may need it. The BOOST can be activated through
the remote FS44M footswitch, or by MIDI control. The BOOST does not affect the
SEND jack, only the MASTER OUT jack.
- SEE NEXT PAGE FOR MIDI SETTINGS -
The Legacy 3 has internal LED lighting that can be set to change color with
channel selection, by MIDI presets, or by CC control.
To change the LED backlighting color:
1. Press and hold down the channel switch you want to change the color for.
(1, 2 or 3)
2. While still holding the first switch in, press in the other two switches, then
release all switches at once.
3. On the back panel, press and release the "SET LED" button to set the
lighting color to GREEN, RED, AMBER or OFF.
4. Press and release any channel (1,2,3) button to save and exit. Normal
operation is resumed.
34. LED SET BUTTON
BEFORE you insert the AC cord into it’s receptacle, make sure the AC voltage
switch is set for your region (120VAC in the USA), and remove the warning label.
The wrong setting may cause severe damage to your amp and will not be covered by the warranty.
For the 240VAC setting, replace the fuse with a 3A fuse before operating.
33. AC VOLTAGE SELECTOR
First, make sure the AC VOLTAGE switch is set for the voltage in your area.
The detachable AC POWER CORD supplied is designed to operate with one
type of voltage (for European 230VAC use a CEE-7 plug cord set). 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 is located inside the AC jack.
32. AC POWER & FUSE
The MASTER control affects the MASTER OUT jack level to allow control of multiple amps from a single knob. Signals sent into the POWER AMP IN feed directly to the power amp section and will have no volume control. These jacks can also
be used as an effects loop, however if you are using dynamics based effects that
rely on very specific signal level settings (compressor, auto-wah) it is recommended to use the EFFECTS LOOP instead.
31. MASTER OUT and POWER AMP IN
For the lowest possible noise from an effects processor, use the EFFECT LOOP
SEND and RETURN. 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 possible to have a slight gain reduction of
a few dB with some effects units. However, the amp has plenty of gain to overcome any loss. The SEND jack levels will not be affected by the MASTER control.
30. EFFECTS LOOP: SEND and RETURN
Connect any standard MIDI controller to the MIDI IN jack with a 5-pin MIDI
cable. You can connect other MIDI compatible devices to the MIDI THRU.
(See MIDI PROGRAMMING at the end of this page.)
29. MIDI IN / MIDI THRU
The front panel REVERB on/off feature will follow (track) your channel selection
or MIDI, however you may want to switch it manually with a footswitch.
Connecting an FS22 will allow you to toggle the REVERB on/off.
Other basic footswitches with a 1/4” plug will work.
28. REVERB FOOTSWITCH JACK (FS22)
Set the REVERB control for the overall amount of Reverb available. Then for
each channel 1-3, press the REVERB SWITCH to select which channels you
want the Reverb working. The “ON” LED will show Reverb is active for the channel you are currently using. When you come back to that channel, the amp will
remeber if the Reverb should be On or Off. The REVERB circuits are located
after the EFFECT LOOP and before the MASTER. The REVERB can also be
turned on/off through the rear REVERB footswitch 1/4” jack, or by MIDI control.
20. STANDBY SWITCH
Use the 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.
21. POWER SWITCH & INDICATOR
The power switch is to be utilized as the master ON/OFF switch. As the amp is
turned on, the RED portion of the power switch will illuminate as your ON indicator.
REAR PANEL
22. SPEAKER JACKS
Two 1/4” SPEAKER JACKS are featured to operate several speaker systems
at the same time. Calculate the total speaker impedance based on parallel wiring
as both speaker jacks are wired in parallel. Select the IMPEDANCE SWITCH for
the correct impedance.
23. SPEAKER IMPEDANCE SWITCH
24. RMS POWER SWITCH
The SPEAKER OHMS switch offers the selection of 4, 8 or 16 ohms ( ) to
match your speaker systems. The correct setting for one C412 cabinet is 16 .
For use with two C412 (16 ohm) cabinets, the correct setting would be 8 . In the
case of connecting two 8 ohm systems such as the C212E 8 ohm extension cabinet, move the switch to 4 ohms.
The 3-position RMS POWER switch reduces the 100 watt output of the amp
down to 50 or 15 watts, while still using all four output tubes. Lower settings will
allow the great sound and feel of the tube power amp being overdriven, but at
lower volume levels. For maximum output power and headroom set the
switch to 100 watts. For early power amp saturation move this switch to 50
or 15 watts. The maximum volume reduction will only be 3dB and 8dB respectively.
MASTER SECTION
26. VOICED LINE OUT
25. POWER TUBE BIAS SWITCH
17. MASTER
16. LEAD VOLUMES
Set the MASTER control for overall volume of the amp. The MASTER affects
the MASTER OUT jack level to allow control of multiple amps from a single knob.
The MASTER will not affect the Effect Loop Send level.
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 settings 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.
Channel 3 has a GAIN switch for adding even more drive to the classic Legacy
sound, while still retaining 12AX7A tube dynamics. Super-hi-gain sounds are
available without the need for external pedals that can limit dynamics.
The yellow LED near the GAIN switch will indicate the GAIN is ON for CH.3.
15. CHANNEL 3 GAIN SWITCH and LED
One of the “hidden” features of the Legacy series amplifiers is using a technique
that Steve Vai requested be part of the amp for his own use. While playing on the
lead channel with a generous amount of DRIVE (around 6), back off the volume
on your guitar. You will find the channel actually “cleaned up” with your guitar at
a lower volume. This is a great feature for playing both rhythm and lead without
switching channels. You will also find that the amp will be very responsive to your
“attack”. An advanced player knows how to vary their attack when picking or
strumming, and the Legacy 3 is designed to respond to this.
*** USING THE VAI “HIDDEN FEATURE”
For mild tube saturation, set the DRIVE control between 1 & 2. For some of the
best rhythm sounds, set the drive control set between 3 & 6. For full blown overdrive, set the control between 7 and 10. With high-output pickups, Drive settings
above 8 can be subject to over saturation causing sluggish distortion. If so, play
your guitar with it’s volume at 10 and decrease the DRIVE until the crisp highs
come back. For very high gain playing, try Channel 3 with the GAIN switch.
2. CHANNEL SELECT SWITCHES
Choose the desired channel with switch 1, 2, or 3. The LED’s next to the volume controls will let you see which channel is functioning, and will also be displayed on the external FS44M footswitch LED’s. Use channel 1 for pristine clean
playing without breakup. Use channels 2 & 3 for thicker rhythm or overdriven
lead sounds and use the GAIN switch on channel 3 for super high gain lead
sounds. Channel changes can also be made with the FS44M footswitch or by
MIDI control.
Pressed in combination, these switches allow access to various MIDI settings.
CLEAN CHANNEL 1
Channel 1 gives you crisp, clean playing with high headroom and no breakup.
Thanks to special mud-cutting circuits that work between the frequencies of 500
and 700 Hz, your guitar tones will be full and vibrant.
3. CLEAN CHANNEL INDICATOR
The green LED will indicate the CLEAN channel is selected.
4. CLEAN VOLUME
This control sets the CLEAN channel 1 volume. The MASTER control also
affects output.
5. 6. 7. 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 normalized (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 PRESENCE switch off.
8. CLEAN PRESENCE
For added clarity, the PRESENCE switch increases only the highest guitar harmonics in the 8-10k Hz range which is ideal for brightening up dual coil neck pickups.
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