NAMM 2012: Year Of The Sea Foam Green

One thing that really, really stood out to me at NAMM this year was the prevalence of Sea Foam Green. It’s not quite blue, it’s not quite green, but it’s definitely cool this year. Hell, Steve Vai seems to like this shade so much that it features on his new signature Ibanez Jem70V Premium model and his new Carvin Legacy III amplifier. See?

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NAMM 2012: Carvin Legacy III Steve Vai signature amp

Awww. Look at the little Carvin Legacy III. Well, when I say little, I only mean in size, because this is a 100 watt amp. Or a 50 watt amp. Or a 15 watt amp. And it has EL34 power tubes! It’s a three-channel, rack mountable amp with foot switchable boost, and it’s available in optional Vai green which seems to match Steve’s new Sea Foam Green Ibanez Jem. Here’s some info from Carvin:


Carvin and legendary guitar virtuoso Steve Vai are proud to introduce the new Legacy 3 Series Amplifiers. This 100W all-tube 3-channel amp is the result of countless hours of design and development by Carvin engineers, working closely with Steve Vai, to develop the sound Steve demands and any guitarist can appreciate. The Legacy 3’s circuitry combines the best elements of the Legacy I and Legacy II, in a compact chassis. Channel 1 & 2 are the same as the original channel 1 & channel 2 circuitry found on the Legacy I. Channel 3 is a 2nd lead channel with a high gain switch. Features of the Legacy 3 include a master volume control, which controls the volume of all 3 channels without affecting preamp gain settings; a variable, footswitch controlled master boost; variable, channel-assignable reverb; and internal LED lighting which can have different colors assigned to each channel, MIDI in/through compatible with standard MIDI controllers, effect loop, bias and impedance switches, and much more.

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NEWS: Carvin announces Brian Bromberg signature bass

Brian Bromberg is a freak! Check out his recent Hendrix cover album, Bromberg Plays Hendrix. Scroll down to hear and see the bass in action at NAMM.


San Diego, CA (March 30, 2011) — Carvin has announced their latest signature bass guitars, the Brian Bromberg Signature Series. Carvin worked closely with acclaimed bassist Brian Bromberg to create these new instruments, incorporating a sleek new design with innovative features. Available in four and five-string models, the new Bromberg B24 and B25 basses are designed to please the most discriminating bass player.

The B24 and B25 are neck-though instruments, with an alder body, maple neck and standard AAAA flamed maple top with matching headstock and abalone logo. Carvin’s unique new RAD-J radiused-top alnico single coil pickups are standard, and the cutting-edge design of these pickups allow the magnets to closely match the fingerboard radius, providing more even sound reproduction without dropouts or volume imbalance. Special circuitry and a high-impedance active volume pot unloads the pickups for better top-end and quicker response. You can also upgrade your B24 or B25 with our new RDH radiused-top humbuckers.

Other new features include a newly-designed headstock shape, and Brian’s signature 12th fret abalone inlay. And Carvin’s Custom Shop offers hundreds of additional options, including body, neck and fingerboard woods, upgraded top woods, finishes, inlays and more.