Carvin Audio

Carvin Audio started manufacturing pro audio gear in the early 1970s, which became popular with many artists such as Frank Zappa, Missing Persons and Oingo Boingo. In the mid 2000s, TRx loudspeakers were introduced, providing high-end audio to live audiences, utilizing our years of experience designing professional audio equipment. In 2012, we released the flyable TRx3000 series, consisting of a wide dispersion line array, column array and large 8,000 watt subs.

Our legacy continues at our large cutting edge facility in San Diego, California, producing products made in the USA utilizing uncompromising components with DSP controls, Baltic Birch enclosures and weather resistant DuraTec™ finishes. Loudspeakers, mixers, amplifiers and microphones are part of Carvin Audio's line-up designed for major events including concerts, schools, and houses of worship around the globe where high-end sound reinforcement is required from portable, FOH house systems, installations, or DJ systems.

Our audio experts are ready to help design a system that meets your requirements especially if it’s for difficult acoustic environments or where high acoustic levels are required. Carvin Audio is committed to providing excellent factory support.

Kiesel Guitars

Kiesel Guitars takes the world-famous instruments produced by the Carvin Guitars USA Custom Shop to the next level. These guitars and basses are made in the same facility alongside the instruments Carvin Guitars has produced for 70 years, and offer unprecedented combinations of exotic woods and finishes, along with a complete host of options. The new Kiesel Pickup line has even further enhanced our custom shop, making us The American Made Custom Shop. If your looking for something more boutique, Kiesel Special Editions guitars and basses up the ante, with hand-selected woods, custom one-of-a-kind finishes, and special options not seen in the past on a Carvin Guitars instrument. In most cases, if you can dream it up, Mark & Jeff Kiesel and the master craftsmen of Kiesel Guitars can build it. Whether you're looking for your first custom-built instrument or your last, Kiesel Guitars can build you a guitar or bass that will stand out on stage, play and sound better than anything else you've tried, and last you a lifetime. Top artists such as Neil Zaza, Lee McKinney, Aaron Saunders, Roy Vogt & Darryl Williams use our instruments.

Carvin Amplifiers

Carvin Amplifiers began as the L.C. Kiesel Company, which started in 1946. The first tube amps were produced in 1948, with later models featuring 6V6 and 5Y3 rectifier tubes. Mother of Pearl covering and hand wired chassis were the norm of that day with Jensen speakers introduced a few years later. Popular models in the 1980s included the X100B guitar amp, which was used by Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and Craig Chaquico. Other popular models in the 1990s included the Quad-X preamp, Nomad, Belair and Steve Vai’s Legacy amplifier. Bass amplification started in the early days too. The BX500, BX1500 and B2000 are our most popular models today.

Everything started in the late 1940s with simple tube designs producing incredible tones, which have been blended with today’s world of mulit-channel, high gain sustain, MIDI control and reverb effects.

The legacy of Carvin Amplifers continues at our state-of-the-art factory in San Diego, California where every guitar amplifier and bass amplifier is made in the USA. Contact one of our amplifier experts to customize your own amplifier with your choice of speakers and exotic coverings, and take advantage of our factory support for the lifetime of your amp.

Carvin Guitars

Since 1946, Carvin Guitars has been building the highest quality guitars, basses, pickups, replacement necks, kits and accessories for pro and hobbyist musicians alike. We offer a complete lineup of six, seven and eight string instruments, including carved top guitars, MIDI synth access guitars, headless guitars, extended-scale baritone guitars, and acoustic/electric guitars along with 4, 5 and 6 string electric and acoustic/electric bass guitars. Our Custom Shop builds instruments in the USA from the highest quality materials, at a direct price that can't be beat, along with build times of around 8 weeks. Hundreds of options, including exotic woods, finishes, inlays, fretwire, bridges & tremolos and other hardware, pickups & electronics and more allow you to order an instrument perfectly suited to your playing style and personal tastes. Our 10-day in-home trial period for USA customers and 5-year warranty helps ensure you'll be happy with your new guitar or bass. Top artists including Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Jason Becker, Greg Howe, Brian Bromberg, Craig Chaquico, Joe Walsh & John McVie play instruments from Carvin Guitars.