1954 Carvin Catalog Cover

 

Guitar Amps

Carvin offered several electric guitar amps in 1954, including the Model #119, featured on the cover.  As the cover illustrates, the target audience was primarily steel guitar players, as the electric guitar was in it's infancy.
 

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1954 Basses

1954 Guitars

1954 Bass Amps

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This is the Model #79 guitar amplifier.  Like all other models of the era, it was tube-driven, and had an output of 4 watts into an 8" speaker.  As was the case with most amps from this timeframe, the controls were fairly sparse - two inputs, a volume control, and an on/off switch.  The Model #79 sold for $34.90.

1954 Carvin Model #79 Guitar Amplifier
1954 Carvin Model #11 Guitar Amplifier

The Model #11 was the next step up.  The chassis and electronics were the same as the Model #79, but with a 10" speaker.  Like the Model #79, this amp had 4 tubes, and produced 4 watts of power.  It sold for $45.90.

The Model #119 guitar amp (which was featured on the catalog cover) was a larger, more powerful model.  It's 6-tube design produced 15 watts of output through a 12" speaker.  Controls consisted of 2 instrument inputs and one microphone input, volume and tone controls and power switch.  It sold for $59.90.

1954 Carvin Model #119 Guitar Amplifier
1954 Carvin Model #3664 Guitar Amplifier The Model #3664 was a "twin" version of the Model #119.  It used two 12" speakers, and produced 25 watts.  The inputs and controls were the same as the #119, with 3 inputs and master volume and tone controls.  It sold for $99.90.

The Model #6661 was advertised as "ideal for bass instruments", but with it's 3 instrument inputs and one microphone input, it could be used for any electric instrument.  And it was big, especially for the time.  It produced 30 watts through six 6" speakers.  Controls were similar to the smaller models, but they were top-mounted, versus rear-mounted.  The Model #6661 sold for $119.90.

1954 Carvin Model #6661 Amplifier
1954 Carvin Catalog Back Cover

Carvin also offered assorted accessories in 1954.  The back cover of the catalog showed a pair of "crystal" microphones, a harmonica mic, lap steel guitar stand, DeArmond tremolo control, and an Amperite Kontak Mike, which would be featured in the catalog for many years.