The 50 watt VT50 is the same head used in our popular Bel Air 2 X 12 combo amplifier. True vintage tones give "open-ness and breath" to your playing as you power soak the EL84 tubes. Dual channels offer all the vintage features you need. This guitar amp reflects our devotion to tone. Rich, thick harmonics with creamy smooth mid tones define the superb sound of these amps. Channel one is clean ranging from warm and mellow to shimmering and glassy. Channel Two, with its SOAK control, offers enormous 12AX7 grid control from smooth blues, to full sustain. Matched EL84 output tubes react to the subtlest touch - if you play soft, the tubes remain clean. If you drive the amp hard, it rings out with rich tube harmonics. Digital reverb enhances the overall sound of the amp.
Rear Panel (click to enlarge)
Carvin now offers an assortment of colored coverings for guitar and bass combos, 4 X 12 speaker enclosures, guitar amp heads and bass amps. To select a color for your new VT50, check the appropriate swatch in the "Accessories" section below.
Please add 3 - 10 business days for custom-covered heads.
- All tube design
- four 12AX7 tubes
- Four EL84 matched output tubes
- 1 Meg ohms passive tone controls for broad adjustment range
- BASS, MID, and TREBLE controls optimized for each channel
- Clean channel Acoustic PRESENCE for shimmering highs
- DSP digital reverb
- Metal shaft controls, ivory knobs, red jewel lamp
- Strong Poplar plywood enclosure - not particle board!
- Covered in tweed vinyl
- Output: 50 watts - 4ohms, 8ohms and 16ohms Impedance switch
- Two 1/4" speaker jacks and cabinet voiced line out jack
- External Effects Loop with preamp OUT / power amp IN jacks
- AC POWER switch, high voltage plate STANDBY switch
- 120/240 VAC
- Dimensions: 22.5" wide x 10.5" deep x 9.5" high
- Weight: 28 lbs
- Power Req. 120VAC 60Hz
- Made in San Diego, California
Nathan Relles Madison, WI
"I just got my Bel Air yesterday and WOW!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! From the first note, the tone was better than any other multi-channel tube amp I've ever heard. The clean channel is absolutely brilliant and the soak,.....oh man the soak. I can do whatever I want with that thing and get perfect results every single time. I can't wait until the tubes are fully worked in."
"You guys are great. I receicved a new Bel Air last week. I thought the amp sounded really good, but I noticed that one of the pre-amp tubes was microphonic. I called your customer service number on Monday to inquire about a replacement. Well, on Thursday a new tube arrived, when I installed it and fired my amp up IT JUST SCREAMED. I loved this amp before, now it sounds absolutely fantastic. This is the second Carvin amp I've purchased and once again I am blown away. Thanks Carvin. "
Steve Fleury Fords, New Jersey
"Just received my BelAir today and all I can say is WOW! I've been playing for over 30 years and have played through many a tube amp and this amp is just as good if not better than any other 50 watt amp on the planet. Now take into consideration that the price was lower with more features and this was a no-brainer. I'm pretty much a Fender or Marshall guy but wanted an amp for gigging that was a little smaller and easier to cart around but still had enough power to cover drums and such. I can't wait to get this baby in a club and jam! Rock on... Steve"
Monte Briggs black hills south dakota
"I've had my Bel Air for a few years and it's as good as the day I got it. It doesn't have the vin 30's but it still has a very versatile sound. I only wish the vin 30's came with the amp then. I play all kinds of music and it perfoms well and sounds pretty awesome with a 4x10 cab full of celestion g-10's."Shortly put, its performed well in all situations. Very reliable!! CARVIN YOU ARE THE BOMB AND PLEASE KEEP THE GOOD STUFF COMING!"
Wolf Mail Sydney, Australia
"I have been playing the BelAir for close to 10 years now. I have also used vintage Fender, Matchless, Fuchs and have not found a better tone than the Bel air. With over 200 shows a year, I tell you this amp is sturdy as hell and infallible and all that for a 1/3 of the price of its competitors, you can't go wrong. "
Vaughn Taylor Rochester, New York
" I just purchased my Bel Air a couple of weeks ago. I am very impressed with its sound. I have a Taylor 810, Epiphone Joe pass and SG, as well as a Highway Strat. I run those through a Digitech GNX3 Stereo effects processor to a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and the Bel Air. I got nothing but rave reviews and great comments about the sound. The Fender gives me the bottom bass and the Bel Air gives me everything else. It is a great stand alone amp too. I can switch from acoustic to the Strat and get the dirty, clean Bluesy sound with the strat and a cleam crisp sound with Acoustic. I have been looking for an Amp that could do both acoustic and the Dirty and clean electric sound. The Bel Air can do it! I also love the cabinet voice direct out. I send it to the board easily giving me an added natural reverb I can't get just micing the amp. When I mic the amp and used the Direct out I had sustain for ever. If you are looking for a versatile amp, you should check this one out. Vaughn"
Steven Montgomery Greenville TX
"I recieved my new Belair about a week ago. I was looking for a good combo amp to noodle around with. I was looking for a vintage style amp for blues. When I recieved this amp I pulled it out of the box and I was extremely impressed by its great looks and build quality. I went ahead and plugged it in with one of my Les Pauls and was amazed by the clean tone. This thing sounded better than the hand wired Marshall that I had played couple weeks before. I started messing with the soak channel and it sounded ok. I knew that I would have to break in the VIN30S. After a few days of hard playing the VIN30S finally started breaking in and thats when I was amazed. This thing has an amazing soak channel. I have heard a lot of people say that you can't play metal on this amp I would have to disagree. I don't think you could play death metal on it but you can definately get good Black Label Society and COC tones out of it. I already have an MTS half stack that I love and now I have a great all around combo amp.Carvin amps are amazing!!!!"
Rob Gonzalez San Antonio, TX
"I love this amp. It has a gorgeous clean channel and the soak channel can create everything from a light crunch to full on classic rock distortion. The tone controls are very unusual in that they are very sensitive to small movements. This allows precise tweaking of your sound. Overall the amp is awesome but it is a little heavy and I wouldn't recommend it for the old fart musician like me. It's something that requires the energy and stamina of a younger man or woman. I've resorted to using a hand truck to move it around. I would highly recommend this amp to anyone who plays country, blues or classic rock. It is NOT a metal amplifier. Try it out with a Marshall or Carvin Celestion 4X12 cabinet. You WILL be impressed by the power of this thing."
Jon T. Evans Abilene, Texas
"Great amp, Have had no problems. I‘ve owned it for sometime now and have not had to replace any tubes and it sounds as good today as the day I got it. Thanks Carvin"
Rick Hill Salem, Oh. (Youngstown)
"I've had my Belair for 5yrs. now and just love it. I also have the 212 matching ext. cab. I still have the original tubes and original GT12 speakers that came stock and the amp sounds wonderful. It took a couple of months to really break it in but what a sound. I play Classic Rock and Blues in mostly smaller clubs using a Les Paul and Telecaster. I've been an active musician for 40 yrs. and have had New '60s & '70s Fenders, Marshalls, Traynors and Gretch tube amps that all sounded great in there own way, but considering I can no longer play at those volumes anymore due to the venue sizes and audiences I play to I needed a tube amp that had those types of sounds in a smaller footprint. I tried many new amps and all fell short so I took a chance and ordered my first amp without playing it, which is a big deal for me as I have never purchased an amp without playing it first! What a shock when I turned it on! This amp was just what I had been looking for after many years of searching and testing. I made the smart move and also purchased the ext. cab at the same time and it does make a difference in the sound. I get a more sweet sustain and bluesy sound from it. I Love this amp! I have never had to call Carvin for a problem with the unit and when I had questions they were always there to answer them either by e-mail or phone and have never gotten the brush off. Some phone conversations lasted 30 to 40 minutes and I never felt rushed by the Tech or Customer Serv. Rep. to end the call. They have been very, very helpful over the years. If anything ever happened to this amp I would purchase another with no hesitation, I have that much confidence in Carvin's craftsmanship, quality control and technical department. Keep up the GOOD WORK it's greatly appreciated!"
Norman Richards Grand Rapids, MI
"Just bought the VT50 guitar amp so i would not have to bring my '68 Marshall Plexi on the road to gigs. I thought a long time about which amp and manufacturer to go with. The VT50 is an amazing replacement. It is everything I hoped it would be and do. Construction and tone are great. This amp works great with all my pedal effects. It is very responsive to my playing dynamics. I pretty much use the soak channel all the time, with all the knobs set at 12 o'clock - no fancy tweaking needed with this amp. I play everything from classic rock to hard rock to blues, performs great with all genres. I have a Les Paul, a Strat, a Tele, Washburn A10 and a Washburn PTK - this amp is kind to all the different tones from these guitars. Thanks carvin, well done. And this baby's made in USA. That was definately a deciding factor with my choice to purchase this amp. My Marshall Plexi is rare and very expensive, I will not miss having it at gigs thanks to this affordable VT50. I still cant believe how good and happy I am to have this amp for the money I spent. Get one!"
"My new VT50 came the same day we had a gig at a nearby casino...I didn't think I would try to use it that night since I'd never played through it...but when I opened the box, I knew I had to take it along...it looks SO cool!
Glad to say I just plugged my pedal board into the clean channel and put everything to twelve o clock (except the volume) and got a great sound...some minor tweaks and I was set...haven't had it long but I've had 4 or 5 gigs since then and love it more everytime. Sounds rich and clear in any room we've played!"
Tom Kobialka New Gretna, NJ
"Just gotta tell ya, I've been giging with this amp for ten years. Never had a problem on stage. Never had to change a tube. Great sound, very reliable, and looks great. Love that tweed!!! Thanks Carvin. I made a great choice all those years ago. I would recommend this amp in a heartbeat."
David Ochal Amsterdam, NY
"More power than I ll ever need.."