Carvin Audio Announces Closure After 70 Years in Business

Carvin Audio has announced the closure of San Diego factory after 70 years in business. The California-based music gear manufacturer was founded in 1946 and expanded over the decades to offer a full line of audio products and instruments, including amps, PA systems, and other audio gear.

Carvin was known for offering direct sales to consumers through its product catalog, website, and San Diego showroom. For fans, Carvin amps are considered a hidden gem in the world of guitar gear, celebrated for their value.

In 2015, the company split off its guitar division to form Kiesel Guitars, which makes a range of highly playable, metal-oriented instruments that have been used by the likes of Allan Holdsworth and Frank Gambale. As of now, the Kiesel brand will still operate as normal and is a separate company from Carvin. It appears that the Carvin-branded guitars will still be produced.

Jeff Kiesel of Kiesel guitars relayed this message to us via email: "It's sad to see my uncle's company Carvin Audio and Amplifiers go out of business, thankfully this does not affect us at Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars since we split off from them three years ago. Rest assured Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars is doing amazing and looking forward to what the future holds for us."

Carvin posted the following on their Facebook last night:


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