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Carvin Amplifiers VLD1 Steve Vai Legacy Drive Tube Preamp Guitar Pedal

Take your tone anywhere with the versatility and portability of the Steve Vai VLD1 Steve Vai Legacy Drive Tube Preamp Guitar Pedal.


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The Legacy DRIVE is designed to work both as a pedal into the front of your amp with a true hardwire bypass or to feed nearly any power amp to drive guitar speaker cabinets with the Legacy sound. The VLD1 offers the true Legacy sound from real 12AX7 tubes and three modes including Clean, Lead, and High Gain that can cover any sound you need. Carvin Amplifiers' third generation cabinet voicing circuit emulates the frequency response of a guitar speaker cabinet so you can send Legacy tones direct to headphones, effects, recording inputs or live PA without having to mic a speaker. The Legacy Drive is perfect for the guitar player who wants incredible clean and lead tones in a compact portable tube preamp pedal.

True Legacy Sound From Real 12AX7 Tubes
The VLD1 has the ability to produce true Legacy sounds that could only come from real 12AX7 tubes, utilizing the full Legacy preamp circuit. The four gain stages and tone stacks are faithfully incorporated, running at the same operating conditions as they do in the full Legacy 100-watt amps.

Three Modes Including Clean, Lead, and High Gain
The VLD1 gives you all the sounds you need in one compact package. Go from shimmering cleans to a thick, crunchy drive. Find your sound with three main modes: Clean, Lead and High Gain.

Cabinet Voicing Circuit
Active cabinet voicing emulates the response of Steve's C412T Legacy 4x12 guitar cabinet. Perfect for performing or recording when your favorite guitar cab is not available. Connect headphones for "silent" practice, or feed to any combination of effects, recording inputs, or live gear to capture Legacy tones without mic'ing guitar speakers.


  • Carvin Steve Vai Legacy VL300 Preamp in Pedal Form
  • 12AX7 Tubes
  • Clean Channel: VOLUME, BASS, MID, TREBLE, PRESENCE switch
  • Footswitches: BYPASS, GAIN, DRIVE/CLEAN
  • Remote Switching from 1/4" Footswitch Jack: Tip: Hi Gain, Ring: Drive/Clean
  • Remote 1/4" Bypass Jack: Tip: Bypass
  • Phones/Cab Voiced Out: G3 Speaker Cabinet Voicing, Stereo or Mono, Low Impedance Capable
  • Includes AC Adapter

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Things You Will Get:

  • Guitar Preamp Pedal
  • AC Adapter

a great preamp.


I use it as a preamp into 2 backstair 100w combos. Rudy the sales associate was awesome !



Just a great sound


Great sound on all the channels. It is exactly what I was looking for in a preamp.

ESP player

Baton Rouge La.


Couldn't be happier


Excellent experience...




VLD1 Steve Vai Legacy Drive Tube Preamp Guitar Pedal

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Effect Type Tube Preamp
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (Main Out, Cabinet Voiced Out)
True Bypass Yes
Control Layout Presence, Treble x 2, Mid x 2, Bass x 2, Volume x 2, Master, Drive, Gain Switch, Drive/Clean Switch
Casing Type/Chassis Steel
Battery Power No
Power Supply Type A/C Wall Adaptor 12VDC/1000mA
Power Supply Included Yes
Weight 3.4 lbs.
Dimensions 8.875 x 3.825 x 8.375 inches (WxHxD)
Series Steve Vai Legacy Drive
Model VLD1 Legacy Drive
Warranty Info:

1 Year Limited Warranty:
Carvin Corp. warrants the electronic and mechanical components of this product to be free of defects in workmanship and material providing the product is used under normal operating conditions.

Limited Warranty does not cover the following conditions: a) modified products either electrically or mechanically in any way, b) moisture, c) salt/smoke/contaminants, d) natural disasters or any act of God, accident, fire, flood, ect. e) abuse, f) lack of reasonable care, g) modification or removal of the factory applied serial number, h) loss or theft. This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties expressed or implied. Warranties are not transferable. No representative or person is authorized to represent or assume for CARVIN CORP any liability in connection with the sale or service of CARVIN AUDIO products. CARVIN CORP shall not be liable for incidental or consequential damages. The customer is responsible for shipping charges.

Products not meeting the warranty guidelines will be replaced or returned at the customer’s expense. Carvin Corp will notify the customer by email. After 4 weeks, all products remaining in our position will be considered abandoned and will become property of Carvin Corp.

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