1907 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 558-0655

For over 60 years, Carvin has been building high-quality guitars, basses, amps and audio gear for pro and hobbyist musicians alike. And because we sell directly to the customer, with no middle man, you can save a lot of money on gear equal to or better than gear found in retail shops.

Carvin was founded in 1946 by Lowell Kiesel as the L. C. Kiesel Company in Los Angeles. Kiesel relocated briefly to his home state of Nebraska, but returned to California in 1949, and changed the name of the company to Carvin, after his two eldest sons, Carson and Gavin. The company began by making pickups and other accessories, then branched out to amplifiers, guitars, basses and other gear. Early Carvin instruments were made by Lowell Kiesel, and Carvin also sold rebadged guitars made by Harmony and Kay. In the 1960s Carvin built most guitars from mainly Hofner components, before returning to manufacturing their own instruments in the 1970s. In the earliest years of the company, Carvin was also a reseller of Fender and Martin guitars, DeArmond accessories, Sonola accordions and Rheem organs.

Originally, Carvin advertised in the back of publications such as Popular Mechanics, and sent out one-sheet product information at customers' requests. In 1954, the first Carvin mail-order catalog was produced, establishing the direct-to-customer business model that is still used today.

Hours :

Monday : 10am - 6:30pm
Tuesday : 10am - 6:30pm
Wednesday : 10am - 6:30pm
Thursday : 10am - 6:30pm
Friday : 10am - 6:30pm
Saturday : 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday :

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