Steve Vai reveals Carvin Legacy Drive Preamp pedal

Guitar legend Steve Vai recently set Carvin the challenge of cramming the tone of his signature Legacy amp in a format he could pack in a carry-on; the result is the new Legacy Drive pedal.

The Legacy Drive includes four gain stages with 12AX7 tubes, utilising the full Legacy preamp circuit, while the tone stack mirrors the 100W amp's, too.

Impressive stuff, as it should be given the $499 price tag. The pedal will be available from Carvin Audio from 16 February.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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