Carvin Audio to Close San Diego Factory, Liquidation Sale In Progress

by Frank Hammel
in News
The liquidation sale, as seen on the home page of carvinaudio.com.
The liquidation sale, as seen on the home page of carvinaudio.com.

SAN DIEGO, CA - Carvin Audio announced Oct. 9 on its Facebook page that it would be closing its San Diego factory, "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the Carvin Audio factory will be closing its doors after over 70 years," the post read. "We are thankful for the many years we've had in this business and the support you all have given us." The company has announced a liquidation sale on its website at carvinaudio.com.

Carvin Audio traces its roots to 1946, when the L.C. Kiesel Co. was founded as a manufacturer of plastic molded electric guitars. Production moved to Gothenburg, NE in 1947 before returning to the Los Angeles area in 1949. The name, “Carvin,” derives from a combination of founder Lowell Kiesel’s first two sons’ names, Carson and Gavin.

In addition to making and assembling guitars and ampliers from 1950 to 1970, Carvin functioned as a licensed manufacturer and reseller of Fender and Martin guitars, then expanded into pro audio components in the 1970s.

In 2015, the two sides of the company split, one named Kiesel Guitars, which focused on MI products, and the other retaining the Carvin brand for amplifiers and audio gear. The Facebook post announcing the closure of the San Diego Factory was dated Oct. 9 and an announcement on carvin.com followed.

It reads, "It is with a heavy heart we announce that the Carvin Audio factory will be closing its doors after 71 years. We are thankful for the many years we've had in this business and the support you all have given us. We'd like to thank all of you for your devotion to our gear and championing us live and in the studio. We hope to see our gear live on in your musical lives for many years to come!"

For more information, please visit www.carvinaudio.com.