Sportsman Field Review From Artisan Guitars

From our friends at Artisan Guitars...
Sportsman 1x10 in Tweed

Testimonial: Carr Sportsman – Field Review (excerpt)

The mid knob is very functional and fattens up the sound giving it what Fender Princeton amps can not do. The bass dial surprises me in this 10 inch model using Jensen's new Falcon speaker. Very functional bass, dimed if need be with no flubbies! I see it introduced at the 2011 namm footage ,disclaiming that this speaker with the propriatary secret green cone has arrived and has a design mission to sound big,much like a 12 would!... The reverb on this is very special in that it has a lush quality that seems to blend with overdriven tones without sounding nasty making it very useable. Better and more playable verb than my princetons. I just played it tonight direct, using no pedals with a Gibson custom shop 329'. It supplied the range of tones needed without footstompin the pedals like the other player were doing all night. Read the entire testimonial at Artisan Guitars.

Sportsman Review in Vintage Guitar

Vintage Guitar Cover, September 2011

On newsstands now, the September 2011 issue of Vintage Guitar features a review of the Sportsman.

With the Carr Sportsman, you don't have to hunt to find a great tone. Whether jammed with single-coils or humbuckers, its versatile tone stack, high-end components and built quality make it an easy task. - Vintage Guitar, September 2011

On The Hunt - Sportsman Review in Vintage Guitar, Sep 2011 (976kb pdf)


Introducing the Sportsman

Sportsman 1x12 Combo Amp
Photography by Matt Carr

Sportsman Logo
The Sportsman

Inspired by mid '60s American reverb-type amps, the Carr Sportsman is a versatile performer in a compact and portable package.


  • Dual 6V6, class A, partial fixed bias
  • 16 watts clean, 19 watts maxed
  • Lush, all tube reverb with long spring tank
  • Mid control with extended range
  • Variable Headroom control
  • Floating '60s-style baffle
  • Compact size
  • Solid pine cabinet
  • Available in 1x12 and 1x10 combos
  • Wonderful all-around amplifier


Fusing the insistent purity of '60s American 1x10 reverb-style amps with the more aggressive dual 6V6 power section of the late '50s, we bring you the Sportsman! Tones ranging from clear and snappy to Texas pushed twang to intercontinental grind are all under the hood of the Sportsman. The combination of Volume, Headroom, and Mid controls puts this tonal palette in your calloused fingertips.

Go to the Sportsman page...


New Carr Pedals at NAMM 2011

Watch the Premier Guitar coverage of the Carr Amplifiers booth at NAMM 2011 where we showed off two new multi-pedal prototypes: reverb/tremolo/clean boost and analog delay/tremolo/clean boost. Both pedals feature tube signal-paths, point-to-point wiring, headphone/line outs, and Carr quality and craftsmanship. Check it out on the Premier Guitar website: NAMM 2011 - Carr Amps Tube Multi Pedal Demos