Peavey Rage 158

15W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Peavey

Description A terrific practice amp, great for begginers.
Posted By Jason Reich (1765)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.2 (of 5)
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Member Reviews


On 7/9/2004, Brett Smith (169) posted:
Overall Rating:
ONLY BUY THIS AMP IF YOU WANT TO COVER SOME PUNK ROCK OR NIRVANA CRAP!! I mean it. I hate every aspect of this thing.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: John Michaels
Features:
This amp plain sucks! I cannot get a good tone out of it at all. It makes a good paper weight. It's easy to use. There are 2 channels and both are crap. The clean is the better of the two though.
Sound Quality:
I hate the sound. It sounds like some crappy punk rock band amp. But, for $80, what more can you expect.
Ease of Use:
It's realy easy to dial in. thats all thats good on this thing.
Durability:
It's not ment for live playing. I found that out when I miked it at my talent show. I plugged a POD into it, and It sounded so overdriven and distorted, that no one could hear what I was doing. Needless to say, I saved up everyday after that to get a Line 6 Vetta II, which is the greatest amp on the market.
On 1/1/2004, Dexter Johnson (5132) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at the Finder Frontman. The Peavey amp was least expensive. Money was the main issue because I did not want to wait to get a Finder so I settled on the Peavey. I just started playing and I was real gung ho. I like the Peavey though.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $85.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Willis Music
Features:
This amp has a clean and lead channel, cd input, headphone jack. You can choose between modern or vintage sound. I will probably add a reverb stomp box. For the money I like this amp.
Sound Quality:
I am a new player so I do not have anything else to compare it to. It sounds great to these ears. I like the fact that the transtube technology mimics a tube amp.
Ease of Use:
It is really easy to use. The manual even came with some suggested settings for the amp.
Durability:
Construction looks to be pretty rugged.
On 11/13/2003, Connor Lamberson (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at some Fender practice amps, but none of them had the extras or the sound quality as the RAGE. If mine was stolen, I would defenitly buy another one. I just really love the sound of this amp, and its ease of opperation. The only thing i dont like about the amp is that the finish doesn't really allow for stickers to stick to the amp, but it is not that big of a deal. If you are looking into a great practice amp, or an amp for some small gigs, this one would be right for you.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $89.99 (new)
Where Obtained: The Vox Box
Features:
This wonderful 15 watt practice amp is great for beginners. It has two channels, lead and distortion. The lead channel has superior clean crisp sound for a practice amp. The distorted channel is very good also. You can create many tones on it. You can also control the low, mid, and high string tones. The only thing it is missing is reverb, but if you want that, buy the Blazer practice amp. This is a very good all around heavy duty practice amp. It's easy to use, pumps out lots of sound, and has great tone quality. I would recomend it to anyone that is looking for a quality amp to use. Hope this is helpful.
Sound Quality:
I use a Dean Avalanche axe with this amp. This amp can fit any kind of music style u wish it to, such as rock, punk, nu, or heavy metal. I like to play rock, heavy metal, and punk on this amp, and it preforms very well with all three. The sound compared to other practice amps I've used is superior. It really doesn't create much extra noise, unless you have some heavy distortion going on it. It is very clean at high volumes, and it has wonderful distortion tone.
Ease of Use:
This particular amp is not programmable to my knowledge, but you do not have to fiddle around with it to much to find the sound that you want. It is very easy to use, and very user friendly.
Durability:
The amp is very good for live playing, as I play in a band and use the amp continuously. I've had it for six months or so, and it has needed no repairs. It is very durable and heavy duty. It will take any of beating you can give it.
On 5/26/2003, Jon Custalow (61) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this one because i knew nothing about amps and this amp was suggested to me by the sales person. It's basically a beginner amp. What i like about this amp is i can abuse it because i'm planning on buying a new one anyways. It's your average beginner's amp.
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Go Round
Features:
Volume-clean, distortion, lead, bass, rhythm. It's only a 15 watt so it's not as much power as i want. It doesn't have any effects, it's the first amp i've ever gotten.
Sound Quality:
I've used it with my Gibson Les Paul Special but i mostly use it with my Epiphone Goth Explorer. I usually play metal music like Metallica and it doesn't really give the sound that i want. Compared to Marshall amps that i have used the sound quality is poor. If you turn the volume up high it screeches. It doesn't have that much distortion but i don't like too much distortion.
Ease of Use:
It doesn't really take any fiddling. You can mess with the lead, bass, and rhythm dials to find what sound you want but it's not that hard to find what you want.
Durability:
I'm not sure sitting on it is very good for it even though i have sat on it many times. A few times when i have sat on it (i only weight about 150 lbs.)the distortion sounded different but i've had it fixed since then it had something to do with the wires being crossed.
On 6/3/2002, Christoph Zeller (120) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this amp. It's a lot better than the small Marshall's I've played, and it's cheaper. Of course the Marshall logo looks cool, and the sound is similar to the real one's, but the Peavey is simply better in a price/performance ratio. It's very basic, yet it's a good amp, especially for the low price.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Music Corner, Duisburg/Germany
Features:
This amp has everything an aspiring guitarist needs - a clean channel and a distortion channel, 3 band equalizer for the distortion channel, cd input jack and headphone jack, 15 watts power and an 8 inch speakers. It's loud enough for using it in your living room or to impress your dog and/or neighbors.
Sound Quality:
For the price, one could not ask for anything more. The clean channel is satisfactory, a little sterile, but what do you expect from a practice amp anyway. The distortion channel really rocks though, even after purchasing a full-tube Marshall head & cab I like this little beast's sound. It reaches high gain even at very low volumes, and is suitable for everything from blues/bluesrock to metal (given that you have hot pickups).
Ease of Use:
The amp is very easy to use. Just dial in how much distortion you'd like to have (pre-gain), how loud you want it to have (post-gain), and dial in the equalizer, if you don't know it any better just by messing around with it. There's also a switch "modern/vintage" to choose between 2 distortion types, however I think they sound quite similar. You couldn't have it much easier.
Durability:
I've owned this amp for 1 1/2 years now, and it's never let me down. It's a solid-state amp, so it doesn't need new tubes every once in a while, it can take some abuse - although I didn't test how much exactly. I don't think anyone will use this amp for a gig, if he did I think it won't break.
On 3/9/2002, Will Hess (552) posted:
Overall Rating:
Great PRACTISE amp. However i really think we should petition Peavey to make it bigger.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $159.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Fred's Music
Features:
Features are very basic: Volume, Clean/Distortion channel switch, pre-gain, post-gain, high, medium, and low knobs. 15 watts i belive.
Sound Quality:
I play punk/metal/rock and this amp is wonderful for those small gigs and parties where you don't need a lot of volume. It's a great practise amp. I can play any style i want on it. By the way, with it i use a Fender Squier Heavy Metal Strat and a grunge pedal. It sounds great and gets the job done. If only it was 100 watts louder.
Ease of Use:
Very Very Easy. i sat down when i first got it and was jamming in 10 seconds.
Durability:
I've had it for two years now, and not a scratch or dent on it. And trust me, its been moving a lot. Its as good as the day i got it.
On 2/24/2002, Jesse Duncan (37) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would highly recommend this amp. It is a good looking, built very well, very easy to use and great sounding. For $79.00, I should have bought 2 of them lol.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $79.00 (new)
Where Obtained: C & M Music Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana
Features:
This Rage is a great little amp and nice looking also! It has pregain and postgain, also has a three band equalizer that is very effective. The Rage 158 has plenty of power for me. I am a beginner and if I wanted to make alot of noise, my wife can remind me that it does have a headphone jack and to use it. :) It also has a CD input so you can play along with your favorite CD.
Sound Quality:
I use a Epiphone Bully SG with a Line 6 POD hooked up to this amp. It has plenty of power! And the sound quality is great! No feedback problems at all.
Ease of Use:
A very easy amp to use. Like I said before, I am a newbie to the guitar. I find this amp to be perfect for me. And at a great price at $79.00 how can you go wrong?
Durability:
I haven't had this amp long enough to know about the durability of it. It looks like it can take some beating around though. I picked up many different amps and the Rage seemed to feel and look really stronger than any other.
On 8/20/2001, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this because it was the most powerful amp in my price range. I wouldn't buy it again, because I would have no need to - I have another amp. But I would recommend this amp highly to any beginner or any person that needs a smaller amp. My favourite aspect of this amp is the Mids, they are wonderful! Worst... I can't really say the dirty channel, because I have a distortion pedal, so I don't need the extra channel... I have no real problem with anything on this amp.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
Three band EQ, dirty and clean channels, volume knob. 15 Watts of power is plenty for my little apartment...! A pretty good transtube amp. This is a practice amp, so don't expect tons of features, but it does have enough to do the job.
Sound Quality:
I use a Kramer guitar, Danelectro Fabtone distortion, and a Boss DD3 delay pedal (in that order). I play all sorts of styles, blues, prog, rock, metal, country, classical, experimental; this amp works well enough for all of them. The sound is really quite good in my opinion. The clean is wonderful, and when I use my effects, it sounds great. However, the dirty channel is pathetic, at low settings, it is just sludgy - no real distortion, just an unclear mess - and at high settings its screeches like bent steel. The best thing with this amp are its EQ settings. You can get a marvelous crunch setting (for use with my Fabtone) and when you put the mids back up you get a wonderful, rich, classic sound. I can't say enough about how well the clean channel interacts with my pedals... but the dirty just sucks no matter what you do. At high volumes, it is clean, which was a dissapointment. It even stayed clean with my super-hot humbucker. But I guess solid state amps stay pretty clean no matter what. One other suprising thing about this amp - it won't feedback! Even with tons of distortion and my guitar right up next to it, I will only get a slight hum.
Ease of Use:
How hard could it be?
Durability:
Um, I wouldn't use this amp live because its too small, but it is well built. I haul it around town all week, so it must be pretty tough. I've had it over a year, and no big problems. I think the speaker is wearing out, because I have sonically abused this amp quite badly. I'm suprised it even works with some of the stuff I've done to it, so 6 stars for this baby!
On 7/12/2001, Jason Henderson (5681) posted:
Overall Rating:
A very respectiful amp that every guitarist should own (except the kind that have thousands of amps and guitars and stuff), the sound of it is either classic rock or grunge. I like the sound of this amp overall, and I wouldn't buy this amp again if I lost it-because so far it's the second or third amp I've ever used and I want to experiment with other equipment more. Something every guitarist should do eventually. So what are you waiting for? Go out and check out this amp!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music store
Features:
Three equalization knobs and one switch, a Cd input and headphone inputs, pre and post gains, two chanels (clean and distortion), and a volume for the clean channel.
Sound Quality:
With the knobs at the right spots and positions, this amp can make you def-if you've got a big enough amp. I like this amp, it's gotta clean, real tone and another side-a dark, dirty distortion than can change the sound of your guitar in an instant-the flip of a switch. At high volumes it rumbles your house, and with the right pedals, can rumble your neighbors house (once again if you have a big enough amp).
Ease of Use:
This is it's downfall. The amp's knobs are so loose and easy to grip and move that it easily can loose your desired position on your guitar. So you'll have to change(or at least check) seven or eight knobs each time you turn it on, or you might loose your hearing by accident. But when that's done, it's quite easy.
Durability:
They are better off with your practicing new chords or goofing off at home amps, even though Peavy is a GREAT amp company and some of their other amps are probably one of the best out there, but this one just gets in the way and is too hard to work for. It also is a great studio amp.
On 7/9/2001, Shawn Baer (90) posted:
Overall Rating:
Want a practice amp buy it!!! Want a beginning amp buy it!!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Make N Music
Features:
Great for beginners such as myself and good to practice on.Has decent power ability to switch from lead to clean and can be switched between modern and vintage settings. It has input for head phones and a cd input,I find it to be a great Amp.
Sound Quality:
It does some crackling when the tone is set up which is quite annoying but I usually just adjust to it.At high volumes its quite clean I think,as for distortion you can tell what its doing but its not significant.
Ease of Use:
It does take awhile of messing round on it before you get the exact sound you want,some of the sounds are pretty bad if you have the wrong settings.
Durability:
Its a very stable and durable amp,but I think a live show would kill it.So far no repairs needed,this is only a practice amp!!
On 9/26/2000, Darren Cotta (13) posted:
Overall Rating:
Wish maybe it were a little bigger and louder!
Model Year: 1980
Price: $129.00
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Features:
Sound Quality:
I use a Cort electric guitar.It fits any style music but it sounds better with an "Alternative stlye"
Ease of Use:
No it's very smooth.
Durability:
VERY RELIABLE!
On 9/7/2000, Adam Edmonds (287) posted:
Overall Rating:
You can't get much more bang for your buck with anything else. It makes a good begginer's amp and/or a good practice amp.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $89.95 (new)
Where Obtained: local music store
Features:
Basic features.
Sound Quality:
Pretty good sound, though if you don't use distortion heavily, it is weak.
Ease of Use:
Can't get much easier.
Durability:
Nothing wrong has hapeened yet, but I've only had it for 4 months.
On 8/4/2000, Kevin Kennedy (133) posted:
Overall Rating:
Don't buy it unless it's a transtube.
Price: $90.00 Canadian
Where Obtained: Pawn shop.
Features:
Wimpy little amp. Plus it's really thin sounding, as it is before the Transtube days.
Sound Quality:
As above. Bad.
Ease of Use:
Durability:
On 7/31/2000, Jake Quarrell (634) posted:
Overall Rating:
I had played on one of these first, and it was a good practice amp, for a good price, so I bought it. I would definitely buy this again, it suits all my needs.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junkie Music
Features:
It's got standard low, medium, high tone controls, two inputs, (one can be used for cd players, too) two channels, clean and crunch. It's great for what I play, which is anything ranging from Metallica, to Led Zeppelin, to Robert Johnson.
Sound Quality:
I play a Fender Strat, no effects. I use it to play blues, metal, punk, and rock. (mainly) Again, it's great for styles all around. It gets tons of feedback, which will blow it ut (bad thing) even when the guitar is out of the room. It's very buzzy at high volumes, which makes it hard to hear notes. Gets great distortion.
Ease of Use:
I don't really know, cuz I keep it on clean or crunch (low-10, middle-0, high-10). I'll give it a three cuz I don't fool around with it much.
Durability:
It's way too small to play live. It's stayed in damn good shape for about 2 years.
On 4/5/2000, David Leeworthy (6) posted:
Overall Rating:
My overall oppinion of this amplifier is excelent
Model Year: 2000
Price: $109.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Ardens Music
Features:
Sound Quality:
not a lot of buzzing at high volumes
Ease of Use:
turn on set your pre and channela nd your set
Durability:
well its good so far! i just bough it a couple moths ago
On 10/1/1999, Jeremy Cotton (7938) posted:
Overall Rating:
great little amp....
Model Year: 1999
Features:
a very handy amp for teaching situations...I use a volume pedal to plug myself into the CD input so I have an extra input channel
Sound Quality:
the clean sound is great-I've dragged this out and small room gigs....the distortion is either blazing metal or pretty sad sounding...
Ease of Use:
pretty self-explanatory
Durability:
I've never had any problems with Peavey stuff...
On 9/23/1999, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
Overall Rating:
This amp gives you everything a begginer may need for a great price. It also saves you from those embarrasing situations when people say, "What brand is your amp?" (Rogue amp owners know what i'm talking about). It would be a good idea to buy a distortion pedal with this amp, but you should have one anyways regardless of what amp you have. (or a footswitch, which this amp doesn't have)
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Victors House of Music
Features:
This cheap practice amp has ample power (15W), two channels, headphone output, and a cd/tape input jack. It also has a three band eq.
Sound Quality:
The Amps sound quality is hard to explain. Clean, its great, all the way up to 11 with little distortion. The 2nd channel is a little more mysterious. Usually, the difference between solid state and tube amps is sound vs. convenience (and price), but Peavy has this Transtube circuitry that simulates a tube amp's warm sound. Great! So I get the great sound of a tube amp without cranking it up to 9 or 10? Wrong. The amp's built in distortion sounds horrible until you bring it up to 9 or 10, then it sounds great. Maybe they took this tube simulation a bit too far. (Solid state amps don't need to "warm up" the tubes, therefore should sound about the same at any volume.)
Ease of Use:
If you can turn a volume knob, and put a jack in a hole, then you can use this amp.
Durability:
Well... I never really dropped an amp before, but I stack things on it.