This amp gives huge bang for the buck. 80W power, great tone, simple to use...this is a perfect amp for the intermediate guitarist on a budget. Cheap and relatively portable, yet loud enough for jamming with friends with bigger amps, and even useful for gigs.
If I lost this one, I might buy a different one, just because I've had it for awhile, and I would like a change...but I don't plan on ever selling this one. I would spend an arm and a leg to keep this one running. This amp is everything you could ever want in a simple, effects-free amp for under $400.
Price: $325.00 (new)
I've got the old version, 2 channel, 3 EQ knobs for each channel, plus pre- and post- gain on the distorted channel. It has presence and power % knobs, and a 100W output for an external 12" cabinet(I have the matching Peavey 1X12). The reverb is also nice. The foot switch works well for both channel selection and the effects loop.
I play a few different guitars through this amp, and the character of each comes through the amp. It does amost everything well, from snappy country pickin', all the way to hard rock. The distortion is not extreme enough for all metal styles, but other than that, it is a VERY flexible amp. The sound is enhanced further with the optional closed-back 1X12 cabinet designed to go with it. Peavey really did a good job with the "Trans-Tube" design, it is very much like a tube in sound, especially considering the price.
One warning...this amp is LOUD!!! Especially with the second 12" speaker, this amp is powerful enough to go head-to-head against anything short of a 150W+ 4'12 stack. Whoever called this a practice amp is out of his mind, unless the practice space is big enough to allow for concert volumes. I haven't been able to turn this amp much higher than 6 when playing out with the guys, at the local bars.
Simple amp, really. It takes only a few twists of the knobs to get a great tone. No digital effects speeds up the process.
This amp is a work horse! Its a bit on the heavy side, but it makes up for it by being incredibly sturdy. Over time, parts wear out, but this amp has only needed a single trip to the shop in 2 years, for a loose connection in the input jack. Other than that, no problems. I've never had any excessive hum, cracking sounds, or failures with this amp, and I use it on an almost daily basis.
Pretty good amp. I mainly like it because it is so loud. I cant use my little Fender 15w thing anymore because it is too quite, cant hear it over the drums.
Where Obtained: Friend
Tons of knobs for tone shaping. Two inputs (high and low gain) Seperate volumes and EQs on clean and distortion channels (very helpful). Large gymnasium reverb. Footswitch and all that.
FREAKIN' LOUD! Practice amp, I think not. I use this amp for gigs! Distortion is decent, but I dont usually use it. To little for punk and too much for blues. I run a Ibanez SM7 Smashbox and BOSS OD-3 into it for my distorion/overdive needs.
Takes a while to hone in on your sound, but after that, its pretty easy to use this amp.
Really really heavy amp. Too heavy, I think, for a solid state amp.
Its been fitzing out on me lately. Ill be playing along, and all of the sudden the volume just goes dead! I have no clue whats going on. I usually fix it with a good hard knock on the right side, but I am apprehensive about gigging with this.
I looked at other amps and tried out a few..I also own a small crate that is very good also...Ive wrote a review on that before..Crate Gx-20m..I like crates sound but i wanted a bigger amp and for the price i got this one for I love it.My favorite part on this amp is its loud hard chrunch.The only thing i dont like is it doesnt have a head phone jack....but I can live with that..All in all a GREAT AMP!!!....A+
Where Obtained: Music go round
This amp rocks. I just got it a few days ago and love it.
It has the following features.low and hi gain input,normal gain,bright switch,channel switch.low med and hi eq.for clean channel.It has a presence Knob,superstat knob,Gain switch and shift switch for hard chrunching distortion.it also has knobs for bottom end,body and edge.It has an effects loop and reverb.It has a ground switch just incase you dont have a regular ground and the power switch.
On the back it has the following inputs...preamp in and one for out.It also has a remote switch jack for the pettle...It Is 80 watts(rms)and it has a 12" scorpian speaker in it that really has punch.As you can see this amp has lots of features on it..
With all the features on this amp...you can get lots of different types of sound...to nice and clean to hard smashing metal.Ive used some other amps but for a combo amp this one really rocks. I love its distortion lots of variety there.
This amp is not programmable but has lots of uses and switches. It takes a little bit to figure out all the sounds but way worth the time. In only a few minutes i had it rockin my house. "Bet the nieghbors love it!!".
The construction on this amp is solid and heavy...with great looks. Nice design also.
Looked good and the price was right.
Model Year: 1998
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
Alot of buttons, and we can view it at peavey dot com