Looked at some small Fenders, Ibanez, Crate and a few lesser known names. They sounded Ok. Prices all were similar. The Peavey, I think, had the best overall sound.
Would I buy it again if it were stolen. Most definitely!
How to improve it? Put tilt back legs on it, that's about it.
Favorite aspect, relatively light weight but packs plenty of power with absolute great tones.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $279.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Midwest Music, Cincinnati, OH
Tone Controls: Bass, Mids, Treble, Reverb.
Volume Controls: Pre, Post and Normal
One input., Efx send & Efx return.
Footswitch jack for switching from Clean to Distortion.
Power tubes: 4- EL 84s with 1- 12AX7 driver
Preamp: 2- 12AX7s
30 watts into 8 ohms.
This has plenty of power for my use. I seldom run it over 2 out of 12 on the dial. Primary use is an On stage monitor.
I run a Fender American Standard 40th Anniversary Stratocaster and a Dean Evo Special Select with Dimarzio Dual Humbuckers. Only have to make minor tone adjustments for either guitar. On the occassion I play straight through the amp (rather than through a
-Station) the tones, I think, are Superb! Tremendous Blues amp. Nice Funky tones when playing clean and a wide range of distortion in the overdrive mode.
Easy to use...? Hey! It's only got three tone controls! Oh, yeh, reverb, too. But you can dial in some very nice tones at different volumes. And the 30 watts is plenty of power for a decent size room. If you play bigger halls or venues, you can mic the thing.
I've had it now for nearly 10 years. (Don't know why I didn't write a review early, just forgetful) It's been to some small clubs and to a church seating 250 people almost every Sunday since I got it. No failures.
I did just retube it with Groove Tubes. It gave it a bit warmer sound than the original tubes. I think they were a definite improvement. I highly recommend GT tubes if your thinking of replacing what you now have.
I will never go back to solid state amps :) I love the sweet tube tone of this amp, whether it is clean or with distortion.
When money is an issue, this amp is a very good compromise between price and performance---that is to say, an affordable price, with no compromise in performance.
Naturally when I make more money I will buy bigger, fancier and more expensive amps, but I am sure I will always keep a classic 30 or 60 around. I particularly like the classic 30 because it is farily small, and yet powerful and with good tone.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $425.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local guitar shop -- Skip's Music
Has all the features I need! But i'm sure you could add alot more if you wanted!
I disagree with the comment above that the distortion sucks. This is not true. Maybe it is not the type of distortion that a metal player wants, but for blues it is perfect.
I would say this amp is perfect for you if you want to play blues, rock, or jazz.
I know a person who use this amp to play hardcore punk. I know a guy who use it to play country music. And I myself am mainly a jazz and blues man. So the bottom line is this amp is probably the most flexible one you will find.
This amp is way more powerful than you would expect of a 30 watt amp. It is LOUD. You could easily play small clubs with this amp. If you are concerned about power, than simply upgrade to the the big brother of the classic 30, the classic 60, which simply has an additional 12 inch speaker and 30 more watts for that extra speaker. So it is simply the classic 30 in stereo.
If you maintain the amp correctly, the sound is great. I had some sound problems, but that was because I never changed the tubes and all the screws in the chasis came loose and so caused alot of vibrations that messed the sound up. Simple solution to this is to keep the screws tightened, and change the tubes once in a while.
It is easy to use because it is simple and direct.
It seems pretty durable, though I have only used it in my bedroom :)
A great little tube amp for the clean guitarist who maybe plays mostly Jazz. Not good Distortion, but the clean outweighs the distortion a lot so the good outweighs the bad.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Antioch Music (Ripoff)
The usual Tube amp controls, nothing fancy, but very nice.
Excellent Clean. Pretty crappy Distortion though, but I play it for Jazz, so that's not a problem anyway.
It holds up pretty well. Scuffs on the tweed show well though, but they now come in black and blue instead of tweed, I wish they had those when I got mine.
Excellent amp all round. Great sound quality, and great value for money.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $350.00 (new)
Standard Volume, channel selector, Preamp and Postamp, Reverb, Bass, Mid, Treble.
Effects loop, Line out.
Tube - suprisingly powerful.
Mexy strat, USA strat, Mexy Jazz bass.
I use a Boss OD-3 Overdrive pedal if I want more control over the overdrive.
I play mainly Rock/Pop, and it suits this well. If you want hardcore distortion, you're not going to get it straight from the amp without an effects unit, as its own overdrive is fairly clean.
Peavey amps aren't usually that well regarded as far as sound quality is concerned, but this amp seriously sounds good, especially for clean pure sounds and mild overdrive sounds.
Just operate the dials - nothing to it.
The keywords about this amp are personality and value for money. For the price, you can't beat it - 'specially if you by it 2nd hand ($200 - $250) I LOVE my Classic 30, and I won't easily part with it since it has become part of my sound, even though I have other gear. If I had a small club/church gig, and I wanted a low volume stereo rig, I'd recommend this and a classic 20 - "all tube-all tone" and you could happily crank it up without annoying everyone on stage. Final word - Do you know how many Nashville studios have Classic 30's? 'nuff said
Model Year: 1996
Where Obtained: 2nd hand through a friend in South Africa
Pre/Post Gain -
Clean Volume -
Boost Switch -
Channel Switch -
Effects loop -
Extension Cab output -
Footswitch can switch in reverb or change channels, but it would have been MUCH better to have a switchable boost.
Used it with Strats and LP type guitars. My original setup had a Tubescreamer, later used a Sansamp TRI-OD. It sounded great with both. Definetly has it's own personality! To me it sounded in-between a Vox AC30 and a small Fender amp, but that's just IMHO. Really pokey! I wouldn't use it for metal, but I've used it for Rock/funk/blues/jazz etc and it was fine. It's loud for 30 watts and it's got a fair amount of headroom. It really open's up if you run it through a 4x12 - A bit of overdrive, a Les Paul and A LOT of volume, and "SHE'S ALL RIGHT NOW..."
The amp has pretty much got 2 sounds [3 if you're willing to turn around while you're playing and press the boost button] but it's easy to use and the tone controls interact nicely...
Very Reliable - I've used it on the road for 3 years everywhere from bars to Stadiums and it's a dirty brown now 'cause of the drinks that OTHER PEOPLE have spilled on it; it's been dropped a couple of times, but I've only had one breakdown in that time. My biggest problem is that Peavey didn't put a strip of wood on the back to protect the tubes...
I'm thoroughly pleased with this amp. I liked it so much, that I bought the matching 1x12 extension cab. It's the longest I've owned any one amp, and at this point I have no intention of replacing it. I love the feedback that can be coaxed from it by finding the right sweet spot in front of the amp.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Uhlik Music
3 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 EL84 outputs. 2 channels..normal and lead, with 3 global tone settings for bass, mid and treble. "Boost" button to increase grind. Effects loop and external speaker out (8ohm). seperate volume control for normal channel, and a pre and post volume for lead channel. Reverb. Creme colored chicken head knobs...controls that go to 12.
I currently play 2 USA Hamers thru this amp. A studio Archtop with Duncan Buckers ('59 and JB) and an Archtop GT with Duncan Soapbars. Straight in with the exception of a Danecho delay. Both perform well with this amp. The normal channel covers pristine clean to mild overdrive and reacts well to the guitars volume settings. The lead channel takes over from there all the way up to a very brown distortion. You can take either channel up a notch (or 2) by activating the boost button. I owned a Marshall VS100R prior to purchasing this amp, and am glad I traded. The Marshall had a few more sounds in it, but wasn't nearly as warm as the all tube setup here.
Very straight forward operation. Just enough knobs to satisfy the tweaker in most of us.
Very solidly built. Chrome chassis. The tweed (or reasonable facsimily) has loosened in a few edges, but superglue came to the rescue.