Well, I bought the amp used for a pittance. I guess
you could say that I'm grading on a curve. If I had the
chance I would certainly by this amp again. Sure, it
would be nice if it had a sepertae eq for both dirty
channels, but I can't say that I would switch between
them much anyway. For my style of play
(incorporates hardcore/punk and metal) this amp
works nicely. Buyer beware, I've heard plenty of
stories about guitarists being unsatisfied with...say a
Mesa Nomad when they were trying to emulate the
tone of Clapton. Sounds idiotic I know, but no amp
can be all things to all people. Know your taste... the
sound you're searching for. You like gain? Wallet a
little thin? This amp might be for you
Where Obtained: A pawn shop
The tube driven beast will appeal to your darker side.
Plenty of versatility, but let's face the music, this amp
is geared towards those of Metal persuasion. First:
three channels, two dirty one clean. The Dirty
channels share an EQ and the clean channel has
it's own. Each channel does have a seperate
volume control and you can change channels via foot
switch or buttons on the heads face. One aesthetic
note, the Peavey face plate changes color when you
switch to a new channel.
The differences between the "Ultra" and "Crunch"
channels seem miniscule to some. The truth of the
matter is that the Crunch channel seems to be
remniscient of a Marshal JCM 8OO where as the
Ultra is comparable to a Mesa Boogie Rectifier.
From my experience adjustments to the gain
settings on the ultra channel have little effect where
as adjusting the gain for the crunch channel
drastically changes the tone. Personally, I prefer the
Ultra channel, full on gain. Highs 10, Bass 10 and
mids completely scooped out. As for the clean
channel.... it's not bad but we're not talking about a
Fender Twin here are we.
This head is pretty straight forward. Sure, it has an fx
loop, resonance switch, reverb and etc. I Like it for
the staright up mean spirited snarl. This is an amp
that does not require a degree in electrical
engineering for it's basic use.
Well, there seems to be a short which impacts the
face plate when I shift to the clean channel. The
color doesn't change .... simply an aesthetics issue