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Peavey Backstage Amp

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10W practice amp with a 6-1/2" custom-designed speaker, high and low EQ, switchable TransTube overdrive, and tape/CD and headphone inputs. This updat...Click To Read More About This Product

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A portable practice amp that successfully emulates tube sounds.

10W practice amp with a 6-1/2" custom-designed speaker, high and low EQ, switchable TransTube overdrive, and tape/CD and headphone inputs. This updated version of the renowned road-rugged Backstage practice amps of the '70s has a patented TransTube preamp that emulates the even, harmonic distortion of 12AX7s without the hassle or cost of tubes. The gain level is tailored for any amount of drive--clean, crunch, or scream. The TransTube also mimics the "push back" response of real tube circuitry, essential to emulating tube dynamics, distortion, and chime.

FEATURES
10W RMS
6-1/2" custom Peavey speaker
TransTube preamp with 2 switchable channels
Volume and Overdrive controls
2-band EQ
Tape/CD input for practice
Headphone jack
11 lbs.

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by PowerReviews
 
3.9

(based on 29 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very tube-amp like.

I'm a metal player. I've played through many small practice amps and also several 100W tube heads, and I really don't understand all the hate it gets regarding its distortion channel.
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I'm a metal player. I've played through many small practice amps and also several 100W tube heads, and I really don't understand all the hate it gets regarding its distortion channel.
The distortion of this amp is warm and thick. Its voice is focused in mids and lower-mids. Add in some high end and you can get Marshall-ish sound. Not much ground shaking low end but hey it has a small speaker. Compared to the Backstage, Orange Crush 12 sounded fizzy and muddy, Marshall MG10 sounded thin.
What surprised me most is how well it cleans up using only guitar volume knob. It reacts to my playing really well. I tested it with a SG loaded with vintage humbuckers and it has enough gain for me to do heavy chugging and fast picking and legato runs.
It doesn't pack loads and loads of gain but it's enough for me, It doesn't sound scoop if that's your vision of a good 'Metal Tone'. It's thick and articulate and there's no place for you to hide your playing mistakes.These things may be the reasons why some guitarists hate it. But I really like it. It's simple and organic.
Easily the best sounding and most tube-amp like small practice amp I've ever played through.

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Avoid this amp!

Ok, so I was getting my first guitar and decided I'd get a cheap amp to start. Instead of saving money by settling for less, I might as well just burn my money. ...Read complete review

Ok, so I was getting my first guitar and decided I'd get a cheap amp to start. Instead of saving money by settling for less, I might as well just burn my money. This amp sounds horrible! You don't have a middle EQ, you get tons of feedback when the volume goes above 3 on the overdrive channel, and it has a dull sound to it. The distortion is ok...for about 5 minutes, then you get bored. It sounds "muted" on low settings and doesn't sound distorted enough when high. On clean the tone always sounds very sour, and with no middle EQ it's hard to control the sound. Overall I would not recommend this amp to anyone, it will bore even beginners.

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4.0

Good bang for the buck

By Nitetrain

from Remington, Indiana

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This is perfect for home practice. Plug in a CD and your guitar and get out the headphones and you have a way of learning or fine tuning without bothering anybody else. Perfect for practice only.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best For The Price

By Knows Good Amps

from NY City

I don't know why those others are saying bad things about this amp, it is a Great "Little Amp" Period! You will not find anything better in this price range and thank you Peavey for making it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My Very First Amp

By the_stickman

from Gainesville, Fl

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Wow! I ws surprised when I scrolled across this amp on this website. This was my very first amp from when I first started playing. It's a pretty good starter amp. The distortion is alright, it's not very good, but it'll get the job done for the, what, $60 you're paying for the amp.The clean sound is pretty good. It gets plenty loud for the size of the amp. I definitely would buy this amp if you're just starting out.

 
5.0

Very tube-amp like.

By VergDan

from Someplace

I'm a metal player. I've played through many small practice amps and also several 100W tube heads, and I really don't understand all the hate it gets regarding its distortion channel.
The distortion of this amp is warm and thick. Its voice is focused in mids and lower-mids. Add in some high end and you can get Marshall-ish sound. Not much ground shaking low end but hey it has a small speaker. Compared to the Backstage, Orange Crush 12 sounded fizzy and muddy, Marshall MG10 sounded thin.
What surprised me most is how well it cleans up using only guitar volume knob. It reacts to my playing really well. I tested it with a SG loaded with vintage humbuckers and it has enough gain for me to do heavy chugging and fast picking and legato runs.
It doesn't pack loads and loads of gain but it's enough for me, It doesn't sound scoop if that's your vision of a good 'Metal Tone'. It's thick and articulate and there's no place for you to hide your playing mistakes.These things may be the reasons why some guitarists hate it. But I really like it. It's simple and organic.
Easily the best sounding and most tube-amp like small practice amp I've ever played through.

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5.0

Good for practice.

By Jimistrat07

from OHIO

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I have this amp in my room as a little amp to play quietly while other ppl are in the house and I also have a blown 600 watt peavey I use sometimes just to get a good fuzz tone but I keep the volume low. Overall, get it because its cheap and its a good amp just to pracrice on in your free time but the overdrive channel sucks so get some pedals and you'll be made in the shade.

 
4.0

I think I like it

By BJ Halterman

from Des Moines, Ia

I got this amp with my guitar. I am new to playing so I don't have a lot of experiance with amps. With this one you realy need to lower the volume on the amp when you have the overdrive on. My guitar is set at about 5 and the amp is down to about 3 to avoid feedback. You allso need an outlet that has a realy good ground or you will get a buzz at higher volume

 
5.0

Peavey's PACK A PUNCH!

By AK36CF

from Anchorage, AK

I dont have this exact amp but i do have the next size up. i have a 20 WATT Peavey Backstage. ITS SO GOOD! Despite the other reviews i think Peavey is a really good brand. On volume level 3 everyone in the house can here it loud and clear. I Think that the 20 Watt would be good for a small-medium size gig.

 
2.0

you get what you pay for

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had this amp for about 6 months now. I got it just as a practice amp, but only paying around 50 dollars I guess I should've known it wasn't very good. The input is now broken so I taped it up to make it work for now. Don't buy this amp if you are expecting something really great. Go buy a Marshall or something this amp is definitely not worth it.

 
4.0

Buy It! Great Amp For The Money! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

By jmjcwilson

from Cookeville, TN

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I just recieved this amp yesterday, and it's great. I had been wanting to try a Peavey for a while, so I thought I'd try a cheap one. Let me tell you, this Doesn't sound like a cheap amp! I like it better than my Marshall 15 watt! But as you know, everyone has an opinion. Thanks Peavey for offering a Great amp at a Great price!!

 
3.0

Giving Out

By reggie432

from Undisclosed

I bought this amp to go along with my first guitar about four years ago. It worked pretty well for a while, then the feedback on it got worse. A couple days ago I tried to turn it on, and it won't. I guess all amps burn out after a certain time.. Overall it's pretty good if you're first starting out, but it's not that dependable.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

peavey

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this anp is ok. it was my first amp it doesen't have very good sound with my epiphone sg which is a good guitar. i blow a fuse and could not find the right fuses any where. but it didn't matter cause i blow the whole amp. i would not recimend this amp to ANYONE!!

 
3.0

Avoid this amp!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ok, so I was getting my first guitar and decided I'd get a cheap amp to start. Instead of saving money by settling for less, I might as well just burn my money. This amp sounds horrible! You don't have a middle EQ, you get tons of feedback when the volume goes above 3 on the overdrive channel, and it has a dull sound to it. The distortion is ok...for about 5 minutes, then you get bored. It sounds "muted" on low settings and doesn't sound distorted enough when high. On clean the tone always sounds very sour, and with no middle EQ it's hard to control the sound. Overall I would not recommend this amp to anyone, it will bore even beginners.

 
5.0

Beginner Magnet!

By Beginner Magnet!

from Walpole,Ma

When I first got this amp it was in a starter pack. When I first used it I thought it was fabulous! The overdrive was awesome and the volume is great for practicing! The equalization is good but you can't tell the difference. Overall if you are starting out you should definitely get this amp.

 
5.0

GREAT BUY FOR BEGINNERS

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The amp is well worth the money. Got it yesterday haven't had any bad happenings yet. This tiny amp has a big punch for a small amp as well as price. I myself never turn it past 5 at home. GREAT BEGINNER AMP THAT HAS A PUNCH!!

 
3.0

O.k. for price

By sglover2097

from Gettysburg PA.

I got this little amp with a peavy raptor amp package. I use an efects pedal with it but has disortion anywere above 1&2. but for the price it's Ok (hence the name)

 
3.0

Decent amp for decent price.

By Jackson Man-q_F7C

from Illinois

I got this amp from a peavey package. It was great until I played it with a live drummer. It is not very loud unless you are playing alone. If you want a better amp I suggest not getting this one and put in a little more money into it.

 
2.0

Not a bad amp but not much life.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This was my first amp and like anyone who doesn't know much about guitar or sound quallity I was perfectly happy but I found out after I got a line 6 spider 2 how muddy the distortion is and after about six months the amp blew and needles to say the repair cost more than the amp was worth.

 
3.0

NICE FOR PRACTICE

By Chiodosrules_54

from chicago

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I got this amp in a guitar/amp package. It's alright if you're practicing by yourself, but once you start to practice with a drummer, the drums completely overpower this amp. I have to turn this all the way up to even be heard. Although since it is not bad for the price. I'd save up to get a Line 6 Spider if you're wanting to preform.

 
4.0

good practice amp

By acartner

from Hickory, NC

I bought this amp when my squire amp burnt out, and its been pretty dependaple. Great for practice,but lacks features. Im planning on getting a metal zone pedal for it and it should be ok.

 
5.0

RAW AND GOOD

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I use a pedal for distortion and really like the sound of from this amp. It's loud enough for me to practice with a drummer with the volume only at 3 and records well too. The features are more than I need, price is good and the construction quality is solid.

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