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Peavey redesigned their renowned Classic Series guitar amplifiers, and the new Classic 30 Head features four EL84s and three 12AX7s, footswitchable reverb and 3-band EQ. The Classic 30 Head is a perfect match for the Classic 212 Cabinet.
Made in the USA.
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This is the best head I have ever used. I was at my guitar shop today, tried it out with my guitar and pedals, LOVE IT. This is definately the best amp on the market. It had a good clean crunch for palm muting and a smooth flowing feel for stumming.
I have to say Peavey has always been a dark horse contender with me. Back in "old" days we used to use Peavey products because they were inexpensive and durable. They were never known for stellar tone or sound. I am now a working musician and my first choice amp has always been a Fender 410 Hotrod Deville. Incredible amp that is INCREDIBLY LOUD! My gigs are usually small clubs that hold 50 to 300 people. The Deville is absolutely unruly without using a Hotplate Attenuator with it. I've had a 212 cab loaded with Greenbacks for awhile and wanted to put it to use for that warmer 12" sound, but wanted an amp that would be controllable in a club setting. I decided to give the Classic 30 Head a shot and Man was I surprised. It is now my first amp of choice. With only 30 watts pushing 2 Greenbacks, it is absolutely controllable. The thing that blew me away was the tone and versatility. Sparkling clean channel, and fat, chunky, clear dirty channel. The Pre Gain and Post Gain circuitry make this amp something for everyone. Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Metal are all at home with this beast. Amazing amp for an amazing price. The only reason I didn't give the features a perfect 5 is that I wish it had ohm switchability. It is only pre-set for 16 ohms. Other than that, I couldn't be happier with my new rig. This is definitely not your Daddy's Peavey!!!
I've had the head and cabinet for about a year now, and I have to say I wouldn't want to play through anything else. Playing everything from Metal to Blues, this amp delivers HUGE. To the point where it drowns out my friends 100 watt head/cab combination.
This head and the matching cab was sitting in my music shop, and so i tried it out after the guy told me it had the same tubes as a Vox AC30. The controls are very similar(no tremolo), but the sound was what sold me. Great clean(think Peter Buck or Tom Petty) and rockabilly to clapton overdrive on a telecaster. If you can get an AC30, but for the rest of us buy this. One will not be dissapointed especially at this price.
I own this head and my friend owns the palamino. When put into the same cabinet the palamino produces better tones in all areas. Its cleans are warmer, its distortion is more versatile and fuller. Don't get me wrong, this is a great amp. But a for less, you could have something clearly better. Good Luck
I play a Lite Ash Strat through this Peavey Classic 30 head into a Crate Blue Voodoo/Vintage 30 4x12. The tone is great and the volume is alot louder than you would expect from 30 watts. All tube is a huge difference from solid state. Effects are a Radial Trimode, Marshall reverb, EH Small Stone. The Trimode combined with the Classic 30's Clean, dirty and boost gives me 9 tone variations of boost (something for all needs). The only complaint I have is that the boost is not footswitchable. The amp is pretty quiet but does have a hum when the boost is selected. I have an attenuator on the way so I can crank it up and not blow out my ears at which point I expect to get some great new tone out of the power side tubes. I play blues/classic rock so the clean side is really important to me and I'm getting sweet tone and boatloads of sustain with the boost on the dirty side right now. If you are thinking about a higher end solid state you should kick in the difference and go all tube. You'll be much happier.
I'm telling you, this amp is it! Period! I own the Delta Blues which is the same, but has a tremolo and 15" instead of a 12. Classic rock your thang? No problem. Feeling bluesy, gotcha covered. Maybe some twang on a tele? All the way! Outstanding distortion, glassy clean channel, nice old skool springy reverb. DON'T waste your money on a Marshall. Take it from someone who knows. I've been burned by three of them, and went Peavey. Fenders can't touch this machine. (Exept the 65 twin reverb) Get it in the combo, or get the half stack package. YOU WON'T BE SORRY! Thanks Mr. Peavey!
OMG! This amp is very impressive for a number of reasons. I tested it with a S-1 Strat single and humbucker at the bridge with the matching 2-12" speaker cabinet - basically a thirty watt Twin. I found the amp to have excellent tone and very responsive to the hand.I ran the rhythm/lead test and the amp did well: Rhythm was clean with guitar volume turned to six (still expressive but mostly clean) and with the volume turned up you could rip like SRV.To the OMG part: the gain stage (I know - mini Marshall) is excellent and provides an excellent pallette of small vintage Fender sounds dialed in to the sweet spot: Deluxe, Princeton, Champs, crippled Twins and Bassmans. No Super though. The gain is really the best part of this part and it sounds as natural at medium-low levels as if you had a powersoak on it. The reverb is nice and otherwise unremarkable - meaning it sounds mostly like a Fender reverb and does not distract from jamming.I'm not sold on the cab completely but it was adequate.
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