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Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo

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The MAX 115 from Peavey packs a lot of punch into a compact, space-saving combo. Peavey's exclusive HyperVent technology pushes bass through speciall...Click To Read More About This Product

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A bass amp with tons of tone and plenty of power.

The MAX 115 from Peavey packs a lot of punch into a compact, space-saving combo. Peavey's exclusive HyperVent technology pushes bass through specially designed ports that allow the woofer to perform at maximum efficiency. Its 60W of power drives a heavy-duty, custom-designed, 15" Peavey woofer to generate ample volume and punch.

Wide tonal range

Peavey's exclusive, patented TransTube circuitry gives you a choice of 3 distinct voicings--MAX, Vintage, and Modern--for covering a wide range of sounds and music styles. A semi-parametric EQ adds further tone-shaping capability with low, mid, mid shift, and high controls.

An all-purpose amp

Perfect for most gigs, rehearsals, and with its CD input and headphone output, it's a great practice bass amp, too.

FEATURES
  • 60W RMS into 4 ohms
  • 15" speaker
  • DDT speaker protection
  • Gain control
  • Max/Modern/Vintage voicing switch with patented TransTube tube emulation circuitry
  • Low, Mid, Mid Shift and High semi-parametric EQ
  • Post-EQ effects loop
  • CD input
  • Master volume control
  • Tuned, ported enclosure with exclusive dual HyperVent technology
  • Headphone jack

Its a great sounding, powerful, and compact bass amp that doesn't cost a lot. In short--the MAX 115 is perfect. Order it right nowl

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 21-1/4"W x 24-1/8"H x 13-1/8"D
  • 57-4/5 lbs.
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PeaveyMAX 115 Bass Combo
 
4.7

(based on 42 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Deep Sea Combo! Wow!

After reading all the reviews that I could find, I decided to give it a try. I needed an amp just for playing with my friends in my specially designed "reset...Read complete review

After reading all the reviews that I could find, I decided to give it a try. I needed an amp just for playing with my friends in my specially designed "reset room", where my friends gather for fun, drinking beer and playing music that we love.
From the first moment I was amazed with the depth of the sound coming out of this small enclosure, no matter 15" speaker. Comparing to Peavey Combo 300, 200W also with 15" Black Widow speaker that I used to play a lot, it sounds deeper than the ocean! Still, the color of the sound is Peavey's. The drum set that I play along is Premier APK with Paiste 2002 cymbals, pretty loud setup with a heavy drummer. Still, MAX 115 can be heard. At first I found myself not being able to hear exactly what I played, just a kind of mumbling sound, but after blending pickups on my Jazz Bass I managed to achieve solid but well defined bass sound that cuts through. But, despite Peavey's well-conceived active tone controls with parametric middle (200Hz to 2KHz with 15dB cut/boost), the sound seem to be the best with total flat tone controls. Whatever I tried to improve the sound with these few knobs turned to be making more problems than progress. Not enough room for more bass (not needed really), treble control is very low so if you try to sharpen the sound it gets only more metalic, probably due to the 15" speaker character and absence of any tweeter. So generaly, I don't need tone controls on this amp, everything I need can be adjusted right there on my guitar and by using the Style switch that gives small but noticable character. Personally, I don't intend to use Vintage position with Peavey tube emulation circuit, it's kinda thin sounding. Modern position accentuates middle tones and makes a good starting point for finger style Jaco-ish sounds, and Max position makes this deep, mellow but punchy bass sound that fills the room and your band's sound, great for blues, rock ballads & pop.
The only drawback here is thatthe amp is absolutely not suited for slapping style since it is very poor in the treble spectrum with forementioned problem with high frequency control in conjunction with the speaker's tonal response and probably with missing tweeter.
The build quality is as described in meny reviews - as solid as a rock. No doubt that this amp will survive everything. Very modestly priced, I higly reccomend it to a players who need a firm bottom, deep and clean bass sound and on the budget.

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Peavey Max 115, 50 watt

I brought the Peavey Max 115 about 2 months ago for 500 dollars australian, The shop owner recommended it, I was pretty impressed with it at first, but after a while it went...Read complete review

I brought the Peavey Max 115 about 2 months ago for 500 dollars australian, The shop owner recommended it, I was pretty impressed with it at first, but after a while it went quiet, its not as loud anymore, its too quiet for gigs, and unless your willing to scream the guts out of it, not very suitable for rehersals, 50 watts seemed sufficant, But if you want a amp for rehersals and small gigs I would go for something at least 200 watts. This amp is built well, and nice and strong. Its got some fairly decent features such as the hypervents and patented transtube technology. Its got a rather nice voicing control too. its a good amp for at home practice. but if your drummer is loud then you will be struggling to be heard.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!! great little rig with a HUGE sound

By rokstar78

from Virginia Beach, VA

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I went into a local shop to check out and Eden Nemesis 200w combo and an Ashdown MAG 210. I wanted something smaller for different gigs, and I use in ear monitors, so I don't need volume as much as great tone. I liked the Eden rig okay just not blown away and the Ashdown (great amp) was just too heavy. I heard a guy playing this peavey and was blow away. This 50 watts was louder and cleaner than the Eden rig and at less than half the price. I love it. Nothing fancy, just a great bass rig. Highly reccommended for musicians working smaller rooms or using in ear monitors. Also a great first legitimate amp for newer bassist that want to play with drums, but on a budget.
Nothing special with the features, but very usable
Made in China...may be fine, but I haven't had it long enough to know the longevity. So far, so good
best bang for the buck for a small gigging amp

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Couldn't Pass It Up!

By That Girl You Know

from Lake Ridge, Virginia

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

Great deal!
I was randomly poking around at getting a bass amp for my LH Fender Mexi-Jazz bass. I had always played through whatever system I had so I didn't really know what I was missing. I played a few amps (Fender Rumble, Crate, Acoustic) and this by far, blew them all away. I was looking for an amp that was VERY low end and smooth and free of buzz noises (think 70's FM radio). This is it. Between the Chrome strings and this nice low end, I'm very happy with my selection. I won't tell you that I bought it used to boot and got a great deal, but this is a great sounding amp. Doesn't seem like 60 lbs and I'm a rockin' chick.
Very rugged cabinet. Smooth knobs. Front-facing on/off switch is nice.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Deep Sea Combo! Wow!

By Sremac

from Serbia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Incredibly deep sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Not too bright tone

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

After reading all the reviews that I could find, I decided to give it a try. I needed an amp just for playing with my friends in my specially designed "reset room", where my friends gather for fun, drinking beer and playing music that we love.
From the first moment I was amazed with the depth of the sound coming out of this small enclosure, no matter 15" speaker. Comparing to Peavey Combo 300, 200W also with 15" Black Widow speaker that I used to play a lot, it sounds deeper than the ocean! Still, the color of the sound is Peavey's. The drum set that I play along is Premier APK with Paiste 2002 cymbals, pretty loud setup with a heavy drummer. Still, MAX 115 can be heard. At first I found myself not being able to hear exactly what I played, just a kind of mumbling sound, but after blending pickups on my Jazz Bass I managed to achieve solid but well defined bass sound that cuts through. But, despite Peavey's well-conceived active tone controls with parametric middle (200Hz to 2KHz with 15dB cut/boost), the sound seem to be the best with total flat tone controls. Whatever I tried to improve the sound with these few knobs turned to be making more problems than progress. Not enough room for more bass (not needed really), treble control is very low so if you try to sharpen the sound it gets only more metalic, probably due to the 15" speaker character and absence of any tweeter. So generaly, I don't need tone controls on this amp, everything I need can be adjusted right there on my guitar and by using the Style switch that gives small but noticable character. Personally, I don't intend to use Vintage position with Peavey tube emulation circuit, it's kinda thin sounding. Modern position accentuates middle tones and makes a good starting point for finger style Jaco-ish sounds, and Max position makes this deep, mellow but punchy bass sound that fills the room and your band's sound, great for blues, rock ballads & pop.
The only drawback here is thatthe amp is absolutely not suited for slapping style since it is very poor in the treble spectrum with forementioned problem with high frequency control in conjunction with the speaker's tonal response and probably with missing tweeter.
The build quality is as described in meny reviews - as solid as a rock. No doubt that this amp will survive everything. Very modestly priced, I higly reccomend it to a players who need a firm bottom, deep and clean bass sound and on the budget.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great...

By SomeKid-fvJ42

from Town outside of Boston

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

This is a pretty good bass amp. Loud, and cheap. Although it is sort of heavy, and can break your back if you're not strong.When I got this, it played very nicely and the three different types of voicing is very cool. But I do sometimes get a wierd buzz on my B flat on the lowest octave, but it happens occasionally.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Way to go,Peavey!

By Doogie58

from Amherst,Ohio

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I bought this amp from Musicians Friend about three months ago and have truely enjoyed it.It's such a geat amp for playing small venues,especially with a four piece band,I don't even have to run it through the board to be heard.If you play small to mid sized clubs this is the perfect amp. Keep up the good work Peavey!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Power

By Jon-ffwH4

from Blue Grass, IA

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I recently bought this amp from a local dealer and when I got home I was shocked at how much punch it packed. The low end of this amp is amazing. This probably has to do with the hypervent tech. located in the bottom right and left corners of the amp. I have never played a better amp for this price. One thing I am the slightest bit disapointed with is the lack of digital reverb, chorus, and a distortion channel. However, it is just as easy to plug in a chorus or distortion pedal. I play through this amp with an LTD F254 model bass. BUY THIS AMP. You wont regret it. p.s.- Dont turn the gain up all the way i've found it contorts the sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hey man that's Peavey!

By string cheeser

from PA

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

Basically a very reliable small-gig/practice solid state amp. I am first and foremost a guitar player for 9 years but have been finding more gigs as a bass player in the past 2 years. While listening for great tone in some of my favorite bass players (Wooten, Jaco, Flea to name a few) I waited to find a used active bass. I play a Washburn MB-40 through the max-115 which is ACTIVE! This amp gets me the lows where they need to be with the low set between 4 and say 8 (depending on the venue) and both the gain and volume knobs half way up, so basically at half total volume. And since I am a lead guitar player at heart I feel the need to take some solos now and again and the mids and highs really do come out great over the bass when you set your tones right, and I love slap funk bass, but I also do many intricate single note improvisations and tapping patterns and still find amazing harmonics from my bass to come through this amp crystal clear. Grant it a lot of bass tone comes from your fingers I'm slowly learning but I have played this amp at outdoor parties (but with an electric drum kit played through an amp the same size as this) with a guitar and vocals and the whole sound was unexpectedly great and even. I have heard this amp mic'd in many recordings in basements (and attics, hell and everywhere in between I suppose) and if you need to, for a larger venue you could mic it I guess. But don't try and play in a room where your amp is on the other side of the room from the drum kit. You more than likely will be disappointed that you cant hear yourself. (It is only like 50 watts or somethin') Recommendations: If your a professional bass player, you pry already have a nice large cabinet with a separate head if you know anything about bass cause bigger is always better. But for those trying to get the gigs to score up enough money for that ideal set up this amp has been a great "throw it in the car roll it down the flight of stairs set it up and play sounding moderately good" amp.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Outstanding Bang/Buck

By Motorhed

from Livermore, CA

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I'm still a beginner bassist but I have 10 years of live sound experience and 10 years of drumming under my belt, so I know good sound when I hear it. I played a few other combos looking for my first amp. The Fender rumble series sounds great but is way more money for the amperage, although it does sound good. But the depth and tone out of the Peavey 115 is exceptional. I especially like the 3-way tone module and the mid-band eq shifter. You won't find a better deal for a solid combo!

(1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

PV not what they used 2B

By T-boneFromATH

from Athens, GA

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

Peavey MAX 115 - 60 watts, purchased 2/11:I once owned/gigged a Peavey TKO 115, a GREAT amp, so I felt Peavey was a name I could trust. I cannot come close to dialing in a decent tone through this on my Fender USA J-Bass/Bartolini pups. All the tones are muddy; there's a loud hissing with vol/gain bumped. I've had great experience for over 30 years with Peavey equipment, but now I would never, ever buy another Peavey product unless it says MADE IN USA on the badge. The quality control on their entry-level products has slipped badly. Buy at your own risk!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Louder than expected

By xn-8i8EO

from FL

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I recently got one of these used from a guy down the street and so far I am impressed. The feature set is decent but the EQ could be more robust. I would have given this a Value rating of 5 but Peavey has a new amp coming out soon. For about 80 bucks more than this you can get the 400W (peak I believe) TKO Tour amp. Personally if I was spending $300 on an amp I would probably spend the extra 80 and get more watts. However, if I felt like dropping nearly 400 bucks on an amp I might forget the combo idea and buy a used head and cab.This Max 115 is tough. The first thing I did when I carried it into my apartment was drop it about 3-4 inches and it is fine. And man does it get loud. Right now I have the gain at about 1 and the master volume at .5 and any louder my neighbors would hate me. Definitely overkill for my needs but the price was right. As far as a regular guitar goes, my guitar sounded like complete crap coming out of this so it may be hit or miss here. Sounds good with a bass though. This amp does not have a tweeter so the highs probably aren't the greatest and could be why some people think this amp sounds muddy?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BAD little amp!

By Michael DeWitt

from Chapin, IL

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I havn't used anything Peavy in sometime, but always liked my older Peavy gear. Guy at the music store shot me a good deal on this and said past ones sold had been popular. I also grabbed a Peavy Melinium 4 BXP bass while I was at it due to rhier reviews, and my bass was in rough shape. This amp is impressive in my opinion. I had it on 1 of 10 for volume, and my wife could hear it over her TV 3 rooms away lol. No static! No popping! Nice clean sound. I cranked it up to 10 after dialing in my tones, and my nieghbors next to my house could probably hear it. Hate on Peavy all you like, but this one heck of a starter/small gig amp! I'd deffinately reccomend this to friends...FRIENDS, not just strangers.
You have High, Mid, Low tuning to tinker in YOUR sound. Gain and Master Volume 1-10 on those. A shift frequency dial, headphone jack, CD/MP3 input, AND a voicing switch to adjust your sound even more w/ 3 selections.
I havn't bought any new Peavy stuff in years, so I'll go off past experience. They're tanks! Seriously. If U have issues with one of these when you get it, replace it under warranty, and I bet money you won't have a repeat.
Bang for the buck? yes. This money for one heck of an amp with tons of features for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Was good at first but maybe i got a bad one?

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

Peavey max 115 bass comboRated 3.5 in features because of the Eq, I would have much rather preferred a 7 band but unfortunately does not have one, also doesn't have a line out.4.0 in quality because for some reason after 4 months the sound on my amp started to sound flat, barely any kick with the lows turned up and the mids and highs down. Though this amp did pack a nice punch when I first plugged it in. for the time that I did get to use it, I played a couple of shows. All in all besides the sound going bad on my amp, this amp is a great buy, sounds good with an ibanez sdgr 505 and a boss odb-3 pedal.

 
5.0

It has your tone

By G. Everett

from Winnipeg

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Volume
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • heavy
  • Noisy FX Loop

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • band practice
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording
  • Small gigs

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

There are three voicings to this amp, and they all sound amazing and are as tweakable as bass really gets. You get the standard Low-Mid-High, and you can also tweak the contour to get a clearer tone or a softer, more vocal one. The Vintage setting takes you back to classic rock tones like those from Mountain or Cream chock full of tubey distortion. The Modern setting is a cleaner tone, and the Max setting adds extra presence, much of it on the low end. Between the three, you will be able to find the sound you are looking for.

There is an FX-send and return loop that I don't use, as I find it adds a little unwanted noise to my signal chain, but it would be a great place to slap an EQ pedal if you want more control of your sound.

As far as maximum volume goes, when I dime out the Gain and Volume knobs it's a little louder than my drummer, who has a heavy hand on the skins. The 15" speaker has no problem going as low as you and your 5-string bass want - but it also gives a nice warm sound when you plug a guitar into it.

If you want more tweakability for your tone at high volumes, you might want to look at a higher wattage, but if you're just playing at home or small gigs, it's a great amp that will have your tone!

 
5.0

Great Buy

By Rythm Section

from Champaign Illinois

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I am a guitar player that started to play around with a bass, and I needed an inexpensive amp. At the music store, I tested 4 different amps in this price reange and settled on this one. I am a big fan of Peavey amps, but tried several different brands. The 15 inch speaker makes a huge difference. There is a much stronger sound than the 12" speakers were giving. The tone is nice, it is plenty loud enough for a bar-sized gig, and there are some nice features. Some things to consider: It is pretty big and heavy, and the Max115 does NOT have an aux jack for CD's or IPods. Another reviewer said that his guitar sounds really good through this amp. That is not very accurate as far as I am concerned. I tried it with a very good guitar and it sounded like a big muddy mess, regardless of how you eq it. It is a bass amp that will get the job done for a good price in a bar or small gig. If you are trying to buy one amp for both a guitar and bass, then buy a good PA setup and a DI box. I dont think you will too happy trying to make this amp something that it is not intended to be.

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

This is an amazing bass amp!I got it about 4 years ago and its has never let me down no matter how loud i put it. I've played with other people and by myself and it sounds amazing. whether you want it loud or quiet it will sound awesome. its perfect.

 
5.0

THUMP

By jeffreebass

from NC

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

This is a truly amazing amplifier. Although I agree w/ the person who said they wished it had more watts, 100 would be nice. However, it still provides plenty of volume for rehearsal and gigs. The range of sounds one can achieve with the Peavy Max is what really sold me on it. I really like the 'Vintage' setting with the gain almost all the way up, gives a cool kind of distorted sound. Be warned though, its really heavy...like the actual weight of it so if your skinny either hit the gym or get a roadie.

 
4.0

Good but not Great

By Gunner-oyg-d

from NC

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I got my max 115 through a local dealer. They were backordered at the time (it took me 3 months to get it). When I got it home and started playing I noticed a lot of rattling. It finally got so bad I took it back to the dealer. It was fixed under warranty. A screw was loose on the inside but other than that its alright!

 
4.0

Review

By bassplayr3928

from Kingston, PA

Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

This is a nice one but it could be a little louder. This should only be used as a practice amp obviously. This was not too expensive either but it doesnt has some ok sound its a good buy.

 
5.0

Max 115

By Philip Wind

from somwere under my equipmen

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

I went to a local music shop to buy the bass I've been dreaming of I used this amp to try it out and I walked out with the amp instead. I use a huge ampeg rig but I needed a small gig/practice amp that would fit in the car and wouldn't need 3 people to move it this is it sweet gain solid state tube voicing peavey is know for I love this little amp.

 
5.0

good price good product

By superdave-U.Ry7

from flint mi

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Comments about Peavey MAX 115 Bass Combo:

Playing bass through a 15 inch speaker at this price range is the reason I enjoy peavy.

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