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Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo

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Most practice amps sound like practice amps. The Peavey MAX 158 is an exception. Thanks to TransTube emulation circuitry, it has sweet tone that make...Click To Read More About This Product

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A practice bass amp with big-time tone.

Most practice amps sound like practice amps. The Peavey MAX 158 is an exception. Thanks to TransTube emulation circuitry, it has sweet tone that makes practicing or warming-up backstage a pleasure. A voicing switch gives you modern or vintage drive. 3-band EQ. 15W power. 8" bass driver. Tape/CD in. Headphone out.

FEATURES
  • Great tone
  • TransTube emulation circuitry
  • Modern/vintage voicing switch
  • 3-band EQ
  • 15W power
  • 8" speaker
  • Tape/CD in
  • Headphone out

It costs so little, how can you resist? Order the MAX 158 bass amp combo today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions
  • 11-3/4"W x 14-1/4"H x 9"D (Unpacked)
  • 13-1/2"W x 15-1/4"H x 10-1/2"D (Packed)
  • Weight
  • 20.6 lbs. (Packed)
  • 18.3 lbs. (Unpacked)
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PeaveyMAX 158 Bass Practice Combo
 
4.0

(based on 25 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

With a pedal, amazing

I got this amp the same day I got my first bass (OLP Stingray). Just recently i bought a Korg multifx pedal and brought the whole set-up to band practice. Everyone was amazed...Read complete review

I got this amp the same day I got my first bass (OLP Stingray). Just recently i bought a Korg multifx pedal and brought the whole set-up to band practice. Everyone was amazed at how loud the little thing got! Sadly, the sound doesn't carry well so you lose a lot of tone and sound in big areas. BUT! in a large room, with drum set and a half-stack, this thing can hold it's own. I had it at about 7.5 and it was shaking the whole house. Great tone too, excellent lows, warm mids, a little weak on the highs but I rarely use 'em. Very sturdy, really starting to wonder what the speaker's rated at, it seems to be invincible!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice amp for practicing, but not for playing

Great little amp sounds really good when practicing in your bedroom, but 15 watts just isn't enough to cut it playing with other people. Don't get me wrong - I really like this...Read complete review

Great little amp sounds really good when practicing in your bedroom, but 15 watts just isn't enough to cut it playing with other people. Don't get me wrong - I really like this amp, but it's simply not loud enough for anything more than practicing alone or maybe playing bass with one or two unamplified acoustics. It's got great features, like fantastic tone, a headphone jack, and CD-in jacks, but they come at the expense of volume. I'm sending it back and spending an extra twenty bucks to get a Behringer Ultrabass with 45 watts and a 10 inch speaker.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

With a pedal, amazing

By TCISZAR

from Rensselaer, IN

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I got this amp the same day I got my first bass (OLP Stingray). Just recently i bought a Korg multifx pedal and brought the whole set-up to band practice. Everyone was amazed at how loud the little thing got! Sadly, the sound doesn't carry well so you lose a lot of tone and sound in big areas. BUT! in a large room, with drum set and a half-stack, this thing can hold it's own. I had it at about 7.5 and it was shaking the whole house. Great tone too, excellent lows, warm mids, a little weak on the highs but I rarely use 'em. Very sturdy, really starting to wonder what the speaker's rated at, it seems to be invincible!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Practice Amp

By Rhythm Man

from Arkansas USA

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I purchased this great little amp for my son, to go with his Squire Standard Jazz Bass. I couldn't believe the tone and the punch for a little 15 watt practice amp. Back in the day, I had a 40 watt practice amp that could not equal this one in volume, tone or quality. I could probably take this one to praise band (without a drummer), and use it for church services. I doubt if it would be serviceable with a heavily amplified group with a drummer, however. If you want to hear your bass to the best advantage during personal practice, this is THE amp for you.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for practice

By Dano-yu6jN

from Hollywood, Fl.

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I am new to playing the bass and I bought it for practicing in the house.That's what its designed for and its a great piece of equipment. I don't have to put the volume very high to rattle the place. It has plenty of power and a nice boom quality.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a great little tone monster

By Mr. MM

from NJ

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

This is a great little amp! Good solid bass tone with definition and lots of bottom end. The vintage/modern switch is an excellent feature and the EQ settings have lots of "tweakabiltiy". This a perfect choice for jamming along at home to your favorite songs or for practicing your chops.The Max 158 sounds great, it's built like a tank and for the price it's a steal.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rockin'

By Your Name Here-lC2qo

from Pacifica, CA

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I just purchased this recently, and i screams. I compared it to playing on a guitar amp, and, the bottom line is you have to get a bass amp is you have a bass. Overall, great sound, but a master volume control switch would be nice. I still think that there is no other this quality for this low price.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great little practice amp!

By Tony C

from Plainview, NY

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I've owned this amp for at least 2 years and for $100 you can't go wrong. I practice regulary with a local band and I never needed to put this amp above 5 to be heard above the drums, 2 guitars and the keyboard player. I get good tones out of this amp using primarily the vintage setting and middle(5) on all 3 eq setting and I shape the sounds nicely with my Yamaha RBX170 or Sterling Ray34 basses. There are some complaints about distorion, in other reviews, but I've haven't found that to be a problem for me, but I've never needed to crank it up past half. I use a 100W SRW for any gigs we play. For a practice amp that's small and easy to carry around, this gets the job done very nicely.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Little Amp

By Slackers76

from Puyallup, WA

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

This Amp isn't actually all that bad. Sure it's got what, 15 Watts? I take this to practice with my band, though not very often, and when I turn it up all the way I can hear myself. But not very well. There's a guitarist and drummer, neither of which are extremely loud, but definately not quiet. Though it's all distorted, I like the sounds, probably because my type of music. Still though, this amp should probably just stawy at home for solo practice. Built like a tank, with a little 3-band equalizer. Not a bad beginner amplifier at all. Though I'll be upgrading to the 50W MAX 115 soon. :)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PEAVEY 158

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

Great amp, I use it with bass and guitar. It really sounds great with my strat I actually use it to gig, just need to mic it up. The transtube technology really sounds good. I use a MXR Dist III and I am amazed at what great sounds I can get. Great amp for the money.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good... if u want a fuzz sound

By Nicholas McClain

from bosie idaho

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I bought this amp for a travle amp. Thats the only good thing about it.If I go over 2 it has hevy fuzz, and bad fuzz at that. It wouldnt be half bad if you could get a clean sound out of and hear it, have an Eq and a preamp on hand if you want to play with this.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice amp for practicing, but not for playing

By DaveTheSlave

from Kansas City, KS

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

Great little amp sounds really good when practicing in your bedroom, but 15 watts just isn't enough to cut it playing with other people. Don't get me wrong - I really like this amp, but it's simply not loud enough for anything more than practicing alone or maybe playing bass with one or two unamplified acoustics. It's got great features, like fantastic tone, a headphone jack, and CD-in jacks, but they come at the expense of volume. I'm sending it back and spending an extra twenty bucks to get a Behringer Ultrabass with 45 watts and a 10 inch speaker.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Corrected review - Distorted sound.

By Tony C

from Plainview, NY

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I recently gave this amp and very good review. I have since purchased a new Bass Guitar, the Sterling Ray 34, whichs sounds very distorted through this amp. My previous guitar, the Yamaha RBX170 sounded much cleaner throught this same amp. I'm guessing that the active pickups and preamp on the Sterling contributes to the problem. If you are looking for an amp in this price point, I might consider the Fender Rumble. I sold the Yamaha so I can no longer do a side by side comparision. But I never had a problem with the passive pickups and the sound quality of this amp before, and now I am not loving it as much.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for practice

By Goose72

from Chesterton, IN

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

My amp is great when I don't turn the thing to where I can get some sound(either on the amp's gain or on my bass). But when I turn this thing up on either volume control it sounds really distorted. So if you just need it to barely hear yourself, then it's a sure bet, but if you enjoy being loud then it sounds pretty bad.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

*sigh*

By Brad-f.daF

from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

This amp is fine for people who aren't in a band or people who like distortion with their sound. If you are thinking you want a distortion pedal for this amp let me tell you DON'T!!!! You will ruin your bass sound because somehow once you put a distortion/metal pedal through the amp will keep the sound and make a forever lasting distortion sound. Waste of money but from what it was before. It was okay for a peavey MAX bass series amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Practice Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

It's a nice little practice amp and worth the money. Something I descovered about it is that when you turn it up to max it makes a dark, overtoned sound. Kinda like that of Hysteria's bass.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not bad of an amp

By leftybassist93

from JACKSON, NJ

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

i have just purchased this amp around 3-4 months ago, its first impressions of this amp was pretty good, until 2 months later when the amp started to go bad on me. about 2 months later owning this amp, it would make extreme static noises, extremely annoying for me. if your looking for an amp that will last a long time, don't buy this amp

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good amp

By Katnip4clones257

from New Hampshire

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

This was the first amp I ever bought. I got it the day I got my bass, so I knew virtually nothing about it. I have now been playing for quite some time, and when I look back I think about how awesome it was for a starter amp. It has the best tone by far of any practice amp I've ever heard. It isnt really loud enough to play with a band, but if you had to use it it would suffice. I did for awhile, but I just hung a microphone in front of it=] The vintage setting is actually pretty cool too.I would reccomend this amp over all others as a first amp, or if you already have a gigging one and are looking for a great practice amp this will do fine.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WHOA

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

this amp has some really good distortion and amaazing eq. a very good practice amp. i just want to know where the volume pedal is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PUNCHY MONSTER!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I've owned the 158 for a little over a year now and love it. i have never had a problem with it. It has more power than a 200 watt peavy guitar amp in such a little enclosure. It has held up to many gigs including being dropped off a 5 foot stage. The 158 has great tone and great lows for sure seeing how my Synths can get the nice crisp low end out of it too. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a decent amp at the price. It is LOUD!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't get this without trying it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

Tried this in Guitar Center today alongside the Fender Rumble. I really wanted to like the Peavey since I'm generally pretty anti-Fender, but couldn't get a clean sound out of this. If you wanna play at a decent volume level you're going to be playing with some serious distortion. Just thought the amp was overall crappy when you can get a very nice (for the price) sound out of the Fender.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I'm used it at my friend's house

By Brolin

from Vero Beach, Florida

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Comments about Peavey MAX 158 Bass Practice Combo:

I am a guitarist and drummer (and eventually bassist) and compared to my roland 15x cube guitar amp it's equal, in sound and they mix well. Now I've done practice with him with the guitar and bass and it sounds fine, but if we play it with my drums even if I'm barely hitting with any force, I can't hear a THING, even when he turns it up full blast. It's great for at home practice, or practice with other sized amps, but NOT for band practice. But it is a great starter amp and I will most likely get a peavey amp just like this for my first bass.

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