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Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology

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The little guy with the big punch!

The Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier is a shockingly hard-hitting ultralight amp, weighing in at only 16 lbs. Unique among practice amps, it gives you 2 channels, 3 radically different voicings--Stack, Modern, and Vintage--for a huge palette of tonal flavors. Pre and post gain knobs, and 3-band EQ make it jam-session ready while the headphone jack and tape/CD input are perfect for solo practice.

FEATURES
  • 25W RMS
  • 8" super-duty Blue Marvel speaker
  • 3-band EQ
  • 2 channels
  • Tape/CD aux input/direct out
  • Pre and post gain knobs
  • Master volume
  • Stack/Modern/Vintage voicing switch
  • Headphone jack
  • 16 lbs.
  • 19-1/4"W x 15-1/2"H x 9-1/2"D
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PeaveyRage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

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No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome clean amp

I was looking for a pair of SS amps to gig with (I run stereo reverb), ones that sounded good clean but also had a tube like attack and compression. These TransTube...Read complete review

I was looking for a pair of SS amps to gig with (I run stereo reverb), ones that sounded good clean but also had a tube like attack and compression. These TransTube do. Sure they aren't AS good as a tube amp, but they sound really good none-the-less. Better than all my other SS amps. They DON'T have the annoying ultra-high freq, almost ice-picky thing going on that so many SS amps have.I own four of the TransTube amps: the Solo, Rage, Envoy and Bandit. If you're looking for clean tones, this Rage 258 seems the best of the bunch.On the higher end models (Envoy and Bandit), you get to select separate EQ'ing for your clean and lead channels, but I find most of the lead selections not really my taste. But the Rage's three EQ selections all sound good to my ears.The other three models' clean channels tend to start breaking up earlier on as well. With the Rage, you can be almost to full volume before the break-up starts.I did a side-by-side with the Envoy and the Rage. I connected each to a single spkr in my Peavey Classic 50 combo, so both were playing from identical speakers in the same cabinetry.I found that the volume level of the Envoy wasn't really much greater than the Rage, and if you turned them up just to the point of break up the Rage was slightly louder. The Rage is EQ'ed a bit differently, so even the two models' clean channels sounded a bit different. The Rage was a tad brighter, a bit more presence, perhaps a bit less compression. I also noticed that going through the 10" speaker from my cab, the Rage had all the depth and character of the Envoy. In other words, I'm betting the limiting factor on tonal depth with these amps is the speaker and enclosure. I suspect I could plug my tiny Solo up to a warm 12" speaker and get some thunderous bass. I'll have to try that with my Solo and Bandit!How am I using this amp as a clean amp? By running ultra clean, I can more easily make my electric sound like an acoustic (I use an EH Knockout pedal). I also have the option of getting whatever kinda dirty I like, without limiting my ability to play clean - I treat the whole amp as the power-amp stage of an amp and use overdrive pedals to emulate the pre-amp stage, putting effects in-between like an fx send/rtrn on an amp would. I put my dirt boxes in front of my phaser pedal (A behringer PH9 - the cheapest phaser I found, and the BEST one [true bypass, low stage count so it sounds all warm and gooey like the Vintage 74 MXR]). After my phaser I've got a Vox Cooltron Big Ben Overdrive (basically a pre-amp stage from an amp). Then I do my chorus and reverb before going in the Rage.Chorus and Reverb sound MUCH nicer when not overdriven. By putting a tube pre in front of those effects, I get nice glistening effects. I put the phaser before the tube pre because it's a bit bitey and the tube pre smooths the edges a bit. More of a Robin Trower effect that way as well.

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No Reverb

I have an old Bandit transtube that I love and picked this amp up to use for practice hoping to capture the same sound. First off, the amp does not have reverb which surprised...Read complete review

I have an old Bandit transtube that I love and picked this amp up to use for practice hoping to capture the same sound. First off, the amp does not have reverb which surprised me. I thought even the cheapest practice amps had these days - my bad; I didn't read the specs. Doesn't really capture the old bandit sound, but it is ok for practice. Hard to be too critical for the price.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome clean amp

By FrostBottomBoys

from Knoxville, TN

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Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I was looking for a pair of SS amps to gig with (I run stereo reverb), ones that sounded good clean but also had a tube like attack and compression. These TransTube do. Sure they aren't AS good as a tube amp, but they sound really good none-the-less. Better than all my other SS amps. They DON'T have the annoying ultra-high freq, almost ice-picky thing going on that so many SS amps have.I own four of the TransTube amps: the Solo, Rage, Envoy and Bandit. If you're looking for clean tones, this Rage 258 seems the best of the bunch.On the higher end models (Envoy and Bandit), you get to select separate EQ'ing for your clean and lead channels, but I find most of the lead selections not really my taste. But the Rage's three EQ selections all sound good to my ears.The other three models' clean channels tend to start breaking up earlier on as well. With the Rage, you can be almost to full volume before the break-up starts.I did a side-by-side with the Envoy and the Rage. I connected each to a single spkr in my Peavey Classic 50 combo, so both were playing from identical speakers in the same cabinetry.I found that the volume level of the Envoy wasn't really much greater than the Rage, and if you turned them up just to the point of break up the Rage was slightly louder. The Rage is EQ'ed a bit differently, so even the two models' clean channels sounded a bit different. The Rage was a tad brighter, a bit more presence, perhaps a bit less compression. I also noticed that going through the 10" speaker from my cab, the Rage had all the depth and character of the Envoy. In other words, I'm betting the limiting factor on tonal depth with these amps is the speaker and enclosure. I suspect I could plug my tiny Solo up to a warm 12" speaker and get some thunderous bass. I'll have to try that with my Solo and Bandit!How am I using this amp as a clean amp? By running ultra clean, I can more easily make my electric sound like an acoustic (I use an EH Knockout pedal). I also have the option of getting whatever kinda dirty I like, without limiting my ability to play clean - I treat the whole amp as the power-amp stage of an amp and use overdrive pedals to emulate the pre-amp stage, putting effects in-between like an fx send/rtrn on an amp would. I put my dirt boxes in front of my phaser pedal (A behringer PH9 - the cheapest phaser I found, and the BEST one [true bypass, low stage count so it sounds all warm and gooey like the Vintage 74 MXR]). After my phaser I've got a Vox Cooltron Big Ben Overdrive (basically a pre-amp stage from an amp). Then I do my chorus and reverb before going in the Rage.Chorus and Reverb sound MUCH nicer when not overdriven. By putting a tube pre in front of those effects, I get nice glistening effects. I put the phaser before the tube pre because it's a bit bitey and the tube pre smooths the edges a bit. More of a Robin Trower effect that way as well.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

peavey rage 258

By old rocker-oKF-x

from guymon. oklahoma

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I received my rage 258 today 67 hours after placing my order- musicians friend's service was great. I have been a semi-pro player for 30 years.Folks, this is the best $100.00 amp money can buy.Is it an all tube Marshall, or Boogie-no. Does it allow you to have a good time with great tone, adequate volume, versatility, and a dynamic tone control? Hell yes! I have taught and preformed for many years, and I know good tone, I f you want an amp to practice with, and for jamming, this is it. Loud enough, tone options, reliable, inexpensive- the best non- tube sound on the planet period.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Tiny-IjjmM

from Alabama

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

For the money it can't be beat, have been miking it at gigs and leaving the hundred pound amp at home, it does everything it says and more

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST AMP ON THE PLANET!!!

By Lance

from Longview, WA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Perfect Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Everything
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I have been playing for about 11 years now and have used every guitar, string, amp, pedal, sound system you can think of, and I'm very picky about tone! This amp has pretty much the IDENTICAL sound quality as a real tube amp! I own a Valve King Peavey tube full stack and I'm telling you...its the SAME sound I'm hearing through both amps. This thing is little but has MASSIVE sound! I put it through my PA system and the sound that it produces is better...yes...BETTER than my Peavey Valve King tube, and I personally believe that the Valve King is the best amp in the world...not necessarily anymore. I've heard some people say that the distortion on this amp isn't very good, I agree, however, I believe that ALL amps have bad built in distortion haha, so just get your favorite pedal and that won't be an issue (I strongly suggest the Danelectro Cool Cat Metal II Pedal, its the bomb)!!! I am definitely going to be recording with the Rage 258 Transtube! Do not waist time and money on super spendy gear, get this amp and a good PA system and you'll never even need anything else! Buy this amp!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big practice amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

OK, I'm only 13 in a alternative band but this thing is bigger than you think. I'm easily impressed so I would look at some other reviews too.Good clean sound and so I would recommend this for a good low price amp.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

No Reverb

By Nick

from SPI Texas

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Pros

  • Portable

Cons

  • No reverb

Best Uses

  • Practice

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I have an old Bandit transtube that I love and picked this amp up to use for practice hoping to capture the same sound. First off, the amp does not have reverb which surprised me. I thought even the cheapest practice amps had these days - my bad; I didn't read the specs. Doesn't really capture the old bandit sound, but it is ok for practice. Hard to be too critical for the price.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good amp

By Unnamed User-ZpZ36

from sc

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

ive owned this amp for about 3 or 4 years now and it still sounds awesome to this day. i line out my line 6 into it for the distortion and effects (b/c the built in distortion isnt good). this thing sounds like a good tube amp when you put delay on it. it sounds even better when i put my small clone chorus on it. overall just a great amp. i suggest buying one, i still use mine to this day.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good starter amp

By Justin-BWuWW

from Tulsa

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Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I bought this amp about 2wks ago. It seems to have a great clean sound. Plenty of volume for my needs. I've only gone up to half way on volume and that was loud enough for me. I'm a beginner so it does enough to suit me in practicing. I'm not sure they get any better at this price.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Loud Practice Amp

By D72543

from Heber Springs,AR

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Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I Bought This Peavey Rage 258 Amp And It More Than Meets My Needs. It's Plenty Loud For Practice With The Black Marvel 8 In Speaker This Amp Cranks Out The Sound. I Play A Standard Strat With A Digitech RP50 And It Sounds Fantasic. Clean Sound All Around. No Complaints Here At All. For The Money You Can't Go Wrong. I Tried Other Amps But This One Sounds The Best With A Strat. Has A Nice Bright Clear Sound. And Is Built To Last. Get This Amp!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesomeness

By JelzShredder

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

I was rather skeptical when buying this amp because my last Peavey Practice Amp kinda died but on the other hand Peavey was awarded the overall best quality (for amps) award and thus I trusted them. I must say I do like the amp quite a lot and it's exterior makes it possible to love an inanimate object. However, an effects pedal is definitely reccomended and if you use peavey cables for it and for your guitar, I reccomend anything but.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

rage 258

By fanhalen98

from peterborough on

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Pros

  • Decent sound clean
  • Portable

Cons

  • Garbage eq
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    this amp has decent clean sound but when u start to run effects it is very hard to get a good overdrive tone, the eq is terrible with overdrive i can't get a van halen brown sound or any kind of good rock tones i am looking to upgrade to a 6505 or a Marshall soon

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is a keeper!

    By Leftee-brKWw

    from NC

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    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I've been through a bunch of little practice amps recently looking for a nice little combo for home practice and the occasional small jam. I've been through a Vox VR15, Marshall AVT20, Behringer GM108, and an Epi Valve Junior combo that I modified a bit. The Vox was the only one I flat out didn't care for. The others had merit. This Peavey is a fantastic sounding combo with a lot of flexibility. The "Vintage, Modern, Stack" switch really does a great job of reshaping the tone controls. This feature really sets the amp apart from its peers. My favorite setting is on "Stack" with the tone controls turned all the way up. Very "British Classic Rock" sounding. This amp does have a reasonable tube amp "feel." This is my first Trans-tube amp and I'm very impressed!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    amazing amp

    By Skippay

    from 502

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I bought this amp when i bought my dean ml xm.I've used it for metal for quite some time, and I think that the distortion sounds pretty good. It's actually quite crunchy.I dont use the clean channel much, only when im using my fender distortion pedal.overall, i like this amp.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Okay,,,

    By Steve-TVItx

    from Western NY

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I've had this amp for a few months, and I really like it. The clean channel is fantastic, and the amp has plenty of controls to create your own tone. Sounds like a tube amp, and has very little feedback from my Dean Cadillac. I always use my Metal Master for metal (of course) and it sounds incredible (mid/high 3/4 of the way, last morph). The lead channel is garbage, and I can't believe more people haven't mentioned it on here. No matter what the settings it always sounds muffled, as though a pillow is in front of it. Apart from that, very solid.

     
    5.0

    Nice Amp that works well for me

    By TechWriter

    from SW Minnesota

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I have been playing a Kentucky solid body mandolin on this amp for almost one year now. I think that it sounds good and has enough variations of adjustments to pretty much get the sound that I want. I play for my own pleasure and I have not used another amp enough to make a comparison. This one suits me for playing at home. I was planning to buy a more expensive amp that is at least a 10 watt output. In reading the specifications before ordering. This one stood out and turned out to be at a lower price. If I had it to do again I would buy this same amplifier.

     
    4.0

    Good for clean, but weak distorion.

    By Metalmaniac-DNSgq

    from Berea,Kentucky

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I bought the Peavey Rage 258 in October, using some birthday money from family. I needed a new amp because I had a crappy 15W Behringer. The distortion on the Behringer was just as good as this Peavey. As a Metal musician, distortion is my main thing, and this thing didn't live up to it's hype.When I play clean things, like Skynard or Pink Floyd, I'm satisfied. Theclean on this thing can't be beat. It isn't flat at all, and if you switch it over to stack you get a muffled sound that makes it sound more like southern rock.The distortion is non-existant. Granted, I'm using a crappy Behringer strat that I got from a combo, so I can't expect too much, but it isn't delivering. Even with my Digitech Distortion Pedal, it's cranking out the same stuff.If you play Metal, get a Line 6 or an Ibanez. If you want clean, ringing tones, buy the Peavey Rage 258.

     
    5.0

    Perfect Little Practice Amp

    By Mad-Dog66

    from Tucson, AZ

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I've always liked Peavey's solid state amps, especially the clean channels. This one is no exception. But, the lead channel is where this baby really shines. The 3 amp "voicings" really make a difference in overall sound. Transtube circuit does a good job of emulating a real tube amp...In other words, the amp's distortion will sound best when volume is cranked. This is a no frills, straight forward practice amp (no fake sounding digital effects to get in the way of pure tone) but does handle external pedals really well. A real spring reverb would've been nice though.

     
    4.0

    Nice Practice Amp

    By NewLesPaul Fan

    from Kentucky

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    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I purchased this amp to go along with my new Les Paul Plus top and I have to say I'm surprised. For the money you honestly cant beat this amp. Dont get Trans tube confused with actual tubes...the amp is trying to imitate the sound of tube amps..and it comes pretty close. It has a fantastic clean sound and decent distortion, but most of us use pedals so that more than makes up for whats lacking there. Overall...great amp and I'm happy that I've purchased it. Another thing...for an 8 inch amps this thing looks pretty big lol.

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I've had this amp about 8 months and I have to say that I'm impressed. It not only gives you a remarkable amount of control over your tone and gain but it works very well with pedals. I think it's a great practice amp for those who like versitility and preformance.

     
    5.0

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By GuitarManDan-VeeLF

    from Boone, NC

    Comments about Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    i bought this amp when i needed an amp that would be cool around the house. i was wrong. it is great! this sucker pumps out all the power promised and more! it kills my the drums, playin at 5!!! its clean channel works amazing with my pedalboard, adding a vintage 80s sound. the low level output is hard to figure out, but i goy it hooked up to my crate bass amp and it acts like a stack, putting it in competition with my dads crate half stack. A+++

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