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Peavey Transtube Blazer 158 1x8 15W Guitar Amp with Reverb  

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    An amp for serious practice.

    Despite its small size, this is an amp that lets you play big. Exclusive TransTube circuitry for realistic tube tone. 15W power. 8" Blue Marvel speaker. Modern and vintage voicing switches. 2 switchable channels (clean and lead). 3-band EQ. Reverb with level control. Tape/CD input and headphone jack.

    Features

    • TransTube circuitry for realistic tube tone
    • 15W power
    • 8" Blue Marvel speaker
    • Modern and vintage voicing switches
    • 2 switchable channels (clean and lead)
    • 3-band EQ
    • Reverb with level control
    • Tape/CD input and headphone jack
    • 15"W x 16-3/4"H x 11-1/4"D

    If you want a practice amp that sounds like a gig amp, look no further. Order the Blazer III today.

     
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    4.1

    (based on 36 reviews)

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    Peavey Blazer 158

    Probably one of the best starter amps. It was the best one i tested out at that price level and was highly recommended. If starting over, i'd buy it again. The clean channel...Read complete review

    Probably one of the best starter amps. It was the best one i tested out at that price level and was highly recommended. If starting over, i'd buy it again. The clean channel is great, and my Digitech GNX2 works fine with it to create any sound i need. At first i was not impressed with the lead channel, but as i got better with my playing i came around to really liking it. It's obviously not as loud as a stack but its great for low volume playing with distortion (which is harder to achieve with a higher wattage amp). Louder than i expected from 15W and it still sounds great cranked all the way up.It's not a fender clean or a mesa overdrive, but for the price, it's the next best thing. You can definitely dial in a good crunch and the clean has good highs and more bass response than i expected from an 8" speaker...very tight sound...and with an effects board the sound can easily get brighter or deeper if desired.The reverb is good too...again, it isn't the fender 'super long spring' sound but it is well enough for most applications.The transtube circuit is nice...when playing the lead channel it is responsive to the playing style similar to a tube (when played soft it has a cleaner sound, and breaks up when hit hard).highly recommend it, especially if starting out and you aren't real sure yet what type of larger amp you want. Great for classic rock, country, and blues, with a pedal it can easily be adjusted for metal.This is a great amp, Peavey does a great job, and at hundreds less than anything else that comes close to this type sound, it's a no brainer.

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    Cheap price, Cheap sound

    I got this amp a little while back, and because another amp broke I was stuck with this. The clean channel is not that bad, you can get some good sound out of...Read complete review

    I got this amp a little while back, and because another amp broke I was stuck with this. The clean channel is not that bad, you can get some good sound out of it, and the reverb is alright. The clean channel provides alright bass and treble blends that are warm. You can get twangy too. The problem starts when you change it to the gain channel. It is nearly impossible to get an okay sounding distortion out of it. It makes whatever guitar you are playing with just sound hollow and cheap.I am a little dissappointed because peavey's higher end stuff is great. This is just not the amp you want to spend your money on.

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By E

    from orem utah

    Pros

    • LOUD
    • Reacts Like A Tube Amp
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

    • No Footswitch

    Best Uses

      I have an older version of this, and it is amazing. I am in my school's jazz band. This amp is easily loud enough. In fact I could probably easily drown out the piano. It is loud a 40 watt roland cube amp that my teacher owns. It has great tone especially the clean channel. It reacts like tube amps that I have played. It distorts slightly at full volume on clean with my strat. when on the gain channel if you turn down the volume on your guitar, the sound gets cleaner. It is a great amp especially for the price it is.

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      4.0

      As much as I expected

      By Bryce-M0gvF

      from Corinna, ME

      This little amp has as much bark as it does bite, but doesn't exactly do the job I want it to. The Distortion is very muddy which isn't good for leads, and you have to really try for pinch harmonics (Which is something I use a LOT of). The clean channel is just that- Clean. I use a Dean Dime-o-Flage and Digitech RP-12, and with that combined with the amp I can get a pretty darn good sound. This is a very good practice amp, or gigs in small places, but just doesn't get the type of coverage I needThe Bottom Line- This amp is only as good as what you put into it.

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      5.0

      Good For The Buck

      By zildjian player

      from australia

      I've used this starter amp for a long time. It smokes virtually any other starter amp that i've played on.

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      4.0

      Peavy Blazer

      By Die For Dethklok13

      from Murrieta, CA

      I have had this amp for a year now.The first time I tested it out I imediately went out and bought an Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff and a MXR Wylde Overdrive. The gain is a bummer. The clean channel is O.K., but it could be better.I recently been playing my Blazer through my stereo; a big improvement.

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      4.0

      Well, I got what I paid for.

      By Andras

      from Portland, OR

      Alright, this is a nice little practice amp, and works pretty well for my purposes. However, This boxes consruction worries me. I'd hate to trip over it in fear that it might disentegrate. The sound is decent, but I also play bass, which makes this amp sound like a toy. I would only look at this amp if you only are planning on playing it in your room. I run a mega-distortion pedal thorough mine, and like the sound they produce. I suggest you shop for a while before deciding on this amp.

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      4.0

      If your cheap..buy it....

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Ive had this baby for a year now and it has been an ok little practice amp,BUT nothing more than that.The clean channel is fine but the gain is absolutely horrible...the reverb isn't all that amazing either...my advice: don't be cheap....get a real amp....i suggest a fender blues junior...

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      4.0

      Good Amp

      I think the Peavey Blazer158 with reverb is good. I got one in 2005 and am very satisfied with it. It's the only amp I've ever had, so I can't really say how it compares to other amps. However, I do believe that any beginner would certainly love it for years to come. It's wonderful for practice or for performing at small gatherings.

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      2.0

      Cheap price, Cheap sound

      By thedude00

      from Owego, NY

      I got this amp a little while back, and because another amp broke I was stuck with this. The clean channel is not that bad, you can get some good sound out of it, and the reverb is alright. The clean channel provides alright bass and treble blends that are warm. You can get twangy too. The problem starts when you change it to the gain channel. It is nearly impossible to get an okay sounding distortion out of it. It makes whatever guitar you are playing with just sound hollow and cheap.I am a little dissappointed because peavey's higher end stuff is great. This is just not the amp you want to spend your money on.

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      3.0

      Get something better

      By Robbie-VpNZP

      from Reno, NV

      I have this amp minus the reverb. I've had it since September of 05 and I blew the thing today under the wierdest of circumstances. It was on the clean channel with the gain only around 2 and I hit the strings hard on my Hellraiser after I turned this amp on and now my clean channel sounds like a pushed, twangy blues sound. If you get this amp you'll end up buying an overdrive or distortion pedal within months after you realize its a piece. I guess I got my hundred dollars out of it. Look at something better for a first amp. You'll be wanting more after playing on anything bigger and better.

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      4.0

      Okay, but you can get better for your money

      By austindegausser

      from Lincoln, NE

      I have this amp, only without the reverb on it. If you set the high tone all the way on 10 it makes a staticy sound. Its not really bad, but it is sorta annoying when your not playing. If you turn the pre and post gain to 10 and not strumming all of the strings it makes a horrible screeching sound, so either you have to touch the strings you arent strumming to stop the screeching or stum them all. this is not good for solos. If you keep the volume low on the distortion channel its okay. The clean channel is excellent.Summary:This isnt a bad amp by any means, but id suggest getting a Spider II or III. It comes with 6 (i think) effects built in and its cheaper.

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