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

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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 speak...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Best Bang for the Buck

By Aerobrooks-gsTkT

from Macon, GA

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This is close to the "Backstage" amp that I have owned for almost 30 years. This little monster can and does deliver. Great clean and Awesome punchy distortion. Best of all is the features for the price. Can't be beat for a small practice amp.

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Jazzman

from SLC, Utah

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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.

     
    3.0

    sounds good

    By max w,

    from nh

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    Ok I haven't tried this amp but on getting it tommorow. One person said it buzzes with effect pedals and that's probably because he used a distortion pedal with the amps distortion on and that screws it up for some reason.

     
    5.0

    An excellent all around amplifier

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    It is what the description says it is. I have owned one of these as well for a couple of years.

     
    4.0

    It's Alright.

    By Austin Robertson-GeGT4

    from Bonney Lake, WA

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    My dad bought this for me last year for Christmas just for a practice amp around the house. It was pretty good at first. The clean channel sounds alright, and the distortion on it, is what you can expect from an amp like this, you're not going to get sweet dist. from just a combo, so if you should buy a pedal for that if you don't have one. The reason I'm at Musician's Friend today is to order another practice amp. After 8 months the distortion has become less distorted, even w/ the pedal, and the sound cuts out. Like if you are playing the sound will change and you can tell, it sounds like you dropped it underwater or something, haha. If I could of chose my amp, I probably wouldn't have picked this one. Nothing against Peavey, but I guess you could get the amp and just refund it when, if it does, start sounding funny.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DO NOT GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Jose sucks

    from Chicago,IL

    This amp is no good it gets crapy distortion and when you put the volume up it is terrible.

     
    4.0

    Good Beginner Amp

    By underoath4life

    from Lincoln, NE

    I got this amp used and without the reverb, and I got it for 80$. It's a pretty good amp. It buzzes when you get the 'high' tone too high. The distortion makes the amp seem just as loud as a 30w, but if you turn the pre and post gain to 10 it sqeels and you turn it down right away. It's a good amp for a beginner, but if your using this for a long time, look for something better. I'm upgrading to a Spider II or a Fender Frontman 15. For a high quality and effects it's worth the extra 30 bucks. But like I said, not too bad of a amp.

     
    4.0

    As much as I expected

    By Bryce-M0gvF

    from Corinna, ME

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    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.

     
    4.0

    COOOOOOLLLL

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    i just bought this amp and i think that for a practice amp it is great for the money. i got it for 50 bucks.

     
    2.0

    not the best.....

    By zmbefan22

    from Sacramento, Ca

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    This amp is ok, however, it buzzes loudly when I try to attach my pedals to it. Plus the lead signal's tone is terrible. I can get better tone from my Peavey keyboard amp.

     
    5.0

    Perfect starter

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I've used this starter amp for a long time. It smokes virtually any other starter amp that i've played on. The reverb is a nice little feature and all in all it's a great little amp

     
    5.0

    Great Practice Amp

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Found this little thing at a local music store for the same price as here and no waiting to get it. I wanted something for ease of transportation and decent volume to play classic rock. The distortion tones are valid enough to sound good playing along with music. 25 years ago I played in small clubs that this thing would rock in. :)I've just gotten it and still messing with the settings but all in all it's a great little practice amp for the price. Much better than the Gorilla amp I had in the 90's.

     
    5.0

    Very nice practice amp

    By Mike the guitar man

    from Windsor, NY

    This is definitely one of the greatest guitar amps for a biginning guitarist. This is the amp that I learned to play on, still have it to this day. I started to play a year and a half ago. I take lessons at McNeils music, and love to play. I play a peavey firenza with a five way swith through this amp. the sound has a nice tone to it. The distortion is great at low levels and desent at high levels. The quality of this peavey is great. I have had this thing all over the place. I take it to my grandmothers and jam on it sometimes. One time I took it to my grandmothers and it was a very dark and damp day out and this beast still functions fine. A great feture on this amp is that is has a reverb effect, witch many exspencive amps dont even have. Not to mention for only 15 watts through a 8 inch speaker, this thing is loud. I have a big room and i leave the lead channel on 2, thats how loud it is. I like to take it outside on my porch and play with the volume almost all the way up. This amp will last you for a good long time if you take care of it. Overall, great amp for begginers and for a practice amp, that you dont want to have to fool around with tubes. Eventually you will want to upgrade to a better amp. I am getting a peavey 2 by 12 half stack wiggy, a great deal, there almost giving it away.

     
    5.0

    Peavey Blazer 158

    By New Fan

    from AL

    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.

     
    4.0

    Well, I got what I paid for.

    By Andras

    from Portland, OR

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    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.

     
    4.0

    Excellent starter/practice amp

    By LP494

    from Marietta, GA

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    I got a Peavey Blazer as my first amp and have been very pleased. It has a good strong sound for being a small amp. The clean channel is crystal clear, while the distortion channel can go from smooth overdrive to snarling classic rock crunch. The equilization and gain controls allow you to fine tune your sound. Its small size allows it to be easily transportable.

     
    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.

     
    4.0

    Good amp for jamming

    By kinGoftheblues913

    from Nowhere, NY

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    I got this amp recently for my birthday and apart from the fact that is in fact not a tube preamp I was impressed. The sound was completely different, very warm, and tube-ish. Although I'm slightly disappointed with the reverb and sustain, this is an overall well thought-out and constructed amp perfect for a garage band type of thing.

     
    5.0

    It's ok

    By bchaps360

    from Virginia

    It's good sounding, but it needs more overdrive.

     
    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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