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Peavey XXL 100W Guitar Amp Head

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The Peavey XXL 100W Guitar Amp Head delivers 100W of innovative TransTube power into 4, 8, or 16 ohms (selectable impedance). The result is a monster...Click To Read More About This Product

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The culmination of 10 years of refinement.

The Peavey XXL 100W Guitar Amp Head delivers 100W of innovative TransTube power into 4, 8, or 16 ohms (selectable impedance). The result is a monster of an amplifier capable of accurately reproducing tons of the hottest tube amp tones imaginable. Master volume controls, 3 fully independent channels with separate volume, gain voicing switches, and 3-band, 3-position EQ. Ultra channel utilizes active EQ while clean and lead use passive EQ.

Includes damping switch (tight, medium, loose); footswitchable effects loop with effects level switch; preamp out/power amp in patching jacks; reverb; and power level switch for 25W, 50W, or 100W operation. 3-button footswitch included. Classic jeweled pilot light for power indication and durable chromeplated brass control knobs.

FEATURES
3 fully independent channels
3-band active EQ on ultra channel
3-band passive EQ on clean and lead channels
3-position EQ and gain voicing switches on each channel
100W into 4, 8, or 16 ohms (selectable impedance)
Power level switch for 25W, 50W, or 100W operation
Damping switch (tight, medium, loose)
Footswitchable effects loop with effects level switch
Preamp out/power amp in patching jacks
Reverb
Master volume
3-button footswitch included
Classic jeweled pilot light
Chromeplated brass control knobs
SPECIFICATIONS
26-1/2"W x 11"H x 11"D
40-1/2 lbs.
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4.8

(based on 69 reviews)

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Insanely Great Sounding for SS

Got this head off a trade almost two years ago. One word.... AMAZING.
I was a huge tube snob till I cam across this head, it changed my opinion on the...Read complete review

Got this head off a trade almost two years ago. One word.... AMAZING.
I was a huge tube snob till I cam across this head, it changed my opinion on the whole debate.
I own all peavey, a 6505+, 5150 and a 3120, so I can adequately compare them.
This thing DEFINITELY can compete with any high gain tube amp. It lacks the organicness of course but you'd only know if you had a tube head directly next to it to compare the small differences, the avergae player wouldn't know a difference.
Anyway the tone is brutalll. Make sure you mess with the dampening switch on the back, it can do classic sounds but honestly for high gain it just slays,
Ive used it through a 5150 cab which is nice because it adds a darkness to the character, sounds brutal. throw in on a cab w v30's and it sounds even more brutal. wgs veteren 30's... still brutal. It's definitely a metal amp and the cleans are awesome for acoustic and pretty snappy. Loud and no maintenance you can't beat it but trust me when I say this SS amp will blow your mind away... I won't ever sell it even though I have 3 tube heads.

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ehh...its okay.

I've had it for a little over a year now. It's just not what I want. The distortion is too much. I am an active musician. I play shows every weekend, and...Read complete review

I've had it for a little over a year now. It's just not what I want. The distortion is too much. I am an active musician. I play shows every weekend, and play in a quite popular band. I had to buy a GNX3 to get my sound. Without spending bookoo bucks for a Mesa. It looks cool, thats about it. I've had people come up on stage to talk to me before and after shows asking me if its a tube amp? I have to tell them no. I want a new head. Preferably a Marshall AVT150.

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5.0

Insanely Great Sounding for SS

By pvylvr

from orlando fl

Got this head off a trade almost two years ago. One word.... AMAZING.
I was a huge tube snob till I cam across this head, it changed my opinion on the whole debate.
I own all peavey, a 6505+, 5150 and a 3120, so I can adequately compare them.
This thing DEFINITELY can compete with any high gain tube amp. It lacks the organicness of course but you'd only know if you had a tube head directly next to it to compare the small differences, the avergae player wouldn't know a difference.
Anyway the tone is brutalll. Make sure you mess with the dampening switch on the back, it can do classic sounds but honestly for high gain it just slays,
Ive used it through a 5150 cab which is nice because it adds a darkness to the character, sounds brutal. throw in on a cab w v30's and it sounds even more brutal. wgs veteren 30's... still brutal. It's definitely a metal amp and the cleans are awesome for acoustic and pretty snappy. Loud and no maintenance you can't beat it but trust me when I say this SS amp will blow your mind away... I won't ever sell it even though I have 3 tube heads.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice head but it ain't no XXX

By D.T.-3pcll

from Undisclosed

This is a pretty decent head. All the tone options and whatnot make for countless sound possibilities..however. 1) The plastic footswitch is horrible. 2) There's constant white noise that doesn't ever go away, even with a surpressor. It's not horrible, but definately there. 3) Despite it being talked up as an equivalent to tube amps, it really isn't. One of the best solid state heads out there (with a BBE Sonic Maximizer or some kind of EQ, maybe a distortion pedal wouldn't hurt too), however I own a Peavey Triple XXX, the big brother of this amp, and there's no competition. I recommend you buy a Triple XXX used or something. This isn't a bad amp, but it ain't no Triple XXX

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Learning amp

By Derrickdude

from Cincinnati, OH

I have had this head for over a year now and i can give a decent review. I bought this because of the Ultra channel. You can get some sick death metal tones here.As I uased this head more for recording I kept turning everything down. Eventialy changing channels all the way down to the lead channel for my rythem. I have learned a lot about tones and levels from this amp. I have played through them all too. I have recorded two cd's and played many of shows.This head has taught me so much because it is very versitile. I am now looking at a mesa boogie b/c I can afford it now and I want that tone. But this amp has taught me the tru differences in tones. You can record good tones with this head and many of them. If you are looking for a more specific tone, chances are there is something else that will do it better.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome and versatile!

By The NIL8R

from Shakopee

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First of all, this is the best-looking solid state guitar amp on the market. I mean, the grille look and the knobs and the Triple XXX font?.! I?m not a tube freak, but I do like the noticeable differences tubes make in warmth of tone and this amp is good enough. The tonal range of all the channels with the voicing options makes this monster super versatile, with all the sounds I think I could possibly want (and more than I need, but the headroom for experimentation is there). Playing through the Clean channel, Warm is very nice and full, and Vintage is beautifully glassy. Modern provides a darker clean sound which I may someday find useful in heavy songs. The Lead channel?s Classic voicing provides a great door into the bluesy tweed tones, while British and High Gain NAIL contemporary Marshall tones! I compared British to my best friend?s JCM 2000 Overdrive channel, and wow! High Gain bumps up the gain in the mids a bit for that modified 80?s Marshall sound; if there was a way to toggle between British and High Gain you?d have perfect classic rhythm-to-solo transitions. On the Ultra channel, I prefer the Ultra voicing over Modern, for Ultra has a bit more character in the essential midrange (and I think Modern goes to total mush when the Gain is over 5). However, Modern does get a more effective scooped tone. Crunch serves me well as an alternate rhythm tone to British. (I think High Gain and Crunch should trade places.) The damping factor is so effective for going from looser, loud-?n?-long-low-mids to tightly-clamped quick modern tones. I just wish that each channel had its own dedicated damping switch, for I like Clean loose, Lead loose or in the middle, and Ultra tight. One thing I would like to note from personal experience is that the power level switch didn?t seem to make any difference, at least in volume. I turned the clean channel all the way up and the master all the way up and switched between 25, 50, and 100, and heard nothing happening. I don?t really know compression sag, but I expected at least a difference in volume levels, so maybe the power level switch simulates only sag, not loudness. I really don?t care, because I just want a high-wattage head for plenty of power and headroom to prevent compression sag. (Setting it to 25 for the Classic and Vintage voicings is psychologically satisfying, though.) I also wish the Reverb and Master Volume were placed after the effects loop in the signal chain, but that?s just personal preference. I would recommend this to all guitarists who want several tube-like-tones in one analog (not digital) amp, awesome cosmetics, and total reliability during transportation. My toddler toppled my rack case with my Peavey Rock Master inside once?a seven-foot drop?and I freaked out thinking he shattered the tubes. I never have to worry about that problem with the XXL. Word of advice: try it through different speaker cabs before you judge it. I don?t see many people happy with it through Peavey cabs, though I wonder how it would combine with the JSX cabs. Check it out!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just when i thought it couldnt get better

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Well this is a follow up review/add on. Just when I thought this amp sounded amazing for solid state and it couldn't get any better... I was wrong. I looked into the preamp in and out on the back of this head. If you get the ART project studio tube mic and instrument preamp hooked up by way of the XLR in and out on the back of the tube preamp. This amp will make you very very happy for a long time to come. It sounds almost exactly like a Peavey xxx head when you hook up the ART tube pre amp. Just more distortion options. Friggin sweet. What are you waiting for do it!!! DO IT NOW!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Satisfied with everything except the clean channel

By Tyler-4w6CG

from Bakersfield, CA

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I love playing metal, rock, grimy blues, and there are TONS of tone options for all of these. Where this product really falls short is it's clean channels never just shimmer clean, theres always a little grit to them, and it drives me nuts.Other than that, this thing is a beast for metal and rock and anything that you want distortion of any flavor, or a bit of a dirty clean tone. It's definitely solid, you don't have to worry about babying it, and it has enough features to keep anyone happy. So long as you don't need a pure clean, this amp is for you. Metal heads rejoice.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST SOLID STATE AMP EVER!

By BallsofDoom

from Dayton, Ohio

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These XXL's are the most reliable and best sounding solid state amps ever made. Play the blues? Yeah it will do that in spades... Classic rock? Yep! Metal?? You know it! This amp will keep up with a 5150 no problem... it is very warm and loud. It actually sounds better the louder it gets! It's nice not having to worry about biasing or spending hundreds every year changing tubes.

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4.0

Not a tube amp....

By Rivercityman

from Minnesota

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First of all, I'd like to say I LOVE this amp. The ohm switching, power switch, and channel voice switches make it an extremely versatile amp. The tone from this thing is amazing. Lots of crunch, loads of gain, and the built in reverb is surprisingly smoothe. HOWEVER, if you are looking for true tube tone, this amp doesn't quite pull it off. It's by far the best solid state amp I've ever played, but it lacks the warmth and life of a tube amp. If you are on a budget and are looking for a quality amp, this is it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

xxl is as big as its name

By Ace-McUzj

from kalamazoo,MI

I played a XL Supreme about 2 years ago and never forgot it. Then I plugged into the XXL and was even more blown away. I never thought that I would like Peavey, (I always played throught Crate or Marshall) but this amp just plain rocks. The tone and the crunch are so beautiful to the ear. Do not waste your time buying any other amp. This is the real thing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the XXL is heavy

By Matt-zBi0.

from Abingdon, MD

This is the only amp I can find to get the heavy crunch I'm looking for. I actually like it better than the XXX. I own a Mese triple rectifier, too, and it still doesn't compare. If you want your music to wreak havoc then this is the amp. And you don't have to replace tubes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this thing is a beast.

By Iamtheburr

from NC

I have had this amp for 2 years. at first not liking the built in distortion using the boss metal core for a while, but hated it sounded scooped out. finally start playing with the built in distortion and i am blown away. has amazing "tube" sound it has the fullness and the crunch. a guy in my band has a JSX. and i prefer my XXL over it. i have had this amp rained on. droped it. you name it this amp has been through it and its still trucking. i love this amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Sweet Spot

By Tone Freak-chKNH

from I move a lot

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This amp has some really good tones that can do everything from SRV to Pantera. Today, after a couple of years, I found what blew most peoples minds. I found what I like to call the amp's Gspot. If you think that this amp can't keep up with a true tube amp, try again. Set the master vol to a hair over 9, the clean vol all the up, the bass to 10, the mids to 11, and the treb to 1. Then flip the switch to warm. You'll chang your mind.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is A Great Amp.

By Thrasher1332

from Atlanta, GA

Its no mesa boogie, or Krank revolution.but this is agreat amp for the money. i was having trouble finding an amp that i could rock with gain and not get too much feedback. Rock this amp on the lead channel, with your gain at 3/4 and you get a sick sound without any feedback.Great amp i'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good solidstate amp.

 
5.0

Best Solid State Amp ever created. Better than some tube amp

By Zero

from Little Rock, Arkansas

I am almost hesitant to write this review because I don't want anyone stealing my sound or buying up all the XXL heads 2nd hand that I plan to buy, but here it goes.

I have the head as well as the 2x12 combo XXL for a total of 200 watts through 6 speakers. I run the head through a 412 with Eminence Governors and the 212 has Eminence Swamp Thangs. Instead of going through the front of the amp which is great in itself, I run a ZOOM G5n in stereo through the power amp input sections on the back of the amp. For digital modelers such as AxeFX, ZOOM, Line 6 this is the perfect setup as you get tons of clean headroom without distortion or coloring of the sound which is what you want for a modeler. When it comes to loudness, there is no question it hangs with the best of the best. So loud and warm that it'll hang with any drummer or similarly rated wattage on a tube amp. I use the Diezel Herbert Amp Model on my ZOOM and it is pure sonic bliss.

Now I have played through many tube amps and a few solid state amps and this destroys every solid state amp I have ever touched. Even sounds better than many tube amps. With my current setup it sounds even better than when I ran a BOSS Metal Zone through an old 90's Mesa Boogie Mark 3 combo with the 1x12 extension cab in my old band.

The key to this amp's greatness is the Tube Output Transformer or Autoformer which most solid state designs do not incorporate. The louder it gets, the better it sounds. The ridiculous part in all this, is that you can sometimes find these heads 2nd hand for around 300 or less. Selectable impedance means any cab can be hooked up. 1 head could drive a full stack with room to spare. It really is that good and the best part is that you never have to change tubes and your sound is consistent and reliable night after night.

Why these were discontinued, I can only speculate on. My guess is that it renders Peavey's other tube based amps obsolete.

 
5.0

So yeah..

By chris-Gc95K

from Miami,Fl

Ok I got the combo..212 .ok so the channels are pretty Bad ass.It has three,which each the it has a 3 other selectable modes...which probally in total is like havin 9 channels.(in a way)the reverb is really nice..The clean is really sweet.but my favorite channels are the Lead...really Alice in Chains type.The ultra is for alot of heavey balancing.well worth the price.

 
4.0

Killer Head but....

By SymphonyXShred

from Texas

I bought this head back in December and was pleased with everything except the hiss! I bought 2 types of noise gates and they both couldn't hold back the hiss on this thing. The tone was amazing!!! The distortion is almost identical to a Mesa Boogie or JSX. The clean was OK, can be a little dirty. I ended up selling it because the hiss and feedback got to be really annoying especially for stop/go riffs.

 
4.0

Affliction

By magicfingersmyke

from Saginaw, MI

This amp was ok just for jamming by yourself or with a few other people. It has many features you can dial in on the lead, crunch, and clean channels. When you turn it up it goes to hell...so i got a 5150 II. That head is LOUD! and very metal

 
5.0

Reliable amp

By Norma_Jean_Lover

from Rockford IL

Well... its not mesa rectifier but its pritty damn close to one. The xxl set up with a mesa 2x12 rectifier cab sounds incredable but still... It's no rectifier but for the price its the best solid state amp out there.

 
5.0

Schecter man

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this amp a couple days ago and I love it it beats the hell outta the marshall mg100dfx and has the right distortion for my music I play.

 
5.0

best amp head ever- said in comic book guys voice

By stagnancy

from cali

Ive owned this head for about a year and a half and I love mostly everything about it- the only thing I dislike is that the ultra setting isnt on both distortion channels, which is fine but I like to switch from quite to loud but with the same tone. But this amp sounds better than almost every other amp Ive tried, exept for the mesas and the peavey 6505. But definetely better than any solid state amp on the market, I prefere a solid state for the lack of hassle, from changing tubes, to having to recalibrate, and worst of all having to wait more than the half a millasecond it takes to turn the amp on, to play it. Ok im done. this amp is greatness in a box

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