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Peavey XXL 100W Guitar Amp Head  

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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
     

    XXL 100W Guitar Amp Head Specifications:

    • 26-1/2"W x 11"H x 11"D
    • 40-1/2 lbs.
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    4.7

    (based on 66 reviews)

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    Awesome and versatile!

    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...Read complete review

    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!

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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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    4.0

    Satisfied with everything except the clean channel

    By Tyler-4w6CG

    from Bakersfield, CA

    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.

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    5.0

    this thing is a beast.

    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.

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    5.0

    An awesome head

    By Snowpants91

    from Brockway, PA

    This head sounds awesome, has great features, and is a great priceI got this head june 07, and I've been very happy with it, the sound is similar to an expensive tube amp, doesn't quite have the power, but the transtube technology is nice, especially for a reliable amp and no need to replace tubes.

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    5.0

    Not for me

    By Hawkeye

    from Upstate New York

    This is deffinatly a good amp. I found many good tones and sort of liked playing it. But I just couldn't find the right tone for me. It just has so many features that it will be easy to find anything you want. I tried it with a Schecter C-1 Hellraiser w/ active EMGs and it sounded pretty heavy. I got a little more feedback than I like. I also tried a Peavey Supreme right after it, I like the Supreme better. Plus I don't like the transtube sound.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome and versatile!

    By The NIL8R

    from Shakopee

    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!

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    (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.

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    (1 of 1 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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The Sweet Spot

    By Tone Freak-chKNH

    from I move a lot

    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.

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    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

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    4.0

    Not a tube amp....

    By Rivercityman

    from Minnesota

    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.

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