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Old 07-18-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
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The Peavey XXX/JSX/Ultra Only Thread

I decided to take your advise, and delete the XXX thread, especially since everyone was hoping for porn,

OK, this thread is for Peavey's XXX, JSX, and Ultra series' since these amps are somewhat similar.

The 5150/6505 has its own thread, there is an Ultimate Peavey Thread, but Peavey makes a lot of different amps. Its about time XXX, JSX, and Ultra users have a place to talk about their amps.

Post your favorite settings, channel, EQ, reviews, etc. etc. and ill add it in here with your username as a contribution. Hopefully this will deter any new members from making threads on them since there are, about 12 pages of nothing but XXX questions alone, not to mention all of them for the JSX or Ultra.


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  • Active EQ's pwn because each one affects the other. Turning up the bass is like turning treble down. Turning up mids is like turning down bass and treble. It produces such a wide variety of tone even though it seems like it wouldn't. - beadhangingOne


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Amp- XXX combo

Ultra-

Gain : 1 o clock
Bass : 1:30
Mid : 9 o clock
Treble: 2 o clock


Crunch channel:

Gain : 2 o clock
Bass: 11 o clock
Mid : 12 o clock
Treble: 1 o clock

-beadhangingOne


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Amp - JSX

Crunch (80s metal, etc.) :

Gain: 3 o'clock (roll back gain for lighter rock)
Treble: 12.5 o'clock
Mid: 12 o'clock
Bass: 12.5 o'clock

Ultra (Metal):

Gain: 2.5 o'clock
Treble: 1 o'clock
Mid: 11.5 o'clock
Bass: 1.5 o'clock

-moulpatr


Quote:
Amp - JSX

Chunky metal tone with smooth leads:

Treble: 6
Mids: 6.5
Bass: 6

Presence cranked to 9 and resonance at about 7

*KT77 tubes*

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Amp- Peavey XXX 2x12 Combo


Clean:

Bass: 1.5 o'clock
mid: 1 o'clock
Treble: dimed


Ultra:

Gain: 1 o'clock
Bass: 2:15
Mid: 2 o'clock
Treble: 3 o'clock


Ultra:

Gain: 1 o'clock
Bass: 3 o'clock
Mid: 10.5 o'clock
Treble: 2.5 o'clock


-iheartmy7



Price Chart


-Amps

JSX Head - $1,349.99
JSX Half-Stack - $1,999.99
JSX Mini Colossal - $499.99
JSX 212 Combo - $1,549.99
XXX 120w Head - $1,249.99
XXX Half-Stack - $1,699.99
XXX 120w 212 Combo - DISCONTINUED - $1,399.99 *used from $500+*
XXX 60w 112 Combo - DISCONTINUED - $1,299.99 *used from $500+*
XXX Super 40 combo - DISCONTINUED - $850 *used from $300+*

...more coming

-Cabs

JSX 412 - $749.99
XXX 412 - $679.99

*ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, USED PRICES WILL VARY*


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Peavey Ultra Plus - courtesy of IbanezPsycho
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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I own the Ultra Plus 120 head and love it... I actually prefer it over all the others.

Few things i like about it...

1) Active EQ so you can get any number of sounds out if it with the slightest turn. (can be a pain for some but its nice if you understand how it works)
2) Half power switching right on the front so you can go from 60 to 120 watts instantly
3) Reverb is pretty decnt considering its a high gain amp
4) Cleans are decent as well
5) Its reliable
6) Its rare so not everyone under the sun has one
7) Its very inexpensive if you can find one
8) Resonance switch
9) Can do pretty much any type of metal be it marshall crunch or get as modern a 5150 just a tad bit less gain
10) Huge channel selector light which is a plus because the ultra channel picks up were the crunch channel left off so it is a pain sometimes to tell which channel your in if your using the ultra for a lead boost or so on.
11) Smoother and less Fizzy then the 5150/6505
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:14 PM   #3
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I got the XXX combo.

Here's my main settings.

for Metal:

-Ultra channel

Gain : 1 o clock
Bass : 1:30
Mid : 9 o clock
Treb: 2 o clock

Crunchy sound

-Crunch channel

Gain : 2 o clock
Bass: 11 o clock
Mid : 12 o clock
Treb: 1 o clock

Great stuff.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:07 PM   #4
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Well lets see.. i find it helpful when using the active eq on the triple xxx to start with a ratio of bass and treble=1 and mids =.5 and adjust to taste. For some reason that ratio seems to work for me to start eqing no matter where i have the bass set to.

For the crunch channel of my triple xxx it usually sounds fine with bass mid and treble maxed since its a passive eq.

Oh and i just got my Weber attenuator, now i just need to get the right slide quick connectors and i'll see how this thing sounds at 11!
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Well lets see.. i find it helpful when using the active eq on the triple xxx to start with a ratio of bass and treble=1 and mids =.5 and adjust to taste. For some reason that ratio seems to work for me to start eqing no matter where i have the bass set to.

For the crunch channel of my triple xxx it usually sounds fine with bass mid and treble maxed since its a passive eq.

Oh and i just got my Weber attenuator, now i just need to get the right slide quick connectors and i'll see how this thing sounds at 11!


Cool. Active EQ's pwn because each one affects the other. Turning up the bass is like turning trebs down. Turning up mids is like turning down bass and treble. It produces such a wide variety of tone even though it seems like it wouldn't.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:50 PM   #6
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:15 PM   #7
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My post on tips with these amps was deleted along with the original thread. That was just a huge waste of time

Whatever, I'm not repeating myself.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:17 PM   #8
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Sorry bud, if you write it up again, i promise not to delete this thread, and ill put your stuff up in the first post.
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:53 PM   #9
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im considerin buyin a JSX right now, n just wanna know how the cleans are. i know the distortion is awesome but nobody talks about the clean tone, which is important to me cuz i play a lot of jazz n stuff
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:02 AM   #10
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The cleans on the JSX are good, that is why some people choose it over the triple xxx(which has not bad cleans).
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:41 AM   #11
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yeah, of the JSX, 6505, Ultra, and the XXX, the JSX is most versatile, IMO
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:21 AM   #12
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JSX

Crunch (80s metal, etc.) :

Gain- 3 o'clock (roll back gain for lighter rock)
Treb- 12.5 o'clock
Mid- 12 o'clock
Bass- 12.5 o'clock

Ultra (Metal):

Gain- 2.5 o'clock
Treb- 1 o'clock
Mid- 11.5 o'clock
Bass- 1.5 o'clock
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im buying a XXX, im already set on it, but im starting to rethink my idea of getting the halfstack. I want one soooo ****ing bad, but its a ****in 120w head. and 60%of my playing time is in my bedroom, and 40% being gigs. And most people say stacks are too much for bedrooms, and i do agree, cause i dont turn them up past 4-5 in guitar center because of being bitched at

So how do the combos compare to the stack? my GC doesnt ever get them in so i cant try it out. they do however have the stack,


edit: oh ****, i cant find them online... dont tell me there discontinued... damnit what am i gonna do now?
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:55 AM   #14
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how high gain can the jsx get?
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how high gain can the jsx get?


Im gonna venture and say that the JSX can cover just about every style of heavier music without the aid of a boost or distortion pedal.
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Im gonna venture and say that the JSX can cover just about every style of heavier music without the aid of a boost or distortion pedal.

amen moulpatr, this is quite true, one of the best amps out there. can't go wrong here.
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im buying a XXX, im already set on it, but im starting to rethink my idea of getting the halfstack. I want one soooo ****ing bad, but its a ****in 120w head. and 60%of my playing time is in my bedroom, and 40% being gigs. And most people say stacks are too much for bedrooms, and i do agree, cause i dont turn them up past 4-5 in guitar center because of being bitched at

So how do the combos compare to the stack? my GC doesnt ever get them in so i cant try it out. they do however have the stack,

How many tubes do the combos have?, what watt combo is best?

edit: oh ****, i cant find them online... dont tell me there discontinued... damnit what am i gonna do now?


There's a 40 watt combo (I think it's not discontinued?) and a discontinued 60 watt combo. The 40 has two 12ax7's and two 6L6's. I don't know about the 60 watt. But yea, get the combo. Unless you like playing half stacks at volume 1

Get a used one on ebay if you have to. Mine came modded with a new speaker, which was pretty cool.
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About the JSX having enough gain, yes it does have enough gain but the thing is it doesn't have the clarity on the ultra channel that the XXX has. I used the ultra channel with a guitar with EMG's and it sounded good but it was very saturated which sounded good but not as br00tal imho.

And bjovi400 yeah the combo that i have is discontinued, but its not too hard to find them used and once in a while they pop up on musicians friend.
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About the JSX having enough gain, yes it does have enough gain but the thing is it doesn't have the clarity on the ultra channel that the XXX has. I used the ultra channel with a guitar with EMG's and it sounded good but it was very saturated which sounded good but not as br00tal imho.

And bjovi400 yeah the combo that i have is discontinued, but its not too hard to find them used and once in a while they pop up on musicians friend.


Thats where i disagree with you :p. While the XXX is very clear on the Ultra channel, the JSX is just as clear if not clearer in my opinion. Even with the gain up at 3 o'clock, you can still hear every string strummed when playing an open chord. The EQ the amp is set at will also play a large role in how "clear" it is going to sound.

EDIT: why did it put a thumbs down above my post??
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Haha, aren't you the only one that can put the thumbs down?

I don't know maybe the JSX i played was super saturated because of the EMG's in the guitar i was playing.
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