Ultra Plus Review

manufacturer: Peavey date: 09/06/2011 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Peavey: Ultra Plus
The guitar amp head was designed for maximum tonal flexibility and power. This three channel amp has features and tone rivaling amps twice its price range.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Features: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.5 
 Users rating:
 8.6 
 Votes:
 34 
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overall: 9
Ultra Plus Reviewed by: coolstoryangus, on september 06, 2011
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 200

Purchased from: ebay

Features: All tube 6l6 loaded 120 watt tube head with a half power switch to 60 watts Made in the US OF A. 3 Channels - Clean, crunch and ultra. Crunch and ultra channels share an eq. Not ideal but for the price I paid I'm not complaining. Active EQ on the crunch and ultras shared eq and a passive eq on the clean channel with bright switch. A light up logo that changes colour depending on what channel you are using (badass)- Clean = green, crunch= orange, ultra= red. I use this amp in the bedroom and will possibly use it live in the future if i can get off my ass and get in a band. I've loaned this amp out to someone who has used it live as well and it did great. // 8

Sound: I use a variety of humbucker equipped Ibanez with this and a Schecter too. I play quite a wide variety of styles mainly when I'm on my own in the rock-metal-djent-br00tz spectrum. I am running it through a Vintage 30 load Engl pro 2x12 horizontal cab and this setup kicks ass. Even if I did pay double for the cab then I did the head. The clean channel is actually nice for a high gain head. Its pretty pristine you're not going to get any breakup without pedals but it does take dirt pedals rather well. I tend to use the clean channel with an overdrive pedal for bluesy tones as since the eq is shared on the crunch/ultra channel obviously there is too much faffing about involved to get the crunch sounding warming enough. Plus i've always preferred a od into the clean for it anyway. The crunch channel isn't really a crunch channel in the traditional sense as it has quite a lot of gain. I tend to use it for the 80s stuff which it suits really well thus I've affectionately nicknamed it the "ratt" channel. It does that kinda stuff really well and sounds great would probably do the br00talz with a boost as well. The ultra channel has a shed tonne of gain probably not as much of a 6505 but pretty close. This amp is really tight straight out of the box I see no reason to run a tube screamer out in front for br00tz on this amp until you get down to the lowest of the low tunings where it gets a little muddy but in my case I think better pickups may sort that out. So if you want a plug in and play amp for heavy styles this amp is excellent. This amp actually sounds pretty awesome at bedroom volumes as well. I don't even using the half power switch since I feel it loses a lot of low end when in use. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This amp has proven to be reliable thus far. Peaveys are known to be tanks and this amp backs this up. I'd definitely be more trusting of this amp then say a Bugera which actually cost quite a bit more then what I paid for this amp. // 10

Overall Impression: This amp is a great american style amp that I got for super cheap. I doubt I'd ever get rid of it because I probably wouldn't get much for it haha. For the 200 I paid I doubt you could find an amp that sounds better, not an american style amp anyway. I know in the uk there are some good British style amps you can pick up cheap by Laney etc. I had an ultra 212 combo before this amp which sounded quite good but as with most Peavey combos it was held back by the speakers and it was also open back which isn't the best option for high gain amps. I saw a massive upgrade going to this head and my Engl 2x12 cab with v30s. If it where stolen/lost I would definitely buy another if I could find one. These are pretty rare in the uk but when they do show up they're cheap as chips there is nothing that can compare. I've used many amps like mesas etc that cost 6x as much as this amp cost me that don't sound as good for just plugging in and playing. Massively underrated. I don't intend on selling this either since the price to tone ratio is ridiculous that to me selling it would be stupid. To summarise, For the 200 quid I paid off eBay this is unbeatable for metal/rock styles. The light up logo is badass, it sounds badass and the only real disadvantage is the shared eq for crunch/ultra. // 9

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overall: 10
Ultra Plus Reviewed by: punk0mi, on june 11, 2004
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 700

Purchased from: eBay

Features: - Series: Peavey Ultra Series - Circuitry: 4 12AX7's and 4 6L6GC's - Power: 120W @ 4, 8 or 16 ohms.(Selectable) - Channels: 3 - Ultra, Crunch, Clean - Dimensions: 26"L X 10"H X 10 3/4"W - Weight: 57 lbs - Features: Footswitchable reverb, Effects loop, Resonance selections (Loose, Medium, Tight), Output Switch (Half / Full Power operation) Clean channel: volume, brightness switch, low, mid and high tone controls - uses passive EQ. - Crunch and Ultra channels: pre and post gain controls; gain boost switch; bottom, body, edge EQ controls, clean channel features , Crunch and Ultra channels feature active EQ for increased tonal response. // 10

Sound: I use my Gibson Les Paul with Zakk Wyle 81/85 from EMG. I play a wide range of stuff from Green Day to Skynyrd. Its quite a versitle amp. Most people have a love hate relationship with Peavey amps - this amp is balanced. The Ultra channel has the ability to produce screeching bone crunching tones, while the Crunch channel produces a modest crunch distortion which is more suited for modern rock, classic rock. The Clean channel is by far one of the best I've ever heard - I've played thru alot of amps, this one by far has the best clean channel I've ever heard, and if the normal clean tone isnt enough hit the bright switch and really hear it, doesn't distort or break up at higher volumes. // 10

Reliability & Durability: This amp has never died on me. Mine came with ruby tubes, I've never used ruby tubes but they seem to do ok. I've taken it apart to check out the wiring and its very clean. The shell of them amp could be a little stronger in my opinion but I'm rough on my equipment, so for most of you it would be great. // 10

Overall Impression: This amp is a steal. I think the better than the highly praised Peavey 5150, 5150II, and new XXX series; and id certainly put this amp up to a Mesa, Crate, Fender, Line 6, what ever - not to mention cheaper. The only complaint I have about the amp is the coil pack is noisy when tansporting. This amp is great for any genre of music, and is quite versatile. Peavey no longer makes these amps, but you can readily find them on eBay or your local music pawn shop most likley for a decent price. I'd check one out before you feel your sold on any other amp out there. // 10

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