#1
I have played a Peavey JSX, and I loved it.

And I know it is based partially on the XXX...But I have never played one.

I was just wondering if anybody knew how these two amps compare to one another.

Like if the channels sound nearly the same, and that sort of thing.

Thanks for the input.
#2
JSX.

no question. it has a much better clean and in my opinion has a much more organic, less processed tone.
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can't you try both?
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#5
Joe liked the XXX's drive channels, so he asked or some of that in the JSX.

In his words "The XXX goes in one direction, but the JSX goes that way, further, and back"

The JSX can do what the XXX can do, but the XXX can't do everything the JSX can do.
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The JSX has much nicer cleans and around the same gain, maybe a bit less. It's extremely versatile.

If I had the choose between the two, I'd take the JSX in a heartbeat.
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The XXX has over the top gain. Very thrashy.
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The XXX has over the top gain. Very thrashy.


The JSX has just as much.
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Even though the JSX excels in clean quality, i prefer the XXX due to lower price. I would only use the hi gain for most of my stuff, so I dont mind the lesser cleans. Getting the JSX over the XXX is kind of a waste to me if I won't ever use the extra things the JSX has to offer.
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The JSX has just as much gain as the XXX, but the distortion sounds a lot more natural on the JSX.
plus it's wayyy more versatile, nicer cleans. It's ten times the amp that the XXX is, IMO.
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#10
the jsx is an amp even I, who only plays blues and blues rock, can enjoy
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i tryed them both side by side at guitar center yesturday, the jsx has a much better clean channel, and better sounding distortion, another plus was that the jsx is known for sounding great even at the lowest playing volumes which is true, it also has a built in noise surpressor, so id either go used jsx or spend the extra couple hundred on a new one, dont get the xxx, its generic sounding.
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I would personally advise you to go with neither. I have played both, one of the JSX's I have played is actually one of Satch's from tour, which he donated to my college after. I found that the clean tone was alright, nothing special going on there. It was a bit flat and didn't really have the definition that you'd get from a Fender or an Orange for example. The cruch channel was it's best channel, it had a pretty good sound to it but wasn't as defined as you'd expect from a £1,200 tube amp. The Ultra channel was awful, producing a very thin sound... didn't cut through at all - I would never use this... end of. If I wanted a lead channel I'd use a booster or an extra distortion pedal over the Crunch.

Basically the JSX (and the XXX) didn't sound like a valve amp to me. It sounded like an expensive solid state - it would be very good for bedroom use, as it's got plenty of tweakability and three easily accessible channels... but I would never use it live or for recording.

Another thing I forgot to mention is how quiet the JSX is. We did an experiment once, where we turned up a Marshall JCM2000 (100 watt) up as loud as we could take it (we were in a smallish room). We managed to get it up to around 4-5 before we stopped. We then tried the JSX and got it up to full volume, both master and channel and it was still bearable. For a 120 Watt valve amp, it's just incomparably quiet.
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I would personally advise you to go with neither. I have played both, one of the JSX's I have played is actually one of Satch's from tour, which he donated to my college after. I found that the clean tone was alright, nothing special going on there. It was a bit flat and didn't really have the definition that you'd get from a Fender or an Orange for example. The cruch channel was it's best channel, it had a pretty good sound to it but wasn't as defined as you'd expect from a £1,200 tube amp. The Ultra channel was awful, producing a very thin sound... didn't cut through at all - I would never use this... end of. If I wanted a lead channel I'd use a booster or an extra distortion pedal over the Crunch.

Basically the JSX (and the XXX) didn't sound like a valve amp to me. It sounded like an expensive solid state - it would be very good for bedroom use, as it's got plenty of tweakability and three easily accessible channels... but I would never use it live or for recording.

Another thing I forgot to mention is how quiet the JSX is. We did an experiment once, where we turned up a Marshall JCM2000 (100 watt) up as loud as we could take it (we were in a smallish room). We managed to get it up to around 4-5 before we stopped. We then tried the JSX and got it up to full volume, both master and channel and it was still bearable. For a 120 Watt valve amp, it's just incomparably quiet.


That's the fallacy right there. It costs too much overseas, where here, it's almost half price.

Did you use the combo or the head? and if it's the head, what speakers did you use? What tubes were in the JSX? EL34's? 6L6's? Those play apart in how "big" the amp sounds.

In all honesty, maybe you got an old, busted up one, you know? it's a possibility. My JSX sounds nothing like what you described.
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That's the fallacy right there. It costs too much overseas, where here, it's almost half price.

Did you use the combo or the head? and if it's the head, what speakers did you use? What tubes were in the JSX? EL34's? 6L6's? Those play apart in how "big" the amp sounds.

In all honesty, maybe you got an old, busted up one, you know? it's a possibility. My JSX sounds nothing like what you described.

Like I said, the one I played was one that Satch himself had donated to my Uni. Only played for one tour too, so wasn't de-funked yet. It was the head by the by.
And the speakers were through a good quality 4x12. I forget the make but it was a good one. The other cab we tried it through was the XXX Cab - which you'd expect to go hand in hand sound wise.

I've played a XXX too and I thought it was awful, same goes with all my comments about the JSX but twice as bad for the XXX. And it's not that I have anything about Peavey, it's just these amps really didn't do it for me.
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Like I said, the one I played was one that Satch himself had donated to my Uni. Only played for one tour too, so wasn't de-funked yet. It was the head by the by.
And the speakers were through a good quality 4x12. I forget the make but it was a good one. The other cab we tried it through was the XXX Cab - which you'd expect to go hand in hand sound wise.

I've played a XXX too and I thought it was awful, same goes with all my comments about the JSX but twice as bad for the XXX. And it's not that I have anything about Peavey, it's just these amps really didn't do it for me.


Again, maybe he gave you one that has been abused a bit. With the backing the peavey has given him, it's not like he's ultra careful about making sure his roadies treat it right, it's not the only amp he uses in the studio.

Also, peavey's speakers are probably the worst out there.
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jsx has the cleans of a twin reverb, the crunch of a jcm and the high gain tone of the XXX

IMO the jsx is amazing, i played it once, and it's an excellent amp