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'57Strat
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It's time for a thread specifically about this amp. It shows up in many, many threads from those who either have them, or those considering getting them. Seems those of us with them should share.

I've been playing for 40 years, through a variety of Fenders, Crate, Hiwatt, Kustom and Marshall amps, some small and some huge, some timid and some intimidating. I play hard and classic rock, blues, alternative and 70s style british rock (Wishbone Ash, Savoy Brown, T-Rex, etal). I play primarily Fender strats, but also use an Ibanez SZ520QM and a 335 Dot. I've learned over many years of playing and performing that the number of watts your amp puts out is not as important as how it delivers those watts, and primarily, the tone you can milk out of it. So, very, very little use of pedals anymore . . . . . . just straight ahead axe to amp. That's the space where you quickly find out if you have the chops or not.

The Classic 30 - designed by Peavey after an older Vox AC30 - need much more be said? Built like a tank, very quiet even when cranked, luscious creamy vibe to paint peeling shred, and able to melt your heart at club volume if you love a good blues turn. Handsome in tweed, and downright gorgeous paired with the matching Classic 112E extension cabinet. Soundmen will tell you that a good mic on a Classic 30 is indeed classic, and 30 Peavey tube watts provides a bigger boatload of volume than most will ever need until your Wembley gig, when you might want 2.

I love other amps too so don't despair. This little jewel deserves it's own space. Any comments on tubes others have discovered they matched with it well, or control settings to share? I've still got stock tubes in mine believe it or not (a 2002 USA unit), and believe in the stock speakers for the amp and 112E too. Any thoughts? Anyone else playing an Ibanez SZ520QM through a Classic 30? Talk about tone!
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Is the classic a tube amp? or is it digital or something, i cand see the difference in a tube amp and a digital amp. not to talk about transistor amps, Does this amp only have tubes or something, and if it does, does it deliver better sound when using tubes only?
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Quote by Svea_Trollblod
Is the classic a tube amp? or is it digital or something, i cand see the difference in a tube amp and a digital amp. not to talk about transistor amps, Does this amp only have tubes or something, and if it does, does it deliver better sound when using tubes only?


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Quote by '57Strat
The Classic 30 - designed by Peavey after an older Vox AC30 - need much more be said?


I have one. Basically it serves as the backup to my AC30.

It's a great amp for a variety of reasons. It's got a great sound, and it's also small, light, and portable for such a powerful amp. I've still got the stock tubes and speaker in mine, so I can't add too much there.
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i like classic 30's, i think they are good, but a little specific. especially without pedals.

personally i like AC30s better, but it's all about finding the right amp for you.

good luck, congrats.


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'57Strat
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Svea - it's a tube amp . . . . . . 30 pure tube watts of rompin' stompin' hell when combined with the Classic 112E cabinet.
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I don't have a Classic 30...


But I do have a Classic 50.

Only had it for over a month now and it's my first real tube amp. Hasn't let me down yet.

The set up is just Epiphone LP>Vox Wah>Classic 50...the versatility of the amp is amazing and the drive is pretty good at lower volumes. For the price, especially used these amps seem great.


Edit: I suppose this would be the best place to ask, how do you guys compare the Classic 30 to the 50?
Do the 20 watts make much of a difference? And is the 30 any better? Cause GC were trying to clear out the 50's when I bought mine.
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'57Strat
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Basically you have the bigger brother. Great amp too. Good for you. Did you get the combo 2x12, combo 4x10, or a head and separate cabinet? Black or tweed? Used, or new? If used, stock tubes? Just curious and glad to converse with a Peavey Classic brother. You are now part of a very well protected secret, which is . . these amps are killer!

The 50 watt classic just has a little more oomph . . . . headroom, which doesn't necessarily translate into dbs, but does help. If you plan to play out a lot, and loud, you've made a great choice. Heck, you've made a great choice period! Should match up well with your Epi. I have a friend that plays rockabilly with a Gretsch through a 4x10 50, and another that pushes the blues through a 2x12 50 with strats. Very, very nice amps.

Peavey mde a Classic 115E extension cabinet, designed to match up to the Classic 50, which you might consider. All I've seen have been in tweed. The 115E is NOT a bass cab, but rather designed to provide some extra range and muscle to the Classic 50. Check this link out for some good pix of one:

http://glasgow.vivastreet.co.uk/musical-instruments-sale-buy+glasgow/show_pics6223755

Now, if you want to jump to the really big muscle check out the Classic 100, and 4/12 cab. Not for the faint of heart.

Cheers.

K
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I have a Classic 30. I'm playing either an Ibanez 335 copy or a modded Fender Mustang through it and I find that this amp is perfect for me. 30 tube watts really carries, it's very portable and it sounds great.

I also just retubed with JJ EL84's and JJ 12AX7's. I only bought the JJ preamp tubes because I found them really cheap, I was originally shooting for Tung-Sols or Electro Harmonix. Overall, the amp sounds better on low volumes as well as cranked. The JJ preamp tubes are noticeably darker than the Sovteks, but that's kind of what I was looking for anyway. I should note that the retube was not necessary; the Classic 30 is a great amp all stock, but better tubes do make a difference.
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i love my classic 30, and tho ive still got stock tubes and speaker, ill probably change them out this summer. doesnt really need the change, but i hear that swapping out the speaker helps it sound a good bit better.

i do usually use a bunch of pedals with mine, but thats mostly cause i like having all the options at my feet. it takes pedals very well, much better than other amps ive tried. and yet, even when i dont use pedals it still sounds amazing (or perhaps better).
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Got my Classic 50 when they were clearing them out too. But if they didn't, I'd of course go with the Classic 30. For the music I'm playing at the moment, I have no need for any pedals really, so it's just straight guitar to amp. Don't really ever need to buy another amp, even when I do do metal, an OD pedal would fix that. It's a 212, and if anything, I might sell it and get a Classic 30 half-stack. Not that I need too, but I like the look of half-stacks.
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I used to own a Classic 50 and I loved that amp, for the price (used) it cannot be beat.
I ended up selling it and buying an AC30 which I do prefer but I miss the reverb and extra gain that the classic had
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I have a classic 30, and havn't reeaally cranked it since I bought it almost a year ago, but hopefully i'll be able to push it volume-wise soon. I usually use an HRD when playing over loud drummers or in a band or something. I've found the classic 30 will definitely cut it in a pinch though. The HRD has more of a fender sound that I use in my band though. Anyway, I have one that's probably early 90's. I don't know how to find out for sure, does anyone know where I could find something to look up the serial number? more than i ever thought I was getting in a tweed 1x12, i really can't say enough about the reliability, durablity, and overall supurb range of tone that comes out of that amp. I've had to service my newer HRD a few times, and I've beaten the peavey up pretty good, and it takes it all, and still sounds fantastic. good job peavey, well done.
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I have the classic 50.
Great, great amp.
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Quote by '57Strat
Basically you have the bigger brother. Great amp too. Good for you. Did you get the combo 2x12, combo 4x10, or a head and separate cabinet? Black or tweed? Used, or new? If used, stock tubes? Just curious and glad to converse with a Peavey Classic brother. You are now part of a very well protected secret, which is . . these amps are killer!

The 50 watt classic just has a little more oomph . . . . headroom, which doesn't necessarily translate into dbs, but does help. If you plan to play out a lot, and loud, you've made a great choice. Heck, you've made a great choice period! Should match up well with your Epi. I have a friend that plays rockabilly with a Gretsch through a 4x10 50, and another that pushes the blues through a 2x12 50 with strats. Very, very nice amps.

Peavey mde a Classic 115E extension cabinet, designed to match up to the Classic 50, which you might consider. All I've seen have been in tweed. The 115E is NOT a bass cab, but rather designed to provide some extra range and muscle to the Classic 50. Check this link out for some good pix of one:

http://glasgow.vivastreet.co.uk/musical-instruments-sale-buy+glasgow/show_pics6223755

Now, if you want to jump to the really big muscle check out the Classic 100, and 4/12 cab. Not for the faint of heart.

Cheers.

K

Good to see other owners, mines just a stock 2x12 version in black. Managed to get the last one in the store.

I might change out some stuff later but for now the amp sounds great.
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Question for Classic 30 owners- is there any SS circuitry in them? Cos I've seen the occasional tube amp with an op-amp stage after the preamp.
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I know that the rectifier is solidstate, and so is the reverb input.
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Hello everybody, i ordered my Classic 30 1x12 and it is coming on Tuesday!

I tried one out at the store with my guitar and loved the sound i got from it. I can't wait for it to get here. When that happens ill tell you guys more about how i like it.
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Quote by '57Strat

Now, if you want to jump to the really big muscle check out the Classic 100, and 4/12 cab. Not for the faint of heart.

Cheers.

K
I had the opportunity to buy a used Classic 100 Head + Cab for $500, but in the end decided that 100 watts was more then I'd ever need (plus I didn't feel like dragging a head and cabinet every week to practice), so I went with a brand new Classic 50 (2x12, black) for the same price. I'm very happy with it, it's a great amp
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Quote by cokeisbetter
Question for Classic 30 owners- is there any SS circuitry in them? Cos I've seen the occasional tube amp with an op-amp stage after the preamp.

it looks to me they have an IC (4558 dual opamp) driving the reverb, transistor i think switching the reverb, and another transistor either switching or driving the effects loop...
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darkarbiter7
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EC, clean yer room.
BTW, the neck on your strat is pretty.
Once mine wears out, i'll probably go warmoth and get a nice flamed maple one.

But yeah, the peavey classic is tube where it counts, which is the power section and preamp.
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haha yea. the stuff driving the reverb and stuff driving/switching the effects loop don't really really count as interfering in the tube circurity...

my room is cleaner than before. and i think u like seeing 4~5 pedals lying around under my strat plus i got a couple on my desk too. all home made.
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Nice. Currently my rig is a mess. I gotta get a pedal board.
Haha, you even have the coke fridge pack.
Incase you need some "inspiration" hehehe...
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^ Yeah the coke is a nice touch, right next to a Blues Junior and a strat it fits in perfectly.

And EC i'd agree with you, the Classic I have sounded a lot like a bigger version of the Blues Junior I tried in the store. They have the same tubes I think? Not sure how similar the circuitry is though....

BTW great set up.
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i thought the classic sounded darker than the BJ. the BJ was a bit more "chimey" and the classic was "warmer." thats what i thought when i tried the two back to back anyway.
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my BJ is way warmer that most. new speakers and tubes, modified circuit does a lot too.

i'm trying to set the impedance right going from V1A (first gain stage?) going into V1B (second gain stage?)... its wierd. i need to adjust teh values. but its tedious taking the board out to workable surface.


and yes, i like the coke box. its a nice fit. it was even better with the marshall under the BJ. but the marshall's at my friends house. and im happy because the coke can if FULL!!!
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its a great amp for jazz/cleans/lighter stuff. too loose for metal even with an OD
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I just got my classic 30 head and 212 cab today. I got a deal on it the store, so it was well worth it to buy them together.

Got them both for around $840 before tax.



I love it so far. It's my first foray into tube amps, so it's really not a surprise that it sound so good. I just love that I can get a great sound from it without having to use a distortion pedal. I got one when I went to the store, but I'm probably going to end up taking it back to get something else. No cranking for me though, parents would get all pissy.

But really, awesome amp so far (least after I figured out what the buttons did... pre and post? huh? )
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Hey i got a question, do the new classic 30 and 50 combos and the head versions of those have a standby switch? cause mine doesn't, but it's a lot older one.
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Classic 30s are very nice, some of the best amps around there. The only thing I dislike with them is the stock Blue Marvel, but slap in an Eminence Red Fang and you'd have an awesome amp.

Another thing with them is that they're very bad value in Europe. Luckily we Europeans have the Laney VC30, which also like a poor man's AC30. Basically if your in Europe the VC30 is a better alternative and in the US the Classic 30 is.
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'57Strat
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Great setup. You're gonna have some fun with this one. K
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I love my classic (although I have the 50) its a great amp, although it wont be my last amp unfortunatly. But until I get my Orange, I love my peavey!
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#34
Great Amp, Mine is all stock aswell.

I figured its more important to play and get better at guitar than spend all my time worrying about the tone, and if better tubes/speaker will improve it any.

Sounds great to me
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My Classic 30 and 112E cab are stock as well except for apparent replacement of 12AX7s with Fender branded tubes, paired with stock Sovtek EL84s. Considering Rubys, Mullards, TADs as replacements to fine tune tone a bit more. Will look to soften up the amps natural overdrive a bit. Having been at this with tube amps for 30 years I know pretty well what I'm after.

As for the stock Blue Marvel speakers, you know they're really not bad. Might consider going to 30 watt Celestion G-12Hs or Vintage 30s (as used in Top Hat amps), and maybe even Eminence Wizards (heard a Carr amp?). But Peavey did a pretty good job with the Blue Marvel, so it should not be discounted too early. Damn hard to argue with properly set Celestion Classic G12s though.

If you can't already tell I have been absolutely knocked by this amp for a few years now, and have foresaken many other much more expensive tube amps to always come back to this small but mighty workhorse. For the money there is nothing that can compare. For $2k more get a Carr, TopHat or Victoria.
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#36
I have a B-52 AT series 4x12" cabinet, and I'm saving up for one of these.
Would this cabinet suit the 30 just fine?
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So today is Tuesday and like i said in my earlier post I was supposed to get it today. And not more than 5 minutes ago did i get it! I just brought it up and took it out of the box. Too bad its almost 8:30 PM so its too late for me to play it. But i am just so excited i got it!
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#38
Can this amp do metal with an OD?
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#39
please somebody answer this question I'm curious as to this as well.
as a comparison (to do metal with an od) classic 30 vs. Fender HRD?????

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I bought my Classic 50, a '93, used for $200. Best money I have ever spent! It came in lackluster condition, with fairly old JJ EL-84s and Mesa branded Chinese 12AX7s, but for 200 how could I say no?! After loving the clean channel and relying on pedals for dirt, I finally decided to go for a retube. It's over with Pete Cage right now getting an overhaul with JJs for power and a variety of tubes for pre (I told him the sounds I'm after and he said he will go through and try some different tubes to see which fit what I am looking for). I can't wait to get her back!
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