3120 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (34 votes)
Peavey: 3120
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Price paid: $ 999.99

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 8
I played this amp through my Ibanez VBT700, as well as a few guitars with both active and passive pickups, and a Schecter C7 Blackjack. It sounded great through all of them. The amp is definitely made with high-gain players in mind, and it packs more than enough punch for even the heaviest of players. I mainly play progressive and power metal, so the gain can sometimes be a bit much, but for anyone looking for high gain, this is the amp for you. I have not been able to crank it to it's full potential, but even up to 3 or 4 the amp sounds amazing. It definitely seems a lot less noisy to me than the 5150/6505. There is more than enough distortion to go around, and the clean channel sounds amazing for a high gain amp.

Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing guitar for about 3 years now. I own an Ibanez VBT700 and a little Line 6 Spider III. I once owned an Ibanez seven string and a Peavey 6505+ combo, but both were sadly damaged in a fire. This amp is what I've been looking to replace my 505 with. I mainly play music in the style of Opeth, Nightwish, Dream Theater, Nevermore, and Rush, but I also like to play things along the lines of Lamb Of God, Metallica, and Children Of Bodom. When it comes to the clean, jazzy sounds of Opeth and whatnot, the amp is not the ideal choice. But for heavy riffing and an all out high gain, metal sound, this is a great amp for the price. I am saving up and should own one shortly. Simply put, this amp is definitely worth looking in to. My final rating is a 9, simply because there are better amps out there, but not many that can deliver what this one can for the price.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Since I do not own the amp, I can't guarantee any reliability. However, it is a Peavey amp and I definitely trust the company to make a reliable amp. Of the several 120's I've played over the past few weeks, I've noticed no problems with any of them.

Features — 9
I do not own this amp (yet), but I have played it a dozen or more times since it hit the floors at Guitar Center. This is the Brand New powerhouse from Peavey, just released this year (2009). Made in the United States, the 120 watt all tube amp has 3 independent channels: clean, rhythm, and lead. The Peavey 120 gives rock guitar players a triple-threat tone onslaught with generous amounts of gain, 120 watts of power, and 3 fully independent channels of all-tube, tone-shaping satisfaction. The Lead and Rhythm channels feature gain and volume controls and an active 3-band EQ, while the Clean channel offers nicely rounded tones crafted by a passive 3-band EQ and volume control. A global master volume governs the amount of power delivered by it's 4 EL34 or 6L6GC power-amp tubes, while the Gain controls on the Lead and Rhythm channels adjust the amount of 12AX7 gain saturation. The 120 rear panel hosts a unique Peavey custom tone control feature, a 3-setting damping Switch that alters speaker resonance to create tight, medium, and loose tonesfrom a precise punch for rhythmic attack to a full, widely resonant sound. Also on the amp head's rear panel is a footswitchable effects loop with dedicated Send and Return controls and a Line Out with Level control.

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    mr_snuggle
    metal4ever6328 : Jackson + Peavey = win +9000.1 This man speaks the truth. (Jackson players FTMFW.)
    jackson really does make some sweet guitars, i honestly like the feel way better than gibson... and through one of these monstrous peaveys? its unreal, it should be illegal its so amazing
    DanieleT90
    I love the distortion of the 3120 but I play progressive rock and use a lot of clean tones too... how are this amp's clean sounds? maybe I should just get the JSX instead but I think the 3120 has more bite on the distortion and I really don't like to own signature things... same for guitars... maybe a Mesa Boogie would do it for me but they are way more expensive than Peavey amps
    matthew66613
    DanieleT90 wrote: I love the distortion of the 3120 but I play progressive rock and use a lot of clean tones too... how are this amp's clean sounds? maybe I should just get the JSX instead but I think the 3120 has more bite on the distortion and I really don't like to own signature things... same for guitars... maybe a Mesa Boogie would do it for me but they are way more expensive than Peavey amps
    i dont own this amp, but ive played through it many a' times at guitar center, i had the same question in mind, how clear the cleans are was shocking to me, i wasnt expecting that high quality of cleans from it, this amp can do anything, if you were considering buying it, i'd recommend you do. and while your at it, you can buy an extra and send it to me =P haha jk but yeah, i'd say go try out the cleans if you can see if you like em, i know i did
    ticklemeemo
    justinb904 wrote: bjovi400 wrote: From experience with these, this is just a warmer XXX with EL34's. These are actually phasing out the XXX's. Peavey took them off the site and added the 3120 I was wondering why Peavey put out this amp beings they have both the 6505 and XXX for high gain along with the JSX but if it's going to replace the XXX then that makes more since I guess. I've always wanted to hear a Peavey with EL34's so I'll have togive this a try.
    The 3120 only comes stock with EL34s, both the 3120 and the XXX could use either 6L6s or EL34's. The XXX shipped stock with 6L6s but you could use either tube in it.
    Shor-T Zero
    Gotta say, I was a bit jealous of hearing this amp after I got my 6505+. Also, ESP/ltd. Ninja through a Peavey is definitely amazing. Just throwing that out there. Nice reviews here. Wish UG would let us post sound samples with reviews.
    MaggaraMarine
    TechnicolorType wrote: againsteternity wrote: I'm a bass player just to start out and when I was looking at the amp head and on the top row it say "lead" and on the bottom it says "rhythm" what different things can you do on both rows Just two different channels for lead and rhythm. Even if you're a bass player you should know what the different between playing lead and rhythm is. So tired of all these bass/ electric guitar newbies like you.
    I wonder why everybody says "I'm a bass player and I don't know anything about guitar" or "I'm a guitar player and I don't know anything about bass". GUITAR AND BASS ARE SAME INSTRUMENTS. GUITAR JUST HAS 6 STRINGS AND BASS 4 (and bass is one octave lower).
    Butthead
    TechnicolorType wrote: Just two different channels for lead and rhythm. Even if you're a bass player you should know what the different between playing lead and rhythm is. So tired of all these bass/ electric guitar newbies like you.
    Pull the burr out of your ass. This is how he finds this stuff out, you aren't born with the knowledge. These amps sound great, I was going to get the 6505+ but I'm going for this instead. Peavey ftw.