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.