3120 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (34 votes)
Peavey: 3120

Sound — 10
I use a Jackson Pro Rr3 with passive Duncans. And an ESP LTD MH-1000 with active EMGs. They both sound great. What caught my attention is how well the EMGs sounded on the clean. I play technical trash metal, progressive, rock fusion and jazz. The 3120 CAN DO It ALL. But you need to move the nobs around. Too many players just plug in and play and don't realized how versatile any amp can sound. A LOT OF people have commented how great this amp sounds, two that I know of have actually purchase a 3120 and XXX (which are wired the same but do sound a lil different with both 6l6 of El34) after hearing the 3120. Its not noisy, I ran it thru an old 5150 cab. Loud distorted no noise. But. I used it on another cab. And it started making a small hizz sound. Another thing I installed JJ 6l6g tubes and the distortion changes. The gain sounds great but it took that 'fender' cleans away. I'm going back to El34. With El34 it was clean till the top. With the 6l6 the clean got a lil distortion with the passive pups not the EMGs. You have to make sure its bias hot, and that goes for any tube amp. Its not a modeling amp so I switch guitar when ever I play another style. SIICKK BRUTAL DISTORTION! When using EMGs it sounds wicked! But with Duncans it kills a bit of the sound. (on 6l6 tubes not the El34) a love Duncans but EMGs handle this amp a little better in MY opinion. But it still shreds. Its a trip how a wicked brutal evil sounding amp can sounds happy and clean with just the switch of the channels. All 3 channels are great.

Overall Impression — 10
It's a great match for me and my style. This amp based of XXX. Which has been used by Cavalera, Loomis, Cooly, Gary Holt. From testament and I think slayer used to record god hates us all Not sure. Any ways, I've been playing for ten years. When I bought this product I should've ask how cold it was bias. Because it was low.but again I bought it from a studio that was shutting down not Peavey. If it was stoled I will buy a new one or. If I got bit more money the XXX2. Another brutal machine but with more control. But the sound I was looking for was inside the 3120. I could probable get "my sound" of another great amp like Marshall JVM JCMs or Mesa Rectifier, Mark. But I'm not paying twice the money when I could get the sound I want from the Peavey 3120. But to each its own. I gave it a 10 because I don't mind it not having build in effects. I got the effect pedals I needed already. Delay chorus wah. And synthesizer. I like that its the underdog when jamming out with someone with more expensive gear. But it sounds just as expensive. The 3120 its a great amp with great sound and a great price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
You can depend on this American made amp. It is a tube amp so after a while depending whether you used it every day the sound will fade. It has not broken down. A nine because of the plastic. Nobs. Not that they are weak in structure but in appearance. But whatever.

Features — 10
build in 2010. U.S.A. 120 watts. Came with JJ EL34 Tubes. It's great for of course, metal. And can handle jazz. And blues. Comes with three channels. Lead, rhythm, and clean that can be switched from the pedal or on the head its self. Comes with an effects loops, no head phone jack. Can be switched 4, 8, 16 ohms. No build in effects. Straight raw. It's heavy but it can take a beating. Well built.

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    hi folks iv had them all after 35 yrs of playing mainly metal iv had the marshalls,5150s/6505s/triple x,jsx,lol,,the peavey 3120 is a awesome amp,lv it even tho the 3 way channel switch on the front as gone on it,but been repaired,still a awesome amp,more gain you could ever want and the clean channel is stunning,such a versatile amp,i would rate it a 9,rock on peavey,
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