Backstage review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 4
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 5
  • Features: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 5 Decent
  • Users' score: 6.4 (38 votes)
Peavey: Backstage
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Purchased from: Melody Music

Sound — 4
For this amp I mainly used my Peavey Raptor, but I have borrowed by friend's Aria on it, and it sounded great. The amp can't really fit any certain type of music styles, but with a tube in the amp I used, it managed a nice rich clean. (For reviewing purposes, I also tried a solid state Backstage) If you are a beginner using this amp, don't use stompboxes or multi-FX pedals, because your sound will end up really mushy (on both Tube and Solid State).

Overall Impression — 6
My overall impression is that this amp will be suitable for beginners, but even after using it for a while they will wish they had gotten another amp. If I lost or this amp got stolen, I wouldn't bother getting another one, even though I use it as a sound monitor, I'll use my other beginners amp, my Silvertone Smart III for my monitor. If I had the proper knowledge to do in depth modifcations, I would defintely add a gain to this amp and maybe even a flanger or chorus modulation effect.

Reliability & Durability — 5
I have to say, because of this amps durability, is one of the reasons why I am keeping this amp, when I get my new amp. I have never inflicted pain on purpose to this amp, but it has dropped out of my van, and I was quite surpised it hasn't broken. I will never actually be playing through this amp again because I made some modifcations to be able to use it as a sound monitor.

Features — 5
I got this amp in a Peavey stage back, so it worked pretty well with the included Peavey Raptor. After playing with this amp for a couple of months, it gets very frusturating trying to get your sound from this amp, as there is no gain knob. For beginners, it has everything they need, but after a while with this amp, they will want to upgrade to something substaintually bigger. Also noteworthy, is that I purchased the stage pack from a pawnshop, and the dealer said something was done to the amp, but he didn't know what was done. My amps solid state circuitry was switiched out for a tube.

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