Classic 30 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.5 (69 votes)
Peavey: Classic 30

Price paid: C$ 650

Sound — 9
I use it with a Fender Highway One HSS stratocaster and an Ibanez TS9DX tubescreamer to get my metal/post-hardcore sound. The clean channel is clean, bright, but not harsh, and uber smooth. The spring reverb also sounds great with the clean and overdrive channel. When I use my tubescreamer to boost it it does get a bit noisy, but nothing too out of control. The overdrive channel is ideal for any classic rock sound and can dabble into 80's metal on it's own, then with a boost it can get a nice Metallica metal sound with some modern tones if you dial it in right. A EQ pedal would probably make it easier to get a better range of modern tones. The clean channel does break up though around 6-7, but this is more than enough volume for jamming, and just enough for small gigs.

Overall Impression — 8
It's a blues and classic rock players dream amp, and a good amp for a metalhead on a budget, like me. I've been playing for 2 years and have gone through numerous amps such as, line6, Peavey xxx's/6505's, Traynors, Bugera's and Marshall jcms, and I think I'll be sticking with this one for a while. I love the reverb on this amp, it's very subtle when low and very fenderish when cranked, and sounds good on any channel. I wish it came with the footswitch, but you can always buy one if you need to and I wish it had a standby Switch.

Reliability & Durability — 9
It seems very well built. Peavey backs it up with a 5 year electronics warranty, so it should last. Hasn't broken down yet and I don't think it will anytime soon. The tweed model also looks super sweeeeet! The only thing is that it makes a popping sound when you turn it off, but if your skeptical of this you can just do what I do and put it on the clean channel, turn off all your pedals, roll back the volume knob on your guitar, and amp if you want, and turn it off and you will get a barely audible or no pop at all.

Features — 8
I think mine is a 2007 or 2008 model. Very nice 2 channel tube amp, covers fenderish cleans to Marshall classic rock overdrive tones. Also with an overdrive pedal it can get a good metal sound, which is what I mostly play. 30 watts, effects loop, footswitch jack, external speaker jack, four EL84 tubes, three ax7s, plenty of power for practice and jamming, and I bet it can do small gigs without any problems.

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    yeah, honestly i used to use an overdrive for modern metal tones right when i got it, but with a decent EQing, it does just about any metal tone just fine; mids from 5 to 6, treble and 10 and bass at 9, with pre-gain around 8 to 10 depending, and the post-gain set according to volume, and i can get really good death metal/metalcore tones out of it. from there, just boost the mids and take away a little of the pre-gain and bass and you have a great post-harcore tone. this amp really does it all, no joke.