Classic VTX review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 10 (1 vote)
Peavey: Classic VTX

Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: Private party

Sound — 10
This amp is loud and heavy (64 pounds), I have it close to a year now. Playing it only home I didn't turn it pass 6 and I'm sure you can blow off the windows and cause injuries if you'd push it to the maximum unless you are playing some bigger venues. When I bought my VTX I had a Danelectro DC 59M with the single "lipstick" pick ups, now I have a hum-bucking Peavey JF1-EX. The amp sounds fantastic with both guitars, of course the sound is more dense with hum-buckers and the distortion is more richer. The amp is very versatile, but has its own character too (at least with me playing through it. Categorized as hybrid, the amp sounds like a tube amp and therefore can make any sound IMO. It definitely belongs to the Vintage group sound wise and can sound Fender-ish. The amp is quiet, even in loudest settings, I believe that you can use it for any style, but people like to categorize and sound snobs won't play a Peavey instrument or amp because it's too low for them. Clean channel is becoming slightly fuzzy after dialing past number 6 on the post gain (10 is the max) but even on the 10 sound is clean if you pick the strings gently. Distortion is very usable for classic rock (as mentioned can be extremely brutal if you lock the phaser range and dial the phaser to 10).

Overall Impression — 10
Classic VTX is a perfect match for me. I'm playing mainly my own music which I would describe as a mix of blues, metal and pop. I play some contemporary Christian music as well as some rock and metal covers. I play 18 years now and this is my first tube amp and I was doing a lot of research before I bought it. I used to own another great Peavey, Express 112, Crate CPB150 with a 4x12 Celestion G12L-35's and another 3 channel SS Crate that I can't remember anymore. I used to have few handmade electric guitars and a NoName acoustic guitar, Parker P-42 and a Danelectro DC 59M. After a while everything makes sense with this amp and I wouldn't change anything on it (maybe the preamp :-)) and if would be stolen or lost I'd most likely would track down another.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I would use my VTX without backup on a gig, I can and I'm depending on it. My amp works fine even though it needs service (cap job f.e.) as it was neglected by previous owners. The amp did not break down on me or previous owner. According to him, my amp survived a fire and a tornado :-) Peavey products are known for durability and Classic VTX is not an exception. Mine came with the stock tubes (very likely original) and sounds amazing 32 years after the birth. I contacted Peavey customer service multiple times and each time it was a success. Peavey still caries some parts (the 6 pin socket for foot-switch costs $9.00) manuals are available on line. And their products simply work without breaking down.

Features — 10
2 foot-switchable channels, high and low gain inputs. Solid state preamp, 2 6L6's power amp. 65 W RMS into 4 or 2 ohms, shared 4 band EQ, spring reverb and phaser, 2 12 inch Scorpion speakers, effects loop. My amplifier was built in 1981, built in Meridian, MISS. USA. Talk about reliability and craftsmanship. To me the amp is very versatile, history already proved that it is. I've heard that VTX was used by many country players in the '80s. It certainly has tons of headroom. I play blues, pop, rock and some metal and the amp sound good to me in all styles. It has two channels, clean and overdrive (called normal and lead gain). Clean channel is simply wonderful: rich, creamy tone with a little kick. I use solemnly the lead gain channel for any dirt and it is sufficiently good for me although it's not the best OD channel I've heard. Channels are switchable and you would need a foot-switch to completely explore the amp, without it only the lead gain is available of course you can dial the clean tone anyway. 4 of the knobs have integral pull switch which is a great feature that can significantly change the sound. I love that you can lock in the phaser range which can make your distortion extreme punchy (adds a lot of bass)! Amp is very responsive to the picking techniques and excuse the phrase it takes pedals well.

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