JSX 212 Combo review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (21 votes)
Peavey: JSX 212 Combo
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Price paid: $ 1343

Sound — 9
I play everything from Country to death metal, and this amp delivers for every sound I want. I play with a 2002 Gibson SG Supreme, a 2003 Epiphone Les Paul Custom with an EMG-81 in the bridge (and a custom wiring/pickup setup), and a 2007 Gibson Nashville Telecaster. The cleans are bright, and ring with such nice resonance that just blows any other amp I've tried out of the water. The "crunch" channel is perfect for rock, to metal. It is not too aggressive at low settings, and at it's maximum it rips with such power it quite amazing. The "ultra" channel is full, balls the wall, modern metal. Personally I do not go past 6 on the gain, at 10 it is just a wall of sound, but it still rings notes clearly, which is very surprising for such a high gain sound. With a little tweaking you can get any sound you want out of this amplifier.

Overall Impression — 9
I have to say I could not be happier with this amp, it's loud, it sounds great even at low volumes, it can cover just about any style you want (even country). It is my perfect amp, some others might not care for it as much as me, but it fits my sound perfectly. The only thing is the weight(but that's to be expected in a high end tube combo). I tried Marshall's (TSL, DSL) Fenders, and other Peavey's. This amp had all the features I could want, and the sound I want, and I'm not even a big fan of Satch himself. Try it out, you won't be disappointed!

Reliability & Durability — 10
No problems to note. Have not had to deal with Peavey, the store I bought it from has full customer service and any problems I have they will fix, or send it out to be repaired. I can depend on her to rip solo's until she'd ready for a tube change.

Features — 10
This is a 2007 version of this beauty of an amp.It is a all tube 120 Watt amp with (2) 12 custom JSX speakers, (4) EL34 tubes and (4) 12AX7 tubes, power amp switchable to use EL34s or 6L6GCs. It has 3 footswitchable channels (clean, crunch, and ultra). Both overdrive channels have a toggled "fat" Switch, which greatly boosts the low end, give a well rounded sound that is suited for playing with a lower volume set on the guitar itself. Separate master "presence" and "resonance" dials, a built in noise gate(Which DOES work well), master volume, true spring reverb, FX loop (with a output volume control) and a half power Switch (which brings the volume down for smaller rooms, while retaining that tube sound). Great Options, all around perfect setup, can't complain.

25 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Demonikk
    I played that halfstack version and I thought it was a great all-rounder but didn't have all the gain I needed (death-metaller here)
    phenom1991
    The ENGL costs considerably less though...i would not mind owning one of these but peavey have that "cliche" metal sound to be honest(Now don't jump on me for that!!!) I like Marshally tone more(My Randall has pretty Marshally Gain id guess but i like marshall amps...all but MG i mean) Surely a great amp for the money...no doubt! I would spend the money on something else though. Like a nice Marshall JVM or something.
    stolen-hero
    i own the amp, and i have to say, i have played most every amp on the floor at guitar center, and this amp is by far, in my opinion, the best amp for ANY kind of metal or hard rock. i have only owned peavey amps, and after making the jump to an all tube amp in may of 2006, i had bought a 112 xxx combo, and loved it. when i saw this amp, i HAD to have it. i tried it and i think i may be the first man to have a boner in his ears... (figuratively speaking). this amp is my favorite of all of the amps on the floor at GC. the distortion is heavily saturated with a sweet sense of clarity. the clean is great for just about any direct fed pedal, and the crunch gives you a DAMN GOOD british crunch tone. the $1700 i forked out for it... well worth the money. the amp comes with JJ tubes, but when i replaced them after 4 months, i put mesa tubes in it and i cannot ask for a better amp! if you are thinking about buying this amp... DO IT!
    Shinozoku
    Actually, the JSX combo is around $1400 in America. Overseas people get screwed on the price, apparently
    PerpetualBurn
    Yea it was 800 used US for mine, great amp. Can EASILY do anything from the softest pop (my main gigging group) to the most brutal death and tech death. A+ to Peavey, this is their most underrated amp by far.
    KiddJoey
    Nice write up. I just also picked up the same combo amp over the holiday and love the sounds coming out of her. I've found with small moves with gain/channel volume, presence, resonance , reverb and master volume you can create just about anything sound your ears desire. I play everything from Satch/Gilmore/Opeth/Metallica/RATM and I've found a nice range and flexibility with this nicely featured amp. I did order the 6L6GCs for I have found the bottom sounding a little thin (I've probably over compensated by turning bass up a little too much and mudding it up a little). With the 6L6s it might just be the perfect amp for me. Now if I could just have two of these to run in stereo!!
    Demonikk
    player o slayer wrote: Demonikk wrote: I played that halfstack version and I thought it was a great all-rounder but didn't have all the gain I needed (death-metaller here) i honestly have to disagree, im a fellow death metaller and a deathcorian and think this bitch has all the gain needed for the heavier likes of things. soloing on this amp is like sex for your ears
    Fair enough, but I tried it right after trying an ENGL Fireball and it's pretty hard to top that in terms of amount of gain available
    peever
    i thought the jsx was a very very dry sounding amp. im not a fan
    player o slayer
    Demonikk wrote: I played that halfstack version and I thought it was a great all-rounder but didn't have all the gain I needed (death-metaller here)
    i honestly have to disagree, im a fellow death metaller and a deathcorian and think this bitch has all the gain needed for the heavier likes of things. soloing on this amp is like sex for your ears
    guitarinchris
    i own the head and absolutely love it. i would imagine i'd like the combo just as much, if not more. having the reverb and power cut switch would be great add ons to the head.
    EpitaphMan440
    Yeah I meant Fender, It's a b-bender tele. I play everything from Dwight Yoakam, to Dark Tranquillity. With some simple dial tweaking, it rather easy to get that sound you want. For the high gain sound, I use a Boss OD-3(set very low) to give it a little boost. When im ready for a tube change im going to try the 6L6GC's.
    jumpmanhat
    country to death metal? nice i play in a blackened tech death metal band and I tend to turn down the gain when im play, ive heard the half stack of this amp, amazing stuff.
    ValoRhoads
    the one I tried didn't have a reverb on it. It was one of the early models though, maybe they didn't have one.