Price paid: $ 899
Purchased from: American Music
Sound — 10
I use a Fender Fat Strat and a Gibson MIII and am able to get everything here from nice rich bassy clean to over the edge modern distortion. Turning back the gain on the crunch channel makes for great blues guitar. I play the amp through a Marshall 1960A and it really is good sounding at all volumes. By the way channel volume can be set individualy with a master volume to control the global volume of all channels.
Overall Impression — 8
What would be on my wish list would be a nice spring reverb unit and a button for the ultra channel on the footswitch. The pedal has only three buttons one for effects loop, one for clean and one for dirty. The dirty button bounces between the crunch and ultra channels. It's ok and there are lights to clearly let you know what channel is active, but in a hurry you have to think for a moment and it would have been better to just make it dummy proof for a guy like me. Also, while at it. The perfect amp would have one more channel for blues. This way a guy like me who plays alot of covers would be able to go clean, classic rock, blues and modern edge distortion. Maybe I ask for to much. In the end it is a great amp and very very versitile while still being tube. Tube rules! I am for sure not sorry I bought it and would buy it again.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Reliability, this baby is a tank and heavy. No problems for hours on end and I never take a backup. The looks of it are also cool plenty of chrome with big red lights and big chrome knobs. Very retro looking.
Features — 8
The Peavey JSX is a three channel chromed out 120 watt tube amp based on the XXX but built to the specifications of Joe Satriani. There are 4 EL34s and four 12AX7s. The clean, crunch and ultra channel can be controlled via a fairly easy footswitch, (a fourth button would have been nice for the crunch channel) and there is a fat switch for the two distortion channels and a noise gate. The amp has no reverb.