Transtube Studio Pro 112 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.5 (103 votes)
Peavey: Transtube Studio Pro 112
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Purchased from: Alvis Music

Sound — 10
I use this amp with a crappy Johnson rip off of a Fender Statocastor with single-coil pickups designed by EMG. The amp itself sounds great because when I tried it out in the store I used anything from a Gibson Les Paul to a ESP Kirk Hammett signature and it sounds good with all of them.Its noisy when you're playing right next to it and when you're playing far away form it on extremly loud settings, but a noise suppresor solves that easily. The clean channel is what is says clean, at all volumes, unless you blow the amp up. The distortion could be heavier, but this is peavy we're talkin about! Not Krank or some shit like that.

Overall Impression — 10
This amp is good for the price. It's a good practice amp and beginner amp. I've been playing for pretty much two years, and I'm raising money to get me a Peavy XXX or JSX signature. If it were stolen, I'd probably hunt down whoever did it and torture them for a good 5 years before killing them, because I don't have the money to replace it! I love that it has switches to select how much gain you want and the T-Dynamics give you a boost on the clean channel w/o distortion. I hate that it can't get that intensly distorted, but it does do well. If I wanted that I woulda spent an arm and a leg on a Krank Krankenstein. I compared this to the Fender G-DEC and the Peavy Transtube Series Envoy 110, and this had what I was looking for at a good price. If you are a beginner, buy this amp!

Reliability & Durability — 10
I can depend on this thing. I use it at my little gigs and it never lets me down. I've done a two or three hour long gig with my amp at like full volume and it didn't blow up or nothing. the only way to kill this amp is to put the pre-gain on 10 and the post gain on 10 and play power chords. It's never broke down on me and I don't think it ever will.

Features — 10
This is a nice amp I use in my house to practice with and sometimes perform. It can make quite a few different noises that suit anything from the Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock, Punk, and Metal. I play a lot of Punk, Classic Rock, and Metal so it suits me perfectly. It has two channels, a clean channel and a lead channel. On the clean channel, there is a volume knob, a selector Switch to select how much gain you want from Vintage to High Gain. Then Low, Mid, and High tone knobs. Then there is the selector Switch to select between the clean and lead channels. On the lead channel, there is a Pre-Gain knob, a selector Switch to Switch between Vintage, Modern, and High Gain. Then there is the Lo, Mid, and High knobs. After that, there is a little section called Master where there is the Reverb and T-Dynamics. T-Dynamics is basically a little boost to your amp, as much as 12 db. I really don't wish for any new features on it, it's very versatile, plus a lot of times I'm using effects pedals, so it doesn't really matter. I use this amp to practice with and to perform small Live gigs (if you can call them that) It has more than enough power. For example, at my New Years Eve party at my church (luckily the pastor didn't care what kind of music I was playing) and at midnight I was going to get everyone's attention playing Eruption at nearly full volume. First of all I nearly blew out my eardrums. Second of all, it was a bit noisy. But thirdly, it was so loud that kids heard it outside over all their stereos playing rap music at full volume. It has two inputs on the front of the amp labeled High Gain and Low Gain. On the bask there is a input for a remote Switch or footswitch and two inputs for effects send and return and an output for an external speaker or a PA system.

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    uninsane_guitar
    wanna know how to make this thing sound heavier than s**t?!first,turn the selector to lead and put it to high gain. put the pre gain on max, the lo on max, the mid at about 7, high at either 5 or 6, post gain on 3, reverb on 1, t-dynamics on max. it sounds awesome! bone crushing rhythm guitar chugging, and turn the high to 7 or 8 for fae melting solo lead tone! you can hear the pick hit the strings, it pierces the lower frequencies like a knife through butter! rock on!
    uninsane_guitar
    uninsane_guitar wrote: wanna know how to make this thing sound heavier than s**t?!first,turn the selector to lead and put it to high gain. put the pre gain on max, the lo on max, the mid at about 7, high at either 5 or 6, post gain on 3, reverb on 1, t-dynamics on max. it sounds awesome! bone crushing rhythm guitar chugging, and turn the high to 7 or 8 for fae melting solo lead tone! you can hear the pick hit the strings, it pierces the lower frequencies like a knife through butter! rock on!
    correction. put the mid to about 3 or 4. sorry, i was thinking about the blues setting.
    Guitar Sletten
    I have this amp, it's briliant, but i want some effects to.. Is it wise of me to sell this and buy a Marshall MG100 HDFX?