Triple XXX Head review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.6 (36 votes)
Peavey: Triple XXX Head

Price paid: $ 800

Sound — 10
I'm currently playing a Washburn WI66 Pro with Seymour Duncan 59/57s (I think, I dunno check their webpage) through this beast, and let me say, it does not screw around. The distortion on the Ultra channel can vary from a cleaner, solo-esque lead guitar sound to an absolutely brutal metal tone if you crank the gain. It's fantastic sounding and easy to coax different tones out of for the proper feel. The crunch channel is alright, but it's a muddier, rhythm style distortion. The clean channel actually sounds better at high volumes than low ones. This amp can really run the gamut in almost any style. I play Hardcore to Metal to Indie to Classic rock and I can get most of the tones I want out of this, but the classic rock tone is a bit harder to get with this one, though you can suffice, I promise. In fact, the only thing I can dock this amp on is that it breaks up a little at really low volumes, but what can you expect when you buy an amp that's loud enough to power a venue. And plus, I would seriously recommend this to anyone Who likes distortion, because I can't get enough of the Ultra channel. It's distortion is simply amazing.

Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing nearly 4 years now and I play lots of different styles, but it can match pretty much anything I want it to. This blows away my AD30VT in tone, but then again, it's a hell of a lot louder too. In fact, I have yet to go past about 3 on the Master volume because this thing is powerful, but soon I'll gig with it and perhaps post an update comment. If it were stolen, I would totally go annihilate whoever stole it, and buy a new one if I had the money. I think it's overall a very solid amp for anyone looking to upgrade to a gig amp. However, I'd recommend trying to find one used in good condition, because if you're gunna pay the new price, you might as well get a Marshall or a boogie or something, but I think this definitely contends with all other name brands. Great amp.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is a friggin tank. It's also really easy to move around, because most of the weight is in the head and the cab has wheels so you really only need one person unless you have to battle some stairs. I would definitely gig without a backup, but being a tube amp, I might consider taking extra tubes on the road for an extended tour.

Features — 10
This amp is pretty awesome. I just got this today, the amp and matching cab that was the new model in 2003, but for 800 bucks on a stack that looks practically new, I felt that was a steal. There are 3 channels: 2 Distortion(Ultra and Crunch), each with there own 3 band EQ (dubbed "bottom", "body", and "hair" for lo-med-hi), gain, and volume, then a clean channel with bass-mid-treble and volume controls. Then there's a master volume knob and a channel selector, and on the back there's an effects loop complete with send and return signal level control. It has no effects on it, but it does have a damping Switch to control resonance and reverb. It came with it's matching footswitch, which allows channel select between all 3 channels and a bypass on the effects loop. It's also got a line out control, so that could be used as a headphone jack since it's also got it's own volume control.

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    metal jello
    screamsoftly wrote: Ah, so much innuendo in the name of this amp.
    Did you figure that out yourself?? retard
    I thought of one thing I do wish it had, and that is a Wattage output control in the back. Vox does that and it's nice to be able to play at max volume just for tone, but oh well. This amp is a great buy anyway.
    actually i got mine yesterday they have a great sound and i got mine for 600 new because my local sotre was goin out of buisness and it wasnt a chin store(last day). I feel like i got a steal becasue this amp is great, but it could just be me because i got it for half price new.
    this thing is amazing! i just got it today, at the store it was plugged into a crate, and it sounded godly through that. im going to get the xxx cabinet latter this week
    metal jello
    If it helps any, I play kinda thrashy 80's metal and classic rock. I also do a lot of slightly distorted fingerstyle ballads and such.....
    The XXX isn't clear enough for my taste, especially compared to my JCM2000 TSL. I had to crank the treble (called "hair" on this amp, god knows why) and completely drop all the mids to get an even slightly useable tone, even with my emg's. If you have the cash to buy this amp new, go for the JSX or a 6505+ if you don't need a clean channel (although I know there are mods you can get to improve the second channel on 6505s/5150s).
    twirly boggs
    this amp will do classic rock secret: master on 10 & channel vol on 5-7 gain on about 2-3 ROLLBACK YOUR guitar vol between 4-7 and try playing with pickup selector ( i found selected to middle works for me - beefs up tone a bit) guitar vol 4 will do great blues guitar vol 5&6 good rock n roll guitar vol 7 classic rock
    I currently own this head and i think it is amazing but im pushin it through a 300w fender bass cab...wut would u say is a good cab for this head? cuz i heard the peavy cab it comes with is kinda shitty...
    i want one sooooo bad, a friend of mine just offered me his for $600 but im currently jobless and low on the monies, aahhhh