Triple XXX Super 40 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.8 (45 votes)
Peavey: Triple XXX Super 40

Price paid: C$ 550

Purchased from: Local Guy

Sound — 9
I have 3 guitars. An Epiphone G-400 with a cheap MRG Rocker pickup (Although very nice, chose this over my JB I had in here prior) that I got from ebay. An Agile AL-3000 with stock pickups, and a partscaster with a GFS Lil Killer and 2 alnico GFS pickups. I play 80's metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden), blues(Hendrix, SRV, Clapton), and some classic rock like Aerosmith. The clean channel is not terrible. However nothing special. With single coils it does sound nice with the reverb on 5 and using the neck pickup. The controls on the clean channel aren't very responsive though. With humbuckers, it sounds warm, with a little tweaking can get you a decent tone, but not as good as a single coil would. The clean channel can get very loud without breaking up. Overall, not terrible and people make it out to be. I'd give it a 7.5 Some things to make the cleans better is to switch to EL34 tubes, and put 12at7 in V1 and V4. Next we have the crunch channel. Shares the same EQ as the clean, which can get annoying. This channel has a bit more gain than it should I believe. Again the EQ not being really responsive as it should makes it a bit hard to get a nice tone out of. However with the volume at about 5, basiccaly when it gets loud, this channel sounds really really good. Gives a nice crunchy tone great for classic rock. Nothing bad about this channel, I find however that you can better crunch tones from the ultra channel. Overall I'd give it an 8. Where the amp really shines however is the ultra channel. Tons of gain on tap, really tight sounding, and rather quiet for a high gain amplifier. The ultra does 80's thrash very well, as well as lower gain stuff like Aerosmith tones and guns n roses despite being American voiced, it can do british tones decently well. The EQ is active so its very responsive, and can take some time to tweak, but it really works well with this amp. Some amps muddy up when you take out some mids, not this amp, I rarely find it muddy. One problem with the channel is at higher volumes, it can feedback easily, a noise gate is needed for gigging. Overall I'd give this channel a 9 as the only issue is the feedback really.

Overall Impression — 8
I play metal, rock and blues, and it suits me pretty well doing only decent cleans though. I've been playing 3 years now, owned about 5 amps, Crate v18, 60's tube amp, electar tube 30 and some crappy solid states. I play 3 guitars, 1 strat and sg and a les paul copy. They sound great through this amp. This amp blows everything else I play out of the water, but I haven't tried a mesa or high end Marshall. I bought it used from a guy who had it about a year, and it was perfect condition. If this was stolen I'd try and find another but it has been discontinued so it may be hard. Overall great amp, love it, amazing for metal tones.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Here's where it loses points however. I changed the tubes to EL34, after about a month I turn it on and no sound. Take it to a tech and he replaces a blown resistor. Everything is fine for about a week and the same thing happens. I do some research and find out that the screen resistors are only 470 and el34's need 1k resistors. Peavey should have though about that when they made it switchable. Other than that, this thing is built pretty well, I bumped it off walls a few times only exchanging paint no actual dents. I would gig with this without a backup.

Features — 8
Not sure what year this amp was made in, probably in 2005-6. Made is U.S.A. 40 watt all tube 3 channels, clean, crunch, and ultra. The clean and crunch channels share the same 3 Band EQ, and they have separate reverb, volume and gain controls. There's also a dampening switch on the back, and effects loop, foot switch jack, and an external speaker out 16 ohms. Standby switch and power switch. One thing thats missing from this amp is a bias trim pot. It has a switch that lets you switch from 6l6 to EL34, the amp will be fine with the bias, but won't make the tubes sound to the fullest potential without biasing it. Another thing that would have been nice in foot switchable reverb. Overall, lots of nice features, only some missing.

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    I got this amp on eBay for 440 including shipping. It was my first real amp. I was so happy. I've had this thing for about 8 months now and it hasn't crapped out on me yet. Also, before reading these reviews I had no idea it had 3 channels! WTF! I've been playing on my crunch channel thinking it was clean for the longest time. Shows my observance skills.