Triple XXX Super 40 Review

manufacturer: Peavey date: 08/18/2009 category: Guitar Amplifiers
Peavey: Triple XXX Super 40
40W of all-tube power through a 12" Triple XXX 30 speaker delivers stellar tone with high gain and ample volume for most gigs. A fantastic amp for the studio, it features an Accutronics spring reverb and footswitchable effects loop. Clean, crunch, and ultra channels with independent EQ and tight, medium, and loose resonance control.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 7.5
 Features: 8.5
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overall: 9.3
Triple XXX Super 40 Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 16, 2007
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 650

Purchased from: Maken Music

Features: This is probably the best purchase I have made. My Peavey was made in 2006 I believe. The amp is mainly for high gain metal, but that's mainly what I play, so it's alright. There are 3 channels on this amp. The clean channel, crunch channel, and ultra channel. It has a 2 button footswitch to go from the clean to ultra, or rhythm to ultra, depending on whether you have the crunch channel turned on (the clean and crunch channels share an EQ), and it also has a volume boost, which is great for solos. I wish that it had a seperate EQ for clean and crunch, but I don't use the crunch a lot, so it's not a huge deal. I mainly use this amp in my bedroom, but I also use it for band practice, jamming with others, and it definitely has enough power. I can get just as loud as my friends 120 watt solid state amp, and sound 5 times better! This amp is 40 watts tube and has a 112 Sheffield speaker. // 9

Sound: I am using this amp with a Schecter Gryphon with Duncan Designed pickups. I am also using a Fender Stratocaster with stock bridge and middle pickups, and a Duncan Hot Rail in the neck position. I can get a great Metallica tone out of it, as well as a good Ozzy, Sabbath, Maiden, Slayer tone out of it. It is a pretty versatile amp for metal. One problem I have with this amp is that it is so noisy on the ultra channel. Once I turn up the volume past the halfway mark, you get a lot of feedback. I think a noise gate is a must with this amp. On the crunch channel, I can get a decent classic and hard rock tone out of it, but I think that the head version of this amp had a better crunch channel, but that could be due to the fact that this has an open back, and the cab was closed. The Cleans on this thing are better than what people give them credit for. They are not the best, but they sound a lot better than my old Line 6. They can get a little distorted, but you would need the gain dimed, and the volume up past 3 o'clock. The Ultra channel is where this thing shines for me. It has a ton of gain, more than most people would need, and it sounds great. It has a very tight bass response, and it sounds awesome. The treble is very sharp, and sounds great. It also has a lot of mids, so I barely ever play it with them past the halfway mark. This amp sounds great at low volumes, which is cool because I was told it would only sound good at the volume at 6 or 7, which is way to loud for bedroom practice, and it also sounds amazing with the volume past halfway if you have a noise gate to stop the hiss and feedback. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I have only had this amp for about 2 weeks now, so I can't tell you what the reliability on it is, but so far, it has been great. Nothing seems to be wrong with the amp, and it looks like everything is dependable. I would probably not gig without a backup just as a precaution, but I don't think you would need one. // 8

Overall Impression: I mainly play Thrash Metal and 80s heavy metal, and this amp is amazing for those tones. I've been playing for a little more than 2 years, and I have a Schecter Gryphon, a Fender Stratocaster, and a Line 6 spider II, which is the amp I am replacing with this one. This amp is covered under warranty, so if a tube ever goes out I get it replaced for free, so I'm not worried about that too much. I asked around and did research for months before buying this amp, and it was the best amp in it's price range for my playing. If it were stolen, I would definately try to get this amp again, but I don't know if I could get as good a deal as I did on it again. I compared this amp to Marshall AVT's, Peavey Valvekings and a couple Fender amps, all which didn't have the tone I was looking for. I also tried out a Mesa Dual Rectifier for comparison, and I think that this amp has a little more punch than the Mesa at low volumes. My favorite thing about this amp is the ultra channel, because it has a rediculous amount of gain. One thing I wish it had was a footswitch for the reverb, but it's not a huge deal. Overall, this is the best amp for metal you will find in it's price range. // 10

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overall: 8
Triple XXX Super 40 Reviewed by: JoePerry4life, on august 18, 2009
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Price paid: C$ 550

Purchased from: Local Guy

Features: 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. // 8

Sound: 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. // 9

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 7

Overall Impression: 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. // 8

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