Triple XXX Super 40 EFX review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (20 votes)
Peavey: Triple XXX Super 40 EFX

Purchased from: Daddy's

Sound — 10
I've been using mostly my older Ibanez GSA60, a mere starters guitar until I buy a new axe. I play a mix of classic rock, hard rock, metal, and instrumental rock. This amp really does all of it nicely. It does get a little loud on the ultra channel if you have scooped mids, but when I turned the bass, treb, and mids to about 5 each it wasn't as bad. The amp itself has that tube power that really makes a difference. The distortion on crunch can get brutal enough for 80's metal and whatnot, and the ultra channel has all you need for hi-gain metal and the likes. What I appreciate most about the amp is the strength in tone that really sounds great compared to a lot of SS amps.

Overall Impression — 9
I play classic rock, hard rock, metal, and instrumental rock. This amp really kicks ass for it, and is pretty versatile. I've been playing for about two years or so, and this is a huge upgrade over my old Vox AD30VT. I bought this amp used, so at it's price of $450 it was a steal. I love it's crunch tone, especially with the gain cranked to 10. I hate how the reverb isn't functional past 4/5, but it should be fixable. My favorite feature is probably being able to put delay and a choice of flange, phase, or chorus over it all from the amp itself.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I have not used it for a gig, but I would trust it without a backup. The amp hasn't had any problem except for when I turn the reverb up above 4/5 I get a nasty hum that gets louder and louder until I turn it down. It has been pretty reliable other than the reverb problem, I've had it for about 4-6 months and it's a joy.

Features — 9
I'm not sure on the year, but now it's discontinued. The amp is pretty versatile, mostly in the crunch channel, where the gain knobs can give you a slight classic rock overdrive or a hi-gain (but clear) metal tone. The ultra channel is good if you're into a lot of heavier stuff. It has three channels, clean, crunch, and ultra. You can Switch between crunch and ultra, and when on crunch there's a Switch to go to clean. There's also an effects loop and a dampening switch (loose, medium, tight). It has a bunch of decent effects built in to help out your cleans and to make your soloing tone a little better. I wish it had a noise gate, as the ultra channel can get loud under certain settings.

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    I bought mine used mint condition for 450-500 US and the only con is the redneck silhouette on the cover. Besides that it's great and very versatile.
    They used to go for $750-1k, you find find the used combos for $400-600. Great metal amp, specifically thrash. Crunch channel owns too.
    Hey can anyone tell me what effects this amp actually has, 'the 9 programmable ones'? Cause i can't find info about the effects anywhere..
    It's got Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Octave, Wah, Trem, and a Rotary speaker that have 1 modifier knob to deal with them each. It also has a delay with a knob for the amount of delay that can also be tapped for the correct rhythm and can be used simultaneously with the others. Oh ya, it also it has a volume boost knob. All of these can be controlled with the included MIDI footswitch, which can independently switch channels and control the boost/mods/delay, or you can set it to stored presets.