Price paid: $ 650
Sound — 10
I got a standard Mexican-made strat. For those of you that don't know, they are the better models, not made in America any more. No special additions, except I added an on/off Switch. I know, Gibson wanna-be! I can jam with a band at a volume setting of less than four without mics or added sound. I have never really pushed the power capacity, I haven't had to. I can get tons of quality sound out of this model. Without pedals I can pull off great sounds like those found in "Nutshell", "Die Die Die My Darling", "What's This Life For?", "The Sound of Madness", and "Second Chance". Generally, I keep all the clean tone control knobs at 5, and the distortion tones between 5+7. I Live in an apartment and having the volume of either channel above. 5 will bring the police. That's right point 5!
Overall Impression — 10
For all the styles I play it's awesome. I also own a Peavey bass amp and love that. Many big names are starting to use Peavey cabinets, I just found some surprises in that area tonight doing some research. They are regaining a well deserved reputation. I no longer have as much interest in Marshall products other than the glory of a Legend. For my money, I liked it even better than the 5150 half stack I use to own. No need to sound like Eddie if you can't play like him. This is definitely a great product.
Reliability & Durability — 10
No problems here. I have loved their products ever since the 5150 line started. The company is really making great strides. I depend on it's quality and durability entirely. It has some miles on it and you can't tell. No problems, no funny noises. After a year of use it is absolutely perfect.
Features — 10
I believe it is a 2008 model, check the Peavey website. I can get full blown English metal to smokey blues out of this baby. Has a clean and distortion channels, plus a lead gain for solos, and a texture knob (that is unfortunately on the back) that determines which tubes are getting power and how much. Yes this bad boy is totally tube driven. It also has built in reverb and two damping knobs to control presence and resonance. Loop connections are included and can power a speaker cabinet, various impedance Switch included. It has plenty of power for small gigs without a cabinet. The worst thing was that the two Switch pedal was sold separately. This baby creates some luscious sound. Sound examples also available on the Peavey website.