Price paid: $ 575
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I have a modded Fender Starcaster with a Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker in the bridge and an Epiphone Les Paul Standard with no mods. Both of these guitars sound amazing through this amp. I'm sure a real Stratocaster and Les Paul sound even better but for now I'm more than happy with my rig. I play a lot of different things, ranging from RHCP, GN'R, Motley Crue, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Sublime. I feel that I can dial in a tone close to each of these styles. The cleans are bright and loud, and they don't get very distorted when the volume is up but this amps distortion is where it shines. Each model has a high gain and low gain setting, when I select the 505 model on the high gain setting I cannot wipe the grin off of my face for the next hour.
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for about a year and a half now, this is my second amp (my first was a Line 6 Spider 3 30w, which I thought was a great beginner amp) And I feel like it can do everything the Spider 3 could but much better in every aspect. The Sanpera pedal is a must (an extra $100 for the smaller one, $200 for the mac-daddy) which bumps the price up. But the pedal just makes the amp that much more versatile with a looper effect on it and the ability to cycle through all the presets just by stomping on a button and expression pedals. I would be upset if this amp was stolen and would replace it instantly. It was between this and the Line 6 Spidervalve, but the Line 6's were much more expensive and I thought the Peavey was just an over all better deal.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I treat my equipment like gold so I don't expect any problems with it. This is my first tube amp so I'm giving it plenty of time to heat up and cool down and I expect it to last me for a long time. I would definitely gig with out a back up. I was deciding between this amp and the Line 6 Spidervalv but the Line 6's that were on the floor both had trouble with the volume knobs, maybe it was because of abuse from other customers but my Peavey was a floor model (only one in stock) and I got the 2 year plan with it so I think I'm set.
Features — 9
This amp is extremely versatile, I'm still going through all of the different models it offers, if you buy the pedal (recommended if you plan on playing Live) you can cycle through 4 presets on 3 different channels. So you can get 12 different sounds. This amp has very nice cleans, modeled after some Fender amps but it's distortion is the highlight. This amp has 120 watts of all tube power with 2x12" speakers, definitely loud enough for gigs and practice. There are way too many features on this amp as I've said before, but everything is adjustable and it takes some tinkering but you can get a huge variety of sounds out of this thing.