Price paid: $ 225
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
For what it lacks in features it makes up for in sound. When I was looking for a new head (old ss head fried) I jammed through tons of different heads and didn't find one I really liked. Money really wasn't a concern, but I needed a head to Jam the upcoming weekend. When I jammed this head through a cheap cab at GC I could kind of hear the potential. For the money I bought it basically as a stopgap until I find a good one. This head powers a full stack.The bottom cab has the eminence monster metal kit, the top cab has Celestions in it. The only pedals I use are a noise gate and wah. I play either a Gibson SG or Les Paul. I plug into the high gain jack, preamp=max, bass=max, mids=least, treble=5, boost=off, master volume=max, resonance=max, presence=max, texture=max. If you have comparable cabs I suggest you try these settings. The sound is so brutal and heavy and loud I feel like I almost stole this head. I am not sure if the previous owner modded this head but it is like a six foot tall monster growling at you as loud as he can. This amp isn't just loud, it is feel it in the pit of your stomach LOUD and HEAVY.
Overall Impression — 10
Needless to say I have stopped looking for a new head. What I thought was a stopgap has become an unreal stroke of luck. I have been playing guitar for 12 years and my band jams out heavy bluesy stoner rock. Think Sabbath meets Clutch meets Kyuss meets Goatsnake. These "modern metal bands", lol, don't know what heavy is. The best is after our set the guitarists from other bands ask me what distortion pedal I use and I say I don't use one. The most common reaction is "daaammmmnnnn!". Peavey, job well done.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have had this head for about a year now with no problems. It has been a tank so far taking the dings and occasional drops of a gigging band. I am confident enough in this head that I don't take a spare head when we play out, just extra tubes and fuses. The head weighs probably 50 or 60 pounds but I don't mind lugging equipment that treats me right.
Features — 5
This is your basic one channel all tube head. The only way to get a clean sound out of it is to turn the preamp and your guitar's volume down. Even then it isn't totally clean. The eq knobs are kind of all or nothing. You have to turn them a good distance to notice a change in tone. The resonance and presence knobs don't really do much in my opinion. And at least to my ears there isn't a whole lot of difference between the high and low gain inputs either. The texture knob does work and is a cool feature. 100 watts, all tube, cheap, and FREAKING LOUD AS HELL, works for me.