Peavey Classic 30 Practice Amp
Tweed is in again. Not Herb Tarleks plaid and tweed suit, but the wonderful vintage tones from classic combos. With today’s boutique and modelling amps emulating every known voicing from decades gone by, it’s hard to go past the classic tweed amps for their sweet cleans. You can thank the Fender Reissue series for that. At the same time the Peavey Classic series has been evolving, and the latest incarnation of the Peavey Classic 30 now has a re-imagined chassis design while keeping the vintage tone of the original.
The Peavey Classic 30 is an attractively priced all tube combo that attempts the balancing trick of value for money with good quality. Assembled in the home of the Delta Blues, Meridian, Mississippi the Peavey Classic 30 is a 30 watts two channel combo built for vintage blues to modern rock. The amplifier uses the tried and trusted combination of four EL84s and three 12AX7s in the preamp. The preamp stage is built off the Peavey Classic 50 platform but with an added Boost switch.
Cabinet and Speakers
All controls are top mounted with chicken foot style knobs over a chrome metal facade. A simple press of a button switches the channels from Normal to Lead. The obligatory three-band passive EQ (bass, middle, and treble) are all there. If the tweed covering with brown speaker grille doesn’t match your decor the Classic 30 can be bought in a standard black tolex also. The cabinet is an open back design exposing the tubes and the specially voiced 12 inch Blue Marvel speaker.
Vintage with Modern Features
Peavey Classic 30
Several modern features sets this apart from being an outright reissue or vintage style amp. Firstly there is an effects loop. The two jacks are actually top mounted on the faceplate to the right of where the knobs are, rather than at the rear. A Boost switch, as mentioned before, cranks the amp a lot harder at low volumes “without the harshness generated by sending too much low end to the power amp”.
Aside from a “Normal” knob, which is actually for gain, there two extra gain controls. The “Pre” gain controls the input volume level of the Lead channel, while the “Post” gain is a fine tuner for the volume level of the Lead channel. The addition of a footswitchable long spring reverb adds a bit of life to any tone. Unfortunately, the amp is set to 120 volts so International buyers be aware of this. The external speaker output jack is for 16 ohms only.
It’s most likely that the Peavey Classic 30 was redeveloped to square off against the Fender Hot Rods rather than something like the Deluxe Reverb or the Blues Junior. The Peavey Classic 30 is slightly cheaper at about $599.97, while the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo will set you back $699.99. The Classic 30 pretty much replaces the discontinued Classic 20. Also from the Classic Series are the Delta Blues 115 and 210, similar to the Peavey Classic 30 but with built-in tremolo.
There have been some reported issues of the infamous “tube rattle” problem some players have experienced when playing loud. The Tube Tamer ($20.95) is a third party cage that holds the tubes in place with very light pressure; this was designed to alleviate the problem.
Don’t be fooled by the styling of the Peavey Classic 30. Under its vintage exterior beats the heart of a modern combo that can work in small scale jams or simply as a practice amp. Those looking for the tweed sound and want an alternative to Fender or something boutique, this amp could be for you. If you‘re after a vintage tone with all the benefits of modern technology consider the Peavey Classic 30.
- 30 watts (rms) into 16 or 8 ohms
- Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
- 12 inch Blue Marvel® speaker
- 2-channel preamp
- Pre- and post-gain controls on lead channel
- Normal volume control on clean channel
- 3-band passive EQ (bass, middle, treble)
- Boost switch
- Reverb level control
- Effects loop
- Footswitch selectable channel switching and reverb
- External speaker capability
- Chrome-plated chassis
- Classic tweed covering
- Footswitch optional (not included)
- Weight Unpacked: 39.50 lb(17.917 kg)
- Weight Packed: 46.00 lb(20.865 kg)
- Width Packed: 13"(33.02 cm)
- Depth Packed: 21.5"(54.61 cm)
- Height Packed: 19.25"(48.895 cm)
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