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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 16 reviews )
 3 reviews19 %
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Audience: Beginners

yoTrakkz's review"easy to use"

Peavey Blazer 158
The Peavey Blazer 158 is a cheaper beginner's version of the ever popular Champ amps. This one is actually under the Squire name, which is of course owned by Fender. The big difference between this amp and the real Peavey Blazer is that this one isn't a tube amp but is solid state. It's still 15 watts of power and has a single speaker, which I think is 8" but I'm not 100% sure on this. It's got a single 1/4" input on the front and also a 1/4" headphone output.


The make up of the Peavey Blazer 158 is quite simple to understand and follow. If you've ever used an amplifier before, you'll probably have this one under control. The parameters included on the front panel include knobs for gain one and gain two, volume, and then treble, middle, and bass EQ control. That should be self explanatory for all users, so I don't think a manual is a necessity.


The sound of the Peavey Blazer 158 is a bit uninspiring, as I honestly would not record with this on the level that I'm at right now. It comes off a bit tinny and isn't very full sounding because of the small single speaker and the fact that it's not a tube amp. This is certainly not a replacement for the true Fender Champ, but will be fine for a beginner looking for a small amp to practice with at home.


While okay for practicing and for beginners, the Peavey Blazer 158 isn't a serious guitar amplifier. If you were to hoping to save a few dollars with this instead of a silver face Fender Champ, I would highly recommend against it. This amp simply isn't in the same ballpark. It's okay for the price and for practicing, but beyond this I wouldn't use it. Great buy!
King Loudness08/13/2011

King Loudness's review"Good practice amp"

Peavey Blazer 158
This amp is a pretty basic little practice combo. It's about 15w of power, solid state of course. It's laid out with two channels... clean and drive. They share an EQ of bass, middle, and treble controls. In addition, this amp features an onboard reverb to add a bit of ambiance to the tone. I own it's reverb-less sister the Rage, and I do wish that it had reverb 'cause other than that it sounds great. There's really no other features on the Blazer other than that. There's a 1/4" jack for a CD out and another 1/4" for headphone practice. It's pretty simple and great for a starting player.


Getting a decent out of this amp isn't really that difficult overall. The Peavey Transtube stuff tends to sound really good anyway and it does feel slightly more tubelike than a lot of other small amps that claim to be tube emulators. It's laid out with the two channels and they're easy enough to dial in. It's got a shared EQ, but it's not like the controls are that effective with an 8" speaker anyhow. That's the key for a starting guitarist anyway... simple but effective.


I've tried a few of these amps with various guitars. It sounds exactly the same as the Rage, which I love, but with added reverb. The clean channel is a cool sounding one... sure it's solid state and coming out of a cheap little speaker but it sounds good with a bit of that cool vintage sag that old Fenders have (I know, it sounds crazy). The drive channel goes from great '60s/'70s classic rock tones to some cool convincing modern metal tones. The onboard reverb here gives it a decent ambiance too and makes it sound a little bit bigger than it really is. I'd like to hear this amp through an extension cabinet, but c'est la vie.


All in all I think the Peavey Blazer is a cool amp for someone starting out. They can be picked up for under $100 used and for what it is it works really well. It doesn't have the features of a Line 6 or the newer Peavey Vypyrs, but it works well enough with a couple core tones. They're pretty neglected and under-appreciated... show one some love!
MGR/Andrew Gillis07/04/2004

MGR/Andrew Gillis's review"Peavey Blazer 158"

Peavey Blazer 158
This is the first amp i ever got,i got a great deal on it with my first guitar,i got the guitar (slammer by hammer) with the blazer 158 for just $200.

It has great sound for an amp of its size,its compact and is great size to keep in your room for practicing with.And also has a cd input which is also great for practicing.

The only thing i dont like about it is it doesnt have a cup holder

small beastly little thing,nice rubber handle

all in all,its a great amp for anyone and its affordable

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MGR/Brandon Webber11/30/2002

MGR/Brandon Webber's review"Peavey Blazer 258"

Peavey Blazer 158
This was my first ever amp, I wanted the reverb so I got the blazer not the rage. I played it with my Ibanez. I bought it with my guitar for $650.00, The amp itself was about $125.00.

This amp has some of the best tone for such an inexpensive price, defently worth it, The distortion isn't the best very muddy, but that's ok it's a practice amp only.

well it's only 15 watts, and at very very high volumes can get a bit muddy and bad.

You can't beat the quality i have dropped it used it as a stool, brought it through some extreme temperatures she still worked.

Hey, if your looking for a quality dependable cheap practice amp, Buy this right now.

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MGR/Ballgames's review"Peavey Blazer 158"

Peavey Blazer 158
I aquired this unit for my first electric guitar. I wanted a small amp so i could use it in my dorm room without taking up too much space, but one that still sounds good. The cost was $119.99

The sound on this unit is great. It is very compact and easy to travel with. It also has a reverb control which some 15w amps do not have.

There is nothing i dont like about this amp! For it's size and price you can't beat it!

It has very solid construction, a sturdy handle, plastic protection on the corners and a tough mesh grill.

This is the amp you want if you need a small, compact amp with great sound for the beginner or for practice for any level of guitar playing.

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Vince Brooks02/20/2010

Vince Brooks's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey Blazer 158
Does everything said.
Potentiomtres a little cheap.


Use in an apartment.
Go to quibble, I would argue that legalization would deuxime t welcome.


Sounds very nice and cleans saturation really not bad.
I regret that I could test it with my Start and single coils but the channel is doing well saturated, with a small nasal ts pretty cool.


I used a decade, until I am forced to because of me sparer between instrument that was becoming increasingly dfectueuse.
To beginners, I sometimes have occasionally move a little jack that grsillement of the poor contact ceases, and then the end I had no sound at all.
From a natural little patient, regardless colrique handyman and I finally push him the head of my guitar into the speaker ...
Needless to say I regret my actions because i was attach this amp, it would be confidential MRIT of someone who could aisment, I guess, the r parry. But hey, I've preserved even when you never know.
Today I played on a small Vox modlisation and some sounds I miss Peavey.

pastogroove's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey Blazer 158
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simple really, its good to work for either, it can even be saturated with the amp volume knob on the guitar (thank you technology Transtube)


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has 5 or 6 years that I use, but since I rcupr a cube 60 of the 80 ... I keep this amp mainly for the ds jou bar or rpt among friends as the sound is even honest when a RAPORT by other amps of the same type that sounds really gadget (like the park), and also even when the reverb is not bad either, when you plug headphones dedant it goes a little bit even if it is cut short as a good first invsticement amp or amps a friend <img class="smiley" src="" alt="" />

pierrelaforge's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey Blazer 158
Small amp with extra transistors & rverbe between line (handy for plugging in a prampli, yes!)
Two channels on the paper, one in Ralite because not controllable by footswitch.
For other CHARACTERISTICS see other opinions.


It's simple to use, yes. But why call volume and gain "PRE" and "POST"? It's ridiculous and not at all clear.


The clean sound is really not bad for a little amp like a. .. Honntement! This is my beginners amp, it remains in the basement of my parents, and sometimes I find myself playing it for fun ... The clean sound is really exploitable.

The distortion, however ... A massacre: screaming, no body ... But do not ask him too, you've seen the price of OCCAZ? The price of a few McDonald's menus, so good ... With distortion pedals in the clean sound is a better dj ... 5 / 10 say, for clear sound.


My first amp that made me tripper the era: "Why I do not even sound that Tom Morello of Rage on the album?"

But beware: it's a small amp beginners or booster, of course, but IT IS NOT A TOY! It's a real amp, more than adequate for 50 with a nice clear sound, compact and solid (no lights!), And casually powerful enough! Prsence a line between them connect an external preamp or exit "line out" a pdalier or POD ... hh is a a! INTERESTED! ;-)

Given the price, it is difficult to criticize this amp ... 6 / 10 for sound and clear line between. And this is my first amp ... snif! (Tear)
Power Bibi04/28/2007

Power Bibi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey Blazer 158
Everything is already said on the subject!


Idem, go to sounds


Frankly, I bought this amp (version without the tone Vintage and Modern) in 98 to play with an acoustic and a microphone rosette. At the time, I thought it was not bad, except that the volume had to push for a can of her. Please note, this was only valid in the case of an amplified sound! I did it bought in 2000 to buy a 100 W amplifier etjouer group.
In 2005, I was looking for an amp to play trankilou 10/15 W at home, so directos a store to see what was going on ... and I spring with the Peavey ... (And I'm not homesick yet!)
FYI, I tried 2 / 3 other amp in the store:
Marshall 10 W: Very few adjustments and clean that looks very much to be desired! I quickly dropped the case. It is said Marshall, sn rock, yada yada yada ... Ben I say versatility 0!
Vox W 10/15: His very distinctive, quite saturated and too bright (say with too much treble) ... Hop, trash!
And then, the Peavey!
THE vraimment clean is good: Clean (not dirty like the Marshall), well defined. I use it mainly Modern (the sound is going to say fat + / In + vintage crystal). The reverb is nice too.
Overdrive: I use it especially with the setting with the Vintage OD to 6 and it's great for doing stuff style ACDC, Hendrix. For tips + Metal => opt for a true distortion pedal (Personally, I have Berhinger UM 100, and many users ... it denigrates must have paid 5 times more for a quality =. In any case, I find myself much my business)


It's going to do a bit of one year + I have and frankly I have no regrets, no nothing at all!

Why buy a bored prestigious amp + (Mars. ..) to look cool but have a sound of tin can behind?
Frankly this amp is the best (in class) I have ever try!

If you want a small amp apart: a real clean sound and you have a nice distortion in +, go for it!

In addition, it is cheap! (You will of € 25 was put in the Berhinger UM 100)
Do not be snobby with Peavey products, the logo may not be terrible, but it's good stuff!

I accept!

Luckke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey Blazer 158
15W transistor amp

3-band Equalizer

A switch / light-saturated faade. The saturation RULES grace two knobs: gain and volume


It is trs fast start, one branch, and it plays a sound quite satisfactory.

Manuel prcis quite clear.


We quickly found a good clear sound on the peavey, but it takes a lot nanmoins touch the knobs of the equalizer.

I played it with a Yamaha RGX 121S.

I think it's a good amp to start trs, however, it is not possible to find a suitable saturated. It is impossible to reach to find something sturdy.

I used the Blazer when I started the guitar, and clear sound is good, but the impossibility of finding a saturated "powerful" standards frustrated me! It's a shame!


I have used for 2 years and a few ..

I knew nothing when I was buying, and urges the seller to me. So, yes the 158 is a Blazer trs good amp to start, but the lead channel is not really folichon ..

Of course, now that I have my Cube 60W with multi purpose and scratching that goes with it, it's easy to shoot the Blazer poor. But let's not forget his strong point, its relatively low price and fairly good performance nonetheless.

but if c'tait again, I am facing a Marshall 15W, a Line6 or better (but more expensive) one that will perfectly Cube 15W our answer in terms of effect, and its saturated clear!