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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 54 reviews )
 15 reviews28 %
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 3 reviews6 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

JackLudden's review

Peavey Rage 158
This is a small solid state guitar amp. It is a 15 watt amp with an 8 inch speaker. It has a standard guitar jack and also a 1/4" input for CD/Tape. It is a 2 channel amp - a clean and a lead. There are pre and post knobs, a low, mid, and high tone control, and a master volume knob. There is also a headphones jack.


This amp is very simple to use. There are only a few controls and a simple channel switch. It's very easy to modify the sound to try to suit it to what you are playing. The manual provided is clear and easy to understand - it's not a complicated amp.


This amp sounds only fair. First of all it is small, so you won't get any giant, loud sounds out of it. It is a solid state distortion on the lead channel that sounds a bit grainy and dull. The EQ section on it behaves as you'd expect, but the sound of the amp is not great to begin with. The clean channel on this amp is pretty sterile and clear, but doesn't really add anything. There are no built-in effects on this amp to sweeten the deal. If you maybe boost the low and mid depending on your guitar you can get a passable distortion sound but this is no Fender or Mesa.


This was my first guitar amp, I've had it for years and just decided to keep it around. It is small, so it's portable and convenient if you just want it for casual jamming. It is also pretty cheap, which is always nice. However the sound is certainly short of spectacular. Most of what comes out of this amp is pretty tame and thin sounding, there isn't a lot of depth. Also, the distortion tone doesn't change much when you vary the pre knob like you'd get from a nice tube amp, it's all pretty much the same at different volumes. You just have to mess with the EQ section. It is a good value for a beginning guitarist who just wants to be able to hear his guitar as he learns with a little bite on it. Other than that, I'd probably pass on it.
MGR/David W..02/05/2004

MGR/David W..'s review"Peavey Rage 158"

Peavey Rage 158
I went to a local shop and looked around to find an amp for christmas because I was in need of one. I was on a $100 budget, so I found this Peavey amp. The guy at the desk played every type of song in this, so I bought it.

When at high power, the distortion sounds almost like a tube amp. The clean sounds pretty good.

When at low, there is no distortion, even on the distortion channel. No effects (you get what you pay for). Distortion can be a little funky sounding at times, which is why I want to get a pedal.

This seems high quality, even though I've only had it for a few months. I have dropped it hard before, but it only got a few knicks.

This is a pretty solid amp that can last you if you don't want to play a gig. It's a good practice amp. The distortion isn't that good, so you might want to get a pedal.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Rick Secchi05/22/2003

MGR/Rick Secchi's review"Peavey Rage 158"

Peavey Rage 158
I bought this amp from Electrohill in London, for £65. I needed a practice amp, with a fair range of effects.

The size is good. The volume is quite a loud for its size. I like the cd input, which you can play along with stereo. The option to use headphones is a nice feature.
And the clean sound is excellent. I actually prefer the way it looks than a Marshall.

You can't get a good distorted sound out it. Its not practible to play with other instruments. Theres not a whole lot of choice with effects, so I had to fork out another £65 for an effects pedal.

Its very well built. Its really good looking. It's not too fragile, for those travelling.

Theres not a whole lot of good choice with practice amps. However this is one of the best of them. Theres not much point of paying more for a Blazer 158, theres just one added feature to it.

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MGR/Stugger's review"Peavey Rage 158"

Peavey Rage 158
I acquired the Peavey Rage 158 from someone who was moving away and needed to pass the amp on. Then, I was a beginning guitarist, I'd only been playing for three or four months and I had a Johnson strat copy as my only guitar. Asides from a few dinky 10 watt practice amps, the Rage was my first serious amp. I got it because I wanted something that was capable of live play. The Rage, I believe, retails from 60 to 100 dollars...I didn't pay anything though.

The Rage is capable of a pretty big sound. As I advanced as a musician, I bought effects pedals and new guitars. I had my Gibson through a Toneworks pedal and a Yamaha Mixer, and the Rage certainly held up. The sound is pretty heavy on the Rage...As long as you put your guitar through something. If you plug the guitar straight into the amp, the sound really isn't that great or that big. But it can handle a lot of power. For the longest time, I thought it was a 40 watt amp, but it's only 15...15 watts can be more than you need sometimes. I play rythm, and if you hit the guitar hard, the rage's sound can be heard over drums, bass and a lead guitar. Trust me on that.

What I don't like is that I'm really overdriving this thing...I feel like my overdrive is artificial. Like this isn't what the Rage was meant to do. It's certainly a satisfying distortion sound through the pedal and the mixer, but the Rage is better as a practice amp...low volume, one-person amp. I don't like its sound sometimes, either. It really sounds like crap sometimes over the other amps I've got.

I know this thing is durable, but it fell apart on me last week. The electronics fell out of the motherboard, and when I tried to fix it, it didn't work. I don't know. The quality's alright, the thing can get loud if overdriven enough, but there are better sounds in other amps.

The Rage is a solid practice amp, but not enough for the gig.

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MGR/pooploser's review"Peavey Rage 158"

Peavey Rage 158
i bought this amp at a local store for about $80, beacuse i needed a practice amp. and i wish i never bought it!

well i dont like much about this amp, but what i do is the cd input, so i can play along with the music. and it has a really nice sounding clean tone, wich is good for me some times.

the main thing i dislike about this amp is the gain, it is terrible, i wouldnt even call it distortion. it sounds so bad its not even funny, when i first put it on over drive i was like "thats it?" and the modern vintage choice is a joke also, thers not much of a diffrence just like the clean and overdrive. and it dosent even have reverb, wich really sucks, all amps should have reverb.

well i guess its pretty well built, ive kicked it pretty damn hard and threw it across the room and it still sounds the same, wich isnt what i wanted.

so bottom line, if u play clean guitar, well this amp is a good choice, beacuse it couldnt distort if speaker blew. i like the amp for some clean playing once and a while, but i like to play metal, with lots of distortion, and this dosent come close. i use it for a mic amp sometimes, and it sounds alright. but for distorted guitar playin it sucks, but if u play clean guitar this amp is wonderfull. im giving a 3 beacuse it is a good clean amp, so it has some use.

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

Peavey Rage 158
It is a transistor amp 15 watts with a supposed imitate the sound of a tube amp technology.


the configuration is easy to kick archi not need to book.

-This is an amp sounds clear then yes it is easy to get a good sound, provided you do not push too.


In his clear-amp is good, even very good however see the drive channel is unusable, too strident.

-The clean sounds are typically Fenderien, very bright, saturated sound sounds like molasses unnamed.

I use it with a Mexican Strat,

-I like the clear sound of this amp, a hot side, which although very far from a real tube amp is still not bad. You guessed it, I hate the overdrive channel.


I use it for about a year, I have tried many other models in its class, not forbid wrong but it is not the best. The fact that the drive channel is unusable can make versatile. It readily accepts distortion and other effects that can overcome this lack of versatility.
In the end it is a good amp for beginners or for those who only have a small budget, it is a good value for money, but with hindsight I do not have that choice in its category there good number of amps that surpasses cheerfully.

doom_Oo7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ca p = password"

Peavey Rage 158
Amplification transistor that "simulates" lights: jerry: ^ ^
I assure you, opening, not a shadow of a 12AX7 or EL34!

Power is honorable to play in the room or apartment, except that if you want to have to push the gain distortion, and volume ... Otherwise if you turn the gain to 1 / 4 it will sound really bad.

There's two channels, a few knobs for the EQ.
To begin it is essential!


My faith is an amp eh ^ ^
I had no manual but hey I do not think it is extremely necessary

Okay so if


necessarily expected from a 15 watt peavey it sounds like a mesa RoadKing ... Or even a triple XXX from the same brand ... We will soon be disappointed!

After I had to have during my few years of guitar amps about 8 or 9 "beginners" which I have passed through the hands for one reason or another, and I must say that compared to many it is doing no harm! Generally there are only a crunch / overdrive in the amp like this, this, by putting the volume can be much further! Then the grain is not necessarily great, but with a guitar that sounds not too bad, we survived without too many problems with ...
But there is no doubt that when you want to start repeating group, or you feel close to something bigger, RAGE will quickly become inadequate ...
According to my humble opinion the best in this category is the Roland Cube, plus it can put batteries!


Personally, I saw 15 € Used flea Marseillan in the south of France, I did not hesitate a second!
And I'm pretty served in apartment ...
Now if I had to buy the nine .. I think we can be much better for 100-120 €!

Currently I am trying to get the chassis to make a 5W class A, it will send

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

Peavey Rage 158
Quality price ratio is a shame, pathetic, DSOL but I think this amp is a veritable junk that they sell poor beginners who know nothing about anything <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt="sad" />





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

Peavey Rage 158
It is an amplification transistor (TransTube edition)
it is 15 watts
connect to JACK
there are 2 channels (the clean and lead)
which is the same settings low, mid, hight and more for the lead (pre gain )<=== the rate distortion


It is simple to use surper no need of boukin it serves as a slab just to know his or her c koi
we obtain a sound rather punk distortion and has donf Myen c alternative rock style rather blink 182 at the end of his period I am going is that I play cest
The 19 page manual is useless to me Dailleurs I just find it


Yes agree it your my kind of music as I said above
I play on a piece of wood with a truck JDEC jai home milonga wahhhhhh ^ ^ elipse LP 100
the sound of punk but jobtien quickly as strongly tomorrow night is December 23 Jaura my peavey bandit 112 sheffield
I not answer last question


Its going to be one years jlutilise
not in
no nothing essyaer jlai before taking a 30 euro on ebay he was 3 ½ years
quite the quality price ratio
make the election again yes and no, I rather takes the blazer for a small peavey amp with reverb as he and not the rage 158

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

Peavey Rage 158
Amp transistors!
15w after the manufacturer and I think they are.
Connections by jacks
input1: clean, bass, mid, treeble + EQ by Shweet modern or vintage.
input2: lead: prs gain, post gain, EQ even chemain that clean.
OUTPUT: PHONE jack stereo
FX: no.


Configuration very simple.
Getting a good sound, is not the right word!
What is a good sound, for which ear?
The manual is good.


It is not appropriate to the style of my music .SHADOWS, PINK FLOYD, EAGLES.
I play STRAT or G & L TRIBUTE 500. without FX.
Rather low medium-acute or crystalline but not really my own taste.
The saturation is not so bad as they say, just need
dose versus what we play well obviously.
Rhythmic, not bad in lead, and although you have to like that it's not good at all, Each one of these tastes!
Try that's all.


Since one and a half years it seems to me, I use it only very rarely.
So what I do not understand these integrated amps that go a CD, is that there is no volume ddi so that the CD is bottom power, unless it ' is a player with volume or output phone.
I have not tried other amps before, and I the ailleure regrte.
He was in the promo and I was just looking for a small amp for home.
Despite everything, this little amp can dpanner for a first amp before buying
a true history of playing with his guitar into an amp.

I do not do this choice, too medium for me, at the little hp and petty cash.