Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]

Classic 30 [1993-2004], Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey in the Classic series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 72 reviews )
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Fireguy8402's review"Workhorse Amp."

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
The Peavey Classic 30 112 is a two channel, portable combo amp. It puts out 30 watts of tube power into the 12 inch Blue Marvel speaker. It has a drive channel and a clean channel, along with a boost switch and built in reverb. A three band passive EQ section (bass, mid, treb) and pre and post gain controls on the lead channel allow the user to tailor in the sound. Four EL84s and three 12AX7 tubes are the heart of the tone. The two channels are footswitchable and there is an effects loop included. This amp is 17.6” x 20” x 11.6” wrapped in sexy tweed coming in around 40 lbs.


This amp is a gigging machine. I’ve used it time after time with no issues at all. You do not need to adjust the bias on the amp when changing out tubes, which saves time in case you would ever blow a tube at a gig and need to replace them. Tube life on these amps is great though, so no worries there. The footswitch will let you seamlessly change between clean and dirty sounds and the added effects loop lets you put your time based effects where they belong, after the preamp. The amp chassis is built strong and the knobs, jacks, and controls all seem very sturdy. It’s great to have a small combo that sounds good on its own, but sounds even better through a larger speaker cab. The added 16 ohm speaker out is a great plus. The Boost feature is a waste of space really. The boost is not only a small volume boost, but it is very nasal in the EQ. It’s such a harsh peak in the mids that I find it unusable. This is not footswitchable like most boosts, but I would never find a use for it so that doesn’t bother me a bit. The only issue I have with this amp is that the controls and input jack are on the top of the amp instead of on the front. A lot of combos are like this and it’s a give and take really. The controls are easier to read, but plugging in your instrument cable at that angle creates a downward strain on your cable. Over time this leads to shortened cable life and usually an untimely crackling sound. This can be fixed using a right angled plug on the end going into the amp. Other than that this amp has all the basic tube amp requirements without a bunch of things going into the circuit that muddy up the sound and waste space in the design.


This amp sounds great. It’s hard to find an amp that has a good clean sound and dirty sound but this amp does. Now it doesn’t sound like a Fender clean, it’s rounder and fatter with less sparkle, but it’s a good clean tone. The clean channel is very accepting of pedals, drive pedals put in front of this amp sound very good. The dirty channel is not what I’d call a Marshall distortion, but it’s British sounding for sure. It’s easy to get a Marshall-type sound out of it, but it doesn’t nail it. There is plenty of gain on tap and with an outboard boost metal is possible, but this is mainly a clean through rock amp. The The shared passive EQ section is very usable. It has a wide range of control, but the knobs aren’t as touchy as some amps I’ve used. Blue Marvel that comes stock with this amp is a little stiff and mid sounding. The amp opens up and blooms so much nicer with a 25 watt Greenback style speaker in it. The effects loop works great and the reverb, while once again not a Fender Twin, is very nice. This amp sounds great for about anything, just be sure to leave that boost switch off.


Overall this is a great sounding amp at a decent price. If you can pick one up used they are an extreme bargain. I wouldn’t worry about picking one up that has been around the block either, because they are tough amps. The features are just enough to get you by without needing anything else, though pedals work great with this amp out in front or through the loop. Would I buy this amp again knowing what I’ve learned from owning it? Well I’ve had two different Classic 30 combos, a Classic 30 head, a Classic 50 212 combo and I’m looking for a Classic 50 Head. They are just super amps and can be had for cheap. I would and have gigged it for several years and haven’t had any problems with any of them. Peavey amps usually make me stick my nose up in the air, but they nailed this one pretty well. Upgrade the speaker and tubes and you’ve got a nice amp that can keep up with anything in its price mark and then some.

iamqman's review"It's ok.. not for me"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
This is a 30 watt two channel amp that is geared towards the old school rock and country tones. This is generally a clean amp with a mild overdrive for channel one. For channel two you get a little bit more gain on tap but the voicing has is limited to the sweat classic rock tones. Not really a high gain amp even though it does have some good distortion on channel two. This is going to be an amp that you couple with pedals and effects to compliment your playing style.

Peavey Classic 30/112 Combo Amp Features:

* 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


Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 30W
Speakers 1 x 12" Blue Marvel
No Effects
Reverb Yes
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84
Inputs 1 x Instrument
No Outputs
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes


The tone from this amp is not really my cup of tea. The is geared toward the classic rock player who needs a good Fender tweed style amp, but wants more versatility. The amp is versatile for that kid of player. Having the boost switch is stretching in terms of classic Fender style EQing. Also having another channel is going to be a bit much for some old guys who this amp is marketed towards. However, if you need that versatility and the price is an issue then this would be a good amp.

The clean tone is a pretty decent clean tone. You can crank the volume up more and it will get a mild overdrive tone. When you engage channel two there you will get some good distortion much like a tubescreamer would get in front of an already overdriven Fender classic amp.


For me this isn't my favorite amp from Peavey, but it is a decent amp. At new these amps come in at around $650. Not a bad price for two channel tweed deluxe style amplifier. You will get a very usable clean tone and a solid distortion tone fit for classic rock, country, and pop music.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good two channel tweed amp and doesn't want to spend too much to get it. This is a good amp that will give you solid creamy rich classic rock tones all day long.
M Elise12/01/2008

M Elise's review

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
This is a tube amp with a solid state rectifier. The amp uses 3 12AX7s and 4 EL84 tubes and delivers 30 watts of power through a Blue Marvel 12 inch speaker. The 16 ohm speaker is connected internally and there is an option for another 16 ohm external speaker to be connected that together tap the transformer at 8 ohms. There are series effects loop jacks and a jack for an external foot switch that switches channels and turns the reverb off and on. The amp has two channels, clean and dirty (with master volume on the dirty) that share E.Q. and reverb. The tone controls are treble,middle,and bass. There is also a boost button which oddly enough cannot be controlled via footswitch. This amp has a lot of features but I actually prefer a very simple amp so I will rate it lower for features even though it has em.


The controls sit on top of the amp vintage style which I don't like because I think they are harder to get to then when the controls are on the front. The speaker box is somewhat boxy and makes the amp smaller but also boxes in the sound compared to say the cabinet on a Fender Deluxe Reverb. The tube sockets are cheap and the tubes rattle audibly through the speaker. Many people go to Ebay and buy tube retainers to prevent the rattling which is sad. As I said before the boost function is not accessible via footswitch where you want it. And the Blue Marvel speaker is OK but ugly, depressing, and spiky sounding compared to a good Celestion. Better tubes then the ones it comes with will yield better sound.


This amp is most suitable for old time rock and roll, blues, funk and grunge with any guitar. With the tubes replaced and a better speaker this amp improves. When you first play this amp (even in stock form) you instantly like it because it sustains and compresses well clean and is also really fun to play blues in the dirty channel because the preamp gain sounds really good. If you play it side by side with a blackface Fender Reissue you realize though that the overall quality of the sound just isn't nearly as solid, clear, beautiful, strong and professional. The amp is much harder to E.Q right and sounds dark and muddled in comparison. However it is still really fun to play and the quality of the distortion is musical and smooth and can be gotten at low volumes which can't be done on the Fenders.


I've had my Peavey Classic 30 for quite a while. What I like most about it is that I can play Hank Marvin Shadow's lead/melody style guitar well through it set on the clean channel (with added delay) since the EL84 tubes compress nicely. I dislike the cheapness of the amp and the obvious compromises that went into its design. I paid $300 for mine used and would not pay more for one. But I feel that the amp is decent for this amount of money as long as you upgrade the speaker. For any more money I would buy a Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue even though it is an entirely different sounding amp without master volume because it does sound like a professional amp and the Peavey Classic 30 doesn't.

MGR/MusicDude's review"Peavey Classic 30"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
I got this amp for $470.00 at my local Sam Ash. I had been using solid state amps for a few years, and I decided it was time to step up to a tube amp. I got the extended warranty too(you need it) so it all came out to $550.00. Best little amp I've ever owned.

Well, comparing it to solid state amps, which I had been using for a while, there is no comparrison. The tone on this is to die for. Very warm, not like a Fender at all. The fenders just seem to be too airy for my taste. It can get fairly loud, enough to shake the house. But for club gigs, you'll need to mic it. This amp is PERFECT for blues. The OD/Distortion on it is really smooth with a nice breakup. All in all, a great little amp.

Well I have no complaints soundwise, but theres some things that I definitely would have liked. First of all, two equalizers would be nice. One for each channel. An included footswitch would be great...I mostly use pedals for my distortion though, so this doesn't pose too much of a problem. The tubes get really hot, more so than other tube amps.

Well it is very sturdy. But the tweed covering peels and cracks if you don't take care of it. Also, this is a tube amp, so you can't afford to drop is much more fragile than solid states. But for just putting it in the back of your car, it'll work fine.

There's four words that accuratly describe this amp...Great First Tube Amp. It has a good enough tone where you will easily be able to tell the difference from solid state, but crazy tone fanatics might come up unsatisfied. So if you're new to the tube amp world, this is the amp for you.

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MGR/Psychoanesthesia's review"Peavey Classic 30"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
Melodee Music, used, $250. I bought it 'cause I badly needed a new guitar amp.

-Superb tone, especially for blues, jazz, and rock... You can even get a good metal sound out of it.

-Loud, loud, loud. It's amazing how much sound can come out of one 12" speaker. Turn the volume to 25% on the clean channel in your bedroom and your ears are guaranteed to hurt after about five minutes of playing.

-Solid construction.

-Great looks.

-Great-sounding reverb and distortion.

-The only thing I can think of is that the EQ is not very responsive, even less so with the boost engaged.

Seems to be ruggedly constructed. Quality work here.

-Great amp overall. It will push more sound than a 120 watt 2x12 solid state. No shit. For $250, I am convinced that this is THE best deal I could have found. This thing rivals the famous Fender.

The Peavey Classic 30 is a monster box!

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MGR/barnstormer's review"Peavey Classic 30"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
Bought through www used gear classifieds about 6 months ago. Heard it was a decent amp and the price was right - $200.

The amp has a great overall sound, not Fender like at all. The distortion from the el84's has odd harmonics that give it a nice crunch. The clean sound is nice, but again not Fenderish. I currently use it as a power amp for a Digitech 14d and with my Strat Plus Deluxe.

The only dislike I have is the lack of "chime" in the tone. I am very used to the Fender brilliance, but is not here on this amp.

The amp is well made and I recommend it.
12" and 30W from Class A biased el84's, 2 channels, reverb, & FX loop. The tweed covering is easily scuffed, but it is not too bad, but I think the black tolex version would fair better.

Overall this is a very portable and great sounding amp. The tubes are all original and are cranking along with the abuse it gets from constant overdrive. It keeps up well with the rest of the four piece band I play with.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Peavey Classic 30"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
I purchased this jewel of an amp from a previous owner in May 1994. At that time in my life I was getting bored with Classical Guitar and had gotten heavily into the Blues. I saw an ad in a local publication for the amp and decided to check it out. I love the warmth of straight tube amps and decided to buy. I actually borrowed $150 from my girlfriend at the time for the amp that had only been played through for a couple of months.

The warm tone, the versatility, it is so light and easy to carry, perfect for small clubs and larger rooms as well. This amp has survived many bangs and drops as a result of heavy drinking college bar gigs. This amp has truly taken a licking but continues to scream out crisp cleans and beautifully dirty warm leads.

The only thing that is more of a hassle than a dislike would be having to change the tubes from time to time. Many a soundcheck has been interrupted by my lack of preparedness and running out to a local music store to purchase a power or preamp tube before a gig.

The amp is housed in a tweed casing. I believe the newer Classic 30s are encased in blace tweed. Mine is a classy looking blonde tweed that truly looks vintage and has some dings to add character. The Classic 30 is a very sturdy unit. Mine has held together very well to be a veteran of several years of heavy gigging.

This amp is great for any caliber of player. It has enough volume for small clubs and with a mic and a good monitor mix, can fill a larger room as well. I have enjoyed it's warm tone and looks since I first laid eves on it and will continue to use it until it literally falls apart.

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guitarevair's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent flat with"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
All lamps, everything is said in other reviews, I have a black 2003, good mouth, relatively light weight (transportable without farting back saw the template weight ratio).
Poor fixing lamps described below.


Very easy to use, nothing more to report. the clean is as simple to manage, the drive is very progressive and deserves to linger. The knobs move a little too easily for my taste and quickly unruly when traveling.


I play jazz, bebop, funk ... with a Hofner President Thin. I find lamps with this product after testing the fender (princeton reverb and deluxe reverb sorely missing deep low level in my opinion and for my use), the Studiotone Koch (though I have the sub I would probably to it ...) and other less known and less satisfying.
I put it on furniture to double its height and enjoy the sound full, it gives me the sound I was looking for a moment to wish jazzy and versatile. The reverb is melodic, the lil grain distortion set, that desire to crunch and clean side, it's very very good!
I play mostly at home and can enjoy the sound at low volume (everything is always relative in the apartment sucks probably more than me), with battery, I ride 4 of 12.
No Celestion for me, I keep the Blue Marvel original suits me perfectly.


I do not have enough experience on the beast at the moment and would come in the next update qques months but I am upsets by the sound that I have, I missed a good beast on the other side of my jack and I signed up for a time with this Peavey with no shortage of character.
Now the thing that angry ... fixing lamps, metallic vibration out of the amp to each Sol played ... very painful, I was informed me before and I knew it would have been if I rédibitoire had known before. Rockwool between the gate and bottom lamps + rule supports outwards to remove the glass and prevent it. it works well at the moment but it's disappointing to have such a snag on the amp. This sound is not amplified and heard no more at higher volume ... hence also the most affordable price.
With hindsight I have for the moment, yes, I would go back to this great value, some have had problems with, I can understand the disappointment, the fact remains that this amp supports and has supported a lot of musicians in the studio and on stage. test absolutely!

jamman90's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a real tube amp"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
The Classic 30 is a tube amp (7 = 4 + 3) size combo a fairly reasonable size (less than wholesale Hot Rod), equipped as standard with an HP 12 "Blue Marvel.

The amp delivers 30 watts, which is (very) far enough, whatever your use.

Level there is a middle setting, aspen, bass, and a spring reverb pretty good I think. Then there is a second channel and a boost (but I'll never used)

The features are really simple and effective.


Regarding the manual I did not have access but the settings could not be more simple.


For my part I find excellent sound. Well defines its clear, we arrive at something very hot when the lamps are well heated.


This amp is very well suited to my style of music (blues / rock, rock / jazz, jazz / fusion). It supports very well the pedals I use (no big disco, OD and delay, reverb ...) and I use it with a strat '

I get clear sound and well defined, as hot and when I ask a specific OCD above. The sound is not at all greasy, just as it is garish.

Basically I set off with a shudder at 7/10 and a middle 6/10. Low in general 6/10 and a fairly low reverb.

Overall the sound has nothing to envy to other Fender or Vox same category. This amp is a perfect all-tube combo with dimensions that make it easily transportable.

Note a flat anyway, reported by many users: the lamps have a bad tendency to vibrate, and it is extremely unpleasant, especially for the sound. For my part I got the foam of a Harley Benton G212 Vintage I placed on a tray on wheels, on which I put the amp. It made me partly mitigated these vibrations.


The quality / price is really great for the price of the occasion. The price of new I do not know. I also try the new version and it is substantially the same as I have.

I remake this choice without hesitation at the price of Cygnus'

discozek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Value for money Bluffing"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
Amp 30W Lamps
2 channels, 3-band EQing, reverb

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Very easy to use and very intuitive.
Its clean very clean low volume but begins to color and have a light crunch uphill flow.

Channel 2 very interesting and versatile thanks to the double setting "pre" / "post".
It moves between the slight crunch and good distortion vintage rock.

The boost could be a plus if all of a sudden you could switch on the trigger, which is not the case (he seems)

2 negative points however:
- The absence of a master
- The absence of a "standby"


It is perfect for rock, funk, blues roots well.
It should, however, leave much heat lamps, see rebalance its sound after a few minutes of play 10aine

Use to me with a 62 Strat Ri, A sg 61'Ri and Burny LP Custom
Pedal drive / boost marshall Bluesbreaker 2 and booldog distortion vox.

good operation of clean, good sounds. However, do not expect much of a Fender curves but we can learn much.

As mentioned above, channel 2 is very versatile, I have find a small side ACDCien finding a good crunch. And going to a stronger drive, we get a sound powerfully Old School even though my taste lacked a bit of sharpness.


I use diligently for 5 years with great pleasure.
Format the combo clearly made it more interesting to me than the 4x12 Marshall 1987X I used before.

The value for money is very interesting. This produces a double effect: positive for the buyer who find this Classic 30 in virtually unlimited number on the market occas, but negative for the seller willing to part with that experience a high concurrency.