Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
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Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]

Classic 30 [2005-2012], Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey in the Classic series.

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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 12 reviews )
 2 reviews17 %
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James...12/23/2011

James...'s review"One of the best deals in tube amps"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
30 watts (RMS) into 16 or 8 ohms
Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
12" 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
Made in the USA



UTILIZATION

I think the first thing that needs to be noted about the build of this amp is the fact that it's made in the USA. The fact that you can pick this up for around $450 if you look around is a real testament to how great a deal it is. That said, there is a bit of learning curve to this amp. While the controls are fairly simple, you kind of have to learn what it likes and doesn't like.

SOUNDS

I'll start with the clean channel. It's probably the best channel on the amp. The Classic 30 is good to think of as a Vox AC30 with a little bit of plexi mixed in. It's not as vibrant and harmonic as the AC30, but is has the mids of a marshall. It's not quite as angry as either of those amps...it's more versatile than that. It has a pretty neutral voice. The clean channel is very balanced and has that EL84 vibe going on pretty heavy. It takes pedals extremely well. You can get this amp to sound about like anything with the right pedals. I think the neutrality of the clean channel is what makes it so useful for pedals. It basically becomes what ever you feed it. It's very warm.

The lead channel is something I don't too often use. It's not high gain. More like plexi to jcm800ish levels of gain. It's not as aggressive as an EL34 amp. It's just sort of flatly voiced. If you want high gain, you should probably just use a distortion pedal on the clean channel rather than use an overdrive for this channel. I use the lead channel for my mid gain sounds usually. The clean channel + pedals can do everything else.

OVERALL OPINION

The speaker is about the only thing about the Classic 30 I don't like. But that's no problem. A lot of people like to put a Vintage 30 in these but in my opinion there's a bit of a mid spike. I have tried a number of speakers in mine and I'm pretty impressed with Greenbacks for the most part. They seem to warm up the amp. Other than that there's really no gripes about this amp at all. It has some of the best all around tone I've ever heard. Extremely versatile amp...and probably would be part of my desert island rig.
King Loudness10/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Poor man's Fender"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
The Peavey Classic 30 is a 30 watt tube combo that is made to sound and feel much like a Fender. Many players enjoy this amp for its low powered tone that is useful for small gigs. It is a single channel amp with a switchable boost that acts a lot like a second channel of sorts. It has a basic EQ, an effects loop and an onboard reverb as well. It's loaded with a single Blue Marvel speaker in this version which works fairly well. It's not the most complex amp in the world, but Peavey was going for a simple yet effective design which has proven effective for many years.

UTILIZATION

This amplifier is pretty easy to dial in for sure. Being that it's only a single channel there is not a whole lot of tweaking needed to get tones happening. This amp does not really do the high gain vibe like certain other Peavey amps, but it does do a whole variety of lower gain tones that work well in a variety of different contexts. The controls react well to adjustment and the interface is very user friendly. The only issue I really have is a bit of a sudden volume spike as the amp's volume is turned up. Otherwise it's a pretty easy rig to dial in.

SOUNDS

The Peavey Classic 30 is a more classic sounding amp that responds better to single coils or vintage voiced humbuckers. It has a very loose American vibe that is like a modern tweed Fender. It's a pretty dynamic amp too, reacting well to volume roll off with the guitar. The tones range from a gritty US clean to some fiery mild drive tones. If hit with an overdrive as a boost, this amp really starts to display some raunch. It doesn't have the tight and dry quality for truly high gain applications but Peavey makes plenty of amps to get that sound too!

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Peavey Classic 30 is a great gigging workhorse that takes well to a variety of lower gain applications as well as with pedals too. At $650 new it's a pretty good deal for the musician who needs a great portable tube combo under a grand. Definitely worth trying!
King Loudness10/31/2011

King Loudness's review"Poor man's Fender"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
The Peavey Classic 30 is a 30 watt tube combo that is made to sound and feel much like a Fender. Many players enjoy this amp for its low powered tone that is useful for small gigs. It is a single channel amp with a switchable boost that acts a lot like a second channel of sorts. It has a basic EQ, an effects loop and an onboard reverb as well. It's loaded with a single Blue Marvel speaker in this version which works fairly well. It's not the most complex amp in the world, but Peavey was going for a simple yet effective design which has proven effective for many years.

UTILIZATION

This amplifier is pretty easy to dial in for sure. Being that it's only a single channel there is not a whole lot of tweaking needed to get tones happening. This amp does not really do the high gain vibe like certain other Peavey amps, but it does do a whole variety of lower gain tones that work well in a variety of different contexts. The controls react well to adjustment and the interface is very user friendly. The only issue I really have is a bit of a sudden volume spike as the amp's volume is turned up. Otherwise it's a pretty easy rig to dial in.

SOUNDS

The Peavey Classic 30 is a more classic sounding amp that responds better to single coils or vintage voiced humbuckers. It has a very loose American vibe that is like a modern tweed Fender. It's a pretty dynamic amp too, reacting well to volume roll off with the guitar. The tones range from a gritty US clean to some fiery mild drive tones. If hit with an overdrive as a boost, this amp really starts to display some raunch. It doesn't have the tight and dry quality for truly high gain applications but Peavey makes plenty of amps to get that sound too!

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Peavey Classic 30 is a great gigging workhorse that takes well to a variety of lower gain applications as well as with pedals too. At $650 new it's a pretty good deal for the musician who needs a great portable tube combo under a grand. Definitely worth trying!
iamqman07/01/2011

iamqman's review"Not too bad"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
This isn't a spectacular amp but it does have a bit more versatility than a Fender tweed would have. This is essentially modeled after the Fender tweed deluxe amps from the olden days. It does have two channels which makes it more modenr and the second channel being for more of n overdriven tone.


Peavey Classic 30 1x12 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

UTILIZATION

Details
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 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

SOUNDS

This thing gets a decent tone for the money. The tone seems a bit on the thin side even with a a humbucker style guitar. The tone I know is not a high gain saturation like most of their amps are, but it does get a some thick chewy distortion when you wind up the gain on the amp.

This is a simple amp and there isn't too much to dialing in a decent tone for what is has to offer you. The controls are simple and the gain structures for post and pre amp will have you selecting a number of possible tones.

You will get a great tone at a great price for this amp. For the two channels you get and the price Peavey offers, you really can't complain.

OVERALL OPINION

This isn't an amp to write home about but it does good for the money. These amps have a great Fender like quality to them. At new they come in at around $650, which isn't a bad price for a two channel combo amp. Not only for the price but for the features as well. Not a bad amp to have and the value is remarkable.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good Fender tweed style amp with two channels under $700. This is a great value and a good enough tone to boot.
iamqman06/28/2011

iamqman's review"Black is better but not enough!"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
Peavey should stick to what they do well and that is the over the top high gain amplifiers. The should stick to what they know and what they know is modern high gain. This classic rock amps are great for the low priced people who don't want or can't afford a Fender tweed and want more versatility.

This amp is the exact same as the tweed version but just in a black tolex covering. You get the same great features and tone but just in a more respectable modern black look.

This isn't a spectacular amp but it does have a bit more versatility than a Fender tweed would have. This is essentially modeled after the Fender tweed deluxe amps from the olden days. It does have two channels which makes it more modern and the second channel being for more of an overdriven tone.

UTILIZATION

POWER AMPLIFIER SECTION Four 6BQ5/EL84s with 12AX7 driver
Rated Power & Load: 30 W RMS into 16 or 8 ohms
Power @ Clipping (Typically) (5% THD, 1 kHz, 120 VAC line): 30 Watts RMS into 16 or 8 ohms (Bias must be reduced to measure.)
Frequency Response: +0, -2 dB, 50 Hz to 15 kHz, @ 20 W RMS into 16 ohms
Hum & Noise: No greater than 80 dB below rated power
Power Consumption: 150 watts, 50/60 Hz, 120 VAC (Domestic)

PREAMP SECTION
Two 12AX7’s

The following specs are measured @ 1 kHz with the controls preset as follows:
Pre & Post (lead) @ 0
Reverb Level @ 0
Bass & Treble EQ @ 12
Middle EQ @ 0
Channel Select Out
Boost Switch Out
Nominal level is with Input Gain @ 6
Minimum level is with Input Gain @ 12

SOUNDS


This thing gets a decent tone for the money. The tone seems a bit on the thin side even with a a humbucker style guitar. The tone I know is not a high gain saturation like most of their amps are, but it does get a some thick chewy distortion when you wind up the gain on the amp.

This is a simple amp and there isn't too much to dialing in a decent tone for what is has to offer you. The controls are simple and the gain structures for post and pre amp will have you selecting a number of possible tones.

OVERALL OPINION

Peavey has a great handle on the high gain amps and they do a fantastic job at getting those killer over the top high gain tones. This amp is just a toss at the classic rock players and it will suit some people fine. If you have played their 6505 then yuo'll find this a bit lacking.

This isn't an amp to write home about but it does good for the money. At new these amps come in at around $650. Not a bad price for a two channel combo amp. I would recommend this amp over a Fender tweed deluxe any day of the week. Not only for the price but for the features as well.
iamqman05/16/2011

iamqman's review"It is decent not spectacular"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
This isn't a spectacular amp but it does have a bit more versatility than a Fender tweed would have. This is essentially modeled after the Fender tweed deluxe amps from the olden days. It does have two channels which makes it more modenr and the second channel being for more of n overdriven tone.


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

UTILIZATION

Details
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 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

SOUNDS

This thing gets a decent tone for the money. The tone seems a bit on the thin side even with a a humbucker style guitar. The tone I know is not a high gain saturation like most of their amps are, but it does get a some thick chewy distortion when you wind up the gain on the amp.

This is a simple amp and there isn't too much to dialing in a decent tone for what is has to offer you. The controls are simple and the gain structures for post and pre amp will have you selecting a number of possible tones.

OVERALL OPINION

This isn't an amp to write home about but it does good for the money. At new these amps come in at around $650. Not a bad price for a two channel combo amp. I would recommend this amp over a Fender tweed deluxe any day of the week. Not only for the price but for the features as well.
phil16412/06/2014

phil164's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Top with a few mods"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
Type of music: Big Band guitar in a jazz / pop / rock. One guitar: LP traditionnal. Use for more than 6 years in rehearsal. (Mesa express on stage 50)

Main use: light or small Crunch. All effects and volume pedal in the effects loop.

Access an all-tube for 600 € deserves attention. However, I quickly found some limitations: its a bit messy (especially in Crunch and Crunch +), sizzling lamps, life of the lamps. I post here to enjoy my experience in the correction of these defects.
HP: I really won replace the original HP with a Celestion Vintage 30. Better definition, clarity, sharper treble and bass less coarse (already the LP is generous on the subject)
Squeaks: I arranged a foam tube (diameter 30mm) heating pipe insulation cut into 2 in the direction of the length between the fan guard and EL-84. € 3 in casto, the foam is made to keep the temperature of the lamp advanced pricks in and nothing vibrates, magic!
Durability of lamps: Here we must dare open the beast and tinker a little bit. It is in the principle of placing a switch in series with the fuse on the HT to have a standby for the preheating of the tubes. Before this mod I had to change the power tubes every year in order to avoid the risk of failure. The current game is in service since the mod (3 years).
This amp is full of promise and offers beautiful sounds, lets play a little while without the fuss, complete with its reverb and effects loop. Which justified that I start these mods rather than sell it. I made the right choice. We are now inseparable except on stage where you have to stand up to a blowing force and clear sound "wrong" too fast when you go up the level (as the guitar amp). Hence the 50w mesa.

A good little beast that can even use at home with a volume pedal (Boss FV50L) in the effects loop.
mister bouldegom11/19/2013

mister bouldegom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" matter of taste, I like."

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
All lamps, 30 watts, 2 channels with EQ and reverb common spring.

UTILIZATION

Config 'more traditional. I will not dwell on her because, like all tools, it is a matter of taste and need to try to get an idea. Me, I like it but I still consider HP a less powerful and less messy in the bass. Reverb is used sparingly ...

SOUNDS

As I said, I like the sound. Among the standard Marshall, Fender, he is the one I chose. For cons, I recommend installing a standby and small modification 'called "cathode bias". Its use will be even more flexible and preserve the lamps. For the sake of vibrations lamps there is a lot of tricks to make it disappear. Dig a little on the net and choose your solution https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif

OVERALL OPINION

Blues, jazz, rock, it all goes! Since I Retube, I find it more to my taste (see my reviews for JJ Tesla ecc 83s). An alternative to conventional excelente.
Marc6510/12/2013

Marc65's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good small investment"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
Amp lamps 3X 4X EL84 12AX7AC5et on mine is the EHX.
30 watts (lamp)
1 input jack
One loop effect (here it is remarkable that EFXret can use line out)
1 output back Extension Speaker
1 back entrance Foot Switch (FSW generic Thomann does a very good job)
1 Boost (which I never used)
1 spring reverb with knob on top of the amp.
1 button to change channels: Clean / saturated.
1 bass middle treble setting (for 2 channels simultaneously)
Speaker 1 112 Blue Marvel (which is fine).

UTILIZATION

Simple configuration, there is no need to book.

SOUNDS

It should be quite what I did and what I've done before.
I had the two models ie, one that is no longer present and I have nothing to say about the differences in sound or use.
The single coils have good cleans and super hot saturations.
Double too. this is not the best clean I've used, but really there is nothing to say except that for the price this opportunity is very strong in versatility and reliability on guitars, sound is good. (I had other amps: Mesa, Twin Reverb, Classic 50).
I play with a double Bob Hamer. for a style of music latin rock years 70-90 ==> it sends, no need to pedal saturation, and digital effects, and nothing has really presence, which is essential when playing with 2 sets of percussion drummer, bass, keyboards and vocals.
I also use it with an Ibanez Jazz, he is doing very well, the vibration of the lamp means a little low volume, but hey, you also hear those of Wes Montgomery recordings on ahaha ...

OVERALL OPINION

I think I know this amp since it came ie early 90s.
As mentioned earlier I used other amps, the çi me be quite
for groups and situations of current Thurs
It is very versatile and adapts well to sound very different guitars, but maybe he should have a pretty good microphones, yeah.
Level value for money, I do not know better.
I just want to say that he is not looking for the best amp in the world but to find what you need, I played on Twin Reverb, mesa boogie dc5 combo, classic 50 and really I can say for Budget ==> the top. But to say that it is very good value for money, is not enough: it is a + good tube amp.
You hear the pair Hamer (seymour duncan) + Peavey classic 30 here: http://europatribute.tumblr.com/
barh2_010/11/2013

barh2_0's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" As its name implies"

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012]
30 watt all-tube combo (three 12AX7 and four EL84). Two channels, a three band EQ, a reverb spring.
For detailed specifications, all has already been said again and again.

UTILIZATION

Again, everything has already been said, the 30 watt grow well, are too small transformer that heat, lights that vibrate, the absence of stand-by, good HP to change the boost which is unclear what it is. Nothing new.
Personally, I only use the clean channel with an overdrive, I use the second channel pseudo stand-by with the volume to 0.
I bought it with an HP Celestion Lead 80.

SOUNDS

So general, the amp is very transparent and great respect for the sound of gear upstream. If you see the glass half empty, we can consider that it is without any personality ...
The clean is somewhat reminiscent of the Junior Blues Vox too, not really Fender. At the risk of stating the obvious, it sounds even better than the guitar is good.
The drive channel plays a little versatility to be honest. In the first half of the race of winning, we feel that the amp is not too comfortable, he would let go a little more. Between 50 and 75%, it is in good sounds blues rock / hard rock 70. Beyond that, it sounds a bit too 80's.
The reverb, as often, once more than a quarter of the race of the potentiometer is unusable.

OVERALL OPINION

For many guitarists, the Classic 30 was the first tube amp and is a true classic, long time. I did not buy from conviction but for many fringe benefits.
The volume is sufficient for rehearsals and concerts.
The road is clean
With a good guitar and a good overdrive, it sounds!
And most importantly, we always find at least eight occasions. If during a concert, the transformers suffer because we draw 400 watts on a single shot, he finds himself pushed, or the bar is too hot and humid, well, it's not as bad as if it were the amp shop unique model of competition.