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

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

iamqman 06/28/2011

Peavey Classic 30 [2005-2012] : iamqman's user review

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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.


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)

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


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.


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.