Peavey Windsor Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)

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All-tube. Single channel.
Peavey Windsor Guitar Amplifier Head (100 Watts)
100 watts

Three 12AX7 pre-amp tubes

Four EL34 power tubes

Single channel

Footswitchable gain boost

Three-band EQ

Footswitchable effects loop

Master volume

Patented A-A/B Texture knob

Presence control

Resonance control

Hi/low inputs
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 877-732-8391
(30 ratings)
Submitted December 17, 2008 by a customer from hotmail.com
"Aww, c'mon -- it's not that bad!"
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I'm always looking for inexpensive ways to extend the palette. It's not about finding a silver bullet solution, but to have a range of tools to choose from depending on the situation. I use 100W so infrequently that it makes no sense for me to invest in a high price boutique head. I did make that investment for a MAZ-18, right in the sweet spot of the power I like best for small clubs. That amp is a tone machine, no doubt, and I'll end up buying one of his Route 66s also. But I just found one of those leftover Vietnamese-made Crate Palomino 30 W combos with one 12" Celestion in it (I'm guessing the Model Seventy-80 but not certain.) Not the same as the MAZ-18 exactly, but hey! I'll gig with the Crate just in case some dork spills beer my way. Like the Crate to the Z-amp, the Windsor head does most of the job a boutique head would do for a mere fraction of the money. I like that idea. That's a perfect example of the 80-20 Rule: get 80 percent there for 20 percent of the cost. Cool by me. The only thing one has to watch is that reliability stuff -- some manufacturers have been horrible in that regard. But Peavey has always been solid, so I feel I can trust their product maybe a little more than the well-known German-based cost leader.

Sound
This is a matter of wide debate. The amp doesn't clean up perfectly, that's true. Now, that said, running 2x12 Greenbacks in an open Geezer Sound slant front cab read more plus a Vintage 30 and G12H in a closed-back Dr. Z "Z-Best" cab on the bottom, it's pretty damn impressive sounding to me. It needs a lot of dialing in. It has all these controls on it, all of which are entirely unnecessary and in fact work against the tone. That's all true. But I just found a place to leave them and just forget that thery're even there. Do I wish they weren't there? Yes. For this price, is that a show-stopper? Nope.

Features
It has too many features. Just a clean signal path with a volume and a tone stack is all that was needed. It would be a great amp at that point, and probably could be even less expensive than it already is.

Ease of Use
Have to get past all the excess crapola. Once that's done, turn it on and off -- big whup.

Quality
The fit and finish is fine. It's not a boutique item and no one would ever mistake it for one. But it looks nice enough. Is it rugged? I really don't know -- I'm not about to bang it around if I can avoid it. It doesn't strike me as fragile, but I'm guessing it isn't exactly bulletproof.

Value
High marks here. I happened to pick up a B stock for a nice savings. But even at regular price, it's a good value for the money. I'd easily gig with this head if I ever ended up in a situation where such power was appropriate. I purchased it just to have it in stock for that purpose, but normally gig with 15W - 30W through 2 x 10s or 2 x 12s.

Manufacturer Support
N/A.

The Wow Factor
It's not UN-attractive, but it's not overly attractive either. What's most interesting is 100W worth of EL34s for a great price.

Musical Background:
active musician, guitar teacher, audio engineer

Musical Style:
blues, rock, country, jazz
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