Submitted February 2, 2016 by Jacob Nates in Clear Brook, VA
"Very happy with this little guy. "
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For what I do (bedroom practice, band rehearsals, mic'd gigs), it couldn't be better. Even though it's twenty watts, I've never had to turn the volume past twelve o clock. Can get a classic Metal tone with no problems. Throw in an od/boost and you've got all the modern Metal gain you'll ever need.
This is the 6505 sound that has been the standard for Metal tones for the past decade, but just in a smaller package. It sounds great on the 1 watt mode in my room, and sounds even better when cranked up on the 20 watt mode at band practice. My live sound has considerably improved since upgrading from a Spider head as well. It is a little loose sounding without an od, but if you're playing doom/black/grind, you probably won't need a boost. Definitely recommend it for modern death metal, djent, and anything that requires a tighter sound. Clean channel and crunch are usable, and sound good enough with the built in reverb. Check out the classic 20 or the valve king if you don't play metal or hard rock, though.
XLR out, USB out, cab dummy load, variable wattage, headphone jack, built in reverb... Basically, if you have power and a guitar, you'll find a way to play this amp. I've used this amp with and without a cab when playing live going direct out, and it sounded fine. I however, don't recommend recording direct out unless absolutely necessary.
Ease of Use
Everything is straightforward and simple. EQ controls work well and respond fantastically.
Pretty darn tough, but I wouldn't abuse it. Definitely not as tough as its older brother, though. Only concern is when playing in a room with unstable power, its power tube status lights would flicker on me and the sound would cut out . A power conditioner fixed this problem and I haven't had any issues since.
This amp could sell for $600 and would still be a good price.
Haven't had to deal with Peavey, but if the amp holds up, I shouldn't have to!
The Wow Factor
It's hard to believe such a small amp can sound so good and be so loud.
Playing for nine years, occassional gigging
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