Submitted February 4, 2018 by Lanny McGough in Monroe, LA
"Good gigging amp"
I sold a 50 watt Marshall to a friend and he gave me this amp. I think he said something like "get this thing out of here". Was running the Marshall and a Valveking in stereo so I said what the heck, I'll run this Classic 30 with the Valveking and see what it sounds like. Very loud and totally different sound from the VK. A warm bluesy sound from the Classic mixed with the tighter sound of the VK. I liked it. By itself it is a nice warm sounding loud Amp. Rugged, road worthy and a good sound. I would like to see a line out to the board rather than using mics but I'm use to it. It gets really hot to the touch on the top back around the knobs. I'm a little uncomfortable with that so I wouldn't recommend leaving it on and forgetting it. It's a great little no frills amp. Gig worthy, great soulful sound.
Even though this is a no frills amp it lends itself well to country and classic rock. It shines on bluesy stuff. I use it in stereo setup with a Valveking with a guitar processor. The peavys are known for their clear low end punch and they make a good foundation for any effects that I add.
Good fat clear tones and sweet rich warm sustain. You can smell and taste Mississippi delta when you crank this baby. It's knobs and covers have vintage written all over it.
Ease of Use
There's no learning curve. This is a vintage amp. If you can't figure this one out then you'd better stick to acoustic. It sounds great with nothing extra on clean and nothing extra on the distortion side. It also sounds great with effects. As I said this is a great foundational Amp to build your sound on.
It's a tank. Just treat it nice and it will probably outlive you.
You know, I was a little surprised at the slightly high price of this amp. I got mine on a more or less trade but I did check the new and resale price. They hold their value very well. An educated guess tells me that they will be valued more in years to come.
Rare to need support. My local dealer has a repair man if ever it should fail.
The Wow Factor
It screams Mississippi blues. Very cool to some of us.
Playing 50 years. Guitar, bass. Professional road, studio worship.
Styles-rock, blues, country, jazz, traditional gospel, gospel rock
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