Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]

Classic 30 [1993-2004], Ampli combo tout lampe pour guitare de la marque Peavey appartenant à la série Classic.

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L'avis de Fireguy8402 (contenu en anglais)"Workhorse Amp."

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
The Peavey Classic 30 112 is a two channel, portable combo amp. It puts out 30 watts of tube power into the 12 inch Blue Marvel speaker. It has a drive channel and a clean channel, along with a boost switch and built in reverb. A three band passive EQ section (bass, mid, treb) and pre and post gain controls on the lead channel allow the user to tailor in the sound. Four EL84s and three 12AX7 tubes are the heart of the tone. The two channels are footswitchable and there is an effects loop included. This amp is 17.6” x 20” x 11.6” wrapped in sexy tweed coming in around 40 lbs.


This amp is a gigging machine. I’ve used it time after time with no issues at all. You do not need to adjust the bias on the amp when changing out tubes, which saves time in case you would ever blow a tube at a gig and need to replace them. Tube life on these amps is great though, so no worries there. The footswitch will let you seamlessly change between clean and dirty sounds and the added effects loop lets you put your time based effects where they belong, after the preamp. The amp chassis is built strong and the knobs, jacks, and controls all seem very sturdy. It’s great to have a small combo that sounds good on its own, but sounds even better through a larger speaker cab. The added 16 ohm speaker out is a great plus. The Boost feature is a waste of space really. The boost is not only a small volume boost, but it is very nasal in the EQ. It’s such a harsh peak in the mids that I find it unusable. This is not footswitchable like most boosts, but I would never find a use for it so that doesn’t bother me a bit. The only issue I have with this amp is that the controls and input jack are on the top of the amp instead of on the front. A lot of combos are like this and it’s a give and take really. The controls are easier to read, but plugging in your instrument cable at that angle creates a downward strain on your cable. Over time this leads to shortened cable life and usually an untimely crackling sound. This can be fixed using a right angled plug on the end going into the amp. Other than that this amp has all the basic tube amp requirements without a bunch of things going into the circuit that muddy up the sound and waste space in the design.


This amp sounds great. It’s hard to find an amp that has a good clean sound and dirty sound but this amp does. Now it doesn’t sound like a Fender clean, it’s rounder and fatter with less sparkle, but it’s a good clean tone. The clean channel is very accepting of pedals, drive pedals put in front of this amp sound very good. The dirty channel is not what I’d call a Marshall distortion, but it’s British sounding for sure. It’s easy to get a Marshall-type sound out of it, but it doesn’t nail it. There is plenty of gain on tap and with an outboard boost metal is possible, but this is mainly a clean through rock amp. The The shared passive EQ section is very usable. It has a wide range of control, but the knobs aren’t as touchy as some amps I’ve used. Blue Marvel that comes stock with this amp is a little stiff and mid sounding. The amp opens up and blooms so much nicer with a 25 watt Greenback style speaker in it. The effects loop works great and the reverb, while once again not a Fender Twin, is very nice. This amp sounds great for about anything, just be sure to leave that boost switch off.


Overall this is a great sounding amp at a decent price. If you can pick one up used they are an extreme bargain. I wouldn’t worry about picking one up that has been around the block either, because they are tough amps. The features are just enough to get you by without needing anything else, though pedals work great with this amp out in front or through the loop. Would I buy this amp again knowing what I’ve learned from owning it? Well I’ve had two different Classic 30 combos, a Classic 30 head, a Classic 50 212 combo and I’m looking for a Classic 50 Head. They are just super amps and can be had for cheap. I would and have gigged it for several years and haven’t had any problems with any of them. Peavey amps usually make me stick my nose up in the air, but they nailed this one pretty well. Upgrade the speaker and tubes and you’ve got a nice amp that can keep up with anything in its price mark and then some.
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L'avis de iamqman (contenu en anglais)"It's ok.. not for me"

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
This is a 30 watt two channel amp that is geared towards the old school rock and country tones. This is generally a clean amp with a mild overdrive for channel one. For channel two you get a little bit more gain on tap but the voicing has is limited to the sweat classic rock tones. Not really a high gain amp even though it does have some good distortion on channel two. This is going to be an amp that you couple with pedals and effects to compliment your playing style.

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


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 Models 0
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


The tone from this amp is not really my cup of tea. The is geared toward the classic rock player who needs a good Fender tweed style amp, but wants more versatility. The amp is versatile for that kid of player. Having the boost switch is stretching in terms of classic Fender style EQing. Also having another channel is going to be a bit much for some old guys who this amp is marketed towards. However, if you need that versatility and the price is an issue then this would be a good amp.

The clean tone is a pretty decent clean tone. You can crank the volume up more and it will get a mild overdrive tone. When you engage channel two there you will get some good distortion much like a tubescreamer would get in front of an already overdriven Fender classic amp.


For me this isn't my favorite amp from Peavey, but it is a decent amp. At new these amps come in at around $650. Not a bad price for two channel tweed deluxe style amplifier. You will get a very usable clean tone and a solid distortion tone fit for classic rock, country, and pop music.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a good two channel tweed amp and doesn't want to spend too much to get it. This is a good amp that will give you solid creamy rich classic rock tones all day long.
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M Elise01/12/2008

L'avis de M Elise (contenu en anglais)

Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
This is a tube amp with a solid state rectifier. The amp uses 3 12AX7s and 4 EL84 tubes and delivers 30 watts of power through a Blue Marvel 12 inch speaker. The 16 ohm speaker is connected internally and there is an option for another 16 ohm external speaker to be connected that together tap the transformer at 8 ohms. There are series effects loop jacks and a jack for an external foot switch that switches channels and turns the reverb off and on. The amp has two channels, clean and dirty (with master volume on the dirty) that share E.Q. and reverb. The tone controls are treble,middle,and bass. There is also a boost button which oddly enough cannot be controlled via footswitch. This amp has a lot of features but I actually prefer a very simple amp so I will rate it lower for features even though it has em.


The controls sit on top of the amp vintage style which I don't like because I think they are harder to get to then when the controls are on the front. The speaker box is somewhat boxy and makes the amp smaller but also boxes in the sound compared to say the cabinet on a Fender Deluxe Reverb. The tube sockets are cheap and the tubes rattle audibly through the speaker. Many people go to Ebay and buy tube retainers to prevent the rattling which is sad. As I said before the boost function is not accessible via footswitch where you want it. And the Blue Marvel speaker is OK but ugly, depressing, and spiky sounding compared to a good Celestion. Better tubes then the ones it comes with will yield better sound.


This amp is most suitable for old time rock and roll, blues, funk and grunge with any guitar. With the tubes replaced and a better speaker this amp improves. When you first play this amp (even in stock form) you instantly like it because it sustains and compresses well clean and is also really fun to play blues in the dirty channel because the preamp gain sounds really good. If you play it side by side with a blackface Fender Reissue you realize though that the overall quality of the sound just isn't nearly as solid, clear, beautiful, strong and professional. The amp is much harder to E.Q right and sounds dark and muddled in comparison. However it is still really fun to play and the quality of the distortion is musical and smooth and can be gotten at low volumes which can't be done on the Fenders.


I've had my Peavey Classic 30 for quite a while. What I like most about it is that I can play Hank Marvin Shadow's lead/melody style guitar well through it set on the clean channel (with added delay) since the EL84 tubes compress nicely. I dislike the cheapness of the amp and the obvious compromises that went into its design. I paid $300 for mine used and would not pay more for one. But I feel that the amp is decent for this amount of money as long as you upgrade the speaker. For any more money I would buy a Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue even though it is an entirely different sounding amp without master volume because it does sound like a professional amp and the Peavey Classic 30 doesn't.