september 2016

A dependable road warrior gets a nice boost.

Clip 1 - Peavey Classic Channel 1: Volume 4, Reverb 3, Bass 4, Midrange 9; Treble 8. Guitar is Fender ’80s Esquire reissue with dual humbuckers in middle setting (both pickups engaged), volume and tone full up. Boost engaged at 15 seconds.
Clip 2 - Peavey Classic Channel 1 w/effects: Same as above, with effects added. In sequence: clean signal, J. Rockett Archer, MXR Phase 90, DigiTech PDS 1000 delay, Supernatural Ambient Verb set on shimmer.
Clip 3 - Peavey Classic Channel 2: Same settings for amp and guitar as above except Channel 2 Pre 5, Post 5. Boost engaged at 18 seconds.
Clip 4 - Peavey Classic Channel 2 with heavy overdrive and slide: Same settings for amp and guitar as above, except Pre on 12 and Boost engaged throughout.

My first encounter with a Peavey Classic tweed style combo was in the ’90s, when North Mississippi hill country blues deacon R.L. Burnside invited me onstage for the first time. R.L. decided to preach “Mannish Boy,” so he offered me his amp and stepped to the front with his Jack and Coke in hand, to stand at the mic. When I hit a test chord, the floor of the stage shook. I turned to see that R.L. had every dial on the amp maxed. I rolled back my tone and volume pots and hit another chord. I was impressed by the Peavey Classic’s power, color, and presence—even at R.L.’s juke-thentic settings.

Over the years, I’ve maintained a favorable impression of Peavey’s Classic series iterations. They’re dependable working players’ amps: affordable, big-voiced, with enough clarity and punch to break through a live mix with or without the help of microphones.

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