Hartley Peavey founded Peavey Electronics in 1965, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical and professional audio equipment. Since its foundation, Peavey has been privately owned and has grown massively from the company’s humble beginnings in Hartley's basement in the 1950s. Although Peavey Electronics produces a wide variety of equipment, a few notable designs stand out because of their popularity and/or use by major professional musicians:
The 5150/6505/6534+ Series of Guitar Amplifiers - These amplifiers (collectively, the 5150 series) and speaker cabinets were the result of a collaboration with Eddie Van Halen. In 2004, Peavey and Eddie Van Halen parted ways, with Eddie taking the 5150 brand with him. This resulted in the renaming of the amplifier as the 6505, with slightly updated styling but original circuitry. In 2010, Peavey released a new amplifier for the 6505 line, the 6534+. It is much like the 6505+, the difference being the 6534 has EL34 power tubes instead of the 6L6 power tubes found on the standard 6505 amplifiers, giving it a more British flavor.
Classic Series Guitar Amplifiers – This line of guitar amplifiers are made specifically for blues, jazz and classic rock players. The current line of Classic series amplifiers consists of three variations of the Classic model, and two variations of the Delta Blues model. They use 12AX7 preamp tubes, EL84 power tubes and spring reverb tanks.
JSX Series Guitar Amplifiers - Like the 5150/6505 series, the JSX series was designed for a recording artist—Joe Satriani. Satriani was looking for an amplifier that was customized to his style, that had every feature he required, and would work in both live and studio applications.
ValveKing Series Guitar Amplifiers - ValveKing all-tube amps are made for rock musicians, with higher gain than the Classic series. A notable member of this lineup is the Royal 8 5-watt combo, similar to a Fender Champ. The Royal 8, however, has been discontinued from the current lineup.
Vypyr Series Guitar Amplifiers - The Vypyr series of amps are highly versatile modeling amplifiers. They generate different amp sounds, depending on which desired amp is chosen. Some modeled amps that are included are the Fender Twin and Deluxe, Mesa/Boogie Rectifier, Diezel Boutique, Krank Krankenstein, Vox AC30 and a large collection of Peavey amps like the 6505, XXX, JSX and Classic. In addition to these amp models, the Vypyr series amps can feature up to 11 editable pre-amp effects, 11 editable rack effects, on-board looper, MIDI input and USB 2.0 connectivity.
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