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The Peavey 3120 high-gain guitar amplifier head is a versatile 3-channel amp with 120 watts of power and a trio of distinct voices capable of producing guitar tones from crisp and clean to total high-... Read More

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The Peavey 3120 high-gain guitar amplifier head is a versatile 3-channel amp with 120 watts of power and a trio of distinct voices capable of producing guitar tones from crisp and clean to total high-gain saturation.

The Peavey 3120 gives rock guitar players a triple-threat tone onslaught with generous amounts of gain, 120 watts of power, and 3 fully independent channels of all-tube, tone-shaping satisfaction. The Lead and Rhythm channels feature gain and volume controls and an active 3-band EQ, while the Clean channel offers nicely rounded tones crafted by a passive 3-band EQ and volume control. A global master volume governs the amount of power delivered by its 4 EL34 or 6L6GC power-amp tubes, while the Gain controls on the Lead and Rhythm channels adjust the amount of 12AX7 gain saturation.

The 3120 rear panel hosts a unique Peavey custom tone control feature, a 3-setting damping switch that alters speaker resonance to create tight, medium, and loose tones-from a precise punch for rhythmic attack to a full, widely resonant sound. Also on the amp head's rear panel is a footswitchable effects loop with dedicated Send and Return controls and a Line Out with Level control.

Features
  • 120 watts into 16, 8 or 4 ohms (switchable)
  • Four EL34 and 4 x 12AX7 tubes
  • Power amp switchable to use EL34 or 6L6GC tubes
  • Three footswitchable channels
  • Clean channel features volume, bass, mid and treble controls
  • Rhythm channel features gain, volume, bass, mid and treble controls
  • Lead channel features gain, volume, bass, mid and treble controls
  • Master volume control
  • Damping switch for tight, medium or loose response
  • Footswitchable effects loop with send and return controls
  • Line Out with level control
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4.7

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This is it.

Been looking at ditching the rack and going back to an amp head. Tried a number of Marshalls, Mesa Boogies, etc at my local Guitar Center. While these are nice amps, they...Read complete review

Been looking at ditching the rack and going back to an amp head. Tried a number of Marshalls, Mesa Boogies, etc at my local Guitar Center. While these are nice amps, they didn't quite do it for me. Tried the 6505+ and thought I'd found the amp. Then I tried the 3120. WOW A little nicer cleans, two gain channels make this a little more versitile than it's sibling. It does lack the Presence and Resonance but the damping switch is more or less a combined presence and resonance control with three presets - tight, mid, and loose. While not a Fender, the cleans on this amp are still very nice. Was able to get a nice Jazzy tone as well as a near chimey tone that would sound great with a little chorus. Another reviewer commented that it didn't have the gain they had hoped for. Not sure what they are comparing this too but it has at least as much as the 6505 and more than I'd personally use (about 4 or 5 has you well in the metal camp). Most importantly though is the tone. Played a 7 string and the lows were nice and full without being boomy or muddy. Leads had that singing, smooth Vai-ish thing going with great articulation. Almost chose the 6505+ but this one won me over. Well done Peavey!

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I have had this amp for close to a year so I feel I can now offer a informed followup. In retrospect, I really wished I would have gone with the 6505+ now...Read complete review

I have had this amp for close to a year so I feel I can now offer a informed followup. In retrospect, I really wished I would have gone with the 6505+ now as I have had some reliability issues with the 3120. The first one was returned to the folks at GC within the first week and a half because the amp wouldn't switch channels. GC took care of me (thanks!) and I got a replacement. The replacement has proven to be less than reliable. Went to two different local Peavey techs before being sent back to Peavey. Peavey turned it around within a week and that is appreciated. It remains to be seen if the amp stays fixed and I am not rough on my gear. After a lot of research, I gave KT77 power tubes a go and they really bring the best out of this amp (just make sure you take it to a tech and get it properly biased!!!). Keeps the EL34 midrange and adds the top and bottom end of the 6L6. I have EL34s back in it and it doesn't sound near as good. All in all, I've not been too happy with this amp due primarily to the reliability issues and having an amp die on you during a gig is not fun at all. Perhaps I just got a lemon but working now or not, this amp will not stay with me much longer.

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5.0

Best Death Metal amp EVER!

By Jason Mast

from Comanche, TX

I have owned this amp for a couple of months now, I play lead in a Death Metal band... This thing pushes gain like no other, the only other amp that rivals this amp in gain is the XXX. It has a cleaned up gain, so it's not that over saturated muddy sounding gain. I have my settings close to a Cannibal Corpse/Six Feet Under tone, and it RULES! I absolutely recommend this to anyone wanting to play extreme metal.

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5.0

Big Bang Low Buck!!!

By Robert B.

from St.Paul, MN

I own this amp. I had a Peavey valve king when I played in Seattle. Not a bad amp in its own right. Unfortunately, I had to sell it. When the time came to buy a new amp, I wanted the best amp for the money. With the 3120, I got the amp I'd been searching for. I've played Marshalls, Boogies, old Fenders, Ampegs... you name it. This one ripped my head completely off. I have an old(really old) Peavey "silver-side" 4x12 with original Black Widows in it and this thing sounds SICK. It does Metallica sounds, Slayer sounds, Rush sounds, Tool sounds. I could go on and on. With the damping feature and the active EQs, you can pretty much dial up any sound in your head. I swapped the EL34s out for 6L6s and I think it has a much tighter bottom end than any Mesa or Marshall I've ever played through. I play metal and this thing has WAY more gain than you will ever need. My lead tone on the lead channel gain is only on 3 or 4.And it has a dedicated clean channel that does dirty up when you crank it. My humble advice, If you play Hard rock/metal, You CANNOT go wrong with this amp. Swap the stock EL34s out for 6L6s though.

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5.0

A great amp for Rock & Metal; Incredible versatility

By Morgan

from Jacksonville, FL

I picked one of these up at my local GC two weeks ago and have not been disappointed - at all. I've always dreamed of owning a MesaBoogie Triple Recto for that Mesa metal tone that I have coveted for years, but could never afford the $2k or justify it when I'm not a professional touring musician. But now, I don't care to ever own that Mesa because this Peavey 3120 suits me just fine - it has amazing versatility and unbelievable tone. I play this amp through a mahogany body guitar, a basswood body guitar and an ash body guitar and a Peavey 4x12 cab. It's got everything you could need except built-in reverb (which there are plenty of pedals & rack effects that can give you reverb and delay). The gain goes from a warm dirty tone to an all out hi-gain metal crunch. And it does this all while maintaining clarity, crispness of that mid-rangey crunchy tone a la Lamb of God, Slayer, Sevendust, etc. Three channel versatility: Being able to have two gain channels allows me the versatility to 'scoop the mids' on one and 'punch the mids' on the other for two distinct sounds. The EQ controls on the two gain channels are very responsive and easy to dial in what you like. The Clean channel is solid if not spectacular. It can go from crisp & thin to warm & thick. Even more versatility: The dampening switch is a very cool feature that allows you to change the textures of the sounds via speaker vibration thus allowing you to uniquely tailor it to produce 'your sound'. Some features others fail to mention is the back of the amp has places to monitor the Power Tube bias on the fly via volt meter, and what's more this amp can use either EL34's or 6L6's. Matching it to any cab is a breeze with the 8, 12 or 16 ohm switch. The line out allows you to record directly from the head and it has an effects loop with independent controls. The look of the 3120 is straight forward all business. It's not flashy or cheesy-looking like the old XXX's it replaced. Overall this amp is made of win and it'll make your guitar tone incomparable especially if you play anything from 3 Doors Down to Creed to Alice in Chains to Sevendust to Tool to Slayer to Lamb of God. If you crave that sweet mid-range metal crunch tone, or if you want to 'scoop the mids' for that modern metal tone, but want more versatility than the 6505 series, this is the amp for you.

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5.0

better than marshall by far

By Jerry

from westfield wisconsin

I bought this head simply because max cavalera uses one. ive owned it now for three months and everyone i jam with trys to match my sound but they cant. the tone and clarity that this amp puts out inspires me, I feel like god when im playing it. Dont think about it just get one!

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5.0

wimpy

By Friend of Dug

from Dallas, Tx

I have played through a lot of amps and I even have owned everything from solid state amps to the Valve King and played through a JSX for one of my previous bands. When I tried the 3120 at guitar center it really disappointed me. It's really over priced, it in NO WAY compares to the ValveKing and the distortion channels sounds slightly comparable to a wet fart. SO if you play estended range guitars, keep looking. If you want a truly versatile amp that is a GREAT value and cheaper, I say go for the ValveKing. IF you have a bit more money to spend, get a JSX. Both of these are great amps. The JSX is obviously the winner in tone and controll, but the ValveKing is just a small step under the JSX. I play almost every metal genre you can think of including death, melodic, doom, hardcore, speed and everything in between. So, do yourself a favor and skip this one, get a VK if you are short on cash but if you have the cash, get a JSX. Especialy if definition in tone is important to you. Over all, the 3120 is loud but wimpy on definition and tone.

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By ATGuitarist

from OKC, OK

I have had this amp for close to a year so I feel I can now offer a informed followup. In retrospect, I really wished I would have gone with the 6505+ now as I have had some reliability issues with the 3120. The first one was returned to the folks at GC within the first week and a half because the amp wouldn't switch channels. GC took care of me (thanks!) and I got a replacement. The replacement has proven to be less than reliable. Went to two different local Peavey techs before being sent back to Peavey. Peavey turned it around within a week and that is appreciated. It remains to be seen if the amp stays fixed and I am not rough on my gear. After a lot of research, I gave KT77 power tubes a go and they really bring the best out of this amp (just make sure you take it to a tech and get it properly biased!!!). Keeps the EL34 midrange and adds the top and bottom end of the 6L6. I have EL34s back in it and it doesn't sound near as good. All in all, I've not been too happy with this amp due primarily to the reliability issues and having an amp die on you during a gig is not fun at all. Perhaps I just got a lemon but working now or not, this amp will not stay with me much longer.

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5.0

Great Amp

By David

from Miami, FL

Had this amp almost a year, bought used, and really I didn't know much about amps at the time I bought it. But I can compare it to almost any amp and still choose the 3120 over the rest. The gain is incredible, almost has too much. Like one reviewer said, set it to 4 or 5 and you're in the metal area. The cleans are very crisp and have a lot of life in this amp. I play this out of a Marshall JCM900 412 and it's the perfect match. Cheap amp, great tone, tons of gain, immaculate cleans...GO PEAVEY!!!

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5.0

Versatile amp head.

By Brian C.

from Denver, CO.

I had seen the 3120 in the store once or twice but didn't really pay attention to it because I wasn't in the market for an amp at the time. When it was time to spend some money, I took a look around and saw the 3120. With the free 4x12 cab promo they had going I figured I would give it a try. I'm glad I did. The three channels give you lots of room to play with when crafting your tone. The Clean Channel took a little bit to find a tone I liked, but it is useable and I've grown to like it. If only Reverb would have been built in. Hooking up a pedal to the effects loop solved that problem. I just have to wonder why Peavey didn't go that little extra bit and include it. The other two channels are where the fun happens. You can basically get what you need from the Rhythm Channel, and this is where I spend most of my time. Anything from a slight distorted crunch to a great overdriven tube saturation is possible here. I find those old hard rock tube tones from back in the day have more character but that's just me. If you do need more gain while playing some death metal, thrash or whatever you want to call it, get into the Lead Channel and you should have all the gain and mean distortion you'll ever need. Don't like the EL34 sound? No problem. Swap in some 6L6 tubes and adjust the bias and you're off and running. I've had it for almost two years now and just jam at home. I don't play in a band so admittedly this is overkill, but the sight of a half-stack is pretty awesome. And if the time should ever come when I need to rock a big venue I'll have what I need. It's well made and very heavy. The built-like-a-tank phrase gets thrown around a lot but it certainly fits here. I haven't had any problems with it at all. Peavey made a great product. Overall, the 3120 is a great buy and well worth a look if you're in the market for an all-tube head.

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5.0

All Around Great Amp

By A. Grubb

from Chicago, IL.

Played one at my local Guitar Center and totally fell in love with it. I was a little hesitant because I've always liked 6L6's over EL34's, but this thing totally rips. I might still be tempted to replace the stock tubes for 6L6's, which is a great feature about this amp, but I'm very impressed with the EL34's in general. There is SO much gain on the lead channel, that I only have the gain at half and even then it's still a little bit too much, even for crazier metal in the likes of Meshuggah and such. BUT, don't mistake all that for being muddy, it still remained super clear and defined, even with the gain cranked. Don't listen to the Marshall or Mesa/Boogie snobs that turn up their noses at Peavey, this amp and the 6505+ both run with the big dogs, no problem. The clean channel on this bad boy is also very impressive, especially for a high gain amp. It can be very deep and and dark sounding, or really bright and punchy. All of the channels EQ's are very responsive, making this amp super versatile. Peavey has struck gold once again with this head! Stop reading this and go play one!

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5.0

Beast!

By Kevin

from North Liberty, IA

I bought this amp to replace a mesa dual I was having problems with. I also wanted to see how this amp stacked up against the less expensive valveking. Valvekings are great, but this amp destroyed the VK! The cleans are very crisp, and this amp doesnt really need the gain turned up past 2 to sound meaty! I cant say how well it will record givin it's high gain, but the el34's do give it a lot of warmth and clarity and low end punch. But for a live amp, this thing is perfect!

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