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Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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The Classic 20 MH Mini Head is part of Peavey's timeless Classic Series which are revered by blues, country and rock players alike. Their versatility allows them to span the tonal landscape from vinta... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Classic 20 MH Mini Head is part of Peavey's timeless Classic Series which are revered by blues, country and rock players alike. Their versatility allows them to span the tonal landscape from vintage to contemporary with ease, and the Classic 20 MH Mini Head provides that tone in a highly portable package.

The all-tube, 20-watt Classic 20 MH is powered by two EL84 power tubes and three 12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes. It has two channels that follow the same gain structure and voicing of the Peavey Classic Series amps for pure and versatile tone. The channels share a three-band EQ, lush reverb and an effects loop. The channels, effects loop and reverb are all footswitchable.

Peavey's TSI tube monitoring alerts players of power tube status, and in the event of a necessary tube replacement, identifies which tube needs to be replaced. Rear panel features such as a Microphone Simulated Direct Interface (MSDI) with XLR output and USB out, speaker defeat switch and three-position power attenuator switch make the Classic 20 MH Mini Head perfect for studio environments.

Features
  • Power: 20W (tube) 
  • Attenuation: 20W, 5W or 1W
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL84 (power amp)
  • Two footswitchable channels 
  • Impedance: 8, 16 ohms
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, pre-gain, post-gain, reverb
  • Built-in reverb
  • Footswitchable buffered effects loop
  • Tube Status Indication (TSI) circuit
  • MSDI output with XLR and ground lift switch
  • USB output for direct recording
  • Speaker defeat switch
  • Headphone output
  • Footswitch included
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PeaveyClassic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
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    • Experienced (6)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great with some tweaking

By Raba

from Virginia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Bought this primarily to run straight to a mixer/PA via the MSDI XLR out, although I also have a 1x12 for occasional use. There are a lot of other reviews talking about how lousy the MSDI out is, and I agree it's very dark. But it brightens up nicely with the treble around 7 on the amp and 6 or 7 on the mixer channel as well. Bass and mids are what you'd expect.

    Also the drive channel needs the post up around 7 or more to keep the power tubes hot. Seems to really come alive.

    I would buy this again without hesitation. Nothing else in the price range compares.

     
    4.0

    Good amp

    By Samuel

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Good amp, nice sound. Just keep in mind that in order to sound really good you will have to go over volume level 7, even in 1W mode this is still loud, not crazy loud but it is not bedroom level. Using headphone without speaker solves that and the sound is good but not as good as when using a real speaker.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little head

    By Ebay

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I needed something light weight for a duo act we recently started. This little head is perfect for what I'm doing. It's light and has the option to go from 20 watts, to 5, to 1. Direct line out sounded great through the PA at my first show using this head. Ran it through the matching 112 cab with an Eminence Legend speaker. It's light, has an effects loop, direct out, 5 watt option, and it even has tube indicators that let you know if you have a tube issue. It sounded great both through the cab and through the PA. It's exactly what I needed. Looks great as well !

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great compact head with lots of useful modern features!

      By Master P

      from Exeter, United Kingdom

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I bought this amp to replace my Tweed Blues Junior, which I was using mainly for practising at home and as a back-up for gigs. The things that really appealed to me about this amp were its compact size, being able to run it in 20W, 5W and 1W modes and the speaker emulator (so that if all else fails, you can plug it directly into a PA - without the need to connect a speaker!). I have previously owned a Peavey 5150 amp, so I guess there was a bit of nostalgia there too.

        I should say that I only really use channel 1 of this amp, because my main amp is basically like a Fender Deluxe Reverb, so all of my higher gain sounds come from pedals. I play mostly rock and blues, the sort of music you associate with Tweed amplifiers. This amp sounds terrific - in a similar league to my hand-wired Deluxe Reverb clone head. The EQ controls give you a very large sweep of tones and reverb is great too. The modern features mentioned above make it ideal for any kind of gig - you can literally turn up with just a guitar and this head and plug straight into a PA if needed. Channel 2 is useful to have, but I'm not a huge fan of the tone - it's usable, but not really to my tastes.

        As far as I'm aware, there is nothing else currently on the market to compete with this mini head. I have to give it 5 stars for the great sound, portability and incredible range of useful features (and it came with a footswitch!)

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        excellent little head

        By the axe man

        from tonawanda,ny

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • shared eq

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • small gigs

        Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Was looking to purchase a 20 watt head for practice and small gigs. This head does the job and
        then some. The clean channel has a nice warm sound, but if you turn the volume up about 6 or 7
        you get that classic break up. I love the boost you get on the footswitch that comes with the amp
        head. A real keeper.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great amp, but a word of caution

        By Brandon

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Great sounding amp, great distorted tones, and REALLY great clean tones. A lot of good features on a tube amp. However, the reverb on the amp was HORRIBLE, at least to me. It sounded very much like they tried to digitally replicate a spring reverb unit, but it sounded awful, with this weird "chittering" sound to the back end after I turned it up passed about 3 on the knob. It made chords sound terrible, and single notes sound even worse. Don't know if mine was just a dud, or if this is the case with all of these amps, but I ultimately returned mine.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Awesome Head

        By Tonejunky

        from Fort Collins, Co

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Ive only had the amp a couple weeks now but I am completely impressed! The clean channel is beautiful. I have a couple different 2x12 cabs and the sound is warm and articulate and big through both cabs. Lots of mids and bass but what I really love is that I can crank the treble all the way up and it sounds so clear without that icepick attack that many other amps suffer from. The lead channel is also great with lots of compression and sustain on tap. The lead channel may even replace my current fuzz pedal. I have also tried the XLR mic simulated out directly into a mixing board and it sounds really good as well. Both on clean and lead channels.
          I have been a gigging musician for many years and owned many amps and I can say that this is my favorite amp for my setup. It plays great with pedals too. I even prefer it over my AC 15 creamback combo. I should mention that I replaced two preamp tubes with Tungsols but left the stock power tubes(JJs).

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great potential here!!

          By Sam the Man

          from The boondocks, New Hampshire

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I have owned a Peavey Classic, Musician and Classic 4/10 and loved all three of them. This gem is just perfect for my home studio!! i am particularly drawn to the speakerless direct out option which i can use with my home recording studio. I just set it up last night and the clean channel has reams of headroom on the 5 watt setting. Need to explore the gain channel more. However, i expect to have loads of fun running it with my collection of pedals which emulate a selection of classic amps. However, going direct gives you that classic sound we all have grown to love out of this little critter's big brothers. Peavey is a name gigging musicians have grown to depend on. its been over 20 years since I owned one and feel right at home with this little babe! Just be sure to read the instructions before you use it speakerless. Highly recommended!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's a jewel

            By Randjam

            from Middleton, WI.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • very versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I use a Peavey classic 50 in clubs. This classic mini 20 sounds great and I really love the features on the back for the studio---namely, the attenuator switch (20 to 5 to 1 watt) and the MSDI (mic simulated direct interface) output (XLR or USB). Sweet!

              (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Awesome little amp

              By StevenM

              from Toronto Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Peavey Classic 20 Micro Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I do not own this amp head but I must say I just played one and its sounds amazing. Love the 1 watt feature and the clean sounded great. I would definitely consider this amp when in the market for a new head. Try it for sure. Too many features to ignore

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