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The Classic 30/112 has been redesigned with an all-new chassis design, but still features the distinctive sound and circuitry of the renowned Classic Series amps.

Made in the USA.

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FEATURES

30 watts (RMS) into 16 or 8 ohms
Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
12" 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

Made in the USA
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4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Amp!

Back in the 90's I purchased a Classic 50 head with a 4x10 cabinet, along with a used Fender American Standard Strat, and the tone I got was phenomenal! The amp was...Read complete review

Back in the 90's I purchased a Classic 50 head with a 4x10 cabinet, along with a used Fender American Standard Strat, and the tone I got was phenomenal! The amp was my main rig for many years. I owned a Mesa Boogie single rectifier. It had great tone, but I was always having to send it in for repairs, and that gets tiring very fast. But the Peavey never broke down on me once. When my oldest daughter turned 16, I gave her one of my strats and the Classic 50 amp. However afterwards I found out that Peavey discontinued making the Classic series. I was very disheartened. Then last fall I found out that Peavey was making the amps again and purchased one along with a Custom Shop strat. That bluesy tone that I love so much was there! It is a very simple amp to operate, it has that great tube tone...and nothing gets better than tube! The only downside to the amp is there is no standby switch to let the tubes cool down. The most important thing to the life of an amp is the longevity of your tubes. But this amp will give you those classic rock tones with a Les Paul, and that Texas twang a la SRV with a Strat. Don't worry about this amp being able to hold its own in an actual performance. It has a big tone and carry its own against a heavy-hitting drummer and a bassist with huge cabinets. I've ordered a second Classic 30 and will experiment running these 2 amps in stereo while onstage. I thought of getting another Classic 50 combo with 2x12s, but trying to lug around 60 lbs of amp is too taxing on this middle-aged man. I wish this amp was seen more in the music stores. I bought my Classic 30 down the street from where I live back in October 2009, and the same store has not had another one in stock since. If you see one of these amps, don't be afraid to plug into one and crank it up. You'll love it.

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Sounds Great for a while

I purchased this amp for a gig the following day. I was playing a second set and playing lead guitar and all of a sudden the sound was gone. I turned the amp off...Read complete review

I purchased this amp for a gig the following day. I was playing a second set and playing lead guitar and all of a sudden the sound was gone. I turned the amp off and on again and still nothing coming out of the speaker. Luckily, we travel with extra amps which allowed me to finish the evening. This amp sounded great while it was working. I did not have the volume set too high. I believe something warmed up and then opened in the circuit somewhere. I returned the amp and received a full refund but was disappointed. I wanted a smaller amp for smaller rooms when I don't need the full power of my Mesa Boogie DC 10. I will probably continue my quest for a smaller all-Tube Amp.

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(25 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good job peavey

By Chris

from London, England

this amp is pretty good, alright distortion, sort of screechy highs and unpronounced lows,but with a nice clean channel. It seemes very well built but a tube guard would be nice. Overall great product, but before you buy be sure to try out the crate palomino for an even better classic rock sound.

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp!

By Keith Kimzey

from Dallas, TX

Back in the 90's I purchased a Classic 50 head with a 4x10 cabinet, along with a used Fender American Standard Strat, and the tone I got was phenomenal! The amp was my main rig for many years. I owned a Mesa Boogie single rectifier. It had great tone, but I was always having to send it in for repairs, and that gets tiring very fast. But the Peavey never broke down on me once. When my oldest daughter turned 16, I gave her one of my strats and the Classic 50 amp. However afterwards I found out that Peavey discontinued making the Classic series. I was very disheartened. Then last fall I found out that Peavey was making the amps again and purchased one along with a Custom Shop strat. That bluesy tone that I love so much was there! It is a very simple amp to operate, it has that great tube tone...and nothing gets better than tube! The only downside to the amp is there is no standby switch to let the tubes cool down. The most important thing to the life of an amp is the longevity of your tubes. But this amp will give you those classic rock tones with a Les Paul, and that Texas twang a la SRV with a Strat. Don't worry about this amp being able to hold its own in an actual performance. It has a big tone and carry its own against a heavy-hitting drummer and a bassist with huge cabinets. I've ordered a second Classic 30 and will experiment running these 2 amps in stereo while onstage. I thought of getting another Classic 50 combo with 2x12s, but trying to lug around 60 lbs of amp is too taxing on this middle-aged man. I wish this amp was seen more in the music stores. I bought my Classic 30 down the street from where I live back in October 2009, and the same store has not had another one in stock since. If you see one of these amps, don't be afraid to plug into one and crank it up. You'll love it.

(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Amp

By Brian

from San Francisco

What a great little amp. I've had them all, solid states, tubes, vintage, Kustoms, Rivera, '65 Bandmaster Blackface, even a similar amp, the Blues Junior. This amp stands out and holds ground with the best of them. It's a great consideration, do yourself a favor and try it out for sure. Nice blues tone, great sparking cleans, good firm reverb, solid rock tones, pedals sound incredible through it, and it's loud LOUD for a 30. It comes within striking range of my Rivera M100 212. Crazy! Great warm sounds, and pretty affordable for the sweet tones you get. I'm in love!

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Little Amp

By Jack

from Vidor Texas

I looked at a lot of tube amps, I read a lot of reveiws. I had a budget, I was working in I could have gotten a Bugera 1990 half stack. I was thinking about getting a Peavy 6505+ combo. But I played a Peavy Classic 30 and that was all she wrote. It suites me right down to a tee, its got the best sound I have ever heard from an amp. The cleans are better than a Fender amp so is the price tag. Its made right here in the good old USA. I can take it to church and play it, couldnt do that with a half stack. At 30 watts I still havent turned it up past 3 its got a great distortion I dont know why Fender doesent do something on the distortion side its a real shame about that. The Peavey classic 30 is a very very good amp, its good looking ,its light enough, loud enough. I'm glad I picked this up I'm gonna play it all weekend and then I'm gonna play it some more.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This one goes to 12!

By bennetas

from Chantilly, VA

This amp sounds great. No DSP or modeling gimmicks... just great tone. I've had the unit for about 3 weeks now and I am impressed everyday with the warm sound that this amp produces. I traded in a Marshall JCM900 2x12 combo as I wanted to downsize a bit and the improved tone is drastic. The classic 30 exceeds the Marshall in all aspects. Before the JCM900 I have a JCM2000 DSL 100W head and 4x12 cab. Of course this rig was really loud but the tone of the Classic 30 is unmatched. The clean channel is sparkling. You get a real nice warmth and a little bit of an edge when you turn the gain up. The lead channel is extremely versatile as you can get a huge amount of gain or just add a little grittiness. The separating factor for me is that even with the gain cranked to 12 (that's right, beyond the Spinal Tap 11!)individual strings/notes still sound very distinctive. In other words, the overdrive doesn't replace and overpower the note but supports the note; it's hard to describe but it sounds great and certainly didn't exist on my Marshall JCM units. I just purchased the optional 2-button floor switch and haven't received it yet but I am looking forward to switching channels and turning reverb on/off hands-free. In short, this amp has far exceeded my expectations and I recommend it highly as a practice/recording amp or for small live performances. It can handle any type of music; of course certain effects will be required for metal or more specialized sounds. Very impressive especially considering the price tag. Try it out!

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best amp I have played on

By kevin king

from Texas

I have owned this amp for almost half a year and I love it sooooo much. I go to guitar center a lot an have played on almost ever amp there. This amp is still my favoret. I am not trying to be bias but I love this amp. I play with a Tex Mex telecaster and playing on the clean sound, sounds amazing. I am proubably going to switch out the speaker to a helatone speaker, but I still love the blue marvel that is in it. The dist. on it is incredible for lite distortion and sounds really goo when u turn the distortion up. I would most deffinatly get this amazing amp!

(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this amp!

By Pete

from Tennessee

I love this amp so much I bought two. One for the equipment trailer and one to keep at home. This is a LOUD 30 watts and a very sweet clean channel for country sounds, breaks up just the right amount at just the right time. Good reverb without overdoing it. quiet effects send and beautiful tweed cover. An upgrade on the speaker can work miracles but Its good as is. The new ones even come with a tube gaurd and mine came with jj tesla tubes.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

reunited with an old friend...

By Keith K

from Dallas, Texas

Back in mid 90s I purchased a Classic 50 along with a 91 Fender American Standard Stratocaster. The two were a perfect pair when it came to tone. I used that amp on gigs everywhere and I never had any problems with it. It never broke down, it never disappointed. When my oldest daughter began to learn how to play guitar, I handed down one of my Strats and the Classic 50 to her. I was proud to see her get started. When I found out that Peavey discontinued the Classic series, I kicked myself. I even tried to get my daughter to trade amps. She, being wise, declined. When I found out that Peavey re-released the Classic series I was much relieved. On October 3rd, 2009 (ironically SRV's birthday), I purchased the Classic 30 along with a Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster at the Guitar Center off LBJ Freeway in Dallas. Again, it was a perfect fit. I love the tone that the amp produces. It has that Texas Blues tone that I love so much. I want to buy another one and run both of them in stereo in gigs. If you are looking for an amp that is going to make 80s metal or 90s grunge, you might want to look at something else. But if you are looking for something with that warm tube tone that makes you play your Hendrix and Vaughan licks....this amp is it!!!!!!!

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sounds Great for a while

By Joey T

from Sayreville, NJ

I purchased this amp for a gig the following day. I was playing a second set and playing lead guitar and all of a sudden the sound was gone. I turned the amp off and on again and still nothing coming out of the speaker. Luckily, we travel with extra amps which allowed me to finish the evening. This amp sounded great while it was working. I did not have the volume set too high. I believe something warmed up and then opened in the circuit somewhere. I returned the amp and received a full refund but was disappointed. I wanted a smaller amp for smaller rooms when I don't need the full power of my Mesa Boogie DC 10. I will probably continue my quest for a smaller all-Tube Amp.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Andy

from Chicago

I play this thing at home and at church. Our church is currently in a school gym and set at 2 (volume control), I'm louder then everyone else. Great classic sound, great crunch. I would buy it again if I had to do it all over.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I forgot one thing concerning this amp.....

By Keith Kimzey

from Dallas, TX

I went to a Guitar Center in Dallas, TX to try out the 40-watt Fender Blues combo to see how it would compare to the Classic 30. Do you want to talk about disappointment? I plugged into the Fender and I got NOTHING! I immediately plugged into the Classic 30, began to play, and told the salesman, "THIS is what the Fender amp SHOULD sound like!"

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'M LOVIN' IT!

By Nick McMullen

from Albion, NY

I posted a review a couple weeks ago and I finally bought it. I set it up last night and if you are getting this, you need to get the footswitch. Like I said, sounds great with an HSS Strat.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Amp!

By Hector

from Irving, Texas

I couldn't ask for a better amp. Before getting this amp I tried a Peavey 6505+, Spider valve, and Fender Deville, all good amps, but this thing was spot on when it came to that sweet tone that i craved. Not only are the cleans great, but the distortion shreds! Thank you Guitar Center, for providing me the opportunity to try and buy this at one of your stores.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Most Versatile

By Donnie Jacobs

from Tallahassee, FL

The most versatile amp I've ever played. Clean tones, cruch tones, and cut-thru lead tones are all there. I play in a large church, but with a Shure SM57 steering it to the house, I've heard nothing but positive comments; even from our SOUNDMAN!!This amp is a must to cover any number of generes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Giving Fender a Run for Its Money

By Jason

from Mt. Pleasant, SC

It was either this amp or a Blues Junior, for me. I'm more than pleased with the choice I made. The effects loop, boost switch, and optional remote channel selector are all features that the Blues Junior doesn't pack. And with a little time playing with it, you can get this amp to sound better than a Blues Junior for less money. Both my Strat and my Les Paul sound amazing through this amp, as does my friend's G&L. I play a few different styles and this amp performs well with all of them, and doesn't lack any tone or clarity when I use effects.The only major flaw is that if you have a tuner on your pedal board and you run the effects into the loop(separate from the guitar) the tuner won't pick up your guitar, while the other effects will. The only other issue is that there is a little bit of weight to it, but that's only the massive magnet in the Blue Marvel speaker, which makes the Peavy speaker inside sound great.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing amp

By showme

from Dallas, TX.

Let me start by saying this amp ROCKS! The cound is beautiful. Even though people told me it wouldn't be good for metal i got it anyway. The point is that i get the tone i want. I used to have peavey 5150 head and hardly ever set the gain passed halfway anyway. If you don't care about tone and just want mind blowing distortion i recommend any of the line 6 spider amps. This classic 30 on the other hand is a serious tube tone machine. It has just enough gain for me and the distortion channel over powers a drum set at 9. Only complaint i have is that mine gets HOT!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING TONE!

By Nick McMullen

from Albion, NY

My stepdad owns one and let me play it. i just bought a Line 6 Spider IV 30 watt guitar modeling amp and I thought it sounded pretty decent. Then one day I was upstairs and he asked me if i wanted to plug in. So, I tried it out and I love it! Now, he has the 7 or 8 year old model and the tubes rattle but I'm sure that they probably fixed that. I love playing Journey, Van halen and ZZ Top and they have put all of those tones in this amp. If you are looking at this amp, I would recommend an HSS Strat! AMAZING TONE!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Peavey hit one out of the park!

By PRSguy94

from Placerville, CA

I just picked up my Classic 30 last week! This amp may not look it, but you can really move some air with this amp! The clean channel is one of the best I've ever heard. The dirty channel has SO many great (and useable) tones you can achieve. Real analog Spring Reverb, Effects loop, extension cab out, and a Boost button round out this tone monster! I would buy this amp all over again if it was stolen of broken beyond repair (which would be very difficult to achieve since it's built like a rock). This amp far exceeded my expectations. Looks great, sounds great, so why not?

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the first links from your sound from heaven!

By Mike Worthy

from North Little Rock, Arkansas

After about 25 years of playing and noodling around, I have finally tracked down a key element in finding the sound in my head. As anyone knows, it starts with the guitarist then works it way to guitar, pickups, cable, effects and amplifier. Not being able to have the ability, due to space or finances, to purchase a wall of stacks or "higher end" amplifiers, I began looking around at several differant options. First, solid state wasn't an option. I have been fooling myself for years trying to convince myself that solid state sounded good. Give me a break! I should have made this upgrade years ago. The mere fact of changing to a tube amplifer impoved my sound drastically. I can only describe the sound as "creamy" with loads of sustain. Researching several brands and comparing sound and pricing, I kept coming back to Peavey. In comparing the Valve King, 6505 combo and Classic 30, the differance was drastic! The Classic 30 offered a better cosmetic look and more versatile sound straight from the showroom floor. However, the sound I've heard on record and in my head wasn't quite there.....yet. After combining a Boss DD3 digital delay and Ibanez TS9DX, the sound coming from Peavey Classic 30 was pure heaven. I've got everything from SRV, Van Halen to Dokken coming from this amp. While there may be modifications available by switching the tubes and replacing the stock speaker, I am very happy with my sound. The amp looks great in tweed and constantly has people dropping their jaw when they hear it. I honestly can't say I would be getting a better sound by spending hundreds extra on another brand of amplifier. How can something that looks this great with 1/3 size of the big, black heavy combos sound this awesome? Peavey Classic 30, where have you been all of my life?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp!

By Steve

from Fresno CA

I've had this thing for a couple of weeks now and I'm really liking it. It's making me play way more than I've ever played before because it sounds so nice. It's a very solid amp, I haven't experienced any rattling and probably won't, since Peavey added some heat resistance padding to support the tubes to prevent them from rattling. The whole amp looks like it was put together with care. It also has a cage around the tubes to protect them, very cool. As far as looks, its a very nice looking tweed that feels nice and solid, it should last a long time if youre not banging it into things, it even smells good. Controls... very useful and down to earth. When you turn knobs, you get very noticeable results. There's tons of different sounds in this little sucker. I'm gonna have to start writing them all down because it does so much. Beautiful cleans, nice smooth distortions and a killer reverb. I feel like I'm David Gilmour when I plug in my Gibson Les Paul, set it to clean and add some reverb. It's very nice. It should please most playing styles except very high gain metal, but don't get me wrong, it's got plenty of dirt for Guns N Roses or Rage Against The Machine type riffs and with the right distortion pedal, it can handle any style. Output wise, I've been playing it at home with the volume set to about 1.5 (out of 12). With the volume set to 2, it starts rattling my whole house. The most I've turned it up to, was 3, which was WAY LOUD! but it does have a Master knob (the Post knob), so you can get nice distortions out of it, without killing your ears. It should do fine if you need cleans and want to jam with a competent drummer too. I have a feeling it puts out quite a bit more than 30 watts. The only thing that I wish was different, was the chrome plate behind the knobs, it makes it hard to see the numbers around the knobs. Check out the clips on YouTube, there's some quality demos on there.

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