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The Peavey KB 3 amp is perfect for voice, keyboards, acoustic or electric guitar, and drum machines. You get 60W of clean power (80W with extension cab added) and a 12" speaker with tweeter in this ve... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Peavey KB 3 amp is perfect for voice, keyboards, acoustic or electric guitar, and drum machines. You get 60W of clean power (80W with extension cab added) and a 12" speaker with tweeter in this versatile Peavey amplifier. 3 separate channels each have 2-band EQ and Channel 1 has mic input. Balanced XLR main out. Effects send/return. Headphone out with level control.

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  • 60W of clean power (80W with extension cab added)
  • 12" speaker with tweeter
  • 4 separate channels
  • 2-band EQ on each channel
  • Mic input on Channel 1
  • Balanced XLR main out
  • Effects send/return
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PeaveyKB 3 Keyboard Amp
 
4.2

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A WORK HORSE

Being a guitar player that plays a keyboard at certain times. I wasn't very well educated in what should be used to power a keyboard. When I first purchased my Yamaha SO3 synth...Read complete review

Being a guitar player that plays a keyboard at certain times. I wasn't very well educated in what should be used to power a keyboard. When I first purchased my Yamaha SO3 synth keyboard, I just used a Fender solid state amp to play over. The sound was fine with me, and I didn't think much more about it. Then my son who is also a musician bought this for me, and said try it out. WOW!! I had been missing so many lows, mids, highs with the Fender, that I was shocked when I heard my keyboard through this amp. Don't misunderstand and think I'm downing Fender, because I have 4 of their all tube amps. While the Fender had sound, the Peavey had both sound and charater. The KB 3 was made for keyboards, and the Fender I was using wasn't. To give you a better example, let me use another one of my amps. When I retired a few years ago, I built a recording studio that would give me something to do. Because music is made up of different sounds, it requires different guitars, amps, and other things of this nature. One of my amps is a Marshall JVM410H with a JCM900 1960 Lead cabinet, which would cost $3,300.00 for both the head and cab. This is a far cry from the $299.00 dollars being asked for the Peavey KB 3. Even so; the Marshall is no match in sound against the Peavey if your playing Keyboards. Long story short. While I would never use this Peavey for my guitar, the 7 tube guitar amps in my studio would never be used to power the keyboard. Keep in mind that for a long time I thought playing over a guitar amp was good enough, and didn't know the difference until I heard the Peavey KB. This amp has 3 channels, each one giving you the ability to adjust the lows, mids, highs, volume, 1/4"/XLR inputs. There is a main control that will adjust settings for things such as headphones, main volume, and etc. This Peavey even has an FX loop if you want to use pedals with your rig. In trying to stay up with the present day sound due to having a small recording studio. It seems like the present mix of many songs have the drums at the forefront of the music. The guitars and other instruments were pushed to the rear, which I think sucks. The reason I brought this out, is due to this amp not giving you the ability to over ride your drumer who probably thinks they invented the wheel. Oh yes. This amp can also be used for electric drums if so desired. Never crank this amp up beyound it's peak, use another means to get louder. If you use something such as an OCD overdrive, or a pre-amp, this will help increase your sound. If that doesn't do it, then by all means mic the amp and run it through your PA system. I've had this Peavey KB 3 for over 5 years and never had a problem. It is built like a tank, & gives you the ability to mix/EQ 3 channels. The 7 amps that I have range in price from $1,100.00 to $3,300.00, and this Peavey has some options that my high priced ones don't have. The review before mine used this amp to play his guitar. While I may not find it my choice as a guitar player, it does demonstrate that this amp can do many things. When you factor in the price, you can't do better than the Peavey KB 3 for your keyboard needs.

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KB3....THINK TWICE BEFORE BUYING

ok sound at low volume...pretty solid build (some vibration) heavy for the small return in sound (volume)....
decent features,..xlr mic imput,...3 channels...no...Read complete review

ok sound at low volume...pretty solid build (some vibration) heavy for the small return in sound (volume)....
decent features,..xlr mic imput,...3 channels...no effects ,some reverb for the mic would be cool...
for as heavy as it is i expected a little more ....seems to be built pretty solid but the one i purchased could not handle much more than bedroom volume befor it started breaking up and vibrating...this amp could probably not even cut it in a small bar gig ....good keyboard amps at a decent price are hard to find..this is an over weight practice amp at best...who knows ..maybe i just got a stinker!! just wanted to give an honest review of the item I purchased...
ok for practice by yourself

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3.0

KB3 Good amp!

By Ron

from Trail Creek, Indiana

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good sound in CH. 1& 2.
  • Portable

Cons

  • Ch 3 Tweeter distorts

Best Uses

  • Small Venues

Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

Nice sound via ch 1 & 2 with keyboard touches. Ch.3 nice EQ at very low setting, otherwise the tweeter can't handle poundings at higher sound levels and will probably break.

 
5.0

PEAVEY KB3 Keyboard Amp

By Michael Bishop

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Realistic Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    I love the clarity of PEAVEY Amps. I was looking to upgrade to a three channel amp to go along with my multi-keyboard set-up. I couldn't beat the price, so I jumped on it.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great amp for the price

    By glenn

    from randallstown, md

    Site Member

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    At this price you know you're not getting the quality of one of the big boys of keyboard amps. I have a space where I need to cover 125 seats theatre style. It works fine for that. One of the channels has a 3-band EQ which was a pleasant surprise (the ad says all three channels are 2-band EQ). If this is your budget, it will work fine. If you need a bigger sound, expand your budget and get something different. You get what you pay for.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Returned It. 60 watts? Really?

    By Paul

    from Portland in the West

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    It has great features and looks fantastic; everything I wanted (on paper). BUT reality hit the moment we tried it out... this is about the weakest amp I've ever heard. For it's size and fairly heavy weight I was expecting something more than a bedroom amp. Even just using it as a personal keyboard monitor, on an amp stand right next to the keyboard player, I was pretty disappointed. Forget about trying to cover an audience, keeping up with a band or using it as any kind of practical PA. If you get both volume knobs turned WAY UP, 8+, you will get a bit of volume but by that point the floor hiss has pretty much taken over. So you'd better not stop playing for a second or else be ready to pull back the volume the instant you do. Sound wise the reproduction for keys is pretty nice. For voice, using a OM2, I thought it was a bit bassy/muddy. Unfortunatley GC does not stock this locally so I could not test beforehand or compare to another one to see if maybe mine was just a dog. Not one of Peavey's better efforts. Even tempts one to consider looking into a Behringer (shutter) keyboard amp.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Clean Power

    By Shark

    from Ocean Springs, MS

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Learning

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    The Peavy KB3, billed as a keyboard amp, is better suited as a PA amp. That is not to take away from the functionality of the produce - it is, in fact, a fine keyboard amp once matched with the correct input cord from the keyboard. As noted - not every cord matches the impedance level the KB3 is matched too. Thus some reviews stated the volume had to be cranked up till an audible hum resonated through the speaker. Change cords! I found a Fender guitar cord worked best, the volume knob is set at midlevel and there is plenty of sound. For best results on the KB3, use Channel 3 with keyboards.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not to shabby for the price

    By Juan Roman _

    from New Haven CT

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    I was a little worried because I bought my KB 3 used from GC so i had it delivered to the store and the guys at the store were very nice about me havin them test it in the store before i took it home the amp is very clean and a good volume to it not as loud as i was hoping but over all am very happy with the way my Yamaha MM6 Mini Mo sounda on it.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A WORK HORSE

    By William Marion

    from Taylor, MI

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    Being a guitar player that plays a keyboard at certain times. I wasn't very well educated in what should be used to power a keyboard. When I first purchased my Yamaha SO3 synth keyboard, I just used a Fender solid state amp to play over. The sound was fine with me, and I didn't think much more about it. Then my son who is also a musician bought this for me, and said try it out. WOW!! I had been missing so many lows, mids, highs with the Fender, that I was shocked when I heard my keyboard through this amp. Don't misunderstand and think I'm downing Fender, because I have 4 of their all tube amps. While the Fender had sound, the Peavey had both sound and charater. The KB 3 was made for keyboards, and the Fender I was using wasn't. To give you a better example, let me use another one of my amps. When I retired a few years ago, I built a recording studio that would give me something to do. Because music is made up of different sounds, it requires different guitars, amps, and other things of this nature. One of my amps is a Marshall JVM410H with a JCM900 1960 Lead cabinet, which would cost $3,300.00 for both the head and cab. This is a far cry from the $299.00 dollars being asked for the Peavey KB 3. Even so; the Marshall is no match in sound against the Peavey if your playing Keyboards. Long story short. While I would never use this Peavey for my guitar, the 7 tube guitar amps in my studio would never be used to power the keyboard. Keep in mind that for a long time I thought playing over a guitar amp was good enough, and didn't know the difference until I heard the Peavey KB. This amp has 3 channels, each one giving you the ability to adjust the lows, mids, highs, volume, 1/4"/XLR inputs. There is a main control that will adjust settings for things such as headphones, main volume, and etc. This Peavey even has an FX loop if you want to use pedals with your rig. In trying to stay up with the present day sound due to having a small recording studio. It seems like the present mix of many songs have the drums at the forefront of the music. The guitars and other instruments were pushed to the rear, which I think sucks. The reason I brought this out, is due to this amp not giving you the ability to over ride your drumer who probably thinks they invented the wheel. Oh yes. This amp can also be used for electric drums if so desired. Never crank this amp up beyound it's peak, use another means to get louder. If you use something such as an OCD overdrive, or a pre-amp, this will help increase your sound. If that doesn't do it, then by all means mic the amp and run it through your PA system. I've had this Peavey KB 3 for over 5 years and never had a problem. It is built like a tank, & gives you the ability to mix/EQ 3 channels. The 7 amps that I have range in price from $1,100.00 to $3,300.00, and this Peavey has some options that my high priced ones don't have. The review before mine used this amp to play his guitar. While I may not find it my choice as a guitar player, it does demonstrate that this amp can do many things. When you factor in the price, you can't do better than the Peavey KB 3 for your keyboard needs.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A REAL WORK HORSE

    By drbill

    from Taylor, MI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Location Of Inputs Poor

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Chamber Music
    • Concerts
    • Keyboards
    • Large Venue If Miced
    • Practice

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    Prior to receiving the KB 3 amp as a gift. I was playing my keyboards through a Fender solid state guitar amp. While the Fender amp alowed me to hear the keyboards, there was something missing. The first time I played my Yamaha S0-3 synth over the Peavey KB 3, I was in shock. There were so many new sounds coming out of the Peavey that the Fender didn't reveal. One major area was the bottom end, and how much this Peavey brought it out. I'm not knocking Fender, since their amp wasn't really made for keyboards. The Pevey is an amp made to bring out the different highs and lows of a keyboard, that cannot be obtained through a standard or bass guitar amp. In addition, I've had this amp for more than 5 years and never had a problem. The construction is top quality, and built to last a long time. The 4 channels with 1/4" jack inputs is frosting on the cake. When you consiser the cost, and quality, you can't go wrong in pulling the trigger on one of these.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    KB3....THINK TWICE BEFORE BUYING

    By barry dervinis

    from ne pa

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    ok sound at low volume...pretty solid build (some vibration) heavy for the small return in sound (volume)....
    decent features,..xlr mic imput,...3 channels...no effects ,some reverb for the mic would be cool...
    for as heavy as it is i expected a little more ....seems to be built pretty solid but the one i purchased could not handle much more than bedroom volume befor it started breaking up and vibrating...this amp could probably not even cut it in a small bar gig ....good keyboard amps at a decent price are hard to find..this is an over weight practice amp at best...who knows ..maybe i just got a stinker!! just wanted to give an honest review of the item I purchased...
    ok for practice by yourself

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good value, Sounds pretty good with keyboard

    By G-lenn

    from Ithaca, NY

    Comments about Peavey KB 3 Keyboard Amp:

    As I mentioned above, I also have a Roland KC60 and for my purposes (practice and as a monitor at gigs) with a keyboard and ukulele plugged in, I'd say the KC60 is a better choice. If I do solo gigging, I can use the Peavey with a monitor (which it powers) so that's pretty nice, but the quality isn't as good. At this price, I'd still consider this a pretty good deal for what you're getting but if you don't really need the power that this provides, and the monitor output, consider the KC60. If you're very picky about sound quality, I'd suggest saving up more and getting something else.
    Several inputs and the ability to power an external monitor is great. I do wish that it had reverb built into it which would make it good for using as a PA at gigs.
    Like most Peavey stuff, it's solid. That's comes at the cost of being pretty heavy and bulky. It's fairly loud, but not as much as I expected given the amount of power. The sound quality is OK, but not great. Wurlitzer and organ sounds are good, but higher pitched piano isn't so nice. If you need the power and this is your price range, this is a good option, but I wouldn't discount the smaller, higher quality (of sound) amps.
    For the power and number of inputs, this is a pretty inexpensive amp. It's built solid and sounds pretty good as a keyboard amp. The higher pitch sounds are somewhat tinny sounding.

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