Guitar Interactive Issue 18 features three formidable artists with Shrapnel Records Legend Greg Howe gracing the front cover plus Jazz Guitar genius Mike Stern and LA Session Ace Carl Verheyen also inside. Not only that, but Tom Quayle brings you an exclusive Greg Howe Masterclass Technique Lesson with free TAB.
Released in the early ‘90s the Peavey Classic 30 has been one of the industry’s
safest buys ever since. Recently, the venerable combo has received an update.
So does it still punch above its weight? Tom Quayle finds out.
There was a time, before the lunchbox amp
craze, when everybody wanted a compact
and versatile 1x12 combo with a great tone.
Perfect for use on smaller stages or at home,
the Peavey Classic 30 was, and still is, a
very popular performer with a wealth of
features that make up a surprisingly versatile
amplifier. Recently, Peavey decided to update
the design with a couple of tweaks, the most
notable of which is the introduction of a
standby switch, which replaces the single
power switch on the original. (Our review
model didn’t have this update but was tonally
Made in the USA, the Classic 30 is an
amalgamation of classic clean tones
(‘Fenderesque’ if you like) and more modern
higher gain drive sounds. The pre-amp
section is fed by three 12AX7 tubes, offering
a wealth of gain and dynamic cleans and the
power section sports four smaller EL84 tubes
providing the 30 Watts RMS of output.
This is a very aesthetically pleasing amplifier
with classic good looks thanks to its tweed
covering, cloth grill and lashings of chrome
plating on the chassis and with the addition
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of a true spring reverb firmly placing it in the
vintage styled category.
For a small 30 Watt combo, the Classic 30
features an extensive control layout with
clean (normal) volume, pre and post-gain,
three-band EQ and reverb level controls with
vintage chicken head style knobs. A channel
and boost switch accompany these, allowing
switching without the optional footswitch,
which must be bought separately - something
I always find slightly annoying, particularly
as our review model had the reverb switched
off and without the footswitch we couldn’t
switch it back on again!
The power and standby switches (on the
updated model) are set next to an effects loop
and a vintage looking pilot light indicating
power. On the back of the chassis you’ll find
ins and outs for an extension speaker and the
footswitch plus the 12” Blue Marvel speaker.
The tubes are surrounded by a metal grill
giving the whole design a solid look and feel
and adding reassurance that no damage will
occur during transport.