Lot of bang for the buck
Ok, the good and the bad.
The Good…….Lots of bang for the buck here. Tube tone, recording output (seems to work great), can run direct to the PA (tried it, not bad) small size, effects loop and light weight. It has two footswitch inputs. One will turn the boost on/off and switch the channel from dirty to clean. The other input turns the reverb on/off and turns on/off the effects loop. Yes it requires to footswitches, but that’s a lot of control. It really is a nice amp for what I want. I have a 1X12 cabinet with a The Governor in it that I use to go to jams. Guitar in a gig bag on my back, amp in one hand and the cab in the other, I walk in and I’m ready to rock. I’ve also plugged this into a cab with 4 12’ Greenbacks and it can rock that too. The lower 1w setting allows me to retain some of that great tube tone without waking the entire house.
The Bad….. When you plug a footswitch into the Boost/Channel input, it cuts the volume of the amp (and in my opinion some mids as well). I talked to Sweetwaters Tech’s and looked in at the Peavey message boards and this seems to be normal. Normal and Boosted volume with the pedal in, is approximately the same volume as the normal unboosted volume with the footswitch not plugged in. In my case, (at the 20 W setting) to get it back to start normal volume, after I plugged the footswitch in, I had to raise the volume from 2 up to 3/4 and increase the mids some.
To try and make it a bit clearer, I’ll use some amp volume numbers to give a basic idea,
20W setting, gain on 6, master volume on 4
Amp on 4, reach over and push boost button with finger, brings volume to up 6.
“Plug in footswitch”
Amp volume reduced to 2, step on pedal to engage boost, volume back up to 4, disengage boost at pedal, back to 2
“Raise volume on face up to 6” (this gets you the volume of 4 with no footswitch).
Engage boost at footswitch again and it kicks it back up two notches. However this is still down 2 numbers from where you would be with no footswitch. In essence, it seems like you would be at 8, but you really are at 6. Pull the footswitch and push the boost in with your finger, and you’ll have the 8.
Footswitch will also boost clean volume, which the button will not do.
No matter how you play with it, the footswitch costs you some volume. However, if you don’t need it, or will just switch it with your finger, there’s no problem.
After some thought, I don’t consider the loss of volume a deal breaker unless you feel that you need to run this amp on 10 and get every last once of volume out of it. With a simple turn of the volume knob, you can restore everything. However, if you need every bit of volume you can get, then it might be a deal breaker, because you will never be able to get max volume out of this with a footswitch for the boost/clean/dirty, channel plugged in. Then again, if you need that much, you might need a bigger amp.