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Peavey Delta Blues

Peavey Delta Blues

  1. Name: Tim

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: 2007

  4. Price Paid: $600

  5. Performance

  6. This is a great no frills amp. Clean and Overdrive channels, a decent Reverb for adding a little space to the sound, a good Tremolo for light quivering stuff, and a worthless Mid-Boost. With a some good pedals and an attenuator you can get a just about any sound you want. A workhorse amp.

  7. Performance Rating: 9

  8. Sound Quality

  9. First of all, it's gonna take a little tweaking to get a usable sound. If you don't scoop the Mids down to three, you will drive yourself crazy because of the sounds you can't get. That said, I am really impressed with the versatility of this amp. It can't get every sound you want but it comes pretty close. I run it it clean using a BBE Green Screamer for a solo boost feeding into a Line 6 PODxt Live that I use for my Overdrives, Delays, and Mods. The cleans sounds are fair but most of the time I am running some dirt into this amp and that's what it excels at. Most of my sounds range from Southern Rock to Classic Rock to Indie to Alternative and Pop Rock with some Hair Bands mixed in and this does it all. I have an Epiphone SG (G-400 Faded) and a Fender Mexican Tele with swapped out pickups and both of them sound superb. I may never buy another amp... unless I get some more money!

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 9

  11. Construction

  12. Pretty solid. This one came with the Tube Cage on it which is a plus.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

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  1. Name: Billy London

  2. Band: Nashville session player

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: $400

  5. Performance

  6. The Peavey Delta Blues series might be the most under-rated amp on the market. A treat for the ears. 30 watts RMS with a 15 inch speaker is a pocket shot from amp heaven. Tone, tone, tone. I used to think anything under 40 watts might be a waste of time in a “live gig” situation but the Delta Blues has good volume in various venues.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. The footswitch move between channels is seamless and my Gibsons or Gretsches sound sweet on either channel. When I play through the clean channel I can almost see Chet Atkins smile as I attempt one of his patented riffs. The tone of this amp is reminiscent of the 50’s no doubt. I got lucky when I came across the Delta Blues Blonde Tweed Retro amp. It has become part of my stage “visual” recently.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. The tubes in the back are a bit exposed to damage and a protective brace would be helpful. I may get creative and build one myself because this amp is worth the bother. I was never moved by Peaveys on a visual level but they broke their own mold when they leaned the Delta Blues series towards the old Fender Bassman look.

  13. Construction Rating: 9

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  1. Name: Jim Friar

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: $600 Canadian new

  5. Performance

  6. This amp exceeded my expectations! I have always used Peavey amps and 2 years ago thought it might be time for a change — not! Works well on both channels. I also plug it into a Peavey 115e extension cabinet — wow. Everyone I tell about it looks at me like I am nuts, but this works very well for any type of music.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Sounds great! With the cabinet, I now have 2 15“ spkrs. I use a Danelectro Fabtone for really distorted stuff and it rocks — really!! I recently tried a Line 6 — not close. A Fender Hot Rod Deluxe — nope. The Peavey is better!

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. No problems here.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

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  1. Name: Jason

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: $400

  5. Performance

  6. The Delta Blues performs great provided you take out those cheap Chinese tubes and replace them with some high quality tubes like Groove Tubes, Svetlana, etc. In the 15 years that I have been playing, Peavey has always been my amp of choice. Especially the Delta Blues.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. I have two of these amps that I run stereo through and the sound quality is great for those “brown tones” that every one, (excluding those high bass, high treble, low mid metal heads), is looking for. You can get practically any great rock sound from this amp. The 15 inch speaker also really gives this amp plenty of punch for a 30 watt.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. Well, as I mentioned earlier, the factory tubes are this amp’s weekest link. Just replace them. As far as the construction, I’ve been gigging for about the past 6 years with my Deltas and I haven’t had any significant problems other than the typical mysterious rip in the side that the drummer knows nothing about.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

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  1. Name: Chris DeBarge

  2. Band: The Speed Devils

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: Traded

  5. Performance

  6. Fantastic sound and features for such a cheap amp. The reverb and tremolo are transistor driven, but for the price you can’t complain. It won’t replace my Fenders, but it performs great for what I got it for - smaller club gigs and rehearsals.

  7. Performance Rating: 8

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Sound for guitar is just fabulous, no it’s not a tweed Fender but it is very effective. The reverb is not surf city, but still not as bad as some amps. With the 15“ speaker I was hoping it would be a little better with steel, but can’t complain. The distortion channel is good enough for me, since I rarely use it my opinion doesn’t really count. Tremolo works great, very clean.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 8

  11. Construction

  12. As other people mentioned, the exposed tubes and rattling are a problem, but it’s easily remedied. Don’t like the idea of circuit board mounted tube sockets-but they had to cut corners somewhere I suppose. Usually Peavey stuff is solidly constructed if nothing else, and it’s a little surprising how fragile it is.

  13. Construction Rating: 4

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  1. Name: Carl Rothman

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: $349

  5. Performance

  6. No amp I’ve seen offers all the built-in FX of the Delta Blues: Distortion, Reverb AND Tremolo, and they all work well. I would like it to have a Standby switch and would trade foot-switchablity for the reverb for the Boost button, which I never use. Many of these units seem to suffer from a mechanical “rattle”, or “noise” which some believe is caused by microphonic tubes and/or rattling of the metal holders for the tubes. Replacing the tubes with better quality ones and securing the holders more firmly resolved this for me.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. Generally, I really like the tone of this amp. Sometimes I feel the clean channel is too bright and makes the guitars sound “banjo-like.” But at other times I really like its tonal characteristics. I am in the process of replacing the speaker with a Celestion V15-100, just as an experiment. I think the distortion channel is great. You can vary the distortion from a mild, bluesy crunch to fairly heavy distortion. The tremolo works well, but you need to experiment with the settings of the speed and intensity controls to get it right.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. I feel the Delta Blues is constructed reasonably well. All the wiring and external finishing looks right. They SHOULD have supplied a protective cover for the tubes. The cabinet seems real well made; the chrome furnishings and leather handle are nice touches.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

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  1. Name: Will Collins

  2. Band: Highway 41, Solo

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: Traded for it

  5. Performance

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  11. Construction

  12. While I agree with William Friggle’s opinions of the Delta Blues’ sound, I have to add a caveat about the contruction/reliability. I’ve owned this amp for about 4 years, and found the lack of a back plate to protect the tubes to be a real drawback. I know this was probably done to aid heat disipation, but it leaves the tubes very vulnerable. I’ve had one snap off when something leaned against it in the back of my truck, and even with the amp cover on you’ve always got to be aware of which way its facing and what might impact it. Our drummer is also always complaining about the awful noises the tubes make when we’re playing loud. (The back of the amp is right in his face.) This seems to be some kind of microphonic chassis vibration thing that doesn’t come out the speaker but is a physical noise coming out the back. I hope it isn’t a harbinger of iminent breakdown. If it is, I’ll let you know.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

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  1. Name: William Friggle

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: -----

  5. Performance

  6. This amp is the best! In every way it BLOWS the others away.

  7. Performance Rating: 10

  8. Sound Quality

  9. This is without a doubt the best sounding amp I have ever heard. In 20 years of paying, I say there is no better. Everyone who hears it wants one. What more do I need to say.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 10

  11. Construction

  12. I was leary buying an all tube amp because of durability. But this baby has not let me down. It is great.

  13. Construction Rating: 10

stats

  1. Average Ratings
  2. Performance: 9
  3. Sound Quality: 9
  4. Construction: 9
  5. Ratings Key
  6. 10: Excellent
  7. 0: Useless
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