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Peavey Triple XXX II

Magazine article Guitar Player

Peavey Triple XXX II

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WHEN PEAVEY INTRODUCED THE 5150 amplifier (now known as the 6505) in 1992, the Mississippi-based company suddenly found itself the choice de rigueur amongst players and producers looking for the most savage, punishing metal tones on the planet. As the years wore on, Peavey has continued adding to its line of aggressive tone machines, and its latest, the Triple XXX II, keeps the hits coming. With a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Telecaster, I put the Triple XXX through the paces, starting with the amp's formidable Clean channel. This amp is easy to use, but it's worth noting the 3-button footswitch is arranged so that the Clean channel has to be bypassed in order to activate the Lead or Rhythm channels. So, for example, if you want to go straight from pristine clean to shred scream, you need to make sure that the Lead channel is pre-selected.

With humbuckers, the Triple XXX's clean tone is beefy--real beefy--with a thick midrange and huge bottom end response. Thankfully, there is enough treble sheen so that chords can ring with enough brilliance to render chimey arppegiations or funk stabs authentic. With single-coils, the clean tones are very easy to dial up as there is a ton of detailed sparkle on tap--as well as a boatload of clean headroom--big and bold for sure. Switching to the Rhythm channel, my mild-mannered Telecaster was quickly elevated to a shred machine with the blessing of the channel's aggressive, ultra-high-gain tones. Turning the Gain way down gave some nice toothy definition to power chords and chugging, low-string riffs--always with a dash of agro attitude. It's these types of tones that the Triple XXX does best: crunch like a punch to the face. The Lead channel gives you an opportunity to shoot for the stars with a seemingly unlimited supply of distortion. Even when pushed to the hilt, the Triple XXX's bass response stays tight and focused while delivering a punishing amount of heft. …

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