Advantages Sound Quality, Construction Quality, Features
Disadvantages Glitchy Gain, No Reverb
Taking into consideration its fairly low price compared to many other amps, the Rage 158 features an impressive array of features which make this perfect for a practice amp for players of all quality an a performance amp for very small performances. The amp features an 8” Blue Marvel speaker providing 15Watt of output. The amp has two channels, clean and lead, which can be switched using a black vertical flick switch. In conjunction with the 3-band EQ, the modern/vintage channels and the headphone jack, the amp also includes an input for any audio input via standard a 6mm connector. The amp doesn’t feature reverb but if you are looking for this, you’d be best going with the Blazer 158 amp which is essentially the same as this but with this feature included.
Peavey amps and guitars are renowned for being extremely durable and the Rage 158 conforms to this belief entirely. After owning this for a long time nothing has gone wrong with the amp whatsoever apart from a dodgy headphone jack which I actually blame on a broken adaptor I was using beforehand. The construction is simply fantastic, rare for an amp that is relatively cheap like this and especially for an amp which is so light (the rage 158 weighs in at less than 14lbs).
Although I myself have not experimented in modifying my Rage158, I know quite a few people who’ve done all sorts to the amp by exchanging the Peavey Blue Marvel for a different speaker and also various other alterations to the controls on the amp. They inform me that it is very simple and that it is a very good idea to do this to extend the life of the amp before you outgrow the features (although you have to become a very good player to really need a new amp).
Pricing & Availability
I purchased my Peavey Rage 158 Practice Amp in a package deal at J.G.Windows in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a Peavey Predator Pro. I received a reduction with the amp when I bought the guitar but the recommended retail price is £120 but it is very easy to get it for near half that price either on the internet or in a shop in any city centre.
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