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Peavey JSX 212 Joe Satriani Combo Amp

 
The all-tube Peavey JSX 212 Joe Satriani Combo guitar amplifier translates the tonal flexibility and responsive, versatile gain structure of the JSX Joe Satriani Signature Head into a combo amp. It is the latest product of Peavey's partnership with ...


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Want Satch`s tone? will you get it from the JSX 21 featured

Sound Before i start, im going to(mentally)compare this to Peavey`s 5150 combo mkI. Signature amp to signature amp. I came across my JSX on THE famous site, it wasnt far away, up for £750 so i thought i would give it a go, as i am a Satriani fan and was on that hunt for his tone. I already had a 2004 Fujigen Ibanez JS1000 btb, standard pickups paf & fred, edge lo pro trem, recently loved by my Luthier and was raring to go. And at that point had recently acquired a big bad wah. So i had all the right tools for the job.

Now this jsx was seriously heavy, im a big chap and only just got from the van to the house in one trip. Got her rigged up, power on, standby on (you have to keep the standby on while the valves warm up, 5 minutes).

The clean channel was, well, clean, bags of tonal range whilst playing with the presence and resonance twist knobs, and of course the eq knobs as standard, BAS MID TREBLE, so plenty of movement with clean tone, no hum or hiss at any volume level, quite a pleasant silence. I wont go into the crunch channel as i hardly used it, i found it quite weak for what i wanted but ok for tracks like love thing, always etc.. tracks requiring a warm mild bluesy distortion. Now ultra channel, woah.! ultra channel, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm uuuuuuuulllllltraaaaaaaaa (homer style)

This was awesome BUT only if you ramped the master volume up with the channel volume down, this gets the most out of the valves, you really have to drive them to get the tone. I was advised by another jsx owner to get a THD hotplate which is basically an Attenuator, £275 i believe so an expensive addition, it keeps the main volume down whilst you are then able to fully drive the valves. This is by far the biggest mistake anyone can make, by buying a valve amp and not driving the valves properley, its just utter disappointment, but it makes a massive difference.

If you dont opt for a hotplate then really this is a gigging amp, far too loud for home use, it will only come to life on full chat.

Overall, if i had the choice of a JSX or a 5150 it would be 60/40 in favour of the 5150, purely based on tone. If the jsx was fitted out with 6L6GC valves in the power amp (which the jsx does accomodate) then it would make a big difference in my opinion, but again, only on stage or at home with a good quality attenuator.

Although its quite difficult to get that perfect tone you hear in your head on occasion i actually came across it in the jsx, one day was playing `love thing by Satriani`, js1000 - vox big bad wah - jsx212, i found that tone, i must have played it 10 times before i lost the settings, i should photographed the front panel. DOH.!

Tonewise, i prefer the 5150, but not by much. But thats just my taste and should in no way decide for you which one to buy.




Reliability I only had the jsx for approx 10 months, never had any issues at all. Given the superior quality of parts used in the peavey jsx i would definately gig it without the need for a backup.


Customer Support Only on one occasion did i need any support, from the peavey website as i needed a manual, well, i didnt need one, i just wanted one for reference. Found it with ease.


Liked about it A majority of you Satriani fans will love this amp, it will bring any good quality guitar to life. In my opinion my main likes are its looks, it so pretty, shiny knobs and it looks a proper expensive quality item, you`ll think your money was well spent, and it was. Lots of features, foot pedal included, fx loop, cabinet jack, lots of controls to fiddle with.

The sound quality is superb though you will need to have a good fiddle with the vast array of front panel controls to get the tone you want, the tonal range available is massive.


Didn't like 120watts is too loud for the bedroom guitarist, they should make a 50watt so you can drive the valves without shattering windows. Tooo heavy to gig.


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5.0

By Aeolian555
Oct 07, 2009
 
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Good head, watch those solders on the main board P featured

Sound I use a Ibanez K7 (tuned to low A)and a Boss GT3. I don't use the drive channels, just the clean and run the cable into the High input on the front of the head. The drive channels are good, just perfer my board drive.
This head replaced a Mesa Triple Recto. Tone is acutally better in my opinion, most likely due to the EL34 tubes. Not a muddy as the big Mesa. Tight bottom and the mids cut through nice. Very usable tone for Metal.


Reliability I guess I should preface this by saying I gig twice a month and play it about four hours a week in rehearsal. It usually runs w/ the volume and gain both set at one third. All other knobs are straight up. As stated before, this head replaced a Mesa, that was in and out of the shop twice. Parted ways and picked up the JSX. Was good for a year. All at once it basically quit. No volume. When it did work it had a bad hum. I assumed like you who is reading this that I had lost a tube. Nope. The protection circuit failed. Had to have the diodes replaced on the input stage before the transformer. That took care of the hum, but still had the problem that after 20 or so minutes the amp would loose volume.
Turns out the main board (yup folks, virtually all the modern tube amps now come w/ circut boards) had a series of bad solders.
You see these are mass produced boards that use a soldering process where they flow the solder across the board. Well sometimes the boards are not the right tempeture and cold solders result. I was the lucky one.
After the repairs to the board the amp functions flawlessly. At the same time had the power tubes changed for maint.


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Liked about it I do like this amp. Even w/ the breakdown I would still recomend it. The JSX falls right smack between the Mesa and the Marshall JCM 2000 in tone. I really like the fact you can switch down to 50 watts. It also has a built in noise gate that works well. The presence and resonance controls really to make big differances when you use them.


Didn't like My only complaint about this head is it is very, very, heavy. Makes my old Triple Rectifier seem light by comparison. My friend has one and that is his only beef as well. Built like a tank, don't really care for the cheap plastic like vinyl sort of tolex. And Peavey if you are listining... for 1500 bucks you can do better than that cheap piece of plactic covering the vent on the top.. "Cmon!!"


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4.0

By Davion Sep 25, 2009
 
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Very "heavy" tone featured

Sound I've played this amp with mostly Ibanez JS guitars and ESP LTD guitars in rock situations with all it's stock components. I've also spent a lot of time comparing it to the head so a lot of my analysis will be based on the contrast between the two. The combo sports a nice half power switch that allows you to drop the wattage to 50. I'd do this more to get the clean channel to break up a bit than as a way of reducing volume. Without the half power switch engaged, the clean stays clean for as loud as you want it. It's also got reverb built into it. I don't use a ton of reverb when I play, but it had a good range of dry to wet as you upped the level and should suit most tastes. The crunch and Ultra channels were very similar to the head version. Crunch let me go from classic AC/DC levels to 80's metal and was the channel I mostly used for distorted leads (when I wasn't running pedals through the clean channel). The Ultra channel's gain takes over from there and offers as much gain as you'll ever need. I did notice that it was a bit muddier than the head version, but I believe a lot of that loose bass feel is because of the open back speakers. I didn't find it a hinderance, but it required some different EQing from the head to keep things nice and tight compared to the head version. There's plenty of chug and good thump on the Ultra channel. The active EQ on the distortion channels is really nice and very flexible. It works a little bit differently than passive EQ's so keep that in mind when you are setting your levels. The Fat switches are really nice and definitely fatten up the sound. This is great for getting a really "big" sound and I liked that there was one for both distortion channels. I usually had it on for the crunch, but preferred to have it off on the ultra. I tended to use the low gain input more than the hi-gain and I confess that I didn't spend too much time comparing the two so I won't comment on that.
The master volume and presence controls were very good. The volume was managable. It would be a bit much in a bedroom, but would work for a basement if you needed to keep the volume low at home. The presence was not as necessary with louder volumes (open back speakers seem to give more presence), but it helped to keep some of the highs when the master volume was kept pretty low. With the volume up, the amp really opens up and it'll handle meduim gigs with relative ease. It's got a serial effects loop like the head.
I didn't use the line out so I can't comment there, but I don't believe it is speaker emulated, so it would probably not be the best direct recording situation unless you had a cab sim or something between it and your recording device.
Overall, I found the sound to do a lot of styles pretty good to very well. It's an excellent do-all amp for a reasonable price. The clean is somewhat colorless but that makes it excellent for taking pedals and with some clever EQing, a touch of chorus and delay, it gives you a great big dreamy sound. It might not have the shimmer of a Fender or chime of a Vox but it does a pretty fair Marshall crunch and can get very heavy.


Reliability I would take it to gigs without a backup but I have heard of people with problems. Tubes can sometimes rattle around at high volumes in combo amps and heat can sometimes cause problems, but mine has held up great over the years. I keep some extra fuses and tubes at gigs, just in case, but I've never had to use them mid-gig or anything like that.


Customer Support Never had dealings with them.


Liked about it 1. Did a lot of different sounds very well. This would be an excellent combo for someone in a cover band or who likes to play all over the place.
2. Half power switch and Reverb built are nice additions and enhance it's tonal palet.
3. Fat switches and other global EQ options perform very well.


Didn't like 1. It's like 90 lbs, very hard to take places and I highly recommend getting some casters. Seriously.
2. The open back design makes getting a tight bass response very tricky and with hi-gain, it can be a bit sloppy. EQ can help this a lot, and I never had a problem with it because I don't do brutal distortion very often, but I would recommend you try it before buying it for someone that does a lot of very heavy music.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By smooth55
Aug 05, 2009
 
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a future classic

Sound I use a 1989 Ibanez 540HH fitted with DiMarzio Fred and MoJoe.
Pedalboard contains Vox 847 Wah, Boss Blues Driver and Boss TU Tuner (direct) with Sweetsound MoFaux Vibe, Boss Pitchshifter, Boss CH1 Chorus and Vox Time Machine (in the loop)

First of all ..... I run this JSX combo on half power (60w) otherwise it's too loud.

The clean channel on this amp is beautiful and the sound doesn't 'break' even at window shattering volumes. Perfect for fx pedals, and with a heavy dose of reverb (a nice natural reverb this has too, and not availabale on the head) a splashing of Chorus and some delay and you're in heaven !!

I use my Blues Driver in the clean channel too for that gorgeous 'just breaking' blues tone, it sounds amazing

The 'crunch' channel can deliver anything from subtle to rock and everything in between

The 'ultra' channel is just insane

Withe very sensitive EQ controls on each channel, and the presence and resonnance controls this amp is about as versatile as they come. If you can't dial in the tone you need on this, then I'm afraid you must be 'tone deaf' !!


Reliability Had mine for 18 months - home and gigging with no problems


Customer Support never had to deal with them


Liked about it EVERYTHING - my search for the perfect tone came three fold, as I found it in every channel.

This combo will be a furture classic I'm sure.
I wish I could afford to buy another, wrap it up and tuck it away as it would be a good investment.
Unfortunately, at £1500, buying one was painful enough on the wallet, but well worth it


Didn't like it weighs in at 6 stone - buy casters, or get a BIG roadie.
I'm no wimp, but seriously, 90lbs is a lot for anyone to carry, particualrly as it has
just the one handle on the top ! Not a great design.

For the price I would like to have had a dust cover
(I found one on-line for £30)


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5.0

By Sifever
Mar 01, 2010
 
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