Guitar Player Honors the Peavey Triple XXX II Amp With the Editors' Pick Award

Guitar Player Honors the Peavey Triple XXX II Amp

The Peavey Triple XXX II all-tube guitar amplifier head has earned Guitar Player magazines Editors Pick Award for its bone-rattling rock and metal tones.

The Triple XXX II is a powerful sonic machine that delivers bone-rattling rock and metal tones that are as intense as they are practical, wrote Darrin Fox in the November 2012 issue of Guitar Player. The amps EQ is extremely responsive, giving you everything you could need with the twist of a knob.

The Triple XXX II amplifier specializes in modern high gain and versatility, with a three-channel attack that puts extreme tonal flexibility at players fingertips. Cranking 120 watts into 16, 8 or 4 ohms with four 12AX7 preamp tubes and four EL34 (or 6L6GC) power tubes, the Triple XXX II is as powerful as it is versatile.

The Triple XXX IIs two footswitchable high-gain channels, Rhythm and Lead, utilize active Bass, Mid and Treble tone controls that allow players to boost or cut the frequencies 12 dB rather than simply cut like a passive control. A carefully selected mid-boost voicing on the Rhythm and Lead channels allows the amp to cut through a full-band mix even when using scooped-mid tones, while exclusive Fat switches add extra heft to each channel. Peaveys adjustable Noise Gate hushes high-gain noise on the Rhythm and Lead channels, so players can crank as loud as they want.

The Lead channel gives you an opportunity to shoot for the stars with a seemingly unlimited supply of distortion, added Fox. Even when pushed to the hilt, the Triple XXXs bass response stays tight and focused while delivering a punishing amount of heft. Switching to the Rhythm channel, my mild-mannered [guitar] was quickly elevated to a shred machine. Its these types of tones that the Triple XXX does best: crunch like a punch to the face.

The pristine, footswitchable Triple XXX II Clean channel is the perfect foundation for layering outboard effects. With traditional Bass, Mid and Treble tone controls and tons of available headroom, the Clean channel maintains its clarity at high volumes without breaking upthe ideal setup for using stomp-box pedals and effects without coloration or distortion.

With humbuckers, the Triple XXXs clean tone is beefy, wrote Fox, [while] with single-coils … there is a ton of detailed sparkle on tapas well as a boatload of clean headroom.

The Triple XXX II features a comprehensive control section with independent Volume controls on each of the three channels (Clean, Rhythm and Lead), Gain controls on Rhythm and Lead, and a global Master Volume control. The master section also features Resonance and Presence, Peaveys exclusive tone-sculpting tools that adjust upper- and lower-end response by altering the power amps damping factor. Additional features include Line Out with Level control, a footswitchable Effects Loop with Send and Return controls, and a power amp that can use EL34 or 6L6GC tubes.

The Triple XXX II is built to last in the U.S.A., backed by Peaveys free five-year extended warranty, and available now from authorized Peavey retailers. Please visit our Dealer Locator to find the dealer nearest you.


  • 120 watts into 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable)
  • Four 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Four EL34 power amp tubes
  • Power amp switchable to use EL34s or 6L6GSs
  • Resonance and Presence controls
  • Three footswitchable channels
  • Clean channel: volume, bass, mid and treble EQ
  • Rhythm channel: gain, volume, bass, mid, treble and FAT switch
  • Lead channel: gain, volume, bass, mid, treble and FAT switch
  • Fully adjustable Noise Gate control on the Rhythm and Lead channels
  • Master volume
  • Footswitchable effects loop with send and return controls
  • Line out with level control
  • Footswitch included
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Free extended five-year warranty
  • U.S. MSRP $1499.99 ($1199.99 street)

Features, specifications and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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