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The Peavey Delta Blues 115 Tweed

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ost of us have been so conditioned to accept 12" guitar speakers that we forget
there are good options. While traditionally
employed by bassists, 15" speakers have also
been used by the likes of Stevie Ray and
Jimmie Vaughan, Dick Dale, Chris Duarte,
and pedal-steel guitarists to get seriously fat
tones. Peavey keeps the 1x15 tradition going
with its Delta Blues 115 Tweed, a tube combo
with a Celestion Fullback.
The Delta Blues is a loud 30-watter with
a swank tweed skin, leather handle, and
chrome top panel. Despite the old-school
vibe, this is a two-channel amp with a
footswitchable lead boost, effects loop, and
external speaker jack, all speaking to the
needs of modern guitarists. The amp sports
four EL84 power tubes and a trio of 12AX7s
in the preamp, and weighs about 50 pounds.
It also has two rear jacks for Channel/Boost
and Reverb/Tremolo footswitches (the amp
comes with a single two-button footswitch,
but you can buy another to manage all four
on/off functions).
Controls include a Normal volume knob
in Channel 1, and Pre and Post volume knobs
in Channel 2 to conjure the proper degree of
overdrive. There's also a passive three-band
EQ, reverb, and a tremolo circuit with Speed
and Intensity knobs. Buttons include Chan-

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as well as your guitar's volume and tone,
to find the perfect sweet spot. You will be
impressed by the heavenly tones.
The power amp's 30 watts of output is
plenty loud, but if you need more volume
for gigs, consider an external cab or PA. The
only debit is that the plastic Channel and
Boost buttons are a bit flimsy for long-term
gigging. Otherwise the Delta Blues 115 Tweed
is strong contender for your tube-amp dollar.
Peavey has a true winner here. - Pete Prown

nel Select and Boost, along
with Power and Standby
switches to the far right.
Tested with a Stratocaster, the Delta Blues
sounded fabulous, with
a huge sonic girth and
sweet high-end - no harsh
trebles here, especially
with the spring reverb
kicked on. The clean
channel was fine for all
manner of blues, country,
rockabilly, and classic
and modern rock - basically everything from
Howlin' Wolf to the Alabama Shakes. Jump to the
overdrive channel and
things get feistier, with
big, bruising power chord
crunch, thankfully without any glassy screech.
The tremolo circuit only
adds to the fun. Adjust the Treble knob,

EHX PLATFORM

The Electro-Harmonix Platform stereo compressor/limiter has controls for Volume, Attack, Release, and Sustain along with pushbuttons for Hard or Soft Knee and its Limiter.
Its overdrive section has controls for Volume,
Tone, and Drive, and its three-color LED
meter displays gain reduction in real time.

TC ELECTRONIC PIPELINE

SUPRO NEPTUNE REVERB

Supro's 1685RT Neptune Reverb is a
25-watt 2x12 combo with controls for
Bass and Treble. It uses four 12AX7/
ECC83 preamp tubes, two 6973 power
tubes, a 12AT7/ECC81 in the reverb, and
Supro BD12 Black Magick speakers.

The TC Electronic Pipeline Tap Tremolo
creates tremolo with vintage and square
shapes with curves that can be adjusted
via the company's TonePrint software.
Other features include tap-tempo footswitch, adjustable volume boost, and minitoggle to switch between wave shapes.

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