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Peavey Penta Tube Amp Debuts at NAMM

Peavey Penta Tube Amp Debuts at NAMM


January 20, 2005

New at Winter NAMM is the Peavey Penta, a single-channel tube amplifier with five totally different personalities, courtesy its five selectable EQ/gain voicings.

The Penta amplifier combines four matched EL34 tubes with four 12AX7 tubes and features ceramic tube sockets, custom transformers, high quality components and 140 Watts into 16, 8 or 4 Ohms. A product of extensive tube amplifier engineering, the Penta is a completely straight-forward, classic guitar amp. Correction: five guitar amps.

Using 100% analog Pentatone circuitry, this amplifier gives the guitar-playing world its take on five classic gain voicings on a single amp channel. These sounds are identified by corresponding icons and are accessible by a rotary knob. No fancy footswitches allowed, and no shimmering effects included–the Penta is for true plug & play guitar fanatics.

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The Penta's “Star” icon reveals a classic British plexi voicing, while the “Bull” icon produces a modified British voicing with tons of added gain and a tighter low end. The “Tree” icon lays on a thicker British voicing with a loose attack and slightly more gain, while the “Mudflap Girl” setting is a super-high gain voicing with a more responsive EQ and power amp section–think Triple XXX. The “Cactus” setting is, simply put, fat and clean.

The Penta will be available in 2005 from authorized Peavey retailers.

Penta Head Features:

  • 140 Watts RMS into 16, 8 or 4 Ohms
  • Four matched EL34 tubes and four 12AX7 tubes
  • Five selectable EQ/gain voicings
  • Gain control
  • Three-band passive EQ
  • Master volume
  • Presence control
  • Ceramic tube sockets
  • Custom USA transformers
  • Ultra high quality components
  • U.S. MSRP $1499.99

Penta 412 Straight Cabinet Features:

  • Specially voiced for use with the Penta amp head
  • 11-ply birch baffle
  • 1/2″ poplar sides
  • Four 12″ rear-mounted speakers
  • Striking brown-weave grille cloth
  • U.S. MSRP $999.99

For more information, visit their web site at

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