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    Well since there are many of these out there for amps I don't own I thought I would start one. I included both amps since they are fairly similar. As you all know I am a XXX man and have learned a few tricks on this board on how to turn my amp from good to a fire breathing monster. Here is a list of what I have learned, used and like.



    1. el34e34l's in the XXX are WAY better than the 6l6gc's

    2. these amps seem to love JJ preamp and power amp tubes.

    3. a 12at7 in the PI slot seems to warm the amp up and open up the sound a bit.

    4. The stock tubes suck no matter how you slice it (at least if they are still using the sovteks)

    5. a good eq in the loop is a good thing.

    6. a good noise gate in front of the amp cures the feedback issue.

    7. a XXX and a Gflex cab are a very happy couple.

    8. the dampening switch does make a huge difference in tone.

    9. the controls are active so start at noon and tweak from there, also because they are active be patient because it takes a while to find the sweet spots.

    10. Peavey's rule, who knew
    my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


    My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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    Originally posted by Sordid1

    Well since there are many of these out there for amps I don't own I thought I would start one. I included both amps since they are fairly similar. As you all know I am a XXX man and have learned a few tricks on this board on how to turn my amp from good to a fire breathing monster. Here is a list of what I have learned, used and like.



    1. el34e34l's in the XXX are WAY better than the 6l6gc's

    2. these amps seem to love JJ preamp and power amp tubes.

    3. a 12at7 in the PI slot seems to warm the amp up and open up the sound a bit.

    4. The stock tubes suck no matter how you slice it (at least if they are still using the sovteks)

    5. a good eq in the loop is a good thing.

    6. a good noise gate in front of the amp cures the feedback issue.

    7. a XXX and a Gflex cab are a very happy couple.

    8. the dampening switch does make a huge difference in tone.

    9. the controls are active so start at noon and tweak from there, also because they are active be patient because it takes a while to find the sweet spots.

    10. Peavey's rule, who knew




    Agreed! All of it! They are using JJ 6l6's now stock instead of sovteks. Mine didn't sound bad with the JJ 6L6's but the EL34's are definately better. I need to try the 12at7 in the PI! I have an ECC83S in there right now but I'm always looking to possibly improve. I just got an ISP Decimator and put it in front KICKS ASS!!! Next will be the MXR M108 in the loop and some kind of mulit-effects.

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    • #3
      *holds up hand* Present!



      What do I win for the door prize???



      Doh, sorry don't have much to add here other than what you have said guys...



      Wait a minute, yes I do!



      Other than I am kinda partial to 6L6's, I like bass too much, (that is until I pop some KT66's or 6CA7's in dat bitch! ) what can I say... Above all, get the damned screen resistors upgraded to 5 watt, 1K ohm resistors if you EVEN think about putting JJ E34L's in it, just to be safe.(or anything near those kinds of plate voltages, I worry that KT66's and 6CA7's may be the same way but I am not certain, I'll get back to ya)



      You can tell if it's a older version by the type of Peavey logo on the front... If it's block (newer logo) logo, it's a 1st year run production amp, screen resistors are 5 watt, 100 ohm resistors. Older lighting bolt logo, 2nd year run production amp and on,(newer Triple XXX's) screen resistors have probably upgraded to 5 watt, 700 ohm resistors. Above all, DO NOT assume anything, make sure the screen resistors have been upgraded or were updated at the factory, if you plan on using anything beyond standard EL-34's or 6L6's. Have the amp inspected by a certified tech to know for sure if you are uncertain.



      Here's the preamp tube configuration affecting each channel, from left to right, facing the back of the amp:



      V1 - clean channel

      V2 - clean, crunch and ultra channels

      V3 - crunch and ultra channels

      V4 - phase inverter (power amp driver, tube closest to the power tubes)



      IMHO, the greatest gripe with this amp on it's distortion channels of it having too much gain is greatly solved by substituting a 12DW7(ECC832 for you Europeans) in V2 to drop it's gain. The 12DW7 is a hybrid type tube that is half a 12AX7 and a 12AU7 that will help lower the gain on the distortion so you get more "mileage" out of the gain knob and coax low gain sounds much easier.



      Oh yea, if are going to pursue a cosmetic mod for the Triple XXX, keep an eye out for items under Peavey amps in the Musical Instruments section on Ebay for Triple XXX faceplate replacements, I see them on there from time to time. It's where I got mine and IMHO it's a nice change of pace from the ole trucker chicks. See below for my mod I did!







      Oh well, that's all I can think of for now that hasn't already been said, I think. Enjoy!



      The Gibson M-III
      ....my weapon of choice for sonic destruction.

      My live rig...stereo rig...and pics of mah gear!

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      • #4
        I agree with everything you guys said except that the 12AT7 in the PI did nothing for my tone, but I'm gonna try it again.



        A JJ12DW7 did wonders for reducing the gain and making the amp much clearer with more range on the gain knob.



        My Ruby EL34BSTR's smoke in this amp.



        Crank the master and adjust the channel volumes to taste.



        This amp is alot better than people give it credit for you just need to learn how to use it.



        Even with the master on 7 and the channel volume at 5 on the crunch channel with the gain on 7 I have ZERO feedback, even standing 2 feet away from the amp.
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        • #5
          I knew my brothers m-III and Killswitch would join in!!!!!! I don't know of any other tricks but i'm definitely getting a 12dw7 within the next two weeks based on M-III's recomendation.
          my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


          My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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          • #6
            Okay, I'll be a black sheep of the XXX family, but I like the 6L6 more than the EL34 in the XXX. There's less 'honk' and more 'omph' with 6L6 tubes. YMMV



            Beyond that, the XXX is a GREAT amp!



            Derek

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            • #7
              FYI-



              I have build a database system to record, view and search XXX settings. This is similar to the one I set up for the 5150/6505's. Feel free to enter your settings.



              Peavey Amp Settings Database Link



              Comes in handy when your wife decides to dust your amp and moves all your settings.
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              • #8
                apparently in 2005 i was selling a xxx footswitch.

                i don't remember ever having one, since i never owned a triple xxx.

                so.... to the 3 people who pm'ed me about this 3 year old thread.... sorry, i don't have it

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                • #9





                  Originally posted by ned911

                  FYI-



                  I have build a database system to record, view and search XXX settings. This is similar to the one I set up for the 5150/6505's. Feel free to enter your settings.



                  Peavey Amp Settings Database Link



                  Comes in handy when your wife decides to dust your amp and moves all your settings.




                  good stuff, thanks
                  my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


                  My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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                  • #10





                    Originally posted by Viesczy

                    Okay, I'll be a black sheep of the XXX family, but I like the 6L6 more than the EL34 in the XXX. There's less 'honk' and more 'omph' with 6L6 tubes. YMMV



                    Beyond that, the XXX is a GREAT amp!



                    Derek




                    Mine is still stock as well and sounds great. I will try the EL34's though when it's time for tube replacement
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                    • #11





                      Originally posted by Crusher





                      Mine is still stock as well and sounds great. I will try the EL34's though when it's time for tube replacement




                      don't get me wrong guys I really like the amp with 6l6gc's as well especially the JJ 6l6gc's. I just really think this amp comes alive with the el34's in there. I was never traditionally an el34 fan so I was shocked as hell that I like them. I had worried about losing low end but really it's not a huge difference, I didn't have my lowend up too high in the first place.
                      my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


                      My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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                      • #12
                        Hey cool a thread I can play in!



                        Agreed that the stock tubes were sub par. I changed mine out with Groove tubes. 4-6l6s and 4-12ax7s



                        Im very happy with the tone. The clean still needs some work though.
                        81 Gibson LP Custom (EMG 81/85)
                        05 Caparison Dellinger II (EMG 85/81)
                        Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier (2002 3ch)
                        Mesa/Boogie Std Recto cab
                        Genz Benz Gflex 212 ext cab

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                        • #13





                          Originally posted by SteveP

                          Hey cool a thread I can play in!



                          Agreed that the stock tubes were sub par. I changed mine out with Groove tubes. 4-6l6s and 4-12ax7s



                          Im very happy with the tone. The clean still needs some work though.




                          the clean was what really surprised me when I switched to the e34l's. It really warmed it up and gave it a sparkle that is lacking with the 6l6gc's. That is the biggest reason why people rave about the JSX clean so much, I think the JSX clean is still a little better but with the el34's in the XXX it's damn close.
                          my clips: www.soundclick.com/angrygodsoftheradio-JSXJCM800


                          My fingers, PRS and Taylor guitars, Budda, Fryette and Orange amps, Genz Benz cabs, Line6 effects and wireless, various dirt and fuzz boxes.

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                          • #14
                            Believe it or not I'm running the bass LOWER with EL34's then with the stock 6L6's. Before I had it around 6.5-7 now its just past 5.



                            I was getting tired of my amp about 3 weeks ago cause I hadn't jammed with my drummer, he came over and I was playing a riff for him and he's like, "dude, why do you have it so low? Crank that ****************!" Jesus, I cranked it up and I remembered why I love this thing so much. I had the master on 8 and the channel on 5 on the crunch channel and I just about knocked myself over!
                            Krank Rev Jr. Pro 50 Watt
                            Mesa Traditional 2x12
                            PRS SE w/ EMG 81/60
                            ISP Decimator
                            Randall RG 100SC G2 Combo

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                            • #15
                              Sordid,



                              One thing I will say about the 12DW7 in V2 is that the harmonics that jump of the fretboard don't come off quite as easy. Now they are still easier then hell but with a stock ECC83s in there was no effort needed.
                              Krank Rev Jr. Pro 50 Watt
                              Mesa Traditional 2x12
                              PRS SE w/ EMG 81/60
                              ISP Decimator
                              Randall RG 100SC G2 Combo

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