The new Peavey invective 120 was designed in collaboration with Misha Mansoor, has four matched JJ6L6GC output tubes features a set of top-loaded bias test points. This is aimed squarely at players that want a tight, heavy and modern tone.
What you are looking at here is modern high-gain valve amplifier and matching cabinet, that looks like it might sound huge. It’s always interesting to see what happens when two big names get together, and with this meeting of Periphery’s Misha Mansoor and Peavey we have two camps that know a thing or two about high-gain modern guitar styles.
This amp comes with lots of onboard control and options that sound very useful, including SDI-XLR direct output with Level, Tone controls. There’s also a ground lift, making it easy to DI signals out and record with.
It also has MIDI out and Thru ports, plus a MIDI footswitch input. The footswitch has nine presets, so there are plently of control options. Two remote-switchable effects loops are integrated into the design as well, allowing for complex effects chains that can include rack and pedal effects. For your money you also get two 9VDC/ 500mA auxiliary power jacks for effects pedals, which I feel is a really great idea and makes sense, as means less stuff to carry around with you.
A half-power switch is another useful feature,potentially making the amp even more versatile at gigs and recording sessions.
The invective 120 has three channels labelled Clean, Crunch, and Lead. It seems to be pretty versatile, and I imagine those drive tones will be tight and brutal. With independent Pre and Post Gain controls for the two heavier channels, you should be able to sculpt your drive easily enough.
One caveat is the shared low, mid, high EQ section, which might force you to make some compromises when dialling in.
The matching invective .212 cabinet is 2×12 cab that is made from solid pine and comes loaded with one Celestion Vintage 30 at 8 Ohms and a Creamback G12H-75 8-Ohm speaker. This can be run in stereo or mono and has 60W per side in stereo or 120W in mono, so there’s plenty of grunt on tap.
No audio demos are available as yet, but as soon as I find a decent one I will update this article.