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Who Played the Peavey Mace Amp?

Seems like I end up hearing classic songs lately and wonder “what amp did they use on that?” That very thought came to my mind when playing “Any Way You Want It”, I wondered – what did Neal Schon use for those screaming lead solos on that classic song?

A few Google’s later I found that the first few Journey albums were recorded with none other than the Peavey Mace amp. This is crazy considering it’s a solid state preamp with tube power amp (a 160 watt amp with 6 power tubes!!).

Here’s Neal Schon playing on the Departure tour (used the Peavey Mace for that entire tour):

But guess who else used the Peavey Mace? Lynyrd Skynyrd! Turns out that amp is “THE Lynyrd Skynyrd sound”.

here’s an example of exactly what I mean:

and another one here:

That’s insane~! Who would’ve thought the sound some of the greatest classic rock hits could be a Peavey amp (let alone solid state preamp)???

Doesn’t look like there are a lot of these around, but you can find one or two every now and again on ebay:

Tube Set - for Peavey Mace

USD 110.70 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 23:17:51

Vintage Peavey Mace VT 160 watt tube head

USD 212.84 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 03:00:57

Peavey Classic, Deuce, Mace Footswitch - Automix 4 Button w/LEDs - Rock Blocks

USD 109.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 03:39:36

Peavey Classic, Deuce, Mace Footswitch - Automix Four Button - Rock Blocks

USD 109.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-01 03:29:00

Sovtek Tube Kit For Peavey Mace Amps w/ 6L6WXT+ & 12AX7WA

USD 132.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 11:37:02