AudioRumble rating 79/100
What We like
A good budget price.
Convenient, with lots of accessories.
A good looking guitar.
Comes with a stand and instructional DVD.
What We don't like
For a Peavey amp, it’s a little disappointing.
No real versatility with the single humbucker.
The strap and lead aren’t great.
There’s no case.
Since 1965, Peavey have been well respected for producing some top of the range musical equipment – mainly guitar amplifiers. With their Rockmaster Guitar Stage Pack, they provide a convenient combo including an electric guitar, amp, and accessories for a good budget price.
The guitar in this package is made by Peavey, and looks pretty nice. It’s a sleek, all black, double cutaway guitar with a solid basswood body. There’s good access to the bolt-on maple neck, which sports a rosewood fretboard and 21 frets, with white dot inlays. Finishing the design is the headstock, which is a 6-in-line branded with the Peavey logo.
There’s just one humbucker on this guitar, which is a stock Peavey pickup at the bridge position. Therefore there’s not much in the way of versatility – what you see is what you get, apart from a master volume and master tone control knob. But the humbucker is good for rock styles, and will work well with distorted sounds.
The bridge is adjustable but fixed, so there’s no whammy bar. However this does mean the tuning stability is pretty good. In all, while it may not deliver the most varied of sounds, it’s quite a solid axe for beginners to experiment with.
You’d expect the amp in this pack to be pretty good, but – compared to others in this price range – it falls a little short.
It’s a Peavey GT-5, so the build quality is pretty solid and it looks good, but at 5 watts it’s very quiet. It certainly doesn’t live up to its ‘Stage Pack’ name! It’s good for practicing and enough to fill a bedroom, but that’s about it.
There are two channels (clean and overdrive) with a button to select between them, and an individual overdrive, volume, and tone control. It’s not a bad sound – quite clear and enough grit for those rock riffs.
There’s also a headphone jack for quiet practicing, and an input for an MP3 player so you can play along to your favorite tunes.
This pack comes with a host of accessories, so it’s very convenient. You get a lead, a strap, a digital tuner, plectrums, spare strings, and even an award-winning instructional DVD.
Unfortunately there’s no bag, but considering the quality of bags in these packs it’s no big deal. And what it lacks in a bag, it makes up for in a guitar stand, which is a good addition and a better alternative to leaving it on the sofa for someone to sit on.
There are no big problems with the guitar in this pack. It’s not versatile in any way, but for practicing it’s not bad at all and is quite well built. The amp lets it down a little – despite being from Peavey it’s smaller than you would expect and the volume is not up to much at all.
The accessories are good for getting you playing out of the box, but the strap and lead aren’t particularly reliable, although the stand and the DVD help smooth the deal.
In all, this is a decent beginners kit for those who want something different to a Strat style guitar. However, if you don’t mind Strats, I would recommend the Squier Affinity Strat Pack by Fender, which is the same price and offers a better amp and a guitar with a little more versatility.
This is a decent combo pack from Peavey, although you'd expect a lot more from the amp. However, for beginners on a tight budget who don't want a Strat style guitar, it's not a bad choice.
AudioRumble rating 79/100