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Peavey Bandit amps

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by chemobrain, May 10, 2018.

  1. knh555

    knh555 TDPRI Member

    Mar 6, 2018
    I've got an '89 silver stripe that I bought used in 'late '90. Sounds great and the amp's bombproof. It survived a fraternity house for four years, so there's that. I wouldn't say it's as good as my other amps, but if has its place.

    I tend not to play high-gain, but more cleans to on the edge of breakup. There are some good country sounds in there.
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
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  2. bigben55

    bigben55 Friend of Leo's

    May 19, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    I have a USA block logo red stripe Bandit with the Sheffield speaker that I keep in our band practice room. It spent it's whole life in a church til I bought it 2 yrs ago for all of $95. Now, I'm not gonna rave about how it puts my tube amps to shame(Dr Z Z28, 1966 Super Reverb) because it doesn't. But it's a darn good amp. I feel I could gig it anywhere with my small grab and go pedalboard and not miss a beat. I don't love the reverb, or the gain channel(though it's usable) but it does have a good, solid clean tone that I can make work with multiple guitars.
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  3. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I used to sit in with a reggae band in Tucson once in a while with my then girlfriend. They had a Bandit that I played through. It did the job very well. A few years ago I was giving a friend a guitar lesson and he had an '60's Les Paul Custom and a Bandit amp from the same era that he inherited from his father. He let me play through them and they really sounded good.

    I began a search and found a Backstage Plus from the same time period in ebay for $20.00 plus shipping. I was going to use it as a living room amp, but I use it all the time as it's small, loud and light. It's also a great pedal platform. I played a benefit a few years ago with it and some guys were checking out our gear and seemed amazed that it sounded so good. Then they saw my pedalboard and noticed my Zendrive and they decided that was the tone secret. Truth is, for that set, I never even turned on the ZD.

    I also like that it has an effects loop that I often stick a TC Alter Ego V2 in. I give it a little slap back with about three repeats just loud enough to notice and leave it on. Yeah, you can do worse then those Peaveys!

  4. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Peavey Bandit is one of the best SS amps made IMO. Handles pedals well to get whatever tone your looking for.

    Peavey Classic Tube amp and Blues Classic are fantastic. The 5150's are great too.
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  5. TimmyV

    TimmyV Tele-Meister

    Aug 11, 2014
    I think the new ones are probably pretty good . As of right now I’m without a Bandit:( but I’m sure that’s temporary. I’ll probably get one of the new ones . I like the way they look too. I passed on one at music go round for $150. That was stupid on my part.
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  6. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    The 112 version of that amp was called the Revolution 112 and came in the same cabinet as the Bandit.

    Very similar to the Bandit, but the Ultra channel has active EQ, for massive thunderous bass response.

    The Revolution combo is also a great amp. Rarer but still in the same price range as the Bandits.

    Use the power brake. Not sure if they call it that on all the models, but on the silver stripe you can dial the power down to 10%, which is only 8 watts.

    The red stripe has a three way 25/50/100% switch. For most dive bar blues jams, I think the 50% setting is just about perfect for the sag you're talking about.

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