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Peavey Bandit Club

Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by Daddydex, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Telecastoff1

    Telecastoff1 Tele-Afflicted

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    I just bought an '82 Bandit 65 a couple weeks ago off CL, very cheaply. Cosmetically, it was extremely dirty and in somewhat tough shape, with a totally destroyed grill cloth. I completely went thru the amp, cleaning all the pots, jacks and connections. I replaced the filter caps and tested the original 12" Scorpion and it was fine. I replaced the grill cloth as well. This is an amazing sounding amp. I have owned Special 130's for years, but never a Bandit 65 until now. It's a great sounding amp and I can't wait to gig with it. If it's anything like my Special 130's have been, it should last for years to come.
     
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  2. Bufet

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    Hi there! Greetings from Slovakia. Those are photos of my 'new' old Bandit 75.
    I red up and down forums and it seems that 75s are not so highly appreciated as other 'Banditos'. But I am in love with mine.

    I got this one in summer when my tube Marshall JTM30 died in the middle of the show. and I was able to play two more shows in August with 75 before Corona closed the music business in central Europe once again. And I do not even own the Marshall anymore, I sold it and the 75 became my main amp.

    As I said my tube Marshall had died during the show which caused me to lost all the thrust in the amp so I found this 75 in pawn shop in Poland and I got it shipped to Slovakia for 200 euros (shipping included). This one has a Celestion G12 75 insted of original speaker. I jast had to tight some screws and clean the reverb tank to get rid of buzzing and hissing and oh Lord! It sure does have a decent sound. And it gets loud, on rehearsals my drummer asked me to turn the volume down a little bit and that never have happened before.

    Saturation channel, not a big deal, but the cleans with bright switch turned on is the way for me. It is not as dynamic as a tube amp, but for live shows and rehearsals it is more than enought. 3 band EQ works great and presence is also a good feature for gigging amp. And the spring reverb sounds great as well.

    I am not a heavy pedal guy, just EHX phaser into FX loop and cry baby and Trex moller OD/boost straight to input with Gibson SG faded... and 75 handles it very well.

    I still hope that I will be able to use it on a stage in some club as soon as we will handle this Covid situation. Stay save folks!

    Best regards from Slovakia.
     

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  3. TeleBronc62

    TeleBronc62 NEW MEMBER!

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    Howdy folks new member here made an account just to ask this question. Recently purchased a silver stripe Bandit 112 and I am LOVING it with my Teles as well as my pedal steel, but I’m wondering what y’all use for good old country settings. Having a hard time dialing it in perfectly so let me know how y’all set yours for hot tele country and I’ll give it a go!
     
  4. rickthescot

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    Just keep trying, you'll get the sounds you need. My settings are different for each guitar.
     
  5. Worrywort

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    Hello. I’m learning to play at the moment. I have a Squier affinity Tele and SX VTG type of Strat. I want to play SKA and Reggae. I have just bought a new Bandit 112 for £300 out of my Christmas overtime wages. I can’t wait to crank it up when my Wife goes shopping.
     
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  6. GTRViolin

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    Hello.

    Cyclops:
    ive had a new “cyclops” Bandit for about two years now, but I’m not wild about the tone. It’s going to get a WGS ET65 soon. I think when learning an instrument it helps to try and get close to the tone settings used by your instructor. I’ve always had a thing for the tone of these amps.

    The Blue Stripe:
    My wife has been learning guitar also, buying her own Epi Casino Coupe and struggling with her amp, an older Fender Mustang lll I’d given her. I felt badly, that she was getting frustrated with something I thought would work well. The instructors we work with have always used a Peavey Bandit or Envoys in a pair. I went into OfferUp and found a blue/teal stripe unit that had two owners and talked him down to $150. She’s making progress now, and making up for lost time. It’s got a Sheffield speaker in it and is total, complete rocker.

    ‘The Silver Stripe:
    I’ve always wanted a silver stripe version but forgot to get one in the 1990’s. So, I expanded my search area a bit to include Tucson, and boom, I found a silver stripe that was extremely well cared for but desperately needs the pots cleaned, for $125. A little bit of elbow grease, contact cleaner and patience, and things should be just fine. It needs a foot pedal.

    The “Sleeper”:i
    in all of this, there was an ad on OfferUp that kept eating at me. It was for a Peavey Bandit, Blue Stripe, with a Scorpion speaker blut ła generation earlier than the Sheffield that my wife’s amp is. The package also came with two Peavey mini monitors that I have absolutely no idea what to do with. I’m not going to say how much I paid because I may flip them. Thing is, it’s in great shape and needs a simple vacuuming. I may further dustproof it somehow, and leave it in my workshop so I can take my stuff outside and practice on the back porch without having to move an amp in and out of the house and throw my back out in the process.

    ‘I’ll try and get photos tomorrow.
     
  7. jyem

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    Bonjour de Belgique! Je viens d'acheter un peavey bandit 112 et j'en suis très content. le look et les boutons chromés ne m'ont pas plu alors j'ai entamé sa transformation ... 1ère étape le visage, 2ème les boutons que j'ai commandés ... à suivre!
     

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  8. LGOberean

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    Welcome to TDPRI, and to this Peavey Bandit club thread.

    I don't speak French, so I copied the text of your post and used an online translator. I guess you will either do the same with my reply, or else you speak both French and English.

    The mechanical translation related your "transformation" process of the amp's appearance by saying "1st step the face, 2nd the buttons I ordered." From the pics you provided it looks like you removed the "Peavey" logo, the feature that has some referring to this Chinese version of the Bandit as the "Cyclops" version.

    What the translator called chrome "buttons" I would call "knobs." So I guess you've ordered some knobs to replace the chrome ones. I don't blame you; I don't care for those, either.
     
  9. jyem

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    Thank you ! Indeed I use the online translator because I do not speak English. I did not know that this model is called "cyclops". I wanted to personalize it, I removed the logo as well as the tab that supported it, I am thinking of adding a black tab at the bottom and raising the lamp logo. When the buttons it is the chrome that bothers me a lot because we do not see their positions well. Attached are project photos of the bottom of the amp and new buttons.
     

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  10. jyem

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    Finally I opted for a silver tab for the bottom of the amp ...
    And without lamp logo.
     

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  11. LGOberean

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    @jyem I like what you have done to the appearance or look of the amp. It is a definite improvement. As I said before, I never did care for the chrome knobs, either. I don't like the look, but more importantly, I think they aren't a good or efficient choice when it comes to their function or purpose. As you mentioned, with those chrome knobs it is hard to see what position the knob is in.

    I suppose if you only used the amp for playing at home, and sat close enough to the amp's control panel, those chrome knobs might not be too much of a problem. But I wouldn't want to sit too close to a Peavey Bandit unless I turned the Volume or Gain way down. The Bandit is a LOUD amp. It was made for playing out, for gigging. I would hate to have to try and read at a glance the position settings of those chrome knobs on a dark stage at a gig.

    And that plastic "Peavey" logo does look like a single big "eye" in the middle of the amp underneath the control plate, which I'm sure is why some have nicknamed this Bandit version the "cyclops." So I like what you've done to improve the look of the Bandit.

    Of course, more important than the "look" of the amp is its functionality. Do you gig with yours? Are you in a band? Do you use the amp's LEAD channel, and if so, what voicing do you prefer: Modern, Classic or High Gain? Or do you use the CLEAN channel with a pedal board, and if so, do you plug your pedals into the front of the amp or into the Effects Loop on the rear panel?
     
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  12. jyem

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    Thank you LGOberean !
    Yes I play in a group but for the moment only in rehearsal "covid oblige".
    Even out of scenes, the chrome buttons are a problem for me, I'm still waiting for my new buttons.
    I always play clean, vintage position with a boss me 80 pedal input to the amp.
     
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  13. LGOberean

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    @jyem when you said "Even out of scenes," I don't understand what you were trying to say. I think there may be a translation problem here. In English, the word scene can mean several things.

    1. one of the subdivisions of a play, as in the example, "Act one, scene one."
    2. the place of an occurrence or action, as in, "The scene of the crime."
    3. A sphere of activity, as in, "The drug scene."
    4. A situation, as in, "A bad scene."

    None of those meanings seems to fit the context of the chrome knobs on your Bandit's control panel. I don't know what meaning of a French word you were trying to convey in translation, but I didn't understand what you were trying to say.

    As for playing clean and using the BOSS ME-80, I relate to that choice. I have the previous edition of the BOSS multi-effects pedal, the ME-70.

    I used to have two Peavey Bandits, a 1984 Bandit 65 and a 1988 Bandit 75. Back in the mid to late 1980s, the different versions of the Bandits were identified not as "112" (referring to the single 12" speaker), but by the wattage output of the amp. So the Bandit 65 was a 65 watt amp, the Bandit 75 a 75 watt amp.

    Anyway, the "Vintage" clean setting on your amp is probably very close to the clean tones I got from my "vintage" Bandit amps. By the way, I no longer have either one of those Bandits. I sold the Bandit 75 about 6 years ago, and always meant to keep the Bandit 65. Sadly, my Bandit 65 was stolen! :mad::cry:

    And yes, I am aware of the irony of having had a "Bandit" stolen. :twisted:
     
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  14. jyem

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    When I say 'off stage', it's when I'm not in concert! the chrome buttons bother me even in rehearsal and at home!
    Not always easy with the translator ...
     
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    Oh, okay..."off stage." Now I understand.

    I truly appreciate your taking the time to use a translator to communicate here in English. And this process of communication always makes me aware of my speech patterns. Consequently, I am more careful in how I word things in replying to you, because I know the way I talk normally won't always translate well. Texans normally use a lot of contractions, slang, idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms in everyday speech.

    Let me give you a couple of examples of what I mean. When I read your clarification of "out of scenes" to "off stage," my first instinct was to say "Oh, okay...got'cha." That is a contraction of "got ya," a slurred mispronunciation of "got you," which means "I got your meaning" or "I understand."

    And when I was talking about my normal speech patterns not translating well, my first inclination of how to word that was "give your translator fits." To give someone fits is an idiomatic expression that means to drive someone crazy. Oh, wait, that's another idiomatic expression. It means to give trouble to, or agitate, to the point of annoyance or distraction.

    So, thank you for taking the time to use a translator to communicate with us in English.
     
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  16. JarvisCochrane

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    First post...

    I first acquired my Bandit 112 red stripe a year or so ago from a friend at work for the low low price of $0.

    I didn't care for the shrillness of the stock speaker and replaced it with a Cannabis Rex. Yes I am aware this is a 50w speaker but I do not play loud and will never gig. This speaker sounds great in the Bandit in my opinion and I enjoyed this set up for a few months before setting the Bandit aside for a newly acquired modelling amp.

    Well, my modelling amp days are now over and a stock 2008 Fender Deluxe Reverb with a nicely broken in Jensen C12K as entered the fold. I retrieved the Bandit from storage with the intent of moving the CRex speaker over to the DRRI and returning the Bandit to stock for resale.

    Luckily I decided to set up a little A/B test first. Now by no means do I suggest that at DRRI is a reference amp, but it is a tone that many know and love. And once again the CRex loaded Bandit has pleasantly surprised me. The Bandit can emulate DRRI clean tones almost exactly but it excels over the DRRI at lower volumes. The Presence and T.Dynamics knobs really do something after all!

    I've since reconfigured my pedalboard for stereo and am amazed how great these amps sound together.

    So TLDR: The Bandit 112 Red Stripe is very good. Even better with a Cannabis Rex.

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  17. Michael A.

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    I found my 65 locally for $20. It sounded terrible, all the pots were scratchy and the speaker sounded blown. After Deoxit on the pots and contact cleaner in all jacks, plugs and on the reverb tank connections, it started working normally when connected to an external speaker. I then repaired the Scorpion speaker by removing the cone from the basket, cleaning both surfaces, re-gluing and reinstalling. Now everything works well. Tools used shown.


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