Just had an '87 Bandit 65 given to me last week. The speaker was missing, but the amp cosmetically is in perfect condition. I cleaned all the pots, jacks and connections. Then dropped an old EVM 12L Series II Black Label speaker into it. I turned it on and could hardly believe my ears.....the tone was beautiful, clean and very strong. I believe this one may be a keeper. I avoided these Bandit 65 amps for years, thinking they wouldn't be strong enough for effective gigging. I believe I was wrong!
I used to gig with a 1984 vintage Peavey Bandit 65. I'd probably still be using it for some outdoor gigs if it hadn't been stolen.
Darn! That was part of the reason I bought mine. I figured no one would want to steal it!
Of course if it does get stolen I’m only out $80, and I will just grab another used one cheap.
That's really sad and maddening. That's exactly why I no longer loan out any of my musical stuff anymore. Since my last post, a Bandit 75 came into my life. It was a dusty closet queen that appears to have never left the carpeted floor it had been sitting on....not a scratch on it. It's a very nice amp and sounds every bit as good as my Bandit 65. So, within a week's time, I went from 0 bandits to two of them. Dang-it, I've been trying to downsize here, but I can't resist the allure of Peavey Solo Series amps.I used to gig with a 1984 vintage Peavey Bandit 65. I'd probably still be using it for some outdoor gigs if it hadn't been stolen.
... Since my last post, a Bandit 75 came into my life. It was a dusty closet queen that appears to have never left the carpeted floor it had been sitting on....not a scratch on it. It's a very nice amp and sounds every bit as good as my Bandit 65. So, within a week's time, I went from 0 bandits to two of them. Dang-it, I've been trying to downsize here, but I can't resist the allure of Peavey Solo Series amps.
Well, the Bandits are really small compared to my Fender Twin and Renown 400....smaller foot-print and a bit less horsepower. HAHAHAHIf you're trying to downsize and you've added two Peavey Bandits to your amp arsenal, well, you're doing "downsizing" wrong. On several levels. Not only is the number count going in the wrong direction, but a Peavey Bandit is not exactly a lightweight/small footprint amp.
But I get why you like 'em. I had two, the 1984 Bandit 65 I mentioned earlier, and a 1988 andit 75. In terms of my preferences, the 75 was a close second to my 65. When I had to downsize, I sold my 75, intending to always keep my 65, which I would have had it not been stolen.
I have another 50 Watter coming, so... four Bandits!Count me in! I bought a Bandit 65 then acquired a Bandit (50 watts), then today a Bandit silver stripe arrived. The 50 and 65 are in really good shape. The silver stripe looks more weathered. I have a question- the 50 and 65 seem louder than the silver stripe on the clean channel. I was only going by ear, but it seemed that halfway up they were as loud as the SS. Maybe I'm hearing this wrong, but could there be reasons for the disparity? Like I said the SS seems in worse overall shape. Thanks!!!
I think the Bandit deserves its own club. Whether yours is new, old, red stripe, teal stripe or whatever! Bandit owners unite!
I have the newest version made in China. Love it!
Bandit 65 here.Can I join?
It is circa 1986 model.
I got a Bandit 65. Bought it new in 1987, might be a '86 model though. I been hauling it around to gigs for 35 years and it still delivers the goods.I've had a Bandit 65 since new in 1984. Lots of gigs with my Strat, SG, and Washburn acoustic, and never a moment's trouble.
Loads to find on the internet. Google is your friend, but the kind people at Peavey's Customer Service will send the schematics you need on request!
That exact thing happened to a carburetor of mine.If it helps any, it wasn't stolen by a player. I know that because the thief was a "friend," or more accurately, the brother of a friend.
He had been in jail, and was trying to get on his feet. He was living in his sister's garage, and working nights at a convenience store. He seemed like he wanted to better himself, and he had a knack for electronics. As a way I let him pick up some money, I let him take the amp to clean and service it.
I never saw it again. I called and texted him repeatedly, and he always had one excuse after another. After a while, I learned from his sister that he'd moved out, and he had absconded with more than just my amp. I don't know if she ever found out where he went or what he was into, but I never knew. He stopped taking calls or answering texts. This was 7-8 years ago, and I've let it go.
Often all you have to do is get a patch cable and bridge the "pre amp out" "pwr amp in" loop. These are switching jacks which can corrode "open" if not used often. Clean them as well if you have some de-oxit to hand.