The Guy needs Loud and Clean

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Jeru, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Jeru

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    My good friend and I play out just a few times a year, at outdoor block
    parties mostly, where the PA is for vocals, no amplification of the amps
    themselves. Loud and clean is needed.

    I play through a twin RI. My buddy had been using (my old) Peavey
    C30 1x12, which is dying. He needs something bulletproof, that can
    be lugged around and tossed around. I basically told him that he should
    give me a budget of a few hundred bucks and I'd go buy it for him.

    SO - I want to get him something SOLID STATE that will give him loud
    and clean -- if he wants dirt he'll plug in a (single) pedal. He keeps it
    simple, doesn't need bells and whistles, just relatively compact and
    reliable. I'm going to buy used, likely on CL.

    I'm thinking an old Peavey, likely a 1x12 - Which one..?
    And / or, what else..?


    Thanks.
     
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  2. strat a various

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    Chicago is full of music stores and ... there are pawn shops there, too ... right? I'd try out every mid-sized SS guitar amp I had time to test, until you find one that looks clean and isn't too pricey. Fender, Marshall, Peavey, and others.
     
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    Peavey Bandit tics both boxes.
     
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    Old PV Bandit. Custom built for your buddy. Any model.
     
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    Peavey Special 130, 150 or 112 from CL or a pawn shop. Big-ass pants-flapping loud clean channels, worth the price of admission if you never even try the dirty channel.

    The dirty channels differ in EQ approach: the earlier 130 has a sweepable center frequency on its mid EQ. The 150 has preset mid- forward EQ on the dirty channel but the active presence control is shared by both channels, so at least you can control the “teeth.” The Special 112 adds ten more watts (160) and has bottom/body/edge controls for the dirt.

    These amps are basically Bandits of their respective eras (early/mid 80s, late 80s, early 90s respectively) but with twice the watts. But Bandits get quite loud too.
     
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    I've got a Silver Stripe Bandit 112. It's like 80 watts. Easily the loudest amp I have. It does one thing really well - beautiful loud clean with sparkly reverb. Great pedal platform. Weighs a ton though.
     
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    Unless it's just too big and heavy, when you say solid state and clean headroom I immediately thing Roland JC 120.
     
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    +1 on the Bandit and its variations.

    Peavey's Session Series pedal steel amps are also well known for loud and clear, but they're even heavier than the Bandits.

    I've always loved the sound of clean guitar through a 15" speaker.


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    #1 Peavey Special 130 Amp. For sweet clean, loud and total control of your tone, this one is it. My Special 130 amps still get most of my gigs these days. Super reliable! Mine however get EV12L speakers loaded in them.
     
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    Get him one of those little crate blocks and use his C30 as speaker only.
     
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    Hughes n Kettner tour reverb is a fantastic amp for the money.
     
  13. BobbyZ

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    I used Peavey solid state amps in the 80s that would do the trick. Those are old enough now to be problematic but sell pretty cheap.
    Personally I'd rather find a cheap silverface Twin Reverb and have it serviced. I know it's a tube amp but finding someone that can work on one has to be easier than an old Peavey.
    Good luck!
     
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    As a frequent flyer without the ability to carry my amps I learned to get my tones out of my pedals... my only requirement for backline when I arrived was a "loud, clean amp" so I can relate to this thread.

    IMO - your thought process is correct.... old Peavey... my favorites being the 80's era. A Bandit 65 or better yet, a Special 130. Both can be had (in my area) for $100 (CAD) give or take a little... but most do require a cap job due to their age. For reference... I just did a cap job on my Special 130... it was $15 in parts and an hour on a service bench although I did the work myself.

    Another reason I'd look at an 80's era Peavey... BUILT LIKE A TANK! Even the logo plates were unbreakable from that era.
     
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    I’d vote Bandit 65. Special 130 is a great amp, but heavier than the Bandit and IME might be a little over kill, unless your buddy plays at jet engine volumes. I don’t think I’ve ever even cracked 4 1/2 on my Bandit and it’ll keep up with most anything...ymmv.

    FWIW I got my Bandit for $50 at a pawn shop. Maybe not the norm, but they are out there for pretty cheap.
     
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    Lots of great suggestions!
    I want to nominate Roland/Boss stuff, too.
    JC series, Cubes (60-80 models), Katanas, Blues Cubes, Nextones.
    You can find all (except Nextones) on CL for $200-300.
    That’s the stuff for (versatile) loud clean tones, IMO.
     
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  17. Jeru

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    Thanks all, keep the suggestions coming if
    you've got 'em.

    In thinking about this, I've had many of the
    same thoughts you have had, which to me
    is a very good thing. Much appreciated, all.

    J
     
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    UPDATE: You guys. I love you guys. Here's the new thing, with the
    ($50 on Craigslist) PV Patriot, quickly becoming my main practice
    electric. Special 130. $100 on CL. Loud as God's own Flatulence.

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    A Katana 100 would be more reliable than a 30-40 yr. old Bandit.
     
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