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Peavey Bandit 65 Solo Series $75? I’m tempted.

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by larscaster, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:26 PM.

  1. larscaster

    larscaster Strat-O-Master

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    Feb 19, 2016
    Barney’s Creek, Utah
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019 at 10:29 AM
  2. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    107
    619
    Jul 25, 2017
    ABQ
    I bought one for $50 sold it for $65.... shoulda never sold it.

    They are worth far more than their value.
     
  3. blille

    blille Strat-Talker

    Age:
    40
    278
    Oct 17, 2016
    California
    Played one a lot in the 90s. Definitely solid.
     
  4. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Boston
    Get It I had one and it was a killer amp....
     
  5. Red Bread

    Red Bread Strat-Talk Member

    92
    Feb 1, 2019
    Green mountains
    I had one late 80’s early 90’s with a scorpion speaker
    Reliable amp can’t give a good sound opinion cause I was playing in a trash band back then
    It was loud
     
  6. ntotoro

    ntotoro Strat-O-Master

    581
    Jul 3, 2012
    NoVa
    This was my first “real” amp that I scraped for at $3.35 an hour to buy when I was 14 (1987).

    Loud as hell. Will definitely cover a drummer. Saturation knob is a smushy, squishy mess of gain. Best used around 2-3 with an OD pedal in front of it. It does have a spring reverb tank at the bottom that will bang and crash if someone blows on it LOL! The thing does work. Try to talk him down a little, definitely.
     
  7. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    these solid state peaveys from this era are solid solid amps

    I grew up playing with a peavey Austin 400

    that thing was SO loud... a part of me wishes I still had it, the other rational part of me knows why its gone
     
  8. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    If you haven't gotten it by now ... it's probably gone.

    The Internet has realized how good these amps are -- especially as great pedal platform amps, that any price below $100 they don't last long.




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  9. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    57
    Jun 28, 2011
    ok
    Would have been manufactured 83-86. Indestructible workhorse and sounds pretty good. Lot of loud clean and takes pedals very well.
     
  10. larscaster

    larscaster Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    64
    794
    Feb 19, 2016
    Barney’s Creek, Utah
    Is it too loud for home use?
     
  11. larscaster

    larscaster Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    64
    794
    Feb 19, 2016
    Barney’s Creek, Utah
    I just checked
    Still available but I think it’s too much for home use
     
  12. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    most amps have a volume knob, so no its not too loud for home use unless you make it too loud for home use
     
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  13. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    48
    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    It can be played quietly, as well as loudly.

    I had one from the late 80s early 90s.
    It was before they labeled stuff "trans-tube" or whatever.

    It had a Sheffield speaker and it did get fairly loud. I think i remember having a blue srtipe on the control panel (but I'm not positive).

    I will say as a kid (17-18ish) i loved it.
    I specifically remember saying to a musician friend of mine "i finally found my sound".... lol.

    That was until I saved up and bought a tube amp. No comparison.
    I know it's nostalgic for a lot of us, but they sound "ok".
    They get harsh real quick as you turn them up, and they don't have the depth and punch of a better amp.

    And, though they are built tuff, i did manage to blow mine up.
    Granted, it was after playing it cranked for many hours.

    I like them, i have a definite fondness for them, and they are good amps, but don't expect it to be a refined sound.
    It's not going to give you that.

    But it was a pleasure to own one, and it served me very well.

    Edit: my apologies, it was a scorpion speaker, not a Sheffield.
    I believe the 5150 i bought later on had sheffields.
     
  14. larscaster

    larscaster Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    64
    794
    Feb 19, 2016
    Barney’s Creek, Utah
    I just meant with 65 watts would it still sound good if not turned up too high.
     
  15. larscaster

    larscaster Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    64
    794
    Feb 19, 2016
    Barney’s Creek, Utah
    I want a refined sound.
    Maybe ill bite the bullitt and buy something good.
     
  16. larscaster

    larscaster Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    64
    794
    Feb 19, 2016
    Barney’s Creek, Utah
    I’m going to buy a new Monoprice 15w
     
  17. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    I've got an '89 Bandit 80 watt 112 Solo Series I'd be willing to unload. Great amp, but I never use it.
     
  18. Tone Quest

    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    64
    Sep 11, 2013
    Raleigh, NC
    I had a Bandit 65 'back in the day'. One of those amps I wish I had never parted with.
     
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  19. carver

    carver The East Coast Strangler Strat-Talk Supporter

    its a solid state so it should be fine at any volume you play it at.
     
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  20. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    You feed it pedals on the clean channel so you have any volume you want. Will you be tempted to crank it up occasionally?... yes.

    A smaller amp won't give you that option.

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