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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / SS Amps - Played the new Peavey Bandit - Yes, I Want One

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Dec 3rd, 2008 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Turning the power level switch on the back to 25% when running at lower volumes will help with that.

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Bluz Cowboy
Dec 3rd, 2008 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

At the price, if I have to get a Bandit for the dependability factor, I may do it. I love tube amps, but there always seem to be little problems, or not so little. My new bass player has a fairly new Bandit and loves it. I have liked playing it at low volumes for practice at his house.



Dec 3rd, 2008 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Is it one of the Oval badges? If so it's the newest version.

Believe it or not, they sound even better louder. It has better "feel" at higher volumes too.

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Bluz Cowboy
Dec 3rd, 2008 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

My late amp tech had a Bandit on his bench that he used to test work on guitars. I was always impressed by the sound of that amp. The Bandit seems to have the rep around here that Roland JCs have in Memphis. And look at the cost of a Bandit. You can get a serious, good sounding, dependable amp for $300 + shipping.

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"A man's got to know his limitations"
Dec 3rd, 2008 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Okay, tried out the Bandit with my TV Jones Classics loaded Ibanez Artcore hollowbody. It sounded great on the vintage setting, clean. Even on the clean channel, when I dug in to the strings I could have sworn it was getting some breakup, just like a tube amp.

I also tried my Crunch Box on the clean channel - great Marshall crunch (this was with the Melody Maker). Haven't tried the CB with the lead channel yet - that will be mayhem!

Oh, all of this is at 100% power with the Loose setting and the guitars plugged into the high gain plug.

I love how this thing has a lot of options, but it's all dials and switches instead of LED menus.



Dec 3rd, 2008 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are a lot of tonal options in the amp. It's not surprsing they took it to the next level with the Vypyr series.

I'm a Marshall fan. I used the classic setting on the lead channel and dimed the tone controls. I'd adjust the treble depending on volume. Gain straight up. It does a pretty credible rendition of a hot Marshall. The Texas Heat helped there too. I also used the power level at 25%. I liked the squish on the back end that would provide.

Remember, in all the settings - both channels - the tone controls are passive. They don't boost. They only cut. Don't be afraid to crank them if that works for you.


Woodbridge, VA USA

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Dec 7th, 2008 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Remember, in all the settings - both channels - the tone controls are passive. They don't boost. They only cut. Don't be afraid to crank them if that works for you."

Great tip! I followed your advice, dimed all the tone controls and adjusted back to taste.

(This message was last edited by Tele-Man at 09:03 PM, Dec 7th, 2008)

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Bluz Cowboy
Jan 5th, 2009 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Bandit arrived ahead of schedule. The following is part of my post about it from the Misc page to help me along in this.

The Bandit is really nice and the best amp for tweaking I have ever seen. My Line 6 Spyder II, used at church, may have more whistles and bells, but doesn't sound as good. The Bandit is really nice to get good sounds out of, the Spyder may have them in there, but a lot of the effects are not easy to use. The only problem I have had so far is that it doesn't seem to like one Rio Grande pickup on my fav. Strat. It loves the new Epi "56 Goldtop".

The fact that you can adjust from 25% power to 50 to 100 is really nice. Also I am using the speaker damping, but just set it so I could get an old style sound out of it. The problem that I am hearing may be some sort of "dirt" in the circuits of my building or may have something to do with some little error made in the wiring of the guitar.

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Jan 6th, 2009 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

You really do hear a difference from the 3 power levels. Really lets you play a room the way you want to.



Jan 6th, 2009 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Are you guys finding a " warmth " to the tone at all or does it come across a typical sterile SS sounding ?



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Jan 6th, 2009 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Warmest sounding SS amp I'd ever played.

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Bluz Cowboy
Jan 7th, 2009 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds a lot like a tube amp. I noticed this the first time I played one. I have now played 4, including my own. It sounds a little different but I think your ear has to be trained to know the difference. There are loads of "tweaks" to this amp. I got a pedal for channel switching and the boost function. You can use a generic one. You can't switch the reverb off and on with the pedal.



Feb 12th, 2009 02:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Jazztone Test:Envoy 110 Ser.G0113938 and G0113942
Refer-Amp:'66BFVR(C10NS) Tone:T1(Min) B3.5
Envoy setting result:Modern Mode L3 M2 H0
It's a very nice Jazzguitar tone !
Blue Marvel is good speaker.
(Replace check result)
Also TransTube tech is very good.

reverend mikey
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Feb 12th, 2009 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  


I've also actually found the Envoy speaker to be a very good speaker for clean and dirty tones (but not metal, obviously) at reasonable volumes (all except the loudest settings). I actually like the little 10" 6 ohm Envoy Blue Marvel Speaker much better than Peavey's larger, heavier 10" Blue Marvel speaker that they use in their Classic Series amps.

The Envoy speaker is closer in sound to a Jensen or even my Reverend AllTone 1025 speakers; the other 10" Blue Marvel's sound much boxier and harsher, to my ears at least. I'm sure the other speaker is better for heavier applications, or higher wattage and volume, but you wouldn't be using an Envoy under those conditions anyway.

I'm "speaking" (pun intended) here of the first generation Envoy - that's the one I currently have, but I used to also have a 2nd gen. one, but traded it for something else along the way.



Feb 13th, 2009 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank's your res.
I tested C10Q(Italy),Legend1058,Beta10A,CTS-C10Q,
and C10NS(USA).
'Blue Marvel' and the amp-unit of "ENVOY 110" is good for jazz.
Thank you.

(This message was last edited by kawa at 07:13 PM, Feb 14th, 2009)



Feb 16th, 2009 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a Bandit 112 for a short period. I bought it used for cheap and soon after I got it home, it started cutting out. After about 10 minutes of leaving it on, it would be fine. It had a lot to do w/ the effects loop and the switch. if I played w/ it, it would come back on, but would cut out again until it warmed up. I got tired of the routine and since I'm just a hobby player, I sold it for what I had into it (even had the solders redone but it didn't fix it) and bought a Rage 158 w/ transtube for $30. Got the same tube tones and 2 channels without the headaches. It sounds more like a tube amp than my Crate V18 tube amp!



Mar 6th, 2016 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine did similar things but sprayed deoxit in all the pots, switches and jacks.......
Was like new again.

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Jul 18th, 2016 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently picked up a Bandit 112 Sheffield. I did have to pull chassis and clean out all the pots. I also yanked the stock speaker and installed and Eminence RW&B. This amp is a monster. The cab to this amp sure is heavy but for now this amp is just going to be used at home.

This is one very sweet sounding amp.

reverend mikey
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Jul 21st, 2016 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

champster, which version? The local guitar shop has a version II (red trim) in very good shape for $139.

Kinda tempting, except I've never liked the cosmetics on version II.



'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Jul 25th, 2016 08:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just traded up from a PV Studio Pro 112 to a current version Bandit 112. Chalk & Cheese!
The Bandit just eats it up and spits it out.
Best and closest SS to a Tube you will find. My main gig amp is a Vox AC15C1, but I have to say I wouldn't have spent money on it, if I had heard the Bandit side by side first.

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