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Geeper

Canada

Oct 4th, 2008 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It really does like pedals. I can take my pedal board and use it with almost any other real tube amp without changing almost any setting. When I run it into a SS amp everything just starts to sound crappy, but through the Bandit they all sound great.

Leftee
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NC

Oct 4th, 2008 08:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a Tech21 TM30 for a couple days. It had dead reverb so I returned it. To be fair, I contacted the Tech21 folks and they were going to send me a new reverb pan for free.

The other issue with it is that it sounded "wonky" with my Marshall GV-2 distortion pedal. I tried it in front of the amp and in the loop. It made the amp have this weird midrange thing that just sounded... well... wonky.

I've run a Bad Monkey, a Dano Wasabi OD and Distortion pedals, a Crunch Box, and now a HAO Rust driver through the Bandit. All sounded great. Oh wait, a Cool Cat Fuzz too. I'm sure there are 1 or 2 pedals I've forgotten. The Bandit 3 takes them all well.

The only other success I've had with a SS amp and an OD pedal was a Bad Monkey into a old Marshall 5005 combo. I ran it into the clean channel and it did a better Marshall tone than the high channel of the amp on its own. The Monkey is a fairly neutral OD pedal so it just applied OD to the inherent voice of the amp. That was a great setup.

Tele-Man

Woodbridge, VA USA

Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Oct 5th, 2008 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Is your Bandit one louder?"

Ha! This thing certainly is loud. I haven't had an opportunity yet to really crank it. Normally it's on 25% power and the volume pretty low. When the whole family is out of the house, I crank it up a bit more and love what I hear. But I'm dying to put it on full power and really unleash it.

For me, the go-to tone right now is a BOSS SD-2 on the crunch channel set up for just a wee bit of break-up going into the lead channell set for classic, EQ dimed, pre-gain around nine, post gain to taste.

With my strat (w/ Lace golds) set to the 2nd position, the bridge tone rolled back and my EHX Knock Out Attack EQ set to fatten up the sound a bit, I find it reminiscent of "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain.

(This message was last edited by Tele-Man at 06:06 PM, Oct 5th, 2008)

Leftee
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NC

Oct 7th, 2008 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine sounds better with the gold.

I think it's probably better than surf green. ;-)

reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

My guitar looks RIGHT in the mirror...
Oct 7th, 2008 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

...making popcorn and grabbing a chair...

Leftee
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NC

Oct 7th, 2008 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

;-)

Just kidding. Surf Green is a good tone color too.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 09:44 PM, Oct 7th, 2008)

Geeper

Canada

Oct 10th, 2008 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, a couple of mooonth into this Bandit and I just keep getting more and more response from people.

I played an open mic the other night as a favor and filled in for 2 bands. Just my little basic pedal board (a couple of tube screamers), my strat and my Bandit. All night people were coming up to me and just GUSHING over my sound. The sound guy, the bar owners, other bands, just club patrons, it was crazy, every conversation led to my amp.

I should add there was also a Cornford, a Marshall and a Blackface Fender up there and I was the one getting hounded over my tone.

I like it more all the time. I lust after a Deluxe Reverb or a Super Reverb, but I just get more content with throwing my Bandit into my car and sounding great all the time.

Leftee
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NC

Oct 10th, 2008 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love a good tube amp, but I don't get tired of my Bandit.

IPLAYLOUD
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Oct 10th, 2008 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Years ago I played a gig with my Reverend Guitar and the version 1 Banadit Transtube.
The sound guy...who has mixed for MANY name acts...said it was the best sounding combo he had ever miced. "It sounds like a Grand Piano!".
The Rev is an outstanding guitar, and the comination really was superb. One guy told me I sounded like "Chet Atkins and Les Paul on a Surfboard".

T_Rat

USA

Oct 10th, 2008 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So we just made the plunge and picked up a new (to us) Bandit 112s for our son. He spent about an hour in the store with it and was able to find some tones he really liked. He's looking forward to seeing what he can add to this through his Digitech RP150. It's not the newest model, but given what's happening in the world right now, I think this is going to be a pretty good investment for $140.

I got a question for everyone: I've done a little digging around online, but I haven't been able to find an owner's manual for this version of the Bandit. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Thanks.

And, if anybody is feeling flush, I noticed that Musicians Friend is offering free shipping on the Bandit now.



reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

My guitar looks RIGHT in the mirror...
Oct 10th, 2008 10:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

T_Rat,

Do you have the first version - with the silver strip on the front under the tone controls, or do you have the second version, with the red trim on the front?

I think Peavey has access to *most* of their manuals on their website as PDF files...just dig around there; you should find them.

T_Rat

USA

Oct 11th, 2008 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, reverend mike.

I had tried searching the Peavey website, but had only found the manual for the newest Bandit. Lo and behold, there's a "Search Archived Owner's Manuals" in a pretty obvious place on the support page, and there it was. Doh!


telecast
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Lesterstrat
Oct 28th, 2008 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the club with an old Bandit 65 I converted to a head. I posted in Misc, didn't even know this thread was here.

It's the circle of life. When I decided to come out of retirement in '96, the first amp I bought was a Bandit 112. Can't recall which permutation it was, seems like it was the 80w version. I eventually sold it and became a tube snob, although I did have a Bandit 65 for a brief period around '99 or so.

A few years back I found that while tube amps sound great, they don't make enough difference in my situation to warrant the cost/weight/maintenance, so I went back to solid state. Never thought I'd get another Bandit, it was a weird stroke of fate that caused me to buy this one.

It's amazing how cheap these go for on the used market. This one seems to be built like a tank, and the clean channel is amazing.

Tele-Man

Woodbridge, VA USA

Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Nov 30th, 2008 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I continue to be impressed with this amp. Everyday find more great tones. And it loves my pedals. m\My OD feeding into the 2nd channel has opened up a lot more tonal variations. I just wish EQ voicings on each channel were foot switchable.


Leftee
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NC

Nov 30th, 2008 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm going to have to bow out of this thread. After a year and a half I'm trading mine off on a VJ half stack.

I've not lost respect for the amp at all. Still love it. Truth is I have no need for a 1x12 80w amp. I'm going to dabble in tubes for a while.

Might grab a Vypyr next year. I really like the Vypyr 75. The direct recording via USB is a great feature. I dabbled in that with a Zoom G2.1u a year or so ago and really liked it. Coupled with Transtube technology this is very enticing to me.

bluesking55
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Mechanicsville Va

Nov 30th, 2008 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

rnt there many bandit models, how do u know u have the new version/?

Leftee
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NC

Nov 30th, 2008 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It has the oval badge on the front.

Leftee
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NC

Dec 3rd, 2008 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Bandit is now with its new owner - also an FDPer. ;-)

harry64
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nky

"A man's got to know his limitations"
Dec 3rd, 2008 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My Bandit is now with its new owner - also an FDPer."

Allow myself to introduce, um.... myself, as the proud new owner of the "Leftee Gold Bandit." I tried it out last night as soon as I got it home. Man this thing can get loud and sounds wonderful. As I told Leftee, I had played one a few months ago in a store, but this one sounds better - probably mostly due to the Texas Heat speaker and a little bit to do with the gold front piece. ;-)

I've never played a guitar amp this loud. There's a feeling of power and awesomeness that comes from making this much noise. Didn't get to run it through all its paces yet, but the clean channel on warm setting had such a cool, full meaty sound, I could have played all night long.

Bottom line - great sounding powerful amp.

Geeper

Canada

Dec 3rd, 2008 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's been mentioned before about it "warming up" over a certain volume and it's no myth. We've been practicing in a much smaller room lately and I've been running mine on about 2. Suddenly everyone is complaining about this shrillness/harshness to my tone and I had to agree. I've mentioned before people have been going nuts about my tone up to this point. Even turning the volume from 2-3 changed everything, from 2 to my usual 4 and everyone was smiles that "that" tone hadn't been lost.

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