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  • Peavey Bandit 65

    So what about it? I've been thinking about buying one. It doesn't have much value in the used market and I can have one for $100 or so, probably. I'll be using a booster in front of an overdrive pedal so I don't really need it to be gainful, but I do want it to be loud (and I hear these are stupidly loud), and I want the spring reverb.

    I admit that I mainly want it because much of Pixies' Surfer Rosa was recorded with one. I know that it won't make me sound much like Pixies because he had his effects and such, but I want a cheap combo amp that I can kick to get the crashing springs effect, since this is part of the authentic Pixies sound**, and I would have no qualms about kicking a cheap SS Peavey, whereas I wouldn't exactly want to kick a 65 Reverb. Oh yeah, and the whole point of this is that I'm involved in a fledgling Pixies cover band, and I'm playing lead guitar in it, and none of my current equipment is really suitable for that.


    ** Having seen Pixies lately, when Joey plays "Vamos" nowadays, he uses a delay/looper. I have to say, it's just not as good as the old days when he used to beat the **************** out of his Bandit.
    Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

  • #2
    I love mine! They can often be found for $65 to $100 too. Great amps for pedals.
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    • #3
      I love peavey bandits and own 4....YES 4 of them. Picked them all up super cheap.
      Bandit 75
      Bandit Solo Series
      Bandit Transtube (silver)
      Bandit Transtube (red)
      I do all kinds of crazy fun **************** with them. Daisy chaining, 2x2 stereo rigs(one side metal head one side clear with reverb up the wazaoo), pedals etc. They are built like tanks and sound good too. Good times!

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      • #4
        That was my first amp and I sold it thinking I was going to get and upgrade but I wish I still had it. It had a very uncolored sound and did get loud.

        It sounds perfect for what you need and the fact the pixies recorded with one says buy it now.
        One MIA Fender Strat, one Gibson Les Paul, one Martin Acoustic, what more do you need?

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        • #5
          Tough amps, if not the most refined. The amp's overdrive has this thing where it's either not enough for the high strings, or too much on the low ones. With an OD pedal you should be OK.
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          • #6
            I have a mint solo series I got off eBay for 150.00...worth every penny to me...MONSTER clean channel, more than adequate drive channel...plug my ME70 into it and I have a fully gig-able rig...

            100 for a 65 is a good deal...

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            • #7
              Yeah I'm thinking about using a Digitech RP500 plugged into it.
              Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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              • #8
                I have a Bandit 112 Transtube (USA/Sheffield speaker). The transtube stuff is useful - so, I would grab one of them before I bought a Bandit 65 - but still get the Bandit 65 later.

                Hey, if you get one: don't kick it!

                Greg

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                • #9
                  Why not? It's part of the sound, and there's no real damage you can do with that.
                  Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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                  • #10
                    Do those have an effects loop? If so, your RP will likely sound better plugged into the effects return, rather than the front end. Try before you buy.
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                    • #11
                      I have a Bandit 65 and it is loud and works great for running pedals into. And it does have an effects loop.

                      Make sure you get one with the original Scorpion speaker.
                      ~ Fear is your only god ~

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                      • #12
                        It's part of the sound, and there's no real damage you can do with that.


                        Oh yes, there is. Everything...pots, jacks, transistors (which are obsolete on the older models), etc. are all connected to one PCB that is a major PITA to work with. I've been around a lot in the last 20 years and they're great amps, I've seen amateurs get great punk tones out of them and touring pros get great blues tones out of them (even country). But every Bandit I've ever been around has eventually developed problems with age (intermittent reverb is usually the start) and every one has ended up as land fill because amp techs won't bother with them, the bench fees to diagnose are more than the amp is worth.

                        For $100, it sure isn't going to hurt the wallet to beat it to death, but it will die.

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                        • #13
                          Are you talking about the old 80's version of these?

                          Horrible Amps. kill it with Fire.



                          Cleans are alright, but the gain tones are a horrid fuzzy mess..................
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                          Paul Reed Smith SE Custom

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                          • #14
                            i used to use one years ago!sounded really good with a ds2 up front.i think it was a teal strip version?might be wrong!
                            nice little kickaround amps!

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                            • #15
                              i like those amps. cheap. reliable. good clean. takes pedals well. can get very loud. never tried the distortion channel

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