Recently I picked up a Peavey Bandit 112 TransTube Amplifier Silver Stripe Amplifier. This particular model is made in the USA and features a non-sticker version of the 12″ Sheffield Speaker. I had a number of requests to review and demonstrate the Peavey Bandit 112 silver stripe amplifier so here we go.
Like most Peavey Bandits from the 1990’s onward this amplifier is branded with the “TransTube” logo which means it has a setting called “T-Dynamics” which allows you to set the sag/dynamics of the amplifier. The further right you have the t-dynamics the louder and cleaner the amp will be. The further to the left you have this control, the easier the amp will break up and sag will be increased.
The silver stripe Peavey Bandit also features a single clean channel as well as three different gain stages of drive channels. I either live on the clean channel with pedals or I would just use the overdrive channel on its own.
What I did notice about this amplifier at louder volumes is it doesn’t seem anywhere near as loud as the newer generation of bandits. I have a suspicion this drop in volume is related to the speaker efficiency. That said, it’s still loud enough to play live without any effects (just if your band is really loud), and it sounds very warm and kind of “vintage” in tone. I currently own a red stripe bandit 112 and I feel like while they share a lot of similarities on paper – tonally, they are very different. There’s also some other differences with the silver stripe bandit in comparison to the red stripe for example. The silver stripe amp cabinets are actually pretty big. They are maybe 1/5 larger in dimensions than the red stripe. This means the box is bigger both in depth, width, and height. I think if you changed the speaker in the silver stripe amplifier to something like an Eminence Texas Heat 12″ Guitar Speaker, 150 Watts at 8 Ohms or Eminence Patriot Swamp Thang 12″ Guitar Speaker, 150 Watts at 8 Ohms speaker, you’d have a much louder amp. That said, the silver stripe is probably loud enough for most bands and situation in smaller clubs and bars.
Below is a video from Dan Lopez explaining the timeline of the Peavey Bandit amplifiers and it’s well worth checking out.
This is the new Fender Champion 20 Guitar Amplifier. It features 20 watts of power and a single 8″ Fender Special Design speaker. It’s the perfect home or bedroom practice amplifier. It has very usable settings and from which the Blackface amp models were easily my favorites. Much like a Blues Junior, the Fender Champion 20 has a single channel with just gain and a master volume control. This allows you to get a pretty cool drive tone at almost any volume. Being solid state, it sounds good at lower volumes.
The on board effects are also very good. You’re able to tap tempo the effects as well as easily cycle through them with the FX knob on the front of the amp. What makes this amp great is not only the sound, but the fact there’s no confusing digital interface on it. If you’re looking for a practice amp that won’t wake the neighbors, give the Champion 20 a look, it’s pretty cool!
(3.5 / 5)
Overall I give this amplifier a 3.5/5. it’s a great practice amplifier that sounds good and is easy to use.
The first video is a review of the amplifier and the second video is a play test demo. The Two Rock company make awesome hand wired amplifiers and the tone of the units speak for themselves. The Two-Rock Studio Pro 22 is a big step up from the majority of amplifiers I have owned in the past. It has thick low mids, really nice smooth lows and the top end is fantastic which never borders on shrill or harsh. I first heard about the Two-Rock Amplifiers when I watched John Mayer play live, they had a Dumble-like quality to them but still sounded really bluesy and musical. I love the fact the amplifier on it’s own is more capable than anything else I’ve had in the past even with pedals driving the overdrive tones.
Initially, when I went to test the Two-Rock Studio Pro 22, I thought to myself “How much better than my ’65 Fender Deluxe Reverb will this be?”. Have them both side by side the Two-Rock wiped the floor with the fender. Not to say the Fender doesn’t sound great, because it does.
These amps are in a league of their own, much in the same league as the Victoria Amplifiers, Dr Z and several other hand wired amps. I first noticed my “Thick low mids” were missing when I was playing a VOX AC-15 and my friend Ric was playing his 12 Watt Fender Eric Clapton Tremolux Amplifier. His really jumped out and sounded thick and warm while the frequency of mine sounded scooped.
Every amp brand is different, when it comes to tube amps, it takes time to find one you really enjoy. I’ve had so many amps it feels good to find something that has been a real cut above the rest.
I removed the stock tubes out of the Fender Excelsior Pawn Shop Series amplifier and put in some JJ tubes. This is the end result with 4 different guitars The original tubes sounded fine minus the fact they were very noisy. I had one microphonic 12AX7 tube and both 6V6 tubes were had rattles. So out of 4 original tubes only one was fine – so I ended up replacing all 4 to make sure.
This is very, very common with these amps so if your amp is rattling, it’s most likely the tubes.
Here’s a video tutorial I put together on how to change tubes in a Peavey Amplifier. I hope this how to guide is useful to those who need to either change their 12AX7 tubes or EL84 tubes.
Changing tubes in a Peavey amp is very easy and if you are changing one or a set, the amp will not need to be biased for these new tubes. If you’re replacing one, keep the same brand, just to make sure. Tubes can make a big difference to the output and sound of a Peavey Amplifier. They come stock with JJ Tubes now and they sound really good.