Peavey Silver Stripe Bandit 112 Review

Peavey Silver Stripe Bandit 112 Review

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.

 

Peavey Delta Blues vs Fender 65 Deluxe Reissue (Clean Test)

Peavey Delta Blues vs Fender 65 Deluxe Reissue (Clean Test) Comparison

We’re checking out the difference in tone between the Peavey Delta Blues and the Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Amplifier on the clean channel.  Both amps have quite a bit of headroom on clean and they both naturally start to break up once you get them to about 12 o’clock on the volume.  Both amps have different power tubes, the Fender has a set of 6V6 tubes and the Peavey has a set of EL84 power tubes.  This gives the American made Peavey a bit of an English sound, much like the Vox in the high end frequencies.  That said, it has more mid frequencies than a Vox.

Peavey Delta Blues vs VOX AC-30C2 Guitar Amplifier

Peavey Delta Blues vs VOX AC-30C2 Guitar Amplifier

In the video above I am testing out two of my favorite amplifiers.  The Peavey Delta Blues with a 15″ speaker and the Vox AC-30C2 Guitar Amplifier.

Both have their own unique sound and feature the same exact tube set up as each other.

Peavey Delta Blues 115 Amplifier Review

Peavey Delta Blues 115 Tweed Amplifier Review

Above Video Demo:  Ric testing out the Peavey Delta Blues 115 for the first time.

The Peavey Delta Blues has Classic style, classic tone and modern versatility. If the blues is your way of life, this is your amp. 30 classic all-tube watts are way louder than solid state and modern flexibility comes from a tremolo with speed and intensity controls, pre-and post-gain controls on the lead channel, 3-band passive EQ, a boost switch, external speaker jack, and an effects loop. Jamming or gigging, this baby can hold down your end of the sound.  This amplifier we’re taking a look at is the single 15″ speaker version which to my ear is the far superior version for nicer tones.

Above Video: Shane testing out the Clean channel on a Peavey Delta Blues Amplifier

Above Video: Shane testing out the Drive channel on a Peavey Delta Blues Amplifier

Above Video: Shane testing out the Drive channel on a Peavey Delta Blues Amplifier Video Demo #2

Above Video: Shane giving a tour of the Peavey Delta Blues 115 Guitar Amplifier

Above Video: Shane testing out the Peavey Delta Blues amplifier back in 2009 (my original video)

The Delta Blues also comes in a 2×10 configuration soon to be discontinued.