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Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology   

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Considered by many to be the hottest little amp in its price range, the Peavey Bandit 112 features a vintage/classic/warm switch on the clean channel...Read More

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Phenomenally responsive and punchy tube-like tone with a wealth of features.

Considered by many to be the hottest little amp in its price range, the Peavey Bandit 112 features a vintage/classic/warm switch on the clean channel and a classic/modern high gain switch on the lead channel that totally change its tonal character. It's like having 6 amps in one! Simulated speaker direct out, 3-position power level selector, 3-position damping switch, effects loop, 3-band EQ per channel, pre and post gain on lead channel, high and low gain inputs, and master reverb and boost give it vast flexibilty for all types of pro applications.

FEATURES
  • 80W
  • 12" Blue Marvel speaker
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • Simulated speaker direct out with level
  • 25%, 50%, 100% power level selector switch
  • Loose, tight, and medium damping switch
  • Effects loop
  • 3-band EQ per channel
  • Vintage/classic/warm switch on clean channel
  • Classic/modern/high gain switch on lead channel
  • Pre and post gain on lead channel
  • High gain and low gain inputs
  • Master reverb and boost
  • Footswitch jack
  • 45 lbs.

Serious pro flexibility at a super-low price.

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PeaveyBandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology
 
4.7

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Good power output (13)
  • Warm / comfy (13)
  • Portable (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Working Musician's Amp

The Bandit 112 has been my main gigging amp for three years. I LOVE this amp. It was inexpensive and is very versatile and portable. I play styles from Rock to Jazz to...Read complete review

The Bandit 112 has been my main gigging amp for three years. I LOVE this amp. It was inexpensive and is very versatile and portable. I play styles from Rock to Jazz to Reggae to schmaltz. I am enthusiastic about the sound in every situation. For jazz it has a sweet, clean sound. For rock it breaks up and compresses smoothly and beautifully as the guitar volume control rises. It's great for Blues! I play a strat. But i first heard this amp with a Les Paul coming through it. That's what got me interested.

I would not use this amp if your main thing is heavy distortion. I found that overdrive pedals don't sound so good, especially compared to the amp's own distortion. The heaviest distortion settings on the amp are not great. My copy has a cabinet buzz (mechanical vibration) when the bass control is cranked. But i stay out of that frequency range to let the bass player fill it anyway. I think the reverb is practically useless. Use a pedal for that.

Kudos to Peavey on this one! If you play for a living, you might want to try one out.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

great amp at any price

one review said he wished it had more effects built in....i couldn't disagree more..the more you have built in the more to go wrong...if you do club gigs this...Read complete review

one review said he wished it had more effects built in....i couldn't disagree more..the more you have built in the more to go wrong...if you do club gigs this is all you will ever need..these newer models have digital reverb which is pretty sweet..that is the only thing i ever had trouble with on an earlier bandit when the reverb tank failed..this is one loud amp...if you cant do it with 80 watts,leave your guitar at home
the bandit amp has always been a bare bones amp, reverb and overdrive the newest version is no exception
built like a tank and only 45 lbs
i have owned 5 bandits, starting with the Bandit 65 wouldn't go anywhere else...this is a perfect club amp

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

workhorse blue collar amp

By Bruce Kerr

from Southern Illinois

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    I own the Bandit and it is my main gigging amp. I have had more expensive amps but to me the fact that it is relatively inexpensive and it sounds good is a big plus. Don't have to worry about it too much. It's plenty loud and tweakable to get your preferred sound. I'd say it's a very bright sounding amp and takes pedals well. I use a pedalboard with it and run slight delay all the time. If you doctor it up you can achieve some amazing tones! I played two gigs at the same place and used the Bandit the first night, and a Rivera the next night and the Bandit held it's own for sure. Obviously the Rivera has a better clean channel, but with my pedalboard delay qnd chorus the Bandit passed the test with flying colors! I don't use the lineout, as I don't like it. I'd say mike it instead. The Blue Marvel speaker is fine once it's broken in. I use the digital reverb sparingly and the boost on the footswitch is cool. I stay on the clean channel and use my pedals for distortion. Very dependable solid state amp. I'd say the only negative for me is when you end a song there is an unmusical whang to it when the last chord dies. It's hard to describe but the notes don't bloom so to speak. I wouldn't let that inhibit your purchase though. It's no biggie and the good very much outweighs the bad. I recommend!

    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    bandit 112 amp

    By Jerry

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    don't have a amp sent it back to musician's friend the amp cam to me with the screws out that hold the amp in case.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I wouldn't buy this again.

    By Alex

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good clean channel

    Cons

    • Broken Lead Channel
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Sound Clipping Speaker

    Best Uses

    • Nothing if it's broken

    Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

    Sadly, before I received my new bandit 112, the lead channel had no distortion, and the speaker would clip the sound regardless of how loud the amp was. I believe the Amp was already damaged previous to shipment because the box was fine. The clean channel sounded good, with great tone range for any player's needs. Although, the lead channel was broken.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Update

    By Jeff

    from Perris, Ca

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

      Just an update on an earlier review. I've had my Bandit for over 2 years now, and it has never let me down. I use it primarily with an 8-ohm extension cab, which opens up the bass and adds a little extra volume. Amp gain is very hot, touch-sensitive, and responsive. It even feeds back like a tube amp (If I'm very careful, I can actually do the Foxey Lady intro). This combo is way more versatile than expected, although it lends itself better to performance than recording. If you're on the fence about this, spend the money. You'll be glad you did.....

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best solid state amp for the money

      By guitardan

      from Kentucky

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

        I've had the Bandit 112 for probably 12 years now. Mine has the red stripe on it, a little older than this one, but it's been durable. I was 13 when I got it and it's kinda heavy so I dropped it down the stairs a few times and have never had an issue with it. It's built TOUGH. Sounds great too. I've used it at live outdoor events and it does just fine. I don't think you can find a cleaner sounding solid state amp for this money.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sounding Amp!

        By ElectraGlideUltra

        from Tupelo, Ms

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Pure Tube Tone. (Without The Tubes)

        Cons

        • Does Not Come With A Foot Switch.

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

        I like the tone of this amp. I wish I had found it years ago. The Tone is spot on without any noise. As with all my amps, I use an E.Q. pedal in the effects loop. I purchased a Johnson FX-020 Stereo Footswitch for channel switching and Boost. I could not be happier with this amp. Great Job Peavey!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Professional Quality Amp

        By Telecastoff

        from Savage, MN.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

          My Peavey Bandit 112 Transtube flat-out replaced my Classic 50 212. I actually get better, cleaner warmth from this amp. I own many amplifiers (mostly Fender and Peavey products) and this one is quickly becoming one of my top three favorites. I have gigged with this amp and its sound/tone got the approval of my band mates who had no idea I was working with a new amp. That says a lot! I replaced the Sheffield 1230 with an EV12L and immediately turned this amp into something wonderful that most of us spend years looking to find...well, me at least. It's very easy to dial in where all you have to do is concentrate on the song, the band and the crowd....not the amp. This amp truly delivers and sounds better than most anything and everything I've played thru in my 50+ years of gigging. I highly recommend this amp to anyone seeking a reliable, pro-quality amp that is easy to work with and will deliver the goods night after night. Great job Peavey!

           
          5.0

          really great amp

          By Myron

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            The Bandit 112 can make any player sound better, and give a lot of big time sound to even the simplest melody.
            Myron

             
            5.0

            Great little giggable amp

            By Ross R.

            from Louisiana

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Can plug into a 4x12 cab
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • No included footswitch

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Practice

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            What we have here is a little practice amp that is solidly built and has a great sound. Usually in this price range, you either get an amp that is reliable or sounds good but not both. Here you have both.

            It is quite easy to get a solid sound out of it. The EQs are labeled in a common sense way, one thing to note is the gain is handled a little differently. The 'pre' gain is your actual gain, 'post' gain is channel volume. This is how it is usually set up on older tube amps, but for someone who is used to the normal solid-state setup this can be a little confusing. As far as sound quality, my main amp is a Mesa Dual Rectifier, I was able to get in the ballpark of that sound with this amp. It is not totally there, I would say about 80%. Compared to the dual rectifier, the OD sounds a little muffled. But it still sounds great on its own for what it is.

            On its own, it does get really loud. You can plug this into a 4x12 cabinet for expansion. This gives it good power for practice, with muscle for a gig or outdoor performance. When you crank it up, the amp can vibrate some. But it is nothing to worry about, I have had this thing up to almost deafening levels quite a few times in the 5 years I have owned it and it has never gave up the ghost.

            So yes, I would say this is a solid practice/backup amp that is perfectly capable of gigging. Doesn't sound as good as a boutique tube amp, but it is cheap and has the good old solid-state reliability.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best of my solid states

            By Jeff

            from Perris, Ca

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Noisy Distortions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            I'm happy with it. It could probably use a higher-ended speaker, but the Blue Marvel does a decent job. Also, the higher the gain, the noisier it gets--there's some audible hissing, meaning the amp could benefit from an internal noise gate.....But that's it. For a solid state amp, it's a jewel, well worth the money, and yes, I'd buy another one

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