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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
 
4.8

(based on 91 reviews)

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    (76)

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    (11)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

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.

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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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5.0

Great little giggable amp

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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.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best of my solid states

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from Perris, Ca.

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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Gig Amp

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from Great Midwest

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        Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

        88 reviews and 5 stars on MF as I wrire this. How can this be when there's no tubes, modeling, rock star endorsements, boutique price tag? This amp sounds awesome either clean, dirty, or driven hard. They're built tough and have the muscle for the stage. Solidatate Bandits have taken the golden tones of tube amps like Fender and Marshall and added reliabilty and affordabilty. Plug in and see why these amps haved graced every stage.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good amplifier

        By 

        from Milwaukee

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            Good quality amplifier. Similar quality to a Peavey Classic tube amplifier that I had years ago. Great sound. Better than a Marshal.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very satisfied...

            By 

            from Southern New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Great "grab Go" Amp
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • For The Pricenone Really

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            I had borrowed a friends Peavey Envoy and really liked it but thought it needed a little more power. I ordered a Bandit after reading about them on a couple forums and it did not disappoint. Would recommend to anyone.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works Great In Laos

            By 

            from Vientiane, Laos

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Rivals The Best Tube Amps

            Cons

            • No Foot Pedal

            Best Uses

            • Small Gigs To Large Venue

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            I could not find an amp tech in Laos that could fix my JCM 800 so I picked up one of these to tide me over. As an extension cab I use a Marshall 4X12 and play at small gigs and venues with some expats I got together with. I even use it to play solo acoustic sets using my Martin D-28 through a chorus pedal. I could not be happier with it. On the lead channel with the extension cab the sound is BIG, and even rivals my Marshall head (when it is working) but does not require all the tweaking to get the right tone.

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            (10 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Very Disappointed

            By 

            from Orlando, Florida

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Sp-emulated-out Broken
            • Transtube Still Sounds Ss
            • Weak Reverb

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

            My Peavey Bandit arrived damaged. The speaker-emulated line-out w/level didn't work, which was 1 of the main reasons I bought it. But from reading other review(s)--see "Ooops!"-I learned that, even when the thing is working, it doesn't function properly. It neither defeats the internal speaker nor does it operate independently--despite having its own level knob--of the main volume. So you can't turn down the main speaker volume, and turn up the line-out, or vice-versa. The main volume affects the line-out, when it works. I used to love Peavey amps w/transtube tech, but that was before I had exp. w/real tube amps. There is no substitute, and I usually play "clean," so it's not even about the overdrive. It's about the warmth. I think what is also missing is a real spring reverb! It's hard to find amps w/real sp. reverb these days, and most digital reverbs sound fake. The build quality has changed dramatically, too--this Bandit, unlike ones I've had in the past, was made of plastic & what felt like particle-board. Of course, most stuff is made from these materials these days.
            If you're on a low budget, and need a lot of volume, you could do worse. But don't expect this Peavey to sound like the late-80s models I used to love, which is why I bought this. It is very loud, that's for sure, and needs to be turned-up loud to achieve a good sound, even at 25% power. I strongly recommend going to a store & checking this out before ordering it from MF.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Solid Sounding Amp for all styles!

            By 

            from Chapel Hill, NC

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • band practice
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

              This amp sounds awesome. I'd highly recommend it for budget rock musicians. It's loud enough for band practice and small club gigs, has great tone. The two channels are distinctive and clear. I like the gain channels, and the decibel boost using the switch is highly useful. Reverb has classic tone. My bandmates are highly pleased with my sound. The amp works great with pedals also. I use my GT-10 multieffects footboard in front of the amp, and it sounds terrific. Highly recommended.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By 

              from Bristol, TN

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

                  I thought I would throw my input on the Bandit. I bought the older version (Silver Stripe) a few weeks ago used. I bought it based on the reviews as I haven't heard one in my life before then. I wanted a GOOD solid state amp to save money on buying tubes for my 9 tube amps (yes gets expensive) I'll get right to the point. I'm impressed, it sounds fantastic with my Gibson Les Paul & Fender Strat. I've been playing for decades and I know good tone. I haven't heard the new ones yet, but based on the reviews I'm sure they're great sounding amps. Peavey has been building amps since the mid 60's and is a really good company too!

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Working Musician's Amp

                  By 

                  from US Virgin Islands

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Peavey Bandit 112 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology:

                    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.

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