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Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp  

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With its responsive gain structure and warm/punch double-team of 12AX7 and EL84 tubes, Classic Series guitar amps are revered by gritty blues benders...Read More

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Deliciously tubular.

With its responsive gain structure and warm/punch double-team of 12AX7 and EL84 tubes, Classic Series guitar amps are revered by gritty blues benders, chicken pickin' country cats and nouveau-Stones rockers alike. The Blue Marvel speakers and knobs are straight out of the rock 'n' roll revolution.

Made in the USA.

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FEATURES
  • 50 watts (RMS) into 16 or 8 ohms
  • Fan cooled
  • Four EL84s and three 12AX7s
  • 2-channel preamp
  • Normal and bright inputs
  • Pre- and post-gain controls on lead channel
  • Active presence control
  • 3-band passive EQ (bass, middle, treble)
  • Master volume control
  • Standby switch
  • Reverb level control
  • Effects loop
  • External speaker capability
  • Footswitch selectable channel switching and reverb
  • Chrome-plated chassis

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PeaveyClassic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp
 
4.9

(based on 48 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)

    Reviewed by 48 customers

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    5.0

    Great Value!

    By Ratmonger

    from So Cal

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

      No offense to Fender, but this Peavey is a somewhat better value. I had a Twin Reverb, and I like this better. Glassier cleans, better overdrive. I also like this better than the reissue Fender Twin and the new "Blues" amps. It could be the tubes. In my Fender Reverb unit, I replaced a new tube with an old vintage, and it made a world of sound difference. My Peaveys are Made in USA.

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      5.0

      Good overall value

      By hatter

      from Marinette, WI

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Footswitch For Reverb

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

      A bit of a humming sound but not overly distracting. Good tone and volume. Footswitch worked for both channel selection and reverb for one day but now only the channel selection works. The amp is American made but the footswitch was made in China. Needs a good American made footswitch.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      REALLY NICE AMP

      By Bruman

      from MN

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        The Peavey Classic 50 212 is better than 99% of the amps out there and is equal to the other 1%, boutiques included. Mine was built in 1993. Never a problem. Always reliable and can be easily dialed in to play anything.The speakers are stock and are great. It's one of the few amps I have never had a need or a desire to change out the speakers.I grew up on tube amps. Been gigging for 50 years now and know a great tube amp when I hear it and play thru it. It's just a great amp in every respect....It sounds great, it's been totally reliable, it looks really cool and was made in the USA! It may not have a ton of bells and whistles and gadgets, but none of that matters to guys like me (real working musicians) that want and need a great sounding, reliable amp that won't let you down. In my opinion, this is Peavey's finest amp. It's a solidly built, American workhorse. Pay what you want, but you can't get a better amp than this.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Review

        By buzzman-qcmyc

        from Sheboygan , Wis.

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        I've had every kind of amp in 40 years of playing , just sold my Marshall , had to go back to this little monster my third one... the sound is great,portable and lots of guts,got the tweed... with my me-70 and a 10 band mxr eq. I can punch this baby! Peavey did this one right!!!

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        (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Still kicking strong after 20 years!

        By FrostBottomBoys

        from Knoxville, TN

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        This reviews is based on the unit I purchased back around 1991 when these first came out. I've noticed a few reviews that mentioned that tonal quality being somewhat muddy. I was told at the time that the Classic series was Peavey's attempt at replicating a Fender Bassman. Which would explain why the sound of this amp is fairly dark and "full bodied". The Bassman, of course, was originally a bass amp, and thus had a big bottom end to it, and so would replicas if done precisely.I've never modded, cleaned, or upgraded my amp in any way (other than adding casters to help it transport easier) and it's still working like a mofo. After 20 years, it may be getting time to re-cap it, and I imagine that different tubes would change its tonality (smother, brighter, tighter bottom end), but right now I think it sounds just about like it did when I bought it.The bottom line is this is your classic mid-sized, mid-gain, mid-toned tube amp. It's not a bright Blackface, or a mid-heavy 5W single ended Class A, nor is it an over-the-top Marshall or a super scooped Rectifier.It's a standard 50's style blues/rock amp, a gigging workhorse, even if it is a bit heavy. In some respects it's like a Blues Junior all grown up.I admit that when I read reviews of some other Peavey products (the Vypyr series amps specifically), I worry that Peavey's not quite what it used to be in the QA dept, so I really can't speak to the current production run's quality. I DO own most of their TransTube line of amps as well, and those are recent and well built (and a damn good approximation of a tube sound without tubes, IMHO).The desc of the 4x10 model claims the new version of those models "retain their distinctive sound and circuitry but now feature an updated chassis design". That would imply the changes made should be minor, mostly superficial and likely are just look and feel changes. However, sometimes chassic re-design can lead to components needing to move on the circuit board, which can in turn lessen or increase noise. I'm assuming their changes are for the better, but, well...I LOVE *my* Classic 50, which is why I still have it after 20 odd years of rotating through gear. If the new models are as solid as mine, it's sure thing to get one.

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        (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic in Look and Sound.

        By Obamistake

        from Little Rock, AR.

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        If you're going to spend a lot of money on an amp do a little research into what you'll be buying. Tube amps are, and always will be, the best way to go amplifying your guitar (sorry Solid State fans...you'll never convince us otherwise). And each power amp tube has a particular sound associated with it. An EL84 sounds different than an EL34 or 6L6 and so on. If your aim is the death metal style, you probably need to skip this amp unless you already have a pedal or two you use to get there. If, however, you're looking for a great amp for just about every other style, this is the way to go. Plug in a Les Paul and crank up the Lead channel. Sweet, sweet tones coming from the two 12" speakers. Plug in your Fender Strat and play along to some Stevie Ray. Or simply fire up some AC-DC, Faces, Bad Company or any rock band from the 60s and 70s. The Classic 50 can hold its own producing this sound very easily. There's just something about striking a chord on your guitar and hearing it ring out through a real tube amp. But you already knew that.So how does the Clean channel sound? Very nice. Throw in a little reverb and you'll be very satisfied. Try out the neck pickup on a strat and you'll love what you hear. The Clean Channel is bright without being ice pick harsh. The EQ knobs give you a lot of control over your sound. Start with all three at twelve o' clock and dial in your perfect tone from there. Not satisfied with the on board EQ? Throw in an EQ pedal...the MXR 10 band is perfect for this. Adjust the Presence control and the Pre and Post Gain controls for more enhancements.A fan comes on automatically to keep the four EL84s cool. It's a good thing because they do get hot and driving an EL84 hard is one of the paths to audio nirvana. Just be aware of this if you plan to record with the Classic 50. It sounds amazing, but the look is just as good. The tweed covering and controls on top means it has style to spare. The amp is a good size and pretty heavy as well, but then again every two twelve amp is. You'll love the way it looks. It has the more-rectangular-than-square proportions which should be law for a two twelve amp.Feeling adventurous? Get out your screwdriver and soldering iron. Swap out the stock speakers and wire up some Celestion G30 speakers. Experiment with different preamp tubes while you're at it. Swap all three 12AX7s for three 12AX7C or any combination you can think of. Or you could simply leave the Classic 50 as is. You really can't go wrong. To me this amp could quickly and easily become my answer to the question of which amp would I choose if I could only have one. It's versatile and damn does it look good. Even better in person. I don't think I'll ever sell this one. I could part with my other amps if I had to, but not this one. I'm keeping it until it falls apart. But the way I take care of my gear that day may never come. Bottom line, if you're going for the classic rock sound you should definitely put the Classic 50 on your short list of amps to audition. The Classic 50 is a high quality, American made product. Close to $900 is a lot of money to spend, but this one is well worth the price. Buy it...you won't be disappointed.

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I grew up with tube amps

        By Guss1231

        from Bristol, TN

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        Maybe I'm old school, tube amps was the thing because that's mainly what most everybody had at my particular era of growing up and playing guitar. So I consider myself of having a pretty good feel on what I think a tube amp should sound like. I mostly remember my friends and myself playing Marshall, Silvertone, Peavey, Fender, Ampeg, ect. I am biased toward tube amps, except maybe the Line 6 Flextone series amp (those are awesome I must admit) . . . Oh man this Classic 50 Peavey does the trick!! It is JUST exactly what you expect from a tube amp!! If you can't play on this thing then it's time to hang it up bro. You can get Rock, Country, and Blues out of this thing. It's as good as it gets, if I could give it a 10 I would no kidding. Enough said.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        peavey classic

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        look into to ruby tubes if you buy this amp, that with the help of a xotic bootser and a mxr carbon copy, the tone is one of the best i ever heard. The clarity and punch is so responsive it sounds better than my mesa boogie lonestar and carr. Never thought that until i used ruby tubes. The potential of the peavey classic, and how much it cost make it a huge value

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This Amp is a Tone Monster.

        By Nuge

        from Roseau, MN

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        For years I have looked for the perfect tube amp to compliment my American Vintage '52 Tele and my Stratocaster. I looked at different Marshal amps and many different Fender amps. I found some that I liked, especially among the Fenders, but cost always became a factor. Then I considered Peavey. This amplifier simply offered everything I want in an amp at a price that is affordable for a poor musician like myself. And oh dear Lord, the tone! Whether I plug directly in or use my Line 6 effects pedal, I get rich, full tone and more volume than I can handle. This amp is the bomb!

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Best Rocking Amp.

        By Old dude-O16RW

        from fairborn, OH

        Comments about Peavey Classic 50/212 Tube Combo Amp:

        I've played against the newest and baddest amps out there, and always get compliments on the tone of this amplifier.It loves all pedals and growls with humbuckers, has a decent reverb and the blue marvels are a bit dark, perfect for those moody riffs. An extension cabinet with a couple celestions for contrast, and she sings. Single coils sound gorgeous, too.Best amp at this price level, period. It is so responsive to touch, it will make you a better player, tighten you up. Low noise and classy.If you're playing the oldies on something else, you're missing out.

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